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Tam & Di

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Tam & Di last won the day on April 6

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    France or Twickenham
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    The skills of boating, good food and wine. Boring people stupid talking about any of these.

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    examiner French & UK steerer's qualifications
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    predominantly France

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  1. Been busy enjoying myself and only just seen this 😀 The Tring History article does give the correct dimensions for Progress, and we took 12'6" (sorry Pete H) x 75' wideboat Progress London-Braunston several times and on to Samson Road twice, so locks are rather longer than BWB say. Other infrastructure was not suitable widened, but the only problem we had was a bridge at Leamington, and that was only because I raised the coaming height by about 9" when I converted it for us to live on, and we had to hold it hard against the towpath to avoid scraping on the offside of the arch. It was in the 60s and we did meet quite a few narrowboats, both loaded and empty, but the only difficulty we had was once meeting a pair as we were about to enter a bridgehole - we just had to boat to allow for that possibility.. Tam
  2. I see your name is on the DBA members list now. Check the DBA knowledge base for much info re continental cruising - e.g. it is not possible to use red diesel for any purpose at all in the Netherlands. It's OK for heating in France and most other countries, but two completely separate tanks are mandatory. Here is not really the place for it, but your fore end bitts behind a high bulwark and the line passing through a hawse hole is fine for mooring, but will make make lock work extremely difficult. Tam
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  4. That sounds like someone who is seriously out to sink your boat - it's not a thing that someone just wandering idly along the canal could do. Have you just bought the boat? do you know anyone who might have a grievance? It's certainly worth contacting the police or you might have something equally unpleasant happening again. Tam
  5. That's fine. I can't imagine anyone with knowledge of boating skills arguing with that. It is only aguable if the person who ties with a central tied tight as their principlal line complains about what happens when another craft passes, and attributes what happens to their boat as being all down to the passing vessel. Tam
  6. A term we only heard for the first time from a guy with a narrow boat in France was "tipped" - he was complaining that these terrible working péniches caused his boat to "tip". And yes, he regularly tied with a central line on his roof down to a mooring ring. It was nothing to do with him or his boating abilites - it was these others, the nasty guys. So I don't know about being 'slagged off', but if someone complains about passing vessels giving him grief and he is moored using a central line he deserves whatever he gets. Any slagging off is more at his reaction to other boaters with no regard to his own responsibility. The back-end on a working boat is the back end of the hold, as opposed to the stern, where you steer. The rail is known as the back end rail and we always refer to the line as the back end line - we didn't even think of it as being in the 'middle'. As Dave says, the rail was mostly used as storage for wellies. I don't think that Barnet is actually tied in any long-term sense by using the back end line - it only looks to have a very loose line forward and I would not expect it to be left unattended like that. Tam
  7. You don't say what use you will put it to, but the fit-out on hire boats tends to be robust but inelegant. Hire boats are seldom fitted for winter use, so if you wish to live on it you'd probably have to do something about the insulation and heating. Also cooking etc facilities tend to be simplistic and may require upgrading for longer-term use. Tam
  8. Have you tried putting bags of coal on them to test? Tam
  9. Tam & Di

    New Scam

    I wondered if the "TV Licence due" ones have any connection with the fact that OAPs will have to pay from now on. Perhaps they hope to catch some less wary souls. Tam
  10. Tam & Di

    New Scam

    Well, new to me. I've had three mails this morning telling me my Direct Payment for TV Licence fees has been refused by our bank and asking me to update my details. I'm sure no one here is stupid enough, but just in case ............... Tam
  11. Di has been asked to take part in a Literary Festival at Braunston Marina on 14th September to talk about her books ‘Barges & Bread’ and 'A Foodie Afloat', alongside far more well known luminaries such as Tim West and Pru, Tom Chaplin and Tony Lewery. Apparently it was held for the first time last year. It’s in support of the Friends of Raymond ‘Sinking Fund’ and the Bar Convent’s charitable fund, but we’ve no idea what to expect - did anyone go last year? Tam
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  13. Where was that? We had a mooring site at the Bulls Bridge end of the Paddington Arm back then and had a couple of converted R. Lea size lighters there which were OK on G.U. locks and they never had any problems with getting a licence. In fact until mid/late 60s BW still towed them at least as far as the timber yard at Uxbridge using their narrow guage tractors. Tam
  14. I don't recall measuring the beam of "Progress" - I certainly don't have record of it to hand and generally quote it as 12' 3" which differs from both measurments here - however it was certainly 74' long. We took it to Braunston on several occasions and to Sampson Road lock (the first 7' one) once, and had no particular problems except at a bridge in Leamington with a tight arch Co-incidentally we also fetched up with "Arthur" via 2 or 3 other owners including Richard Branson, removing its conversion and giving it back the name "Mersey". Tam
  15. That'll be an interesting one for the insurers - is it known of the owner was on board at the time? I'd expect them to wiggle out of any liability if he wasn't. Tam
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