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  2. Having done a little digging - a third boat, and famous! http://www.canalscape.net/Canals on Screen/Canals on Screen.htm Harmony - a cruiser stern starred in 'Travelling Man' a Grenada TV series..... Also confirms that David Jones operated out of Taylor's Boatyard in Chester.
  3. Dunno! By the time I'd filled it out I was back in France, and the postage paid envelope obviously wouldn't work from there, so I popped it in with my tax return and asked HMCR to forward it. I'll be able to tell you in 90 years time when they release the records....
  4. I too have a David Jones boat (apparently, no plaque or actual evidence, just on the sales bumpf when I bought her) - but listed as Davy Jones, which gave me a palpitation on first sight.... She's from 1979, and is now 58' having been stretched in a couple of places and definitely not on her original engine....
  5. I applied for a job last time round as an enumerator; apparently I was lined up for one in order to reach the 'hard' group of cc'rs - until they discovered I was one and therefore was deemed not to have a secure location to store the census forms. I did eventually get hold of a census form and completed it, but that was complicated by the fact that by the time I'd got hold of someone in the office, I was in France and they wouldn't send me a form there! The form was sent to a local boatyard who were willing to hold it for me.
  6. Credit card, Phone with (big/unlimited) data plan, Chainsaw, backpack, spares and toolkit. (Slightly hard to answer this, as the most vital bits are inseparable from the boat - so I'd count solar panels, batteries, wine cellar, mooring kit and stove as boat rather than 'items')
  7. Within their rights to withdraw the service - I agree, but to do so without notice or publicity is a bit off. They didn't even bother telling CRT - who would have been able to let boaters in the area know, rather than make a wasted journey to the pontoon and back....
  8. Limehouse Marina facilities were open to all. Then BWML was sold off. There was no announcement, just a refusal to service. COVID given as an excuse. Having spoken to a fair few of the boaters when they did visit, this is the case - one partner owns the boat, the other lives on the hard. Lockdown kept them both on land. In several instances, because we were not near a pumpout and their tank was brimming.... As to those who never visited - I don't know. Don't forget, the demographic of London boating is radically different to the rest of the country - there are a lot more young people....
  9. I've boated regularly through London for the last three years (three - six months at a time). The only area in which I haven't been able to moor against the towpath at the first time of looking is Camden to Islington tunnel - twice in five passages... In terms of passing through the centre of town, the problem is Regents Park - there are no rings or moorings available from Lisson Grove to Camden, and with only 4 berths available above Camden locks, it makes for a minimum of 3 hours on the water before any mooring becomes possible. The high voltage lines under the towpath are now decommissioned, so the work to remove them gives an ideal opportunity to create another mile or so of moorings (~160). But see below! There _are_ many boats on the canals there; the real issue is the lack of sanitary facilities - not helped by Limehouse Marina preventing non-residents from using theirs this year. There are no facilities between Little Venice at Paddington and St Pancras. Don't even ask about pumpouts... In my two month lock-down sojourn in Mile End it was clear that only about 25% of boats were lived on, the rest were ghost boats (with about 1 in 3 being visited occasionally, and the rest not at all in that time). So much for boaters - what about other stakeholders? Anglers - seen plenty on the Paddington Arm, Regents (East of Hackney) and Lee. Again, Regents Park is a ghost town. Walkers, Joggers, Cyclists - everywhere, all the time, except on the Lee north of the Olympic Park. But that's where the muggers take over.... Local residents - I don't know. Presumably they also form the previous category. So what to do? Create more and better sanitary facilities, enforce movement and licensing (and make sure new owners get the rules). Make sure that problems are dealt with and not left to fester by not talking to local councils or neighbours. I was there when the idiot burned whatever it was below the St Mary's Hospital air intakes - all of us dobbed the twat in to CRT, but we still lost those four spots in the basin. In the end though, I suspect CRT will create zones to be moved through (with lots of lovely new logo'd signs in plastic zip-tied to random railings) and then fail to enforce them on a timescale of 'have we got a decade-long grant from DEFRA yet?'
  10. Nothing's changed in relation to incorporating the Stroudwater and the Thames & Severn into the journey....
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  12. DaveP

    Snob boaters

    Me! Me! Me! I self-identify as a London Boater, and I'm on the loose in the Home Counties ATM. Where can I meet said snobby? Love and peace, innit bruv.
  13. Indeed so; I still have £4 credit on mine and it worked in Hythe Bridge the other year. I am planning on making a booking on the Boris moorings for a week in January....
  14. Maybe electric narrowboats are almost here.... New kit costs: 15kw electric motor kit - 3k, 15kw batteries - 6.5k, 3kw panels (using about 12m of cabin top) - 2.5k. Total 12k. Panels will produce 2kwh in the depths of winter, allowing a 30min cruise each day, and 1kwh for living. The batteries provide a week-long backup in the event of total panel failure to generate.... This means that you still need a solid-fuel stove and alternative cooking and water-heating (gas) arrangements - or a back boiler etc. [Living aboard, I reckon I use 3.5kWh of gas/day, and 48kWh of coal/stove /day when running 24-7]. A new diesel costs about 6k. I'm presuming they're about the same cost to fit into the boat. But then the diesel has running costs(say 400/yr), whilst the electric gets a 25% licence discount from CRT(say 200/yr). So the break-even point comes after about 10-12 years. It is the winter heating that's the elephant - needing a 2kw continuous feed....
  15. It's happening. Whole load of closures this and next month to install bollards from York Way to City Road lock. And then the moorings become bookable only, and only single mooring, and only for one week. If you're a cc'er you can't get an online account to use the bollards....
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