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  1. How busy is the canal really going to be outside of the school holidays in April? It's almost inconceivable to me that you wouldn't get up the Napton flight if you turn up in good time at the hire base. I have never been made to wait until the official handover time. I always boat with a plan often because I have arranged to meet family and change crew at a specific place or have booked a particular pub. If you want to get to Oxford and plan to do so then it's unlikely you won't make it and it would look something like this;- Day 1 - Marston Doles (above Napton locks) Day 2 - Banbury Day 3 - Heyford Day 4 - Wolvercote (after turning at Oxford) Day 5 - Aynho Day 6 - Cropredy Day 7 - Napton Alternatively for Thrupp it would be something like Day 1 - Bridge 116 between Napton locks 13 and 14 (and walk back to Folly Inn) Day 2 - Cropredy (pubs available) Day 3 - Aynho (Great Western pub) Day 4 - Thrupp (pubs available) Day 5 - Aynho Day 6 - Cropredy Day 7 - Below Napton locks (or on to Braunston) Beware of planning to eat at the Folly Inn on your last night. Last time I visited on a Sunday there was no food available after the Sunday roasts ran out. That was before seven in the evening. Thankfully we were there at half six. JP
  2. If you head south down the Oxford Canal you will almost certainly moor on the summit pound on the first night unless you are late getting away from the base. Go prepared though as there isn't anything there except the canal, some fields and cows. It's an archetypal rural setting that probably hasn't changed much in a century or two. JP
  3. You can arrange to moor in the basin through the Stourbridge Navigation Trust who operate the Bonded Warehouse. Check out their website where there is a number for mooring enquiries. http://www.thebondedwarehousestourbridge.co.uk/ JP
  4. There are good moorings at Stourbridge basin at the end of the arm. Delph is nearest to The Vine but you could walk from the moorings at Merry Hill. JP
  5. It has to be a choice between the South Oxford on an out and back or a trip around the Warwickshire Ring. Very different trips but both are amongst the best weeks hire you can do. If I were to head down the Oxford Canal from Napton I would have reaching Oxford in mind (I have done this on a week's hire). It will be about 8 hours cruising a day on the basis you get above Napton locks on the first afternoon and moor below the locks on the last night. Banbury and back is somewhat short for a week's hire as it is feasible that you could be there on your second night. If you head for Oxford and it starts to look a little challenging then Thrupp is probably the last place of interest but I think you may have to head a bit south of there to turn. JP
  6. The bit that was suitable for narrowboats at normal river levels is derelict. We were moored against a barge that was already moored. To be honest it might have been difficult if it hadn't been there because the only useable bit seems to be the high section and I am not sure how easy it is to access shore from a narrowboat from there if at all. I had my 77 year old folks on board. They wouldn't have been stepping off the roof. I had to stop as I had arranged to meet my wife and kids and my sister and her family there. JP
  7. You are enlisted to my campaign group. May I quote you when I write to Mr Parry?
  8. I wonder whether hire boat handovers focus sufficiently on appropriate speed. Steering a boat is something that can only really be learnt by practice and getting to know how the boat responds. The incidents I observe of boats veering across the canal involve excessive speed. While taking water at Diglis on Sunday morning I observed a hire boat hit one of the moored boats quite hard despite heavy use of reverse. It was obvious that not only would a boat proceeding at appropriate speed have been able to stop or nearly stop they would also unlikely have lost control. I think they were changing helmsman on approach to the lock. I saw the crew - an antipodean group - a few minutes later and they were somewhat embarrassed but I don't believe any harm was done. I followed once they had passed through the top barge lock in the company of a preceding boat and I waited for an approaching hire boat to join me. On entering the hire boat glanced my hull at low speed and the skipper was very apologetic. I said 'no worries'. I asked them where they were headed and confirmed the hire base had given them the instructions for how to exit into the Severn. We also established we were both planning to stop at the Camp House Inn. I had moored up a while before they got there but they seemed very surprised when I hung out a couple of fenders and gestured for them to moor alongside. There wasn't any other option. One of the crew expressed surprise at my relaxed attitude toward their boat touching my boat. I explained that as long as speed is controlled and contact is at a shallow angle there isn't anything to worry about. The whole thing struck me as symptomatic that hire boaters are very wary of the attitude of private boat owners. What they didn't know is that two years ago I was the hire boater wondering where to moor at the Camp House. I hope I don't forget those days in future. JP
  9. Whoooosh...
  10. The one in the post number 1 although I appreciate it is hard to find posts by number these days.
  11. I am bumping this thread as I have discovered this sign, which is still in situ, has planning permission until 13th February 2022. It was originally stated that the sign was temporary for the Conservative party conference in October 2016. To my mind it is an inappropriate use of one of central Birmingham's historic canal landmarks over such a period of time. I have just attempted to start a poll with the question "Should CRT remove this sign?" but I can't see a way to attach a photo which I think is necessary so I didn't post it. What are the views of folk on the forum? JP
  12. All steel has manganese in its composition. It is added specifically to create Manganese Suphide (MnS) which is the substance that the article is about. Manganese is added because it reacts with naturally occurring sulphur more readily than iron and has a far higher melting point than Iron Suphide and therefore is an aid to the manufacturing process. High manganese steels are commonplace in my line of work and no provision is made for corrosion due to the specific composition. It may be part of the science of corrosion but that doesn't mean it is significant in everyday use. As the piece you link to states, the primary reason for corrosion of steel is the environment. Naturally it's actually pretty good at corrosion resistance until something attacks the surface layer of oxide. Chlorides are the usual culprit. JP
  13. A shiny one
  14. Yes it is correctly corrosion but so is a purely chemical process such as the ambient oxidation of steel to form rust. Erosion is a mechanical process. JP This appears to have posted ahead of the post it is in response to. Have I just invented time travel?
  15. May see you. Providing I can change the oil and get the engine started tomorrow I should be there on Sunday lunchtime (and I know they don't do food on a Sunday). JP