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  1. Latest from CRT: Notice Alert Leeds & Liverpool Canal Location: Duck Race, Appley Bridge, Finch Mill swing bridge 43 Is it just me or does the concept of a 'race' using the natural flow of water in a canal sound somewhat bizarre. Signed 'a cynic'
  2. Hi All... Hope you are all well? Looking to buy my first narrowboat, it will be my partners 2nd. He had a Liverpool Boats, cruiser stern. We have been on a few holidays since he sold it in 2012, after a job offer in NZ, however that fell through. At the moment, after Covid-19 it is very much a sellers market at the moment, with very few good quality and cared for boats on the market. We have looked at the usual agency websites, such as Apollo Duck, and also contacted a number of Marina brokerages in the UK, as well as visited a few very nice craft in Leicestershire. Would anyone recommend any sites, or specific marinas with good craft at the moment? Specifically Semi Trad, or Trad. Thank you
  3. Hi everybody. Not sure if anyone remembers, but I posted a few months ago with reference to narrowboat door panel sizes (whether standard or not) - we are looking for head for the cut as the children get a little older, therefore don't have a boat as yet. I cut portraits and other items using scroll saw techniques, and would really love to re-create the 'Roses & Castles'. I have discovered that the traditional techniques are slowly dying out - which would undoubtedly be a tragic shame. I have started creating my own templates (as with my other work) and used a technique called Segmentation, to cut the image. I have used the standard Humbrol oils, although some of the mixed colours are not quite true to form. I would really like any comments or opinions, as this would surely help me to get this important traditional art form correct. I'd like to make it perfectly clear that this is not a sales pitch in any way - I'm experimenting in the early stages and here seems the perfect place to ask for advice. Contact details of anyone who's an authority on Roses & Castles would be perfect. Thank you for reading, and any comments are greatly appreciated. Kindest Regards, Nick.
  4. Hello all, I have a question about where people put their ash from their coal burners. I am new to boating and have been given two completely opposite opinions about getting rid of ash (from coal/wood): "everyone tips it into the canal" "it's bad to tip it into the canal - cool it and put it in general waste" Is there anyone who can give any information about this? I have done tons of research but still no conclusive answer to be found. Would be good to have a link to an authoritative article regarding the subject. Main questions about it: - what is bad about tipping it into the canal? Does it affect wildlife etc? - is putting it in the bin the normal alternative? I understand that chemicals etc in ash are harmful if consumed, however people are already careful in the canal when it comes to Viles disease etc, and generally avoid getting in. So I'm mainly concerned about if it affects the natural wildlife in the canal. Please bear in mind I'm new to this and would just like some advice! I hope I'm not opening up a can of worms. Thank you so much
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  6. My parents are coming up to retirement, and are considering investing in a barge, because of the cost-effectiveness. What size would be best for two 60-somethings to buy in terms of feet?
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  8. Hi. I've just started a new blog about the Canals and the Nature that goes with them, but i'm struggling for avid readers, and thought that I should try to tailor the content more to what people want to see. So, if anyone could suggest good blogs about canals or anything that they think could help me out I would be ever so greatful. Cheers.
  9. I have just been on facebook and noticed that Midland Chandlers has posted there FREAKY FRIDAY date which is the 4th of October Just thought id pass the message on so everyone can get there hands on cheaper parts https://www.facebook.com/MidlandChandlers
  10. Some time ago frustration with the state of the waterways caused me to write a 'canal protest song' called 'The Bridge and the Swan' which, when mentioned on this forum, came in for some criticism. Two years later I've been at it again and have produced 'Waterway SOS' which can be found on the 'Songs of the Inland Waterways' website. It's hard to write a protest song which does not oversimplify and is therefore liable to possible misinterpretation so I'd like to make it clear that this is not intended to offend volunteers whose work has been essential in the past in saving our waterways and is continuing to be so. What I object to is the cynical use of non-paid workers to increasingly carry out tasks previously done by paid employees. I'll leave it at that. I look forward to reaction to the song with a little trepidation. The recording is just a 'first effort' and will be replaced with a better quality one where I sing the right words when I manage to record one.
  11. Stupid question time! When is a flat stretch of muddy water a 'branch' and when is it an 'arm'. This came up in the pub quiz last night when the quizmaster asked us to identify a town from a series of clues. One clue indicated that the town began to prosper when the canal reached it. But, knowing our interests, asked whether the lump of wet stuff joining the GUC to the Nene via Northampton should be called a branch or an arm. Over to you.....
