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  1. Sadly, after so much talk, we won't be there, Val has come to the top of the waiting list for a minor but important operation, now scheduled for May 6th, and it was only a moments thought to say postpone our holiday. We'd love to meet you all, so please keep us posted on future events. We're still going to the Upton Folk Festival by boat, getting the boat back on May 5th
  2. The locks on the C and H should take a 57 footer at full beam which means the 60 foot narrow boats have got through. However one lock on the Huddersfield Broad Canal (Sir John Ramsdens Canal) is said to be very short When I considered taking Ripple through a few years ago, she's 62 foot, a senior BW bod told me to try, I may get through, but he recommended going up not down. Sadly I never tried
  3. It should also come out of a hand pump ( a beer engine to the purists) which our first pint of the trip usually does, at either Bell or the Old Forge. But chilling makes tinned beer just about acceptable, and we haven't got a hand pump on the boat
  4. Well, if like us you've no land hook up you can't leave the fridge on. I made a double error a few years ago of leaving the fridge on and not turning the batteries off at the isolator. Result, three domestic batteries so dead they were right offs, and a bill of over £300 for replacements. I bring the beer in a cool box when we go on board, it's cheaper
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  8. well a few odd ones I know My brother says "futtocks" which he picked up from a colleague... "reached Stokes's Bridge" when not wanting any more first course to leave room for pud. The woman I heard it off believed that her mum was taken for walks as a child, and they turned round at Stokes's bridge, wherever that was, to make sure the little girl had enough energy to walk home "No one notices a slice from a cut loaf" was raised on quote unquote many years ago. It was the advice given to a woman who had wriiten in by her mother when she got married. She was a bit shocked to find it meant no one noticed if a married woman had a bit of casual sex as no one would be surprised if she became pregnant! And finally, how many of us know "The Full Monty", memorable film, also often said about a big breakfast etc. Well, the first time I heard the saying was in the SUCS magazine, where they described the Montgomery work parties. One foreman was particularly thorough, and known for a belt and braces approach. "wall's leaking" "rebuild it" sort of thing, and it became the case that whenever this guy made a recommendation the party would say, "he want's the full Monty" (after the canal edited to add, they'd never heard the phrase, and believed it original). After a few years, one of the party was listening to radio Stoke when the presenter referred to "The Full Monty". Urban myth maybe, but...?
  9. Weekend plans by TV historian Dan Snow to mount a flotilla of small rescue craft were halted by the authorities. The agency said: "In the light of the desire by operators of small craft to cross the Channel in order to pick up stranded tourists, small boat operators are being advised that such vessels must be properly certificated in order to make such a journey. "Anyone operating such vessels should also be aware that such certification is only valid for UK waters. "The operator will also need to seek clearance for their vessel to operate in French waters from the French maritime authorities." Which is a load of bollocks if you have under twelve people on board and don't accept money, Dan Snow was clear on both. The French said it was unfair competition for the ferries, who were being denied the opportunity to fleece people. Okay they didn't say the second bit Imagine Dunkirk, WW2, "sorry, you can only go with a full BSC , MCA certification and a boatmaster's certificate". If we had to fight that war now, we'd lose! I'm not normally so blunt but this smacks of protectionism and jobsworthiness
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  11. Cor that was quick, the contract was only signed yesterday! This has removed by far and away the biggest risk item, when I get a chance I'll update with whatever other news I can, but I think I ought to tell the HLF trustees before posting it here!
  12. I'm not clear what powers they've got to ban it, but I suppose the french don't worry about that! Do you think they'll argue when Ark Royal turns up? I think even aircraft carriers carry enough firepower to flatten the harbourmaster's office
  13. I think, in fairness, Progress was no ordinary narrow boat, it was a narrow boat shaped seagoing vessel. I have taken Ripple across the Ribble Link and that was (almost) enough for me. Tempted with Lydney and perhaps Sharpness to Bristol, but with the right size prop and with the tide The Ribble Link involves fighting the tide, and going round the Asland Lamp, where on a good day you can look at the Irish sea, in a force four in pouring rain, is an experience I count as unfunny in a normal narrow boat. The return journey in bright sunshine force 0 was a doddle
  14. Absolutely it would, if it was beginning to "give" then never mind the wash, the load is unacceptable A BW engineer did say that so long as it hasn't fallen over it is doing it's job, but you shouldn't hasten a process that has started. If the piling is sound it will take it. If it's brand new it is almost certainly sound, it took BW a while to work out the piled depth and the tie backs needed but this is understood now, although I suppose a rogue contractor might make a mess of it.
