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  1. I will soon be living modestly in a small 10-15ft boat. I aim to constantly (long-term) move between short-term mooring around Osney Island (or anywhere between Iffley and Port Meadow). I've read a bunch of great threads (>2yo) on similar topics, and am seeking advice on the practicalities of this approach. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Motivation: My wife and I have recently separated - we both want her and the kids to continue to living in our flat near Osney Island, but this leaves me no money to find my own place. I'd like to live nearby with minimal cost so I can continue seeing my kids every day. I believe constantly moving between short-term mooring locations offers the ideal solution.
  2. I'm planning our holiday on the waterways and struggling to decide between a ten day trip on the Kennett and Avon there and back again, or the South Pennine Ring. We've done a good part of the Oxford Canal, which was wholly beautiful, even didn't mind Banbury. Also did the Four Counties, which was epic and breathtaking in a completely different way, although if I was going to split hairs ever so slightly marred at the beginning when going through the desolation of Eutraria at Stoke. (Note to readers - starve, rather than stopping off at Lindley Farm carvery). My heart is with the SPR but a friend wants the K&A, but we both can be swayed. I like northerners and would like to stumble across Sean Bean and marry him, and alternatively the idea of all those white old ladies in Bath puts me off the K&A a little. I'd heard there are alot of towns on the SPR however, and am wary of a lot of it being like Eutraria. Any thoughts?
  3. Just occurred to me that from this winter I believe all of the lift bridges on the South Oxford that aren't permanently locked in the raised position, will be mechanical (either with a windlass or electronic buttons). I.e. you won't just push them up or down anymore. I haven't read any discussion on this anywhere. I cannot make up my mind if this is for the better or worse. It means some that are almost always left raised will presumably always be lowered, so a bit more effort, but I have wondered how much of a safety issue they are when raised without a mechanism. Some do wobble a bit in high winds and Shipton can be a pain to get it to stay up if it's been wet and there aren't crew to sit on it... And also is it lost "heritage" in that they will no longer open and lower using the original simple balance mechanism?
  4. Hi I’m considering buying a 40 foot narrowboat that needs some work . The survey has found a lot of pitting on the hull base, and recommended over plating possibly the entire length . Amidships to aft are the worst areas apparently She is currently on the Slough arm and I would be bringing her to Oxford. I’m looking for a yard on route or In Oxford area that could quote me for the plating and blacking ? any other advice on this also welcome. J
  5. Hi All, Away for 7 nights from Friday, departing Clifton Cruises Rugby( still undecided on the route to take ??‍♂️, but not Warwickshire Ring (another time with a bigger crew)) Any current information on how busy the Canals around the routes from Rugby are ? How long waiting times for locks ? Any other info from My upcoming trip gratefully received. Thanks
  6. Anyone know what they are doing by the railway bridge over the River Cherwell section of the Oxford canal? There was a mooring suspension (not that anyone ever moors there anyway). I assumed it was for work to the railway bridge but they seem to have built a rumble 'jetty' out into the river...looks like some serious undertaking...surely this isn't needed for a bridge inspection/repair? Those are usually done from pontoons. Is something else being built here?
  7. We have been based at Wigrmas Turn for a couple of seasons now so have done a brief Pros / Cons list to give people an idea. Other moorers there please feel free to add to the list, I am happy that at present there are more in te PROS list then the CONS! PROS Good location, junction of North / South Oxford Canal, Grand Union with easy route to Sutton Stop for the Coventry and beyound as well as Norton Junction for leicster branch and Southern GU Services Berth (Fuel / Gas / Pumpout / elsan) Very good Shore Bathrooms inc showers Moorings lounge area Good WiFi / Phone connection Good parking Good field to walk the four legged crew members away from the cut Easy walk to Napton Villiage for good pub and stores. EAsy drive to local supermarkets for bigger shops if needed CONS Tricky Entrance with cross winds (only marina where I have thought that a Bow Thrust might make sense....) Long thin jettys for the berths with 3 or 4 boats moored each side. These jettys are only just wider than a cart used to take your kit from the car to the boat.... Usually a strong Westerly wind blowing accross the wide marina which can make manouvering on to your berth "a challenge".
