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Chertsey last won the day on July 16 2013

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  1. Back to butter... is it good for you... well, you need some fat both to get fat soluble vitamins and to make vital hormones, which is why cutting down too much makes you miserable as well as unhealthy. Saturated fat and dietary cholesterol isn't nearly as bad for you as they thought in the eighties, while artificially hydrogenated ones (hardened vegetable oils) are much, much worse. So... butter isn't as bad for you as many other things and it's NICE so yes indeed, lots and lots of people do use it. The downside of course is that it won't spread when cold, which is very frustrating on the boat when the ambient temperature is below about 15C . When I was a child my mother used to keep the butter in the oven, where the pilot light kept it soft. This was fine except on the numerous occasions she forgot to take it out before turning the oven on. I keep butter out of the fridge and sometimes have some on the go for weeks at a time, and it doesn't seem to go off at all.
  2. OK, I'll put my hands up to never.
  3. Why would you keep butter in the fridge? It would indeed be the hardest... I've been boating a few years without a fridge and here are a few ideas... Find the coolest place in the boat - this is likely to be below the waterline. That you you get any advantages there might be from the coolness of the water without getting anything wet. Try to insulate this from the warmer places - eg, a bit of polystyrene on the top/between it and where the sun shines. Insulated boxes are useless unless you actually have a means of cooling them - be that electrical (any cheap - peltier effect - cooling mechanism will eat electricity) or with ice blocks. Without this they'll just keep the heat in. If you must have fresh milk, buy the filtered sort - it really does keep longer. The logic being that warmth will cause all bacteria to multiply faster, but the fewer you have to start with the longer it will take them to reach critical mass. Same goes for UHT milk. Keep it open as little as possible. We boat with soya milk - it's just easier to store, seems to keep a long time, and is marginallly nicer than UHT cows' milk. Let the shop be your fridge - only buy meat if you're going to use it that day. Or let the pub store and cook it for you. We never buy raw meat - we'll have it when we eat out but base meals round tinned pulses when cooking on the boat. Trust your eyes and your nose rather than what it says on the label - whether it's before OR after its date. Live yogurt doesn't go off - it just gets more yogurty (the yogurt bacteria overwhelm any nasty ones). Pasteurised yogurt will. Be prepared to use stuff as it needs using and base meals around this rather than having a fixed plan. Don't dismiss tins - part of the fun of boating is eating stuff you wouldn't have at home. Tinned steak makes a great stew. Or corned beef (if you can't cope without daily meat) Most stuff doesn't go off, and of the stuff that does, most of it won't kill you, so just minimise the amount of perishable stuff you need to use.
  4. I did my first ever Big Woolwich boating on the Aylesbury Arm, on Chiswick, in 2009, courtesy of the late and lovely Bob Wakeley.
  5. This is from Michael Ware's Narrow Boats at Work and suggests that not only is diagonal desirable, but that it should be deployed on every possible surface. I found some offcuts of 4" diagaonal squares at Barnsley Market in 2006, but could only get straight 4" squares for Chertsey's back cabin, and that from a shop in Penkridge that has now closed down. In the hold we now have 6" diagonal squares. I'm hoping we can still get that; I want it for the kitchen in my house!
  6. Has anyone drawn to their attention that a number of potentially interested people will be otherwise engaged that day, and that they might like to take that into account when organising future conferences?
  7. I'm certainly not looking to buy another historic boat but I love reading this thread for all the snippets of info about them whether for sale or not. Its ramblings are always drawn back on track whenever a 'new' old boat comes up for sale.
  8. Do you know who owns Michaelangelo's David?
  9. I must dispute that! Surely I am not the only person who can go for more than a day without a shower? PS. There is only one non-historic tug I'd be tempted by (and sorry, it's not Warrior) - Ian Kemp's Gazelle.
  10. Why do people say things like this? Who else's views do they think we are going to think they're expressing in such forthright terms?
  11. We've used a Perrago and were most impressed, but wouldn't try doing a whole hull with one. No one has mentioned shotblasting... A lot of grief, and not many places to get it done, but unbeatable if you want to get everything off and make a really clean start. Having said that, I think the moonscape effect looks pretty good. Even if you've got lovely shiny cabin work, a workmanlike looking hull is no bad thing.
  12. I am very fastidious, but find a handbowl wash perfectly acceptable and even superior in some ways to a shower (and no I am not going to elaborate).
  13. Oh that's much too complicated. Thinking of doing something like that into the hold though.
  14. That's interesting, because it really took me by surprise how terrifying I found Edstone, and I thought I'd never be able to face Pontcysyllte. My two scariest boating experiences in sequential threads.
  15. The one time I fell in I ended up under the counter and that was scary (even if I was tied up and the engine off - wasn't immediately clear how to get out from under). It was at least in summer and I was able to scramble up the bank, with help. I'd been stepping on and off all day and must have just got a bit blase and misjudged it. I sent out for antibacterial coca cola (that I believe is a canoeists' trick, for ingestion rather than wounds) though someone subsequently told me that as it was in Droitwich the salt keeps the nasties down. I didn't admit at the time just how scary it was. Also, even though I now have a waterproof cover for my phone, I never carry it in my pocket when boating as I think that would be guaranteed to make me fall in again.