  15. Ahem, may I speak as someone who possesses some, although probably not all, of the qualifications to make a judgement? Making your own judgement is always fraught with difficulty, but I firmly believe that rules are for the guidance of the wise and the observance of fools, and this applies to those who enforce them as well as those who may keep or break them. In the case in question, it is clear that the location has piling. If that piling is put in properly it goes a good four feet below the canal bed and is tied back. You'd need to run a water cannon to erode enough to unsettle the piling, and by then you'd have eroded the puddle clay, which is incredibly resistant to water action. It is also the case that the engine is being used to control the boat in this instance, rather than to power the batteries. In my considered opinion (I use the term to show I've thought about it, not to show smugness ), the rule exists to stop those on long term moorings, or those on moorings that are regularly occupied, running the propellor because the long term action is damaging if the bank is unprotected. A propellor running over many, many hours in exactly the same place is the thing that causes the damage It is worth remembering that where the bank has stone or timber edgings, they probably only go down as far as canal bed, piling goes down much further, if it didn't it wouldn't stand up. Many visitor moorings and permanent moorings are less substantial than piling
  16. You've been bitten, but I'm sure you'll think of something. A good one is to make sure he has less leave than you, or a work commitment at the start of a holiday, and offer to get the boat somewhere for him to meet you. I did Middlewich to Worcester single handed using this excuse, 90 miles and 70 locks!
  17. mmmmmm, difficult one. I'd start by finding out what the Tories say about the issue, unless your bloke becomes a Minister the chances are he won't have much influence, if the issue gets debated in the house he will be under the whip and whatever he says in the debate will vote with the whip. However, it might be worth asking him how he would like to see the waterways ADEQUATELY funded, pointing out that while there is some price inelasticity in boating it's not infinite and eventually the elastic will snap. Make the point that the canals are liabilities that have to maintained for reasons of safety and sanitary considerations and that reduced funding can not entirely come from efficiency savings. My next question would be to Robin Evans asking why, given that BW don't have enough money to maintain the waterways in a steady state, they do things that are "improvements" rather than simple repairs.
  18. my thoughts too, say the odds of the ash causing a crash are 1 in 10,000, then 1 plane is likely to get through, but over a period of a few days in northern europe the odds are that one would crash.
  19. agreed I would add though, that if he'd closed the bottom paddles the boat may not have been thrown backwards so badly, and I probably would have pointed out they were open. If he went off on one for having such an error pointed out then he really would be the sort who has genitalia growing out of their forehead
  20. On the radio this morning they were interviewing someone from NATS and from Monarch, the guy from Monarch said the problem is the plane manufacturers own instructions are if there is any ash you don't fly, and if they ignore the manufacturers own instructions I guess your on your own if something goes wrong
  21. A feeling of deja vue edited to add there are hire boats at West Stockwith that are available for the Fossdyke And Bones, you had this trouble last year, is there a reason why you have to go in October?
  22. And my reply was similarly tongue in cheek! It'd take a hell of a James Bond Special to jump that gap, it's not even a straight line
  23. For "exceedingly shallow draught" don't you mean hovercraft? or trailable perhaps?
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  25. Yes, but motor cyclists were, and still are, getting killed in their hundreds every year, and are statistically far more likely to be killed (per vehicle kilometre) than car drivers, and crash helmets have saved countless lives. The same can not be said of canal boaters. In addition, it isn't easy to change drivers in a car while it is moving, and when hiring one(seeing as we are still adressing hirers) you name the drivers. Woe betide you if you let another person drive when you haven't informed the hire company, or at least if you have an accident while they are driving. the point has been made that hiring last year doesn't mean that you are well equipped this year, and certainly that having hired once two years ago means the hirer has forgotten everything. Decent instruction every time (but not two hours) and ride the first few hundred yards with them is the way forward. Dave suggested that the quality of instruction should be monitored. Looking at your passport proposal, just suppose I hire with five male friends, and it's me that get's the passport, next year, I decide to go again, only this time, it's with my wife and another couple. I'm potentially with three people who've never been before, and five people who had exactly the same experience as me haven't got passports. In the hire car scenario, I would be the only driver on both occasions, but not on a boat. Your proposal is paper for papers sake, and as has been pointed out by others, potentially counter productive. Sadly some fatal accidents do occur, but the inquest awaits the MAIB investigation if there is one (and in fatalities there nearly always is). So far the MAIB have stuck with making recommendations as to the navigation authority should monitor near misses and design out the risk. This even occured after the dreadful incodent on the L and L where four disabled people died, in which to my mind their should have been a recommendation on crew procedure at locks.
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