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    'Severner' Willow, Bantam IV

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  1. My welded together in 1935 wrought iron boat would beg to differ! since then, it has had two rebottomings and refootings in steel and neither has fallen off yet. My welded together in 1935 wrought iron boat would beg to differ! since then, it has had two rebottomings and refootings in steel and neither has fallen off yet. My welded together in 1935 wrought iron boat would beg to differ! since then, it has had two rebottomings and refootings in steel and neither has fallen off yet.
  2. Most important question of all- where's the nearest Wetherspoons to Gas St for a very very large cheap pre challenge breakfast? Lucinda Lister has decided that the refinement of water cooling is too modern and she would much rather become air cooled. RLWP has laid on the magic hands and we shall see how she behaves tomorrow. If not, what are the bonus points for rowing a boat?
  3. Yes, storage for the stop planks.
  4. I was just going to say that. Exactly the same situation- Everyone evicted, supposedly for works, with no real alternatives locally.
  5. From the document - "Definition - ‘Launches’ includes any mechanically propelled vessel not being used solely as a tug or for the carriage of goods." Sorry! Although if my boat was unconverted and I loaded a tonne of coal I could pay 4.9 pence per mile
  6. I tend to assess the risks and the likelihood of going in. On a warm summer's day on the canal I probably won't wear one, but on the same canal in the depths of winter I probably would- increased likelihood and severity of falling in. Similarly, having just come up the Thames, I wore one from Brentford up as far as Reading, but would've worn one all the way had it been raining or slippery. It does need bit of thought, as they can bring hazards of their own, e.g. straps tