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cheshire~rose last won the day on August 30 2019

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  • Birthday 05/05/1960

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    Things with engines. The Restoration of The Chesterfield Canal.

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    Clayworth on The Chesterfield Canal

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  1. Yes indeed, it is a lovely conversion and it is great to see a historic boat that has been converted in a sympathetic way making it a very practical boat to use. A boat that has been much loved
  2. When we apply for our licence each year we have to give the details of our mooring. We have to apply for our mooring each year, it is a boat club mooring and if we have not kept our nose clean and followed the rules of the club then we could be refused a mooring. The date of our licence application is not the same as the date of our mooring application and so the two can overlap by a long time before the next declaration to CRT where our mooring is. There used to be a boat that bimbled up and down the canal making good use of the various 48 hour moorings on the canal (most of the moorings on The Chessie are 48 hour) Nice enough chap, kept himself to himself etc. Occasionally we would think pah! when we found him moored where we hoped to as some of the best moorings are only big enough for one boat but that's life.... then he joined the club and got himself a mooring and we thought we might get to know the guy but he continued to keep himself to himself (not a problem) and didn't really engage with the club much or give anything back to the club which is part of the T's and C's of havng a mooring there. After a year he gave up his mooring and moved on. We don't know where to but the boat that replaced him were people who engaged with and became active members of the club. Much later CRT contacted the club to check if he still had his mooring there. Joining the dots we think his bobbing back and forth on one stretch of canal had brought his activity into the spotlight of CRT so he took the mooring so he could get his 12 months licence then continued to declare it as his home mooring long after he had actually left. In truth depending on when his licence was applied for he could have possibly gained an aadditional 11 months of declarartion of having a home mooring before the next licence was issued. Whether or not he then made a false declaration we won't ever know but these things can and do happen
  3. I already opened one can of worms with an email this month! Their business department needs to investigate further before they can answer my question. Don't temp me....
  4. But the Highways Agency don't have a rule like this so it can't be interpreted that way. I really don't understand why they have created another rod for their backs with what appears to be a totally unnecessary rule. Perhaps if every boater with the name of their boat builder, painter, chimney maker or whatever immediately cintacts them to request permission to have that name on show they may realise?
  5. This business of not displaying a business name had me wondering: I think as London Midland & Scottish Railways have ceased trading we should be safe but it did flag up to me that Python has the names of various companies that supported her restoration displayed when the engine room doors are open. Having brought this new rule to the attention of the boat manager last night he is already in reciept of an email from one of the local CRT managers giving permission. Not too difficult for him but who would a private boat owner ask permission of I wonder? This is the sort of thing I imagine a request would be batted from pillar to post before anyone took responsibilty for it. On our last boat the boat painter had signed his work so is that allowed? What about all the boat builders who have their name either painted on or in some cases cut into the steel, does that require permission? All those people with one of those posh chimneys from The Little Chimney Company are very proudly displaying the name of the company - does that require permission? I have seen various boats named after a particular beer - will they have to change their boats name? As always it is just too vague.
  6. We think it might have been to give the headroom for the bedroom cabin ? There are some elements of that boat that are really rather lovely but sorry - not my cup of tea
  7. So many people think this only happens in these threads. Those who find this thread entertaining need to check out the movie of the book by helping in real life ....
  8. No you do not remember correctly Python is not "my" charity boat Python is not used for "pleasure rides by the public" Python is Chesterfield Canal Trust's historic WORKBOAT. She is used by volunteers to maintain the canal. The rules have probably changed. I have already told you I do not have documentary evidence so please stop asking for it. At the time we were at pains to try and comply with RCD where it was practical to do so as we felt that by doing so we were building in a greater level of safety for the users of the boat. This was even though at approaching 90 years old RCD was never going to be required. The work was overseen by two surveyors at the time, one of whom is a registered marine gas safe engineer. At the time he had a situation with a boat privately owned by one of the volunteers and he had bought a new open flue Morco and moved it to a different site from it's original fitting. He had to move it back again! Obviously my understanding of the legistaltion is out of date so ignore me but I would suggest that any query about a gas appliance of any sorts would be raised with someone qualified to answer and not from what someone has posted on social media so I will leave this discussion here.
  9. You have lost me now. I must have misunderstood you. I thought you were suggesting that the boiler was not in compliance with the rules for a live aboard boat where it is currently situated so you suggested moving it. I have no knowledge of the rules of where you can and can't site a boiler on a live aboard but I do know that it is only permissable to site an open flue instant gas water heater in a place where one has been previously fitted (for example to replace one that has failed) Any new installation is required to be a sealed flue heater. At least it was a couple of years back = perhaps I am out of step with the changes No, or at least I might have a trail of emails between myself and the surveyor who was overseeing the refit on Python but that is not really "documentary evidence" We were able to fit an open flue Morco on board because there had previously been one fitted but it had to go in the exact same location which involved fitting a new bulkhead where one had previously been removed when she was re-bottomed.
  10. You cannot change the location of an open flue instant gas water heater. They are still allowed in boats if they have been fitted since before the rules changed but a replacement has to be fitted in the same place or if fitting in a different place they need to be a sealed flue model This is something a surveyor would be aware of
  11. We just fitted one to replace a split charge relay that had gone faulty. We had several people whose advice we trust suggest it was the way to go. Our problem wasn't a flat starter battery but rather intermittent lack of charging on the domestic bank.
  12. How incredibly sad. There is such a tragedy in someone's life that is the back story to this. My heart goes out to everyone involved including the emergency services who have to deal with these horrible situations.
  13. Having just spent a thoroughly pleasurable couple of hours chatting on the phone to Ron and Margaret Baker who built this boat they have told me they spoke to a gentleman who used to own the boat some years back at Hawne Basin (where their current boat is moored) He said he believes Jamie is on the River Avon. He was telling me about the time them took the boat down The Anderton Boat Lift and on The Weaver and through Salt Marsh Lock (this was before the boat lift had been out of action for many years). He mentioned about a broken down boat he towed back to Lymm and the owner was so grateful he took him in his posh sports car to fetch his car where he had left it at Kidsgrove. He was also telling me about the time they took the boat out of Limehouse Lock on the Tidal Thames and about the J4 van he got the original BMC engine from but had to pay £50 for a brand new BMC gearbox! They have a lot of old Polaroid pictures of the boat from their years boating on it with their young family. They understand that the owner of the boat may want to remain private but, if anyone does know the owner and can ask them if they would like to get in touch with the builder of his boat and perhaps piece together some of the history of the boat then they would love to make contact. I have permission to pass on their phone number to the owner of the boat so if you are in a position to be able to check if the owner of Jamie wants too be put in touch then please let me know by PM
  14. I would also say that Oxley Marine will give great service. We used to moor quite close and have used them for numerous jobs over the years from blacking to engine service to fixing the loo!
  15. Yes, part of the Chesterfield Canal is an SSSI - from West Stockwith up to Whitsundaypie Lock. For that reason clearance of reeds has to be done carefully at the correct time of year (winter) but this is the blanket weed that causes a problem during the summer and will choke the canal for all the natural biodiversity it is a habitat for just as much as it does for boating. SSSI status does not apply above Whitsunday Pie Lock and yet the method of only removing the top few inches of blanket weed is employed along any part of the canal where you might find a weed cutter working
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