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  1. 4 hours ago, IanD said:

    But trying to push the blame onto CART or NHS management (or staff!) conveniently draws attention away from the real culprit, which is insufficient government funding... 😞 



    Good point. 


    But remind me, where does the government get its funds from? 



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  2. 4 hours ago, IanD said:

    It's easy to say "bring in new management, they'll do better" but it won't change CARTs financial problems --



    But CRT, Parry et al ARE the new management. All the same criticisms used to get levelled at BW and CRT with a new chief executive were created as a new broom to sweep clean. Ever since the get-go they have done little better than BW, AFAICS. 



  3. And of course property has two different returns. The valuation going up and down is a market thing, beyond the control of CRT.


    The rent is a different income stream however and collecting the rent is very much within the control of CRT

  4. 18 minutes ago, Tracy D'arth said:

    And why the standard railway gauge is 4' 8 5/8".

    It was the width of the wheel ruts from the horse drawn carts. 



    That sounds a bit like an urban myth to me.


    Did they really make the width of all horse-drawn carts the same? And why 4ft 8 5/8in in particular? And even if they did, why would they make the railway lines match? All a bit of a puzzle really. 


    Besides, standard railway gauge was 4ft 8 1/2in when I was a kid...



  5. 1 hour ago, Captain Pegg said:

    Which you do because you want security, don’t wish to move every 14 days and can afford the fee.



    No thats's not it at all. I do it because those are the rules.


    Society has framework for setting rules (laws) for everyone to abide by, which helps everyone get along together. When too many people ignore the rules society begins to break down. 



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  6. 11 hours ago, Captain Pegg said:

    But why do some boaters get so worked up about how far and how often other boaters move?



    When you're paying £4k for your CRT home mooring and one boat after another spends months on end moored opposite you paying nothing, one begins to feel a bit of an idiot for paying the £4k.


    Hope that helps explain...





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  7. 4 hours ago, David Mack said:

    Can you imagine the hoohah NBTA would make if they were 'banned' from having a stall at Cavalcade? Better to have them inside the tent p*ssing out, than outside p*ssing in.


    Trouble with NBTA though, is they p*ss all over everything indiscriminately. 

  8. 1 minute ago, IanD said:


    No, according to a certain poster you and I (and others) can't possibly be right about this, it's only a problem in that there Lunnon... 😉 


    A CCer who never stays in one place for more than two weeks is by definition ill-equipped to observe and comment on the problem of long term VM-hogging. 


    Unless of course they are actually CMing.




  9. 1 hour ago, IanD said:

    By seeing them regularly on the towpaths and moorings round here, obviously... 😉 




    Same here. 


    I live 100 yards from the canal and drive over the same canal bridge every day. The the 48hr VM visible from the bridge have been occupied by the same two widebeams for almost as long as I can remember. Certainly many months. The third space on the 48hr VM is also usually occupied by one boat or another and I'd say the average stay on that third space is typically about a month.


    People who have the opportunity to observe the same bit of canal day in, day out for long periods are far better placed to spot CMing than boaters on a cruise. 


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  10. 22 hours ago, jacko264 said:

    I may have missed it but did you get the water out the tap or from a hose pipe ?


    Pretty sure the water in the photo with bugs in came directly from the water tap. Back on 24th Feb 2024 the OP said this:


    "Oh sorry if I didn’t make this clear. This water has come straight from the shore point and is going straight into a kilner jar with a tap, which I get glasses of drinking water from. "


    So I think the photo is of the Kilner jar having just been filled from the CRT water tap. 



  11. 4 hours ago, Mike Todd said:

    I thought that there was a mechanism to be invoked if CaRT become non-viable - ie they cannot fulfil their duties.

    But can you devise a system for collecting that does not cost more than £10 a night? (or, more realistically £1 a night of it is to make a difference)


    Yes that's easy. CRT asks "Do you have a home mooring?"


    Answer no and that means you must be mooring out on the towpath all year round so a bill is issued for 365 nights at £10 a night. Cheap and easy. I can't imagine that costing £10, let alone £10 a night. 





  12. 47 minutes ago, Tony Brooks said:


    I agree, but not sure how it could make things worse because cavitation air/gas bubbles are caused by the prop itself making low pressure areas, not drawing air down from the surface.



    I was thinking they might marginally further restrict the flow of water into the prop, making cavitation slightly worse.



  13. 24 minutes ago, Tony Brooks said:


    Of course you did. The trouble is that those who know the difference between cavitation and ventilation on props are not as numerous who think both are the same thing.



    I'd imagine with a cavitation problem, welding on anti-ventilation plates would make no difference or could make it worse, if anything. 

  14. 20 minutes ago, Tracy D'arth said:

    As I said earlier, you have a bad connection. It will be on the heavy cables between battery terminals, +  & -  and the starter motor and the earth to the engine. Follow all the cables from the engine battery inspecting every connection on both cables.



    Having read the latest update my money is on you and Arthur being jointly right, and the earth strap bolt onto the engine is loose/dirty/heating up.



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