  8. Heyford lift bridge only opening with CRT help from 10am to 11am and 2pm to 3pm probably for at least until next week. Obviously causing massive queues at the locks either side soon after each window! Made worse by the short lock landings.?
  9. Hi everybody, I've released a little video flying around the so called Brinklow Arches - an embankment and river crossing at Brinklow on the North Oxford Canal. Enjoy: You Tube Clicky Thing Cheers, Myk
  10. Hi Folks, Due to popular demand on youtube (well, one person at least!) I've put up another 'Slow TV' boating video, again boating down the North Oxford (it's really boring with no locks, so I think what else can I do, so set up my camera to do some filming!) Here it is: Cheers, Mike
  11. Morning all, Just a heads up the the bottom gate (Oxford end) of Grants Lock on the South Oxford seems to be obstructed below the waterline again. I say "again" as a forum search reveals this to be a common problem. I squeezed through by pulling up my fenders and co-captain leaning on the gate. A following 70 odd footer didn't make it. This was last Wednesday and it's well known, so well known that nothing is being done about it? Anyhow I'm North of it now, good luck if you're going South as that will be tricky... SS
  12. Hi Folks, In case you are missing your boating fix in these dark and cold days, here's a video I made, aboard Victoria, last summer boating up the North Oxford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOsv7Vu2A6U Hope you enjoy, Mike
  13. Following on from the iceboat thread here, I have managed to scan some pictures of our boat Sara in the hope that someone may see something in her details that might shed light on her origins. The photographs were taken in 1961 at Cubbits yacht basin, Chiswick, and show John Mattey in the early stages of cleaning back the hull before priming and painting it (it can be seen that he started aft and worked forwards). He had purchased her earlier that year from Michael Street of Braunston, paying the sum of £100. There was a second 45 foot hull in the yard also, I don't suppose anyone knows what became of it? We are told that she was built "around 1900" although I don't know if this is just hearsay - I wouldn't be surprised to learn she is a few decades earlier or later than this. Likewise we are told that she was built for the Oxford Canal Co. which would fit with where she ended up. The Oxford tended to have two rocking rails mounted each side of the vessel (the crew doing the rocking standing back to back), although it is clear in these photographs that any evidence for where they attached has already been removed (see the Thomas Holt at Foxton). One surprise is that there is no indication of any towing mast having been present, presumably the forward cleat was used to bring her down to the Thames. The two large pintles for hanging the original rudder are evident, sadly these were lost during the subsequent fitting of her weed hatch and cavitation plates. Any thoughts gratefully received! At present she is at N. Kilworth awaiting a replacement prop and shaft. Regards, Robert.
  14. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-Early-20th-Century-Canal-Boat-Ledgers-The-Oxford-Canal-/222065899004?hash=item33b428b5fc:g:MlcAAOSw9uFW9tSV 2 Oxford canal ledgers - 1900s, gauging table & 1 other on ebay springy
  15. Hi there, Nervously posting here for the first time. Calling Oxford Canal folk - or others with experience of the Oxford Canal I do not own a boat, but after a lot of research and consideration I think that I will attempt to get a boat, attempt because there could be things that might stop me. Finding a 'nice' boat with a mooring is proving a little challenging, and I will maybe end up with a boat but no mooring. Currently I live in Oxford and ideally would like to stay in the area. My budget for buying is between £50,000-£60,000, and aim to get something around 60ft. The cost of mooring in Oxford I am aware can be expensive - circa £10,000 pa. This is not a cost I can really afford and am aware that I can do continuous cruising but with the new cruising laws this might prove to be difficult to maintain. I've seen overpriced boats for sale with an Oxford mooring. If I was to buy one of these would I effectively be living with no mooring charges? I do not really understand how these work. I know that if I stay in a marina I might end up paying circa £2,500 and upwards. But if I am mooring online, how do the costs work if say I was to moor a few miles out of Oxford? And are there spaces available within a 10 mile radius that are not prohibitively priced? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Charlie
  16. This happened yesterday, a serious fire and a dog died: http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11850969.Man_taken_to_hospital_after_boat_fire_at_Castle_Mill/ http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11853317.Woman_loses_dog_and_possessions_in_boat_fire/ The boat is part of a "land grab" of moored boats on the castle mill stream in the no-mans land between the oxford canal and river thames. http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11283663.Boat_people_in_land_grab/
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