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PaulJ

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  1. PaulJ

    River Nene electrified (Guillotine) locks

    6mm diameter- and it does make it alot easier
  2. PaulJ

    Water levels at Wigan??

    The Behemoth is only supposed to be 24-27 inch draught but it is 57 x 12'8" . It got stopped dead in its tracks more than a dozen times today- sometimes taking 15 minutes to get the rear end into the lock after the bow had entered- and that was with the ground paddles open to give me some water! Enjoy lol.
  3. PaulJ

    Water levels at Wigan??

    Not sure what sort of boat you have Hullygully but I had a mare of a journey up the flight today on the Behemoth. To be fair all those ahead had no problem though.Took me about 3/4 hour ploughing through the silt just to to get into the flight and then it was OK up to about lock 72 where it all ran out of water. Lockies and volockies sent loads of water down and generally kept things moving-took me 9 hours non stop (that does include a foray down the weedhatch though) !
  4. PaulJ

    Water levels at Wigan??

    Youre welcome. Tell the truth I was oblivious to all the goings on until I read your post and went and had a look. Me and the Behemoth would have been ploughing through it all in the morning possibly just to find all the gates still padlocked at the bottom of the flight. 😁
  5. PaulJ

    Water levels at Wigan??

    Not long spoke to the CRT chappies who came to sort it out- they are running water down to try and fill it back up. May or may not be ready in morning Chap came through from Poolstock about an hour and half ago but he got stuck for a while-the pair of boats that went through earlier obviously made it through alright!
  6. PaulJ

    Water levels at Wigan??

    I am at Wigan at the moment. Wigan junction ( between 85 and 86) is very low but a couple of boats went through heading towards Leigh earlier. Dont know how far they got though. I am planning on going through in the morning -I am overnighting before 86 as its got a bit more water in it . Unless you have the beam of a canoe I couldnt share..
  7. PaulJ

    Gayton to Cambridge and beyond

    I arrived there late and chap from Calcutt told me much the same-hence my comment, let the river do the work 😁Left early so didnt see the farmer- I left a fiver and a note tied to the post in a nan bread wrapper (all I had) -hope the sheep didnt eat it lol. When you get to Ouse look out at Hilgay Bridge(nr Denver) -you may spot this..
  8. PaulJ

    Gayton to Cambridge and beyond

    Hi Timx, Nice to meet you the other day ☺️ If you want a quiet night (The fair is on at the moment on The Embarkment) and dont need to walk to the shops-you carry on past the turn off for Stanground as if you are heading for Dog in a doublet lock. Very quiet and deserted...
  9. PaulJ

    Gayton to Cambridge and beyond

    A knife to cut the ropes of the boat that has taken to mooring on there may be helpful too...
  10. PaulJ

    Firing up the Sabb again.

    Yep- and lifeboats too. My own is out of a lifeboat.
  11. PaulJ

    Firing up the Sabb again.

    Looking good Peter. Is this a spare or are you replacing the one thats in your boat already? That always sounds good in your vids. My own is running lovely now (still needs some more work on the injection side though)
  12. PaulJ

    Gayton to Cambridge and beyond

    Nope- just on my way to pick it up at the moment so passing through next weekend all being well .. I like to time it so that kebab shop down the road is open 😀
  13. PaulJ

    Gayton to Cambridge and beyond

    Ive come across Leon many a time- hes always left the locks set ahead of me (free!) and I dont doubt he has his faults - but I have to say he does a good job putting boats through and works them efficiently. If you dont want his services just tell him. Simple.
  14. PaulJ

    Gayton to Cambridge and beyond

    I not sure the lockeeper would like being described as such either lol. I have passed your house many times but never spotted you yet.. will be on a beaut of a tug called Clancy J..
  15. PaulJ

    Gayton to Cambridge and beyond

    I use a philips screwdriver that has had the shaft cut down to approx 2 inches long to operate the hand wheels on the Nene locks.Works great. Some phone numbers for middle levels you will need- Stanground (must give 24hr notice) 07824600470 Marmot Priory 078248217737 Salters Lode 01366382292 If you are more than 60ft let Salters Lode know you are coming. The best bit of the Ouse starts at Popes Corner where you turn off for Cam... Going that way myself tomorrow so will watch out for you all-I am in a 67ft Tug ☺☺☺
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