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  1. ‘We understand that those for whom the BSS is due to expire shortly will not be able to have an inspection and we will be considering what advice to give imminently’ From the latest Coronavirus Boaters update from CRT, landed in my inbox a few minutes ago.
  2. That’s not the case. In his email to me this morning he said: ’Please don’t worry, we understand that it is not possible for you to have the BSS inspection done at present’ We have to give them chance to work everything out, these are unprecedented times aren’t they and there will be lots of issues to consider.
  3. Totally understand that I am not allowed to travel under current instructions, no intention of doing so. My concern is for what happens if my BSS runs out before I can get it surveyed and how that would impact on my Insurance and compliance with the rules of my marina, especially because I will be unable to go and check the boat for the foreseeable future. The good news is that since my email to Richard Parry at 7.30 am this morning, I have been contacted by both him and Jon Horsfall and told not to worry, they are on it and guidance will be clarified and updated just as soon as they are able. Pretty good service in my humble opinion. Thank you Athy 🙂
  4. My BSS is due mid May, I should be having my boat safety inspection today but the surveyor had to cancel last week because of his own personal circumstances re Covid19. I have managed to re-book with a second surveyor in Mid April, his first available appointment but still in plenty of time. My worry is if we are still in lockdown, which I think is fairly likely, my journey to the boat to allow access and generally be able to tell the surveyor where to find stuff (from a distance obviously) won't be considered essential and that's assuming the surveyor is still able to go ahead & we are allowed access to the marina. Have emailed the trust and awaiting a reply, will let you know if I get one. Certainly not leaving it too late or trying to get out of it, just trying to plan ahead.
  5. Thanks all, I'm going to have a go with magnets/clamps suggested by several of you. Really appreciate you all taking the time to put forward suggestions. ?
  6. Is this the sort of thing you mean John6767? The boat looks fabulous, exactly the effect I’m hoping to achieve.
  7. Thanks Machpoint005 and Neil, it's how to secure the broom handle/s down the centre of the roof I'm struggling with, several people have suggested magnets now, thank you, so I'm going to look into that. presumably I'll be able to use something like craft foam between the magnets and roof to protect the paintwork?
  8. Thanks so much everybody, plenty of ideas for me to try. Must admit I hadn’t thought about magnets. I tried filling a plant pot with an old cricket stump in it with quick drying cement but it couldn’t cope with the breeze. Your display looks amazing Scholar Gypsy, thank you for sharing. ?
  9. Hi all, we’re having some friends on the boat next month for a surprise birthday weekend for one of them and want to suspend some bunting on the roof for when they arrive. Have seen it done on lots of boats before at boat gatherings but haven’t paid attention to how it’s secured. Any (sensible) suggestions would be appreciated. TIA ?
  10. Was hoping to repaint the engine bay of our semi-trad this summer but back problems have prevented this unfortunately. Does anyone know of or can recommend someone who offers this service in the Northants/Warwickshire area? TIA
  11. Thanks for that, eating out isn't essential, just need to be prepared. I haven't travelled that section of the river since I was in my early 20's and can't really remember much about it!
  12. Thanks Martin, that's really helpful. Think we'll give it a bash then. (Not literally though I hope!)
  13. Our boat is temporarily moored in Nottingham (Castle Marina) and we are planning to have a short trip with friends on the Trent through Meadow Lane Lock next week and had decided that Holme Lock would be a good place to moor for lunch and to have a look at the Watersports Centre. Pleased I saw this thread re the lack of visitor moorings there now. Can anyone enlighten me on where any suitable (for narrowboats) moorings are and also if there are any decent eating places nearby. Not really able to travel for more than a couple of hours each way on this occasion. TIA
  14. Thanks for all your replies, back home now after our sojourn on the Soar. We were blessed with beautiful spring weather and a benign river which always helps, although I did find a few muscles which I hadn't used in a while owing to some heavy locks, and gates which refused to stay closed on the run down into Leicester. We moored at Kilby Bridge, then just before Junction Lock, which was particularly lovely and on Zouch Cut. With regards to Leicester itself, we chose not to stop off at all but there would have been plenty of room on the Friar's Mill moorings (Castle Gardens being completely full). I must admit to feeling quite disgusted at the amount of rubbish in and around the navigation. It really is shameful and so avoidable. The only time I felt a bit vulnerable was when we locked through Limekiln, there were around 10 local chaps, (I was travelling with my teenage daughter) who were drinking, heavily if the number of beer cans is anything to go by, around the benches next to the lock. I nodded and smiled as I usually do but although they didn't speak to us, they watched us very closely and seemed to be discussing/commenting on us and the boat and I did wish that the people we'd locked down into the city with hadn't stopped off for provisions. Other than that, we had a good trip and there are certainly some very picturesque stretches with surprisingly little boat traffic although I suspect it may not be quite so peaceful next weekend! Thanks again,
  15. Thank you, Phil and Rickent, appreciate your replies. Now I just have to hope for dry weather for the next couple of weeks!
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