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Keeping Up

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  1. If the wires used to run a fridge ok, the chances are that they'll be ok now because the new fridges are generally more efficient than old ones, except that as the new one is a fridge/freezer it may need more current especially at start-up.
  2. And the second law is that being on a widebeam excuses you from ever having to close lock gates behind you.
  3. When I bought mine they were relatively new to the UK. The manual said you could wash them in the dishwasher, but when I did so all the colour disappeared. Apparently American/Canadian dishwashers don't use salt unless you add it on a per-time basis but of course UK ones have reservoir so salt is always added. Tilley replaced it with no problems, thanking me for discovering that the UK version of the manual needed re-writing. A few years later two of the brass eyelets fell out; Tilley replaced it with no problems. Then several years later the dog chewed the brim and again Tilley replaced it with no problems. I reckon I got good value from my purchase 30 years ago, especially as in every case they returned the old hat with the new one and I am still using them all (even the one with half the brim missing)
  4. I have no idea, I hope somebody does, but I suspect the Government then was too busy fighting a war to bother with making such trivialities into law. I just find it so frustrating that the EU invited the UK to apply to renew the deregulation, and our Goverment at the time (led by Gordon Brown IIRC) decided not to do so - presumably in order that they could collect the tax revenue from us and blame the "evil EU" for it.
  5. Maybe the fact that Churchill specifically promised it to all inland craft in perpetuity, in recognition of those who went to Dunkirk, should count for something.
  6. Don't be so pessimistic. After 30 years the carpet on the bedroom walls is still in good condition and well stuck to the wood behind it.
  7. I've never heard of anyone having, or needing, an isolator on the return pipe.
  8. We've just been up the Caldon again. Moored in Hanley Park for lunch but I wouldn't stop there overnight; it would be great if the current works improved things but I wouldn't count on it. We've often stopped overnight a little way after bridge 14 with no problems & I always regard that as my first safe stop. This year however we stopped below Engine lock, it was very busy there. In Stoke we often stop overnight at Westport Lake and have never had problems; ditto the Toby Carvery except just once, 20 years ago, a couple of guys sitting outside the pub had had a bit too much to drink so as they got up to leave they threw their empty bottles towards the boats - that's not enough to out me off & we had a good meal there on Tuesday night.
  9. I'd suggest moor just beyond Sainsbury's. It's about a hundred yards outside the dock and very safe.
  10. Does that make him a continuous cruiser?
  11. As the owner of a boat that had to be overplated, I would disagree that overplating is a bad thing. If it is done badly it is a bad thing, if it is done well it is a good thing.
  12. Definitely doable in a week. Either direction is fine; personally I like going up Hatton rather than down because the boat behaves well in those locks, but others may suggest the opposite. Definitely take the North Stratford option.
  13. Passed your boat a day or so back, as we've just been up to Bugsworth and are on our way back now. Shopped in Tesco at Kidsgrove then at Whaley Bridge - Pingu is a Tesco addict - and will shop at Kidsgrove again in a few days time. No need to go anywhere else (except the pub of course. BTW the Ring o Bells at Marple is great again).
  14. We're moored below 41 at the moment, as said before it's the nearest good mooring for Tesco (and fine overnight too). Just after the lock mooring is piling, as it is all the way to the next lock, or if you prefer it there are rings from just around the corner onwards. It's deep to the edge but mind the waterlilies on the first corner they grab your prop.
  15. Where on the Maccy are you? We'll be travelling up from Kidsgrove to Bugsworth & back over the next 7 days so may be able to stop when we pass.
  16. Agreed. I don't believe the MSC require this any more - they didn't when I went along there a few years back.
  17. No ours was a slightly different story. At about 23 years old the boat came out for blacking, then after washing it the boatyard and I inspected the hull together. The deepest pits in the 6mm sides were less than 0.5mm. Then a year later the insurers (luckily) insisted on a survey as we approached 25 years old, and the surveyor and I were shocked to find extensive pitting on both sides from end to end, waterline to nameplate, to a depth of well over 5mm in the 6mm steel. Strangely the baseplate was unaffected. At that rate we would soon have been the proud owners of a 67' submarine, so we immediately had her replated. The cause remains a mystery to this day and will probably never be resolved.
  18. Utterly disgraceful!!! Desecration of our heritage!!! I hope CRT are going to reinstate it. I remember getting stuck there once, attempting to go through breasted after breaking down (Our rudder fell off) and we got a third of the way through that bridge before we stopped. Many other boats assisting and a lot of people hauling, to no effect; eventually we borrowed a Tirfor from WFB and winched ourselves back by using a sturdy tree as a fixed point.
  19. If you do that the helpful person will ALWAYS pull on the rope so that the stern goes out into the middle of the canal and you are then stuffed!
  20. We came through Coxheads today. The supervisor told me that all the work has been completed, they are now just waiting for the electricity company to reconnect the supply so they can start testing. He sounded pretty confident that it will be fully open within a week.
  21. We had dinner there a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say the food and the service were absolutely first-class.
  22. It's so ridiculous that the signs at Watford tell you that if there is no lock keeper on duty then at busy times you should work the staircase one-up/one-time "to maximise the use of water". It is of course correct that it maximises the use of water, but what is really required is to work say 3-up/3-down which minimises the use of water as well as speeding everything up.
  23. They are just ordinary 3" hinges, 4 to each bunk. They are screwed to the cabin sides at their lowest point immediately above the gunwales, and to the wooden bed bases, so they are angled by just under 90 degrees when the bunks are up and just under 180 when they are down. The height of the gunwales effectively therefore also defines what the height of the lower bunk must be. Does that make it clear or shall I take a picture tomorrow?
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