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Derek Porteous

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  1. Plenty of room at lunch time today (Friday). Believe it is 72 hours although signs are not clear. Talking of which, the signs are not clear on exactly where the private moorings are. Also two new wooden posts have been placed in the water at the turning/winding end of Catlefield advising that there is shallow water. Makes turning a bit tight (not the shallow water, the blooming posts!)
  2. I believe the Bridgewater re-opened yesterday.
  3. Check out the Wigan Flight Crew Facebook page. Pic from noon today. A way to go yet... but days or weeks? Who knows?
  4. I remember waiting one year for Plank Lane Lifting Bridge to be repaired and then, it was only opened for a few moments, once a day to let the boat build up through. We were heading south. Amazingly, in a very short time the dozens of boats had dissipated and it was almost a boat free zone during our cruise into Manchester. OK, it may be more of a problem if you intend trying to moor in Castlefield, but there are plenty of other moorings available, bearing in mind that presumably boats in the area also wanting to cruise North. I would go when you are ready and not worry too much about congestion. Now, whether or not the Bridgewater re-opens on the revised, revised, revised opening date is another matter..................
  5. We have done the Wolverhampton 21 several times. We usually moor at Brewood the night before and then have an early start. Although the top of the flight has secure moorings we have found them a bit grim so tend to push onto the Black Country museum. We only recently discovered Merry Hill as an overnight stop and will be using there as our stop of preference in futue. Never had a problem on the 21. The locks seem to be well maintained and, although I think there were a number of incidents a few years back, the natives seem to be friendly.I remember one year when a young fox managed to get sucked into a lock chamber with us. No matter how hard we tried, we could not get it out although, admittedly, I was reluctant to get too close in case I got bitten. The fox was getting weaker and weaker and in real danger of drowning. The local youths arrived (you know, all tattoos and attitude). I was expecting trouble, but not a bit of it. One very tough looking individual lifted it out very gently, imperious to any bites, and then took of his sweater to wrap around the very wet and shaking fox. Last seen cuddling the fox as he headed off to the local vet to get the fox checked over. No word on whether he needed a tetanus, or indeed, a rabies shot (the youth that is, or perhaps even the fox). Never judge people on appearance alone!
  6. Only very occasionally have kids been a issue on bridges and, for that matter locks for us. When they are, we try and talk reasonably to them and explain the dangers. If that fails, and it does sometimes, we just sit and wait until they get bored and wander off. Never had a problem on the Thorne pedestrian bridge (with kids that it; it is usually very busy with good natured locals. More of a case of it not working!). However the lifting bridge a couple of miles east is a different matter in summer. It is the rights of passage for all the local youth, mainly male it has to be said but not exclusively so. They wait until the operator had started the lifting mechanism and then swarm over and hang onto the edge of the bridge as it gets higher and higher. The main problem is that the operator cannot see this from the electric panel as the lifting bridge is blocking the view. One after one the kids drop off the edge into the canal. Usually there is one left who is either very brave, scared, stupid or a combination thereof who is left dangling in mid air. Not a pleasant experience.
  7. They are both battery watches, Dreyfuss and...... wait for it... Esprit!!! Perhaps the spirits are to blame.
  8. Both my wife and I put our watches in a little jewellery box overnight. We have done this for years whilst we are on the boat. The jewellery box is kept in the aft cabin on a shelve above the washing machine and in front of the invertor. Both watches stopped at 9.25 (don't know whether that was pm or am). We did use the washing machine this morning, but think that was later. Both watches, having set them to the right time, seem to be working fine now. Anyone any theories why this should happen?
  9. That's the one we stopped at last time. Couldn't remember where, but that would fit. Bridge 9 and 6 operated by CRT staff between 9.30 and 10.30am, so perfect timing. I also think that will be about right to get to Stanley Locks at 1pm.
  10. We have done the Liverpool Link before, but forgotten where we stayed overnight the night before. We need to be at the top of Stanley Locks at 1pm. What are the recommendations for the night before moorings. A pub with food within walking distance of the mooring would be good. Also got to get the timings right for the CRT operated bridges on the way into Liverpool. Many thanks.
  11. Went through Poolstock pound this afternoon. Very low and got grounded a couple of times. Eventually had to let some water down from the pound above. Levels are certainly not sorted out yet.
  12. When we tried to moor there last summer, there were no spaces in the basin. All the moorings were taken by what looked like long stayers. Plenty of moorungs available on the approach to the basin, but to be frank they looked a bit grim. We decided to continue to Merry Hill and we're glad we did. Nice moorings and, despite it being a weekend, relatively quiet. We felt quite secure there. They would be our moorings of choice next time we are in the area.
  13. We usually overnight at Riley Green and then get an early start to go through Blackburn. We have never stopped in Blackburn, but we have always founds the natives to be entirely friendly. Even when we encountered groups drinking from vodka bottles at locks, when engaged, they have always been friendly, interested in the canal and quite happy to lend a hand opening and closing gates. We tend to keep going until we get to Rishton. This is not an overly long day, although Blackburn, due to the locks being spread out, can take some time to get through. Never had a problem there. It is only because of its reputation (perhaps not now justified), and indeed the lack of other moored boats, that have prevented our stopping. No doubt other members will have their own view.
  14. We moored there last summer when there was some construction work going on (new visitor's centre?). This restricted mooring, but there was room for two on the facility side of the canal and perhaps four or five on the museum side of the canal. These moorings are all within the locked area. You can moor just outside the locked area. I have never done that, but have spoken to several people who have, and they have not had a problem.
  15. Edit and deleted because I hadn't read the OP's post properly.