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Hi! 

Someone on the London boaters fb group noted that it's funny to hear people talking on the towpath, often not being aware that boaters can hear them. The topic got quite some attention (70 likes at the time I read it) and someone suggested the idea of creating a place to share some funny or interesting passer-by quotes (in my words here), so I thought, that could be maybe a nice forum on canalworld... I think it would be good to have it as a separate forum so that they're nicely combined and can be read through... What do you think?

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I find it is the opposite. People on the towpath can clearly hear boaters, but boaters struggle to hear what people on the towpath are saying because the engine is running.

 

Perhaps it is different in London because the boats don't move as frequently?

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48 minutes ago, cuthound said:

I find it is the opposite. People on the towpath can clearly hear boaters, but boaters struggle to hear what people on the towpath are saying because the engine is running.

 

Perhaps it is different in London because the boats don't move as frequently?

I wondered if you heard me saying "He must still be in bed." as we crept passed you at 8:15 this morning.

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59 minutes ago, cuthound said:

I find it is the opposite. People on the towpath can clearly hear boaters, but boaters struggle to hear what people on the towpath are saying because the engine is running.

 

Perhaps it is different in London because the boats don't move as frequently?

Oh, yes, while cruising it probably must be opposite indeed! It's more while being moored I guess. If it's much more of a London thing, I could propose it on the londonboaters.org website, but I thought it would be a more largely recognised phenomenon...

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27 minutes ago, Rob-M said:

I wondered if you heard me saying "He must still be in bed." as we crept passed you at 8:15 this morning.

 

Nah, the shower was making too much noise! 😁🤣

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Also the people on boats who don’t realise that the person walking a dog along the towpath is the owner of the boat they have just passed and are commenting on. 🙄

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We had a cracker the other day, about 7.30am a small group of fishermen who had found a narrowboat (us) moored in the middle of where they were expecting to set up for a Sunday fishing match discussing between each other and on the phone to presumably the organiser.

 

"Yes, there is a boat in our the way" 

"It's in the MIDDLE of the canal"

"Yes, it is tied to the bank, but it's in the middle"

"I know, I don't know why"

"Its near my pitch, but right over Dave's"

"No I don't know what to do, but we can't fish here"

 

Got up and dressed to went to had a chat, which they appreciated significantly. Turns out we were moored 'between' spot 3 and 4 of something like 75, having moored at towards dusk and slightly abruptly with mild engine (boiler feed pump) trouble, we has pulled back 6ft to avoid being on 4 but not seen no3, and because we are deep drafted where a good 3-4ft away from the bank as often the case.. Offered to bow-haul back back to before 1, which for some reason was declined, they were more keen on making sure we were against the bank, not happening! So they moved 1/2/3/4/5 to clear us and we just had 71 to boat past at 65ft spacing first thing in the morning.

 

Obviously they can fish, presumably set up the markers the day before, and presumably can't suspended moorings but there was about 2miles, four bridges where you couldnt moor all day. Never thought about it before having along come across it while under way. 

 

On 05/09/2020 at 15:04, Njiruk said:

 

Someone on the London boaters fb group noted that it's funny to hear people talking on the towpath, often not being aware that boaters can hear them. ... someone suggested the idea of creating a place to share some funny or interesting passer-by quotes..... What do you think?

I think it is a good idea, but I am also aware that having a very large number sub-forum areas has as many problems and advantages.

 

Perhaps we can run it as a thread and see how that goes?

 

 

Daniel

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Oriental lady, on our front deck, " Can I come in and try this dress on?"

 

Passing gongoozler "ooh look, they've even got a cooker."

 

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Family passing on towpath, kids commenting;

 

"it's got a fridge and everything!"

 

"It's even got a TV! oh, it's only small though"

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6 minutes ago, BEngo said:

Oriental lady, on our front deck, " Can I come in and try this dress on?"

 

Some years ago, friends of ours were moored up on the towpath when a model and photographer turned up asking if they could model wedding dresses with her standing in the front well deck.

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