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Keeping Up

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Keeping Up last won the day on February 7 2020

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About Keeping Up

  • Birthday 10/06/1949

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    Milton Keynes
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    Electronics, computers, music (60s/70s rock), drink (wine whisky and beer)

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    Used to be Keeping Up
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    Stoke Hammond

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  1. Back in the late 1960s we were on a hire boat and arrived at Foxton locks to find the side-ponds empty. We opened some paddles then heard a shout and saw a man standing on a bulldozer in the middle of the now-flooded pond. He had been digging out the silt from the side-ponds, and now we had stranded him. Getting the boat through the locks as quickly as possible, we then drained the side-pond for him again and he came over to 'discuss' with us the benefits of keeping our eyes open while locking.
  2. The underwater profile is also different north of Berkhamstead. The width from bank to bank is the same but the deep channel is narrower and would have needed re-profiling before any significant usage by widebeam boats could have been implemented. Maybe they built bridges and tunnels wider because subsequent modification would have been more difficult than merely digging out the earth channel?
  3. But only from London to Berkhamstead
  4. Indeed. If you cut away all the steelwork for the full length of the boat, and take away the internal fit out, then remove the engine and gearbox, there is really not a lot left. The quoted article is scaremongering at its best, designed to promote the self-interests of various interested groups. Overplating, when carried out by an experienced and capable professional repairer, is a perfectly good technique. But there are also quite a few bodgers out there. The problem is, how do you tell which is which?
  5. I'd be very happy to help you. Highly experienced (over 50 years) and willing to drive up and do a car shuffle first. I'll send you a PM.
  6. And yet we got a good signal from our Omnimax on about 90% of the network that we travelled, both in towns and in remote countryside including virtually the whole of the GU (except the Leicester line), W&B, T&M, BCN, Oxford, Coventry, Shroppie, & Llangollen. Obviously there were occasional dead spots on all, but the only major exceptions were the southern S&W and the Caldon
  7. We've been to the Great Western several times, the last being just a few weeks ago. Good beer, friendly service, and excellent food every time.
  8. It depends much on who did the overplating, and how well. If it was done by a well known and highly experienced professional boatyard, and was properly surveyed both before and after the overplating (with the paperwork to support that) then the value of a boat should not be reduced just because the work has been done. Our own 67ft boat, which was 30 years old and had been properly overplated as well as being meticulously maintained throughout its life, sold for that price within just a few hours of being advertised and the buyer's surveyor said it was well worth it.
  9. I don't think the bars were fitted to protect the cabin tops, they were there to protect the passengers. They were hurriedly fitted (it may even have been made mandatory on hire boats for a while?) after somebody was killed when a hire boat drove into a swing bridge on the K&A while they were standing in the front cockpit area.
  10. On Canal Plan, look at your Preferences page and on the Speeds tab select "Never" for Seaways and maybe Tidal Rivers too. It will then show you the alternative routes.
  11. No, it wasn't modified, that's just what happened anyway. The bottom was completely flat. In fact the chines (where the sides met the bottom) had worn away after years as a hire boat on the Llangollen and Shroppie, so strip of angle had been welded along them.
  12. We had one of those, see here, and we loved her. Yes the biggest weak point was the joint where the top met the sides; I never did seal all the leaks despite using tube after of sealant, so as soon as it started raining we knew where immediately to place saucepans to catch the drips. Also the screws through the roof and up into the handrails were a weak point (the rail once snapped off so I fell into the canal while still holding it in my hand) but that was easy to fix. Later models had a modified roof design with built in upstands so that the rail could be a straight pole. On the plus side the GRP was a sandwich made of two thin sheets of GRP holding a layer of foam which provided extremely good thermal insulation, unlike most similar boats of the time which were just a single layer of GRP which on its own is very cold in winter. The wet bilge was never a problem, and never caused a dampness issue in the living area. We also loved the way it allowed such a low floor in the cockpit area, so that there was good headroom even when the cratch covers were in place (it became our children's favourite space). In particular the air-cooled SR3 used to suck air right through the boat's bilge and thus ensured that the bilge remained mainly dry (especially once we had fitted a shower drain pump instead of having the soapy water drain into the bilge)
  13. Before powered boats the rules were set according to the wind direction (starboard tack has right of way etc) then at first "steam gives way to sail" was adequate, but eventually new rules were needed. An idiot official in the Admiralty (whose name I forget) who had never been to sea, decreed that the rule in the Thames Estuary should be that ships heading out to sea should drive on the right and ships coming in from the sea should drive on the left (or maybe it was the other way round). It took 3 head-on collisions and about 30 lives lost before he admitted that perhaps he had made a slight mistake.
  14. After 30,000 miles on Keeping Up (plus a fair few thousand before that on previous boats) we had been everywhere that we wanted to go many times - on 2000 miles of waterway that's 15 times each place on average. We had in fact covered all but 6.5 miles of the waters that we could reach, and realised we were getting bored! Add to that our increasing sense of frustration with CRT's growing contempt in their attitudes both towards boaters and towards the need for maintenance to keep canals navigable, as well as our frustration at the increasingly crowded state of the canals which made mooring in our chosen places more and more difficult, and we were strongly driven to sell the boat. CRT were very quick and efficient in giving us our licence refund, but spoiled it by then setting their debt collection department on to us for owing them that exact amount!
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