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3 minutes ago, TheBiscuits said:

 

Purple flowers on the roof of a boat ... ;)

 

Oi! They looked lovely, they did! :D

 

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On 05/10/2020 at 22:25, TheBiscuits said:

 

Ask "Are they biting today?"

 

You don't need to care about the answer, but you're more likely to get a polite response if they think you're showing an interest in their hobby.

I always thank them for "Drawing in their tackle"

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How do you know when you've passed an angler?

 

You can't get the seat down.

 

Bye!

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On 04/10/2020 at 20:47, ivan&alice said:

I'm going absolutely nowhere and certainly not rushing - covering miles is not vital or even an aim. We only ever do a few miles and a few hours a day (I'd wager much fewer than most). We did four miles in four hours today - in effect a mile and an hour are about the same thing, considering locks and passing moored boats. I'd consider 1mph a rather leisurely pace on a motorway. Less than that and you start blurring the lines between cruising and mooring!

Interesting posted in Boat Handling, you are obviously lucky to have a boat that you can actually steer at that speed. Most boats find steering difficult below about 1.5 MPH, maybe their rudders are to small or their propellers at tick over produce to much power, it is sometimes impossible to follow a nice slow boat even on a flat calm day.  The common name is 'steerage way' the speed at which you control the boat and it doesn't do it's own thing, it does vary between boats, if you have control at a very low speed, please think of the poor bloke following trying hard not to push you or hit the moored boats because he is below his steerage way.

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After 54 years of navigating past maggot drowners, the only behaviour from them I find totally unacceptable is dangling the soggy maggot inches from my head.

Nowadays it does happen less, but was very common in the 80/90s.

I ended up with my dog impaled between the eyes with a hook once due to such stupidity, that cost several hundred pounds procuring a vet in the middle of nowhere on a Sunday afternoon!

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I went past quite a few on Sunday, I was told there were 75 of them but I didn't count them, on the S&W from  bridge 104 to mid way between bridge 98 and Stafford Boat Club, it wasnt solid all the way, they were in 5 groups

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2 hours ago, zenataomm said:

After 54 years of navigating past maggot drowners, the only behaviour from them I find totally unacceptable is dangling the soggy maggot inches from my head.

Nowadays it does happen less, but was very common in the 80/90s.

I ended up with my dog impaled between the eyes with a hook once due to such stupidity, that cost several hundred pounds procuring a vet in the middle of nowhere on a Sunday afternoon!

Late 70's, early 80's i remember matches that covered around 3 miles of towpath, with an angler every 5 metres or so! 

 Never suffered the maggot trauma though...

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12 minutes ago, BWM said:

Late 70's, early 80's i remember matches that covered around 3 miles of towpath, with an angler every 5 metres or so! 

 Never suffered the maggot trauma though...

Miners.

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57 minutes ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Miners.

Not many of them in west London/Hertfordshire! 

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6 hours ago, ditchcrawler said:

I went past quite a few on Sunday, I was told there were 75 of them but I didn't count them, on the S&W from  bridge 104 to mid way between bridge 98 and Stafford Boat Club, it wasnt solid all the way, they were in 5 groups

So did I, but in the opposite direction.

 

I noticed Angling has a diversity problem. I didn't see any women, only one man with non-white skin, and only a small handful under the age of 50!

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7 hours ago, Detling said:

you are obviously lucky to have a boat that you can actually steer at that speed. Most boats find steering difficult below about 1.5 MPH, maybe their rudders are to small or their propellers at tick over produce to much power, it is sometimes impossible to follow a nice slow boat even on a flat calm day.

I meant 1mph average not cruising speed - that day I covered 4 miles in 4 hours, which included 6 locks and slowing for a lot of moored boats.

 

My boat handles fine at tick over speed, unless it's windy or if there is a current in which case I have to give it a burst of throttle now and then. I do have a pretty enormous rudder. As an ex-hire boat I think it is probably designed to be idiot proof. I havent sank it yet so it seems safe from this idiot at least.

 

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1 hour ago, ivan&alice said:

As an ex-hire boat I think it is probably designed to be idiot proof. I havent sank it yet so it seems safe from this idiot at least.

 

"Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool!"

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23 hours ago, David Mack said:

So did I, but in the opposite direction.

 

I noticed Angling has a diversity problem. I didn't see any women, only one man with non-white skin, and only a small handful under the age of 50!

Was it you I met in one of the angling sections probably near bridge 103

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1 hour ago, ditchcrawler said:

Was it you I met in one of the angling sections probably near bridge 103

We passed just below Deptmore Lock.

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17 hours ago, David Mack said:

We passed just below Deptmore Lock.

Sorry I failed to recognise and speak to you. You must have been the full length boat that came out while I waited below, Diana was up on the lock

 

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5 hours ago, ditchcrawler said:

Sorry I failed to recognise and speak to you. You must have been the full length boat that came out while I waited below, Diana was up on the lock

 

That was us. 

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I don't particularly like fishists as a group having occasionally received some verbal abuse for no good reason  from time to time.  But not this year - not sure why that would be. 

Those who fish opposite  the marina entrance shouldn't be surprised they are disturbed by boats .

Even worse are those who attempt to fish next to the large sign at the marina entrance.... the sign that indicates  fishing is prohibited .

 

 

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On 04/10/2020 at 17:41, OldGoat said:

Ferzackerly - cruising the canals (we've been using them for 25+ years now) is becoming less pleasant day by day.

Not because I want to rush, but having to contend with-

  • Long stretches of moored boats
  • A fair number of badly moored boats (they're the ones that shout 'slow down')
  • Boats with their bows moored right up to the lock landings
  • People who don't shut lock gates behind them
  • Those who leave paddles up against you
  • Those who moor too close to bridge holes
  • Those who moor in winding holes
  • (those who don't bother to respond to your cheery wave / greetings)

 

 

If you're not enjoying it anymore perhaps after 25 years it's time to consider taking up a different hobby that won't irritate you so much and you'll find more pleasant?

 

After 22 years I can see the waterways are a lot more crowded, but then the whole country is a lot more crowded so that's to be expected. Yes I see the odd idiot but my experience is really not as bad as the picture you're painting. 

 

I think we see what we want to see. If one constantly looks for negative things than that's exactly what we'll find. At the end of the day if we don't like something that we've been doing for many years and we're not finding it as pleasurable anymore then the option is to stop doing it and do something else.

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7 hours ago, blackrose said:

 

If you're not enjoying it anymore perhaps after 25 years it's time to consider taking up a different hobby that won't irritate you so much and you'll find more pleasant?

 

After 22 years I can see the waterways are a lot more crowded, but then the whole country is a lot more crowded so that's to be expected. Yes I see the odd idiot but my experience is really not as bad as the picture you're painting. 

 

I think we see what we want to see. If one constantly looks for negative things than that's exactly what we'll find. At the end of the day if we don't like something that we've been doing for many years and we're not finding it as pleasurable anymore then the option is to stop doing it and do something else.

I think its a lot to do with where you cruise, we didn't see a boat moving yesterday and not seen one today yet. The fishermen we saw yesterday were cheery and chatty. no rows of moored boats until we came to the visitor moorings

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