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  1. Known as Hayes Cocoa to the working boatmen. It was a very popular run for the boatmen because they usually got a backload for the return journey (ie: they got paid for both the journey there and the journey back) because the processed husks of the cocoa were exported.
  2. It is beside the railway bridge where the new (empty) moorings are. It is just an outdoor brick plinth, not inside a building.
  3. I wonder what a 'canoe stemmed maxi boat' is?
  4. Does Narrowboat CWTCH TWT belong to any forum member? I got a few pictures of it out on the tideway last night. PM me if you want copies.
  5. Done the same there with a 59'
  6. The mudbank is a few meters downstream of the river mouth and only a couple of meters wide. Keep the boat in the deep pool below the lock and you can turn easilly without going near the mud. The area is dredged periodically and right now the mudbank is quite small.
  7. Bizzarre! I regularly go into London and I have always found a mooring at (or close to) my chosen location every time I go. That is four or five trips a year for the last ten years.
  8. There are no locks or narrow bridges between Greenford and Kensal. That journey could not be any more simple. I would suggest you just go for it, if you can't drive a boat on such a simple piece of water maybe boating is not for you!
  9. It is simple to turn a boat around using the mouth of the River Brent at Hanwell Bottom Lock. I have done it many many times with absolutely no problem.
  10. Most of the weirs are unguarded. But when the river is low it is an effort to get a canoe with a couple of inches draft to go over them. As long as the river is low you would be ok without an anchor.
  11. Anyone know who sells the Dunton Double Plus windlasses now? Canalshoponline was the only place where I ever found them for sale.
  12. I think if you are that stupid you do deserve to be fleeced. There was a time when accumulating wealth required intelligence. We seem to be in a new era now where well positioned idiots can get rich.
  13. There used to be a very aggressive and grumpy lock-keeper there who would do anything to avoid actually lock-keeping - like refuse to operate the lock even though there was half an hour or more till the weir was raised. I have also been forced to sit in the lock while he disappeared inside for 15 minutes, presumably to drink tea and be belligerent. So once, I hid around the corner and waited till he started to drop the weir and then presented myself at the lock gates. I thought he was going to hit me with the long basket pole they use to collect the money with. Eventually I complained about him to the PLA and things improved immediately.
  14. I would avoid arriving at Brentford at exactly High Tide - because you will be held up by the low headroom at Brentford High Street Bridge. Half an hour either side of High Water is better. There is a very workable alternative to the conventional 'down on the falling tide' routine. Leave Teddington three or four hours before High Tide. All the way to Richmond the river will be non-tidal (Richmond Weir will be down, blocking the tide). Depending on your timing, you can either go through Richmond Lock (£4.80) or wait for the weir to be lifted (no charge). Then you only have to push against the tide for a mile to Brentford. Then you arrive just as Thames Lock is opening, two hours before High Tide. This is the timing I use most often and I have never had a problem with it. The lock-keepers at Teddington are indeed very friendly but I suspect that having to deal with so many idiots has jaded them. Their advice is understandably cautious in the extreme. Remember, their advice is just that, advice. You have a right to go through anytime you like.
  15. I totally agree - With the living area at the front you can see out while seated and in good weather the front deck is an extension of the living space. The rear of a narrowboat has a very enclosed feel much better suited to a bedroom.