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Tam & Di

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Tam & Di last won the day on May 3 2016

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About Tam & Di

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  • Location
    France or Twickenham
  • Interests
    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
  • Boat Location
    predominantly France

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  1. European withdrawal bill effect on boating

    There are some 1400 boat-owning members of the DBA and I'd guess that half of those cruise continental waterways to a greater or lesser extent. A fair number do cross the Channel, either on their own bottom or in the case of narrow boats and widebeam vessels by lorry. Yes, they have to comply with regulations, but virtually none of these will be French etc registered and there is no requirement for them to be so. Your Spanish experience has no particular relevance for those of us who cruise inland waters. So yes, the constraints that are bound to come in will affect us.
  2. European withdrawal bill effect on boating

    Read the Hansard report then. Most of us who enjoy cruising in continental Europe are not "importing" our vessels - we are simply cruising in another part of the EU, and under present Law we have Union Goods status. Once that ceases the tax and non-EU visitor implications will cause difficulties. Those who presently own craft will presumably have documentation proving that VAT was paid within the EU, even if that is at zero%, and should remain OK on that score. People buying a UK registered boat after we become Little England will not be so lucky. The long-stay visa problems will impact on all of us though.
  3. Location - May 1970

    After we bought Stamford and Bude from BW we sold Bingley to Kim, so although the name panels are green the rest is as I painted it.
  4. Aaaargh - drink it? have you seen what it does to the bottom of boats?
  5. Surely if it's perfectly clear it's going to be vodka or gin rather than Maxwell House
  6. I too think it odd to ask a random selection of unknown people with unknown expertise whether or not to cross the busiest sea channels on an unspecified small craft. For more constructive advice I would suggest a look at the DBA forum www.barges.org for detailed information on crossing the Channel and boating on the continent. Can it be done? Yes, people even swim across , but it is not something to be done on a whim (unless the whim is very sea-wothy ).
  7. Location - May 1970

  8. Location - May 1970

    Unfortunately my files seem to have gone walkabout and I can't remember which colliery the coal came from. In the early 70s boats loaded in bulk and we bagged it ourselves. We sold more by stopping at villages and advertising in the local paper than to boats. We did also have a contract for a while supplying all the Thames lock keepers with their winter supply in the autumn - they paid Thames Conservancy each week from their wages and we billed TC.
  9. ... and the car's even got French registry. DBA is here: http://barges.org/discussion-forum/recent-topics
  10. Quote titles have gone!

    But I knew I ddn't know that but now I know what I don't know. Unfortunately the quote I quoted is a nonny mouse, so I know nothing.
  11. London gets tough

    Or when he wants it back to find it has wandered off into the wide blue yonder, changed its name and colour, never to be seen again. Ah well, que sera.
  12. Tunnel light

    I don't think it's exactly that. Tunnels are mostly pretty straight, so knowledge doesn't really come into it there. How many of the people here talking of bright headlights use a torch when they're walking in the dark? Not many, I suspect - your eyes quickly become acclimatised. Admittedly a tunnel is rather darker so some form of light is useful - for boats coming the other way to see you too. But that only requires something really dim, and your eyes quickly get acclimatised to that in the same way. It's just this modern way of too much reliance on gizmos, so the thought that they are unnecessary in most cases never gets considered. My own problem with tunnels is my eyes tend to get fixed on the light at the end as I get near to it, and i have to close them and shake my head to "unfix" my eyes and let them relax again. Steering, particularly in any form of narrow passage, is mostly about peripheral vision rather than staring rigidly ahead. Tam
  13. Tunnel light

    I just can't imagine how those poor working boatmen managed before these floodlights came into existence. Apparently they even had to use paraffin lights in the old days - it must have been really terrible.
  14. That post will get you lynched by the "one death is one death too many" brigade - not lynched to death, of course, or that would be one lynch too many
  15. Fencing beside bits of canal and rail was more commonly put there for the protection of the canal/railway rather than the other way round. Having a train hit a cow that wandered onto the line would disrupt the service; having the horse or towage tractors that hauled barges on London canals getting tangled up with kids playing on the towpath ditto. Erecting fences for the protection of the dullards who can't look after themselves has only come about in recent years, along with the emergence of the blame culture.