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mykaskin last won the day on July 18 2016

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  1. Note it's not really a journey to be taken lightly - you need to know the tides - as the River Hull dries out completely at low water, and have your boat properly prepared. Also the Humber takes some navigation especially on a falling tide, as if you run aground you are stuck until the next tide. Mike
  2. Yep, and no in that order. I believe the tap at Bethells Bridge is private use only these days. If just visiting, I'm sure water could be supplied from the boat club.
  3. Boats with 3ft draft often go up there, so you'll have no bother.
  4. Hi, North Frodingham is the closest you can get to Bridlington. You can get full length narrowboats to Wansford, but a low bridge stops access any further. All the locks work however, and apart from a bridge over another lock there are no other major issues (though a bridge at Snakeholme does limit airdraft). The only moorings are at Bethells Bridge, some for small craft at Brigham (though I'm not sure what is the setup there), and further down the river on the tideway in various places. This video gives an idea of the area: It's the 250th year anniversary celebration on the 1+2 July, and we are running boat trips from Driffield down the canal to Whinhill Lock as well as other attractions at River Head. Cheers, Mike
  5. Paddles wasn't up, so is safe.
  6. Which does seem to make that cobblers - I did read it somewhere, but not sure where now. Mike
  7. The Stort Navigation was a separate company to the River Lea Navigation, and wanted to ensure that their craft were used for the complete journey. They settled on a smaller dimension to force shippers to use their carrying company for the journey, this way other companies boats could not be used.
  8. Depends a lot on the original canal as built as some were built with a strip between water and adjacent land. Rivers are different again, and depends on many factors. Some canals had boundary posts, but I'm assuming none have been found. In general it seems CRT will charge you to moor a boat on your property however. Mike
  9. Number of times I pass a boat leaving gates open for me in my favor only to meet the next boat coming up behind them shutting all the gates and making everyone's life a misery. It's not difficult to close a gate once you're lock side, or a paddle once you're at a gate for that matter. If there is plenty of water about you can even half lift a paddle at the other end to help shut them and keep them closed - something the boater in front can't easily do... On the southern GU it's usually one up one down due to lock spacing anyway, I often find I go to the effort of closing the gates to find someone coming up to the lock as I leave. There are exceptions to leaving the gates open - these include short non-river pounds where the lower lock leaks badly, and the top lock is a perfect fit as CRT have just replaced the gates before the other lock which really needs it... this has happened many times on the southern section... The savings at lock 6 on the Atherstone flight are useful as many people moor in the town pound and upset normal level operation anyway. I'd be careful using the sideponds on the Hanwell Flight as some of the paddles don't seal well any more, and can cause more water to be lost than they save. However this is down to poor maintenance. Sidepounds = level with the canal when the gates are open Sideponds = Not level with any navigational water level But that's just my suggestion... Mike
  10. A few do: and here:
  11. You could have a chat to Malcolm Burge, Bargeeboy on this forum, to see if you can shoot in the real Sunny Valley, now back to it's original name of Northolt...
  12. Yeah, the unloaded pans didn't need it as the prop wash went right under them, as you say the Jebus being deeper than an unloaded pan would have got in the way, so they pushed them. There is a autobiography of someone who used to work steam tugs in the area, and I can't remember who. Back on topic, seems to be a lack of historic butties for sale at the moment?
  13. To be fair, they would get a bigger historic discount, since it's done on percentage, but it's a fair point.
  14. Get to know your engine is the main thing. Trail runs, preferably fast, and long to ensure everything is working. After that it's just chance, and I'd put my money on a properly built old engine than a modern engine any day. However these Lister engines were made for long period running, like in gensets and seas.
  15. Have you got the one with Zac and Caro showing off Victoria? One of the earlier ones I think.