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  1. Friends were heading off the K&A up to the Oxford last October. Rather than do it in the 2 days you *can* do it in, they purchased a week's licence to do some sight-seeing. Poor things got as far as Wallingford when the rains came down and the red boards came out. The red boards didn't come off until May! On several occasions the towpath was under-water and needed waders to get off the boat. Pump out into a barrel and walk over a mile to get water. After the red boards came off we were in lock down... They spent 6 months in Wallingford. Lovely place but it must have been wearing a bit thin. Respect the Thames.
  2. Thanks, the index number was the one thing worrying me. Mystery solved and we are signing the contract tonight! Daughter has been looking for ages - very pleased this boat popped up in good condition at the right price. The 2nd hand market has gone insane in the last few weeks - I guess people wanting UK holidays or a post lock down change of life style.
  3. That's it! We've found a pic showing it has at sometime had a Bridgewater number B and 4 digits So the 55422 will be a reregistered Bridgewater number that CRT are using as though it twer theirs. Thank you all so much.... Case closed GB-RYA00617H505
  4. Yup the HIN number ends H505.... Which looks promising. Thanks
  5. Thanks Ian, yup I tried the Canalplan search and it doesn't come up with the index, nor the current name 'Ginny May', Nor the name engraved presumably at fit-out 'Carol Ann' But it is recognised by crts shop-a-boater licence checker
  6. Greetings, We have just put an offer in on a 47ft cruiser stern Nb for my daughter. Before we signed on the dotted line I am trying to do some due diligence checks. It is recorded as a 2005 build (John White Boat builders) its condition and paperwork is consistent with that. My conundrum is that the CRT index number has 5 digits (55422). I understood that the current 6 digit numbers started in 1995 so we seem to be missing a number. Is it possible for someone to re-use an old number like a cherished number plate? Or is the boat older than it looks? Or is CRT's numbering system not consistent.... I might just have answered my own question!
  7. Don't panic Mr Mannering. Good article here explaining how it will work. Will prohibit sale of 'bad' fuels eg wet wood, extend smokeless zones to the whole country and only permit use of DEFRA approved stoves. Unfortunately the popular Morso Squiggle 1410 (like what I've got) is *not* DEFRA approved. Strangely the 1412 wood burning version *is* approved - So, will they ban the use of unapproved stoves, meaning I have to replace my stove - or will the ban just be on new stoves?
  8. Thanks. Yes a lovely canal but it's great to be moving again. Boats are meant to navigate not be tied up for long. Several places available for a lift out but that would have cost ££. Would have been OK as a last resort though.
  9. Just to close this thread - we've just escaped after 6 months being stuck on the Basingstoke. We (Nbs Ceilidh and Legend) came on at the at the end of May, each with a month's licence. A few days later Lock 18 gates were damaged and required replacing. This took 2 months, by which time we were in the middle of the drought. There was insufficient water to fill the pounds that had been drained to enable the repair, a situation that got worse as first the Hampshire pound then the Surrey pound were closed to Navigation. It looked like we were going to be entombed on the Basingstoke until April - 10 months. Lovely though the Basingstoke is - we feel we've 'done' it now, so were pleased to hear the Deepcut flight was re-opening last week. We have just made good our escape up to the K&A after a bit of a Thames cruise to try and get some use from our (unrefundable) gold licences. - Phew!
  10. Thanks Tim, good spot. I'll let the chaps know the answer lies within their own journal! To clarify it's age - sometime in the late 90s probably as it is controlled by some Mitsubishi computer chips.
  11. I have just come across two volunteers from the Basingstoke Canal Society restoring the magnificent working model of a lock in the foyer of Mytchett Canal Centre. They have no details as to who built it and donated it - or any plans as to how the electronics work. They would very much like to identify the builder(s) so they can be properly credited. From the electronics it looks around 20 years old and probably post-dates the canal re-opening in 1991. Might anybody know?
  12. Update from the BCA the wood for the new gate has been delivered from France and is now with the gate builder. However manufacture and fitting will still be several more weeks ? Just a thought - we are stuck the wrong side of the closure until the gate is fixed, just poodling between Mytchett and Odiham kicking our heels. If anyone was booked onto the Basingstoke and is close enough and would like to sample the delights if this beautiful and under-used canal (certainly now!) you are welcome to join Annie and I on Ceilidh for a day's cruise - perhaps cross it off your bucket list. Just pm me......
  13. Had this on my engine covers - we christened the engine bay "Igor's Crypt" because of the noise the made opening. Solved it by drilling a 3mm hole in each hinge to allow oiling. No grease nipple needed. But take care to identify the cup side of the hinge, not the pin holder side.
  14. The Basingstoke Canal Authority are managing to get everyone who needs to off the canal today and next Monday by roping them through the damaged lock 18 with crews off just incase the gates give.
  15. KenM

    Padworth lock K&A

    Lock re- opened this afternooon. There might have been an underlying fault with the collar, but the boat was GRP and the whole shooting match, beam 'n all ended up on the bottom.
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