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JamesFrance

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About JamesFrance

  • Birthday 01/17/1938

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    Carcassonne

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    Retired
  • Boat Name
    Dolphin of Menai
  • Boat Location
    Sant Carles de la Rapita, Spain

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  1. I had a red Beta 27 hp engine in a Stoke on Trent 42ft boat I bought new from them ready built in 1997. It did have the normal skin tank with three cylinders and seemed rather underpowered on rivers. Maybe that was the standard colour in those days. I paid £32000 for that boat so it is probably worth more than that in today's market.
  2. I had one of the Dunkirk boats 50 years ago, she had a brass plate on the stern. We did day chartering in Malta with her one year then brought her back to Falmouth via the Canal du Midi the year after.
  3. Aintree boats offer what you are looking for and their workmanship and delivery times are good. http://www.aintreeboats.co.uk/specifications/
  4. Following last week's floods there is severe damage to the Canal. Here is a translation of part of the VNF pdf report on the closure. Sector of Trèbes - Orbiel Canal Bridge: damage to the masonry of the work, with loosening of stones. As soon as the event occurred, the reach was lowered in order to reduce the weight of the water. First aid work was immediately started. Also note, subsidence or ruptures of dikes upstream of the structure. In the harbor and up to the Trèbes lock, boats have been lifted by the flood and are stranded today on the bank. However, the section between the locks of Carcassonne and that of Marseillette remain closed to navigation and can not be reopened before the period of work "Chomages" of the Canal du Midi (November - December 2018).
  5. I think you should be OK where you are going, but further upstream we have had terrible flooding last week, it came up to our garden gate but fortunately no higher, but we were without telephone or internet until yesterday and our footbridge was swept away. I live across a small river opposite a village just north of Carcassonne and most of the road bridges between us and there are shut, so not easy to get around. The canal at Trebes is drained with some boats up on the bank, it must have flooded badly and then breached where it is close to the river Aude. We had thick mud from our small river, so couldn't leave the house as there is a ford by our lane where we are the last house and it is lower than at our end where the lane just goes on to fields.
  6. When I used to holiday in Ireland about 60 years ago there was an advertising hoarding competition. One had the Toucan and the slogan "Guinness is good for you". The other one just said "But Murphy's is better" We also used to frequent a Folk club in Salford for the best Guinness, near the docks where the Guinness ships came in so it didn't get shaken up by road travel and only brewed using real Liffey water of course.
  7. He seemed to be your hero who you were looking up to and convinced you to become a labour supporter. I think the whole lot of them are parasites living well at the expense of the public.
  8. Can you think of anyone who has enriched themselves more by being part of the labour movement than Kinnock? Blair and Mandelsohn possibly? https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/campaign-highlights-kinnocks-10m-eu-2100178
  9. I used to use an anchor all the time in the 1970s when I did most of my med cruising. There were very few marinas then and the usual system was to drop an anchor and reverse onto a quay where you tied the stern lines. It was important not to drag as you could bang the stern on the key hard if you did that when the wind got up. The problem weeds were in places like the Isles d'Hyeres where they grew in the bays where we often anchored.
  10. Anchors are only really tested when anchoring in deep water, which will never be the case on rivers. I doubt whether shortening the bar would be any problem for inland use where the bottom would usually be mud anyway. The danforth anchors I have used have only failed to hold when very heavy weed roots have jammed the anchor flat so the flukes have been unable to dig in again after dragging a little.
  11. I have a suggestion for you, how about buying a nice boat to live on on the Canal du Midi, where the mooring fees and license fees are really low. You could then fly to Stansted from Carcassonne as often as you like for 10 Euros each way then take the Stansted Express to link up with the underground. That way you could see your family regularly and have a much nicer life than being stuck in the horror of inner London.
  12. Just like when they had an all women short list for a safe seat until Harriet Harridans husband and trade union boss wanted it for himself.
  13. This is the best site for going anywhere https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Béziers/Prades Jus put in where you wan and find the details of any public transport.
  14. The final Braunston Boat Show in 1999. Steve Hudson and Martin Webster on the bow of one boat, Steve's wife Diana on mine. Steve would not let me join the delivery trip! Probably going to thrash it! He did that himself after installing the plumbing on one night then a short trip non stop overnight. He had (Hazardous) Kevin Worthington along who won his master boat painter and signwriter with my boat. Steve did find time to run me there in his BMW and announced he would teach me how to handle her after the show. As we went out through the Braunston Entrance he stepped off and said see you back at Tamworth.
  15. Sorry if my post upset anyone. Usually I am careful not to post anything to annoy anyone on any forum, I amaforum moderator myself and know perfectly well how to behave myself. I am now suffering from over a week of hardly any sleep, I am 80 years old and had a severe reaction to an antibiotic which caused anaphylactic shock which is life threatening and led to not being able to sleep. I never had an allergy like that before. When I saw the joke about butlers for Hudsons which has appeared on this forum for years and is presumably all to wind up another forum member, I posted what I really thought. I would compare his boats more to a vintage Bentley I once old, solid, reliable , sensible and durable. My old Hudson is now 20 years old and I am in regular contact with the present owner who has owned her for over 10 years. He is finally having her repainted for the first time ever after keeping the colour scheme I designed and only the rear cabin sides were changed before. he has sent me many photos of boats in different colours for an opinion. The only problem I had when the boat was new was a small water leak which developed after a few months. Steve was extremely upset and swore he sacked the welder . We went all over with her during her time with us.
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