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  1. We have been all the way up to Camps Hill on the GU, our fat boat is 60’ x 11’, with no real problems. We have been up to Lechlade on the Thames, with no real problems. We have done all of the K&A, not a very easy canal to do, and the Avon down to Bristol. We have also been up the river Seven from Bristol to Stourport and the river Avon to Stratford on Avon. Nearly forgot that we have also done all of the river Wey. Hope this is of help to your friends in their plan to buy a fat one.
  2. So how would it work then with the narrowboats that tow these sheds, sorry dinghies behind them filled with all sorts of rubbish.
  3. Wide beams already do pay more.
  4. New entrance to the Wilts & Berks canal near Abingdon on the Thames this day 2016.
  5. £32.40 for 13kg propane.
  6. Not to sure about this that's why i said (I think) others on here will be along soon to explain but it may depend on leisure use or liveaboard.
  7. I think you will still need to have it checked and signed off by a Marine Gas Safe Engineer after you have installed the new pipe and regulator.
  8. You could try these people https://www.ukboatyard.com/index.php/shop
  9. 10 ltrs should be enough for 2 coats. If possible keep the paint, blacking, warm try standing it in hot water, but as others have said November is not a good time to do painting unless you have a heated dry dock.
  10. Try looking this one up, Thetford K1520, not free standing though, Thetford/Spinflo K1520D MK1 Duel Fuel Cooker Caravan/Motorhome/Campervan cooker 4 Burner hob complete with flush fitting glass lid 3 x gas burners & 1 mains 230v hotplate Separate grill Separate oven Electronic ignition (12v) Please note this is a “Build in” unit not a free standing item Comes complete with oven shelf & multi function pan They also do a gas only one with 3 burner hob. Grill pan kit 2 Oven shelves Fuel gas or dual fuel version (gas and electric) Gas burners 1 x 1kW & 3 x 1.6kW (dual fuel version has 1 x 1kW, 2 x 1.6kW & 1 x Electric hotplate 1kw) Grill burner1.8 kW Grill capacity 19 L Ignition 12V dc Knobs Brushed nickel Net weight gas version 27.7Kg & dual fuel version 29.2Kg Oven burner 2kW Oven capacity37 L Overall dimensions (hxwxd)645 x 515 x 501 mm Build-in dimensions (hxwxd)645 x 496 x 493 mm
  11. F DRAYKE

    Iced Tea

    For me it would have to be a Long Island Ice Tea, or two, that can nock your socks off.
  12. Check this out for the river Wey. https://nt.global.ssl.fastly.net/river-wey-and-godalming-navigations-and-dapdune-wharf/documents/download-our-guidance-for-boat-users.pdf page 10.
  13. Don't forget that you are supposed to tie up with front and rear line in locks on the Thames not just a centre line.
  14. You shower twice a year??? that seems a bit excessive 🤣.
  15. I had a problem with my houdini hatch, landed up taking all the screws out that held it in place, then squirted some mastic into the holes, replaced the screws, no more problem with leaks.
  16. Watching and helping 70ft fuel boat up the Caen hill flight, boat enters lock, gates closed, boat reverses back to bottom gates, bow tied of to bollard tiller hard over to keep stern against the lock side and forward gear engaged and some revs applied, both top paddles opened fully no problems, boat stays up against the lock side. You do need GOOD rope for this.
  17. Try The Boatyard at Hilperton, they sometimes deliver that way by truck 01225 710017.
  18. Wallingford always seem very busy so hard to find a mooring there.
  19. Had this from CRT. Census 2021 It doesn’t matter if your home floats or if it’s a two up, two down, in the heart of a bustling metropolis. On 21 March every household in England and Wales will be expected to complete their census questionnaire. The census is for everyone. Once every ten years, it helps build the most complete picture of England and Wales. The whole population has the chance to provide the information that ensures all communities are represented in decisions on funding and services. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes. If you live on your boat you may start receiving letters, either by hand from a census officer or in the post in March, with details of how to take part. The deciding factor will be whether you live on a long term mooring that is registered with Royal Mail. If registered with Royal Mail, you will receive a letter containing a unique access code to allow you to complete your online census form. If you are not on the Royal Mail mailing list but are a moored in a marina (or similar) an attempt will be made by a census officer to deliver a letter or questionnaire by hand to permanent and visitor moorings before 20 March. If you have not received a letter or questionnaire with an access code by 23 March, then please visit the census website or Public Contact Centre (which opens on 1 March) where you can request to receive a text to a UK mobile phone, which contains an access code to complete the census online. Those who are continuously cruising will be counted over the period 20-22 March. A census officer will hand deliver paper questionnaires to visitor moorings; however, you can also request an access code via text to be sent to a UK mobile phone as per the above paragraph. From one boater to another – Census 2021 and coronavirus The census is coming at a critical point. It will be fundamental to government’s understanding of the impact the coronavirus has had on different communities and how we all live. Government has designed Census 2021 to be simple, straightforward and safe to complete. This will be a digital-first census, and they will be encouraging people to participate online with online support, including help by email, social media, text message and on a webchat facility on their website. People can also complete their census over the phone, with the help of trained staff, or can request a paper form. Census staff will never need to come aboard; they will always be socially distanced, wearing PPE and work in line with all government guidance. Everyone benefits from the census In charge of delivering the census is the ONS’s deputy national statistician, Iain Bell – himself a boater. Based in south Wales, he spends part of his time living on the Mon & Brec Canal with his partner. “A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales,” he says. “It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP and dental services. “It is therefore crucial we reach everyone in the country – from people living in London’s commuter-belt to all inner-city communities; from those living in the countryside to student populations; the elderly and all ethnic minorities. And, indeed, anyone like me, who spends time living on a waterway. “There are some groups who are harder to reach than others, with language, living arrangements, technology and understanding of what the census is all barriers for us to overcome. My advice for liveaboards is to make sure you have a postal point if you have a mooring. For continuous cruisers, being registered with a GP or with DWP/HMRC means analysis covers you as well. “It’s crucial you do take part. If analysis that feeds policy decisions doesn’t reflect all sections of society then there is a risk of the needs of different groups not being met. Being able to complete it online will hopefully make it easier than ever for all of us to take part around our individual schedules, and in a way that is flexible to our living circumstances. We do recognise there will be some people who need paper forms or help getting online, and we have set up local census support centres to help with that.” Census day will be on March 21, but those households with a known address, will soon receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity. Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk.
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