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1 minute ago, frangar said:

.....it would be nice if the departments talked to each other wouldn't it......

 

...and pigs might fly :) 

 

it could also do with stating how much notice was required too, or perhaps this will be added to the website if/when it goes live?

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Theyve struggled to get any body down there for years, having a hiire fleet there for a couple, made it look good , but now you have to book!!

Wait for the £10 booking fee like Rembrandt Gardens

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1 hour ago, frangar said:

I was going to give you a laughing greenie for this....but sadly its possibly true....there is a rumour apparently that CRT are looking to put a widebeam "welcome" boat somewhere in the basin.....lets hope they are just rumours...If I find out more I shall report back.

Well there is a widebeam on the BCN

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2 minutes ago, matty40s said:

Theyve struggled to get any body down there for years, having a hiire fleet there for a couple, made it look good , but now you have to book!!

Wait for the £10 booking fee like Rembrandt Gardens

 

The better half said similar, make it a silver propeller to encourage folk down, then make it harder to go there

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2 hours ago, frangar said:

I got that too....sadly there is not a Coventry bookable mooring on the CRT page that I can see on the My CRT portal.....again Ive sent an email asking if this can be sorted.....it would be nice if the departments talked to each other wouldn't it......

I've just had another notice to say the booking goes live on 14th June.

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  • 2 weeks later...

We just met a wide beam on the straightened section of the Northern Oxford just north of Willoughby. We got past, just, with some vegetation rubbing down the side of the boat. The owner didn't seem to have great control and was last seen heading off with lots of power and bow thrusters. It would be interesting to watch him try and get through the bit just before Braunston junction. 

 

Cheers Graham

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7 minutes ago, Graham and Jo said:

We just met a wide beam on the straightened section of the Northern Oxford just north of Willoughby. We got past, just, with some vegetation rubbing down the side of the boat. The owner didn't seem to have great control and was last seen heading off with lots of power and bow thrusters. It would be interesting to watch him try and get through the bit just before Braunston junction. 

 

Cheers Graham

Ooh crikey yes, if there are boats moored nose-to-tail on the towpath side and a couple moored at Midland Swindlers. It's one of those bits where, even in a narrowboat, you hope that nothing comes the other way.

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Notice Alert

Oxford Canal
Location: Wide-beam boat movement between Dunchurch Pools Marina to Braunston, North Oxford Canal
Starts At: Bridge 81, Borstal Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 93/94, Braunston Junction

Monday 14 June 2021 06:00 until Monday 14 June 2021 11:00

Type: Advice
Reason: Information


 

Original message:

 

There is a planned wide-beam boat journey on the North Oxford Canal from Dunchurch Pools Marina to Braunston in the morning on Monday 14th June 2021. We kindly remind boating customers to be aware of a wide-beam boat and take extra care whilst navigating through this section of the canal.

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/19936/wide-beam-boat-movement-between-dunchurch-pools-marina-to-braunston-north-oxford-canal

You can find all notices at the url below:

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Just been passed at Buckby by something vast and hideous, next door said it had gone past the night before too. Didn’t understand quite how as it came from the direction of the tunnel.

Hopefully they will report the clear damage they inflicted on the canal system to crt, as evidenced by the damage to the handrails of the once shiny slug.

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On 10/06/2021 at 17:45, ditchcrawler said:

Notice Alert

 

 

 We kindly remind boating customers

What sort of English is that? It's up to the recipient to decide whether a reminder is kindly or not. In this case the recipients appear to be "boating customers", whoever they are.

Who writes this tripe?

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On 10/06/2021 at 17:45, ditchcrawler said:

Notice Alert

Oxford Canal
Location: Wide-beam boat movement between Dunchurch Pools Marina to Braunston, North Oxford Canal
Starts At: Bridge 81, Borstal Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 93/94, Braunston Junction

Monday 14 June 2021 06:00 until Monday 14 June 2021 11:00

Type: Advice
Reason: Information


 

Original message:

 

There is a planned wide-beam boat journey on the North Oxford Canal from Dunchurch Pools Marina to Braunston in the morning on Monday 14th June 2021. We kindly remind boating customers to be aware of a wide-beam boat and take extra care whilst navigating through this section of the canal.

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/19936/wide-beam-boat-movement-between-dunchurch-pools-marina-to-braunston-north-oxford-canal

You can find all notices at the url below:

As its the first notice I have received like this one can only assume (dodgy move) that all the other reported movements were not logged with C&RT

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On 10/06/2021 at 17:45, ditchcrawler said:

Notice Alert

Oxford Canal
Location: Wide-beam boat movement between Dunchurch Pools Marina to Braunston, North Oxford Canal
Starts At: Bridge 81, Borstal Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 93/94, Braunston Junction

Monday 14 June 2021 06:00 until Monday 14 June 2021 11:00

That's probably about 4 miles - are they planing on moving at less than 1mph?  ?