  12. Hello everyone, my name is Patrick Dowse, I am starting a Documentary photo story on the canal boat culture in London over the next two months. I am looking to meet people and get to know them and find out why they choose to live on the boats. I find this lifestyle fascinating. I am based in London and can meet up with people at anytime. My website can be found at : patricklewisdowse.tumblr.com My contact email address is as follows : patricklewisdowse@live.co.uk Thank you Kindly, Patrick Lewis Dowse
  13. Mods - please allow this post - which is not a sale pitch - but some exciting and long awaited news. Thank you. CJB === Flower of Gloster - 2 x DVD release - Sept 2015 This is a very long awaited 'lost' t.v. series that started many folks on the long path to holidaying / living on the canals. The gods in their ivory towers must be listening ... http://networkonair.com/shop/2225-flower-of-gloster-the-the-complete-series-5027626436841.html "The first Granada Television series to be filmed in colour (though initially transmitted in black and white), this popular children's adventure featured a star who is 72 feet long and painted in cheerful shades of red and yellow! She is The Flower of Gloster, a converted canal barge which over the course of the series winds her way from Wales, through the inland waterways of England to the Pool of London at Tower Bridge. "When their boatyard owner father is taken ill, ten-year-old Michael, his twelve-year-old sister Elizabeth and elder brother Dick decide to deliver a narrow-boat to a buyer on his behalf. During their 220-mile trip, they make new friends but also encounter all kinds of danger and difficulties, played out against the changing pattern of the British countryside." CJB. ===
  14. Ditch bricks and mortar and buy a canal boat? It costs a fraction of a house but it's not all plain sailing ...? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-3084373/Living-canal-boat-cost-fraction-bricks-mortar-s-not-plain-sailing.html
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  18. Hello, Totally new to boating and looking for a permanent (non residential) mooring on the Bridgewater Canal (preferably close to Manchester) but can't find any information. Have been unable to get a response from bridgewatercanal@peel.co.uk and wondered what everyone else's experience was? Is it usual to have trouble gaining info about this sort of thing? Have seen mwebb@peel.co.uk suggested many times, but he has now retired. Finding it very frustrating. Thanks in advance for any help or advice, it would be very gratefully received! Amelia
  19. From the same blog as the Ashby canal photos - these are of the Chesterfield at Misterton taken in 1962. There are references to earlier photos - methinks I need to join the forum so I can search for them!! http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/85326-dave-fs-photos-ongoing-more-added-9th-september/page-308 More photos from same blog here http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/85326-dave-fs-photos-ongoing-more-added-9th-september/page-291 I like the one of West Stockwith basin frozen over.
  20. I'm looking at buying a 12ft widebeam hopefully next year. what i'm struggling to find is a map that shows the parts of the network that will take a 12ft boat I've been referring to this map http://newandusedboat.co.uk/canal-network-map.php But if I'm reading the Collins Nicholson guide right then what is stated as broad on the map still has 10ft wide locks. Is there a canal network map that shows what parts a 12ft wide beam will fit on. Also while I've been looking for possible marinas a map showing the marinas actual on the canals network map would also seem useful otherwise i find you have to keep trying to switch between canal map and google maps and try and match the two up then go to collins guide to check lock widths or other restrictions. Any help appreciated
  21. Hey guys new on here so wasnt sure where to post, just picked up a narrowboat with an sr2 in, but i'm struggling to find out the best way to adapt the throttle for a morse. It came with a morse and 33c cables but it has an original lister throttle cable, I can see some people are using 33c cables and i'm trying find the way around it talked to sleeman and to lister and no one seems to have an answer any help would be appreciated ive added a couple of pictures ( promise i don't keep my engines in this condition as i said only just picked it up!) Cav
  22. Hey everyone, I've browsed for a while as a guest and have finally bought my first boat. A small Viking narrow beam. Its on the aire & calder at the moment. How is the LL for small narrow cruisers? Do many GRP boats use it? What is progress like on the LL with traffic etc? I've checked with canalplan for timings etc but wondered how much the time of year etc had an effect. Lots of questions... Thanks everyone
  23. Does anyone know how many people descend on the canals every year? Or how many canal boat owners there are? Any statistics are interesting! Thanks
  24. Hi there can anyone help to identify the location in the old postcard below? Many thanks!
  25. Hi. I'm doing some research for a book, a thriller. The plot involves a family traveling from Llangollen to Sharpness near Bristol via the canals and finally a small section of the River Severn to the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal to Sharpness . They are doing it in a 30 foot river boat type (birchwood 33 gt) Can anyone confirm that this rout would have been possible in the late 1990's between 1995 and 2000. The rout they want to take is: Llangollen to Hurleston Locks Shropshire Union Canal to Autherly Junction stop Lock Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal to Stourport-on-Severn River Severn to Gloucester Gloucester and Sharpness Canal to Sharpness The places I am concerned about are through Worcester and Gloucester. It seems to be possible now from what I can see here: (https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-and-river-network) But would it have been possible in 1995? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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