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  3. The bit in bold I was watching Bangers and Cash (whilst sorting Magpie the Elder's slide collection) last night and they were restoring a 1970s Saab. The materials were about £5k, the labour costs were north of £40k If that's what it costs for a 1970s mid size car, gawd knows what the equivalent is for a full length narrow boat!
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  10. They're certainly bringing them into line with what one might expect in central Dublin! And as Grand Canal Dock is about the only place to put long term moorings in the middle of Dublin (James Street Harbour was filled in years ago) such moorings locations are at a premium.
  11. Somewhere down the line you have to compromise - the best bike is the one you can take on board. When I bought my first narrow boat there were deep scratches in the paint on the roof, probably being caused by a bike being dragged along when caught on a tree. Somewhere on the bed of the Cam there is a folding bike that was dragged off the roof.... I see you have dismissed Brompton's, my experience with them was good, even on towpaths. Bear in mind you shouldn't be going fast on a towpath anyway, and that very few towpaths now are the muddy, eroded, bramble strewn horrors of yore. I did most of the southern Oxford on a Brompton getting my car back after cruising. For me it was a Brompton or some very long walks. The Brompton can also be taken on buses, especially handy when the train you'd planned on turns out to be a bus....
  12. The basic premise here isn't accurate - Juno has probably the best internal headroom of the boats I've owned, yet her cabin isn't significantly higher than a modern narrow boat. However there is much less boat "under the floor" than on a narrow boat - no stretchers, bearers or ballast - so you feet are only an inch above the water underneath in places. Add to that the gap between the ceiling and the roof is less (less insulation) and there is good headroom without excessive cabin height. The price for this is that it's colder in winter!
  13. Viking still make them so obviously it is worth "producing boats for such a small market" I agree with all that. For information, Juno is a Viking 23 and has always had a 10hp engine, easily big enough unless you want to stem the tide in the Avon Gorge. Can I add, it would be helpful if those of us who do own grp cruisers weren't frequently contradicted by some posters who clearly do not. Some of the things said about GRP cruisers above can only come from people who've never had one. GRP cruisers are economic and practical - I'd have given up boat ownership long ago if narrow boats were the only option. Even a 23 foot steel narrow boat would cost far more to run over, say, ten years, than a fibreglass cruiser does.
  14. This is from the Viking Owners Club website - gives it as 6 foot 6 inches. Vikings are all over the canal system so I can't think it's a major problem. Fir bridges and tunnels if you could stand on the back deck of a narrow boat to go through then the Viking should fit. The only places I can think of where mine almost certainly wouldn't fit are the M5 culvert on the Droitwich Canal and Froghall Tunnel on the Caldon. The highest point is the top of the windscreen. The canopy is higher when it's up, and needs to be taken down going under the lift bridge at the entrance to the Somerset Coal Canal. Not doing this early in my ownership was expensive, but I've had the frame rounded so it's lower at the edges and higher in the middle. I prefer cruising with the canopy down anyway. Viking website spec for 23 The first coffee of the morning, sitting on deck looking backwards, canopy up, rear screen raised, is exquisite. The photo is me on Christmas day And if you need to be sold the dream - this is me and Lady V out for the day near Avoncliffe
  15. I have a fibreglass cruiser - a Viking 23. To be honest you'll hear a lot of rubbish about yoghurt pots, they're fine for canals. However I am beginning to think I'd like a boat I can step onto rather than need to climb onto, getting over the side deck and combing onto Juno's back deck is not something for dodgy knees and bad backs, especially as these small boats rock more readily - there's a Viking 26 centre cockpit moored near me and the combing is even higher and combined with a narrower side deck. In the medium term as my years advance I'm pondering a Wilderness Beaver or possibly even a Sea Otter for this reason
  16. What length? Others will known whether a given combination of length and beam is a problem, in particular at Whittlesea Briggate bend, I know that narrow beam 70 foot boats can get round it and could make the journey
  17. Somewhere in the US? Not the enlarged Erie Canal I don't think The Farmington Canal in Connecticut?
  18. It is the Loire, at Orleans, during the Festival de Loire in 2019. On the front of the moving boat are the Breton folk duo Agites du Bouzon. There were around 500 boats at the festival, on a river that is regarded as unnavigable by most modern standards
  19. As it was opened in 1809 that is unlikely There is some suggestion that French prisoners of war helped build Caen Hill Locks, and there are a number of French place names in the wider area, including Caen, Dunkirk and Petty France (Petite France - little France). There is also some stonework locally cut in the french style, that is with an axe rather than a saw, although I don't know that any of the locks feature this. A waterway beyond the UK shores below
  20. I've had to look this up, but I see there is also a Buckingham Canal in India, so is it that? Beyond answering this I shall keep international stuff to the other thread!
  21. I had a good walk from Resolven to Ysgwrfa yesterday, a couple of photos below - took loads and will keep adding uploads as and when time permits. The canal is now derelict, and probably looks like many canals did in the 40's and 50's. The first lock at Resolven is probably useable as the gates were replaced in 2007, the others are not as they have the 1990 gates on. In some cases these older gates have been heavily patched indictating attempts to keep the canal going. On this evidence gates fall apart after 34 years! There is also silting which has led to reed growth and between them the channel is impassible in places. There are only three miles of canal, and there were never many boats on it - two separate trip boats which may or may not have traded at the same time. Nevertheless in the late 90s the canal at Resolven was buzzing on a summer Sunday, with trip boats, canoes*, towpath walkers and gongoozlers indulging in coffee or ice cream. *There is still canoe hire from Resolven in season, although only the pound the canoes are on is passable There are seven locks on the length - one at the start described above, then a pair after about a mile, a single lock after about another mile and then three up to the end at Ysgqwrfa. Having seen boats go through all seven about 30 years ago it's a bit sad. Some of these would allow an interesting (to some) analysis of lock gate failure - most of the joints have rotted (which squares with CRT Bradley saying that it tends to be the joints that go - this seems to be true even on gates that aren't used) but in some instances the cross beams have snapped, they must be very rotten to do that with virtually no load other than the weight of the gate.
  22. Is that the stub of the Lancaster Canal southern section at Wigan? The bit beyond the top of the locks?
  23. Is there a line of bubbles where the top gate of the right hand lock should be?
  24. Ceylon? (Now Sri Lanka)? There was a network in Colombo and a long one up parallel to the coast. The Buckingham Canal I think.
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