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2 hours ago, ditchcrawler said:

As its the first notice I have received like this one can only assume (dodgy move) that all the other reported movements were not logged with C&RT

That was my reaction too.

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4 hours ago, Cheese said:

That's probably about 4 miles - are they planing on moving at less than 1mph?  ?

Their plans are one thing, what they could actually achieve may well be short of expectations.

Incidentally I'm guessing you meant planning, as I don't imagine any craft could plane at 1mph.

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Chugging from the Blue Lias to Radford we passed a fat boat moored below the Two Boats, plenty of room for a narrowboat to pass, but then below Bascote we met another fat one, so I guess it could have been interesting both below the Two Boats and the Blue Lias bridge today.

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18 minutes ago, ditchcrawler said:

Chugging from the Blue Lias to Radford we passed a fat boat moored below the Two Boats, plenty of room for a narrowboat to pass, but then below Bascote we met another fat one, so I guess it could have been interesting both below the Two Boats and the Blue Lias bridge today.

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Owners of such craft rarely seem to think what might happen when they meet themselves coming the other way or indeed past when they are moored. 

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We met an extremely fat boat at the narrow bit at the A45 bridge in Braunston. I was ‘in’ the bridge when it came into view. I HAD to give way by reversing astern 50 yards or so. I walked forward and asked if he had registered his voyage, saying he had, I said I thoughtCRT would escort him. He said I told them, that’s it!!

 

They are such ugly and inappropriate vessels to have on a canal. My opinion. 

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3 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

We met an extremely fat boat at the narrow bit at the A45 bridge in Braunston. I was ‘in’ the bridge when it came into view. I HAD to give way by reversing astern 50 yards or so. I walked forward and asked if he had registered his voyage, saying he had, I said I thoughtCRT would escort him. He said I told them, that’s it!!

 

They are such ugly and inappropriate vessels to have on a canal. My opinion. 

C&RT seem to just issue a notice to tell us all to be careful like the one posted earlier 

 

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38 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

They are such ugly and inappropriate vessels to have on a canal. My opinion. 

You won't need to look hard to find folk who agree with you...! :icecream:

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3 minutes ago, Sea Dog said:

You won't need to look hard to find folk who agree with you...! :icecream:

My brother, who is voyaging with us, loves them. He’s not a proper boater!! In fact he’s not a boater. Just a passenger!!

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2 hours ago, Nightwatch said:

They are such ugly and inappropriate vessels to have on a canal. My opinion. 

 

1 hour ago, Sea Dog said:

You won't need to look hard to find folk who agree with you...! :icecream:

 

22 minutes ago, Victor Vectis said:

Mine too.

 

 

Most engineers will tell you that "if it looks right, it probably is right", and I think it is fair to say that these 60'x12' things which have been popularised as cheap housing (with a huge VAT saving on the price of a "boat") look very, very wrong  on both canals and rivers, but then to me the very long narrow boats look wrong too (with the exception of the working type boats like a fuel bunkering boat that passes me regularly). 70' x 6'11" isn't a boat, it's a plank. And on places like the Thames, one or two boats of that sort of length (fat or narrow) can take up an entire town mooring, which is a bit of a nuisance.

 

I have seen some Irish boats advertised which were "semi" wide which looked well balanced - something like 48' x 9' - the proportions were more or less pleasing to the eye. I suppose they're not popular because they have neither the space of a 12' beam nor the freedom of < 7'

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2 hours ago, Bacchus said:

 

 

 

 

Most engineers will tell you that "if it looks right, it probably is right", and I think it is fair to say that these 60'x12' things which have been popularised as cheap housing (with a huge VAT saving on the price of a "boat") look very, very wrong  on both canals and rivers, but then to me the very long narrow boats look wrong too (with the exception of the working type boats like a fuel bunkering boat that passes me regularly). 70' x 6'11" isn't a boat, it's a plank. And on places like the Thames, one or two boats of that sort of length (fat or narrow) can take up an entire town mooring, which is a bit of a nuisance.

 

I have seen some Irish boats advertised which were "semi" wide which looked well balanced - something like 48' x 9' - the proportions were more or less pleasing to the eye. I suppose they're not popular because they have neither the space of a 12' beam nor the freedom of < 7'

It depends who makes the boat, some narrowboats really do look like sewer tubes! Some fat boats look like they are bricks! However some boats of both sizes have the correct proportions and shape to be things of beauty, as Johnathan Wilson says curves cost money so Johnathan made my fat boat curvy and she is lovely and very spacious inside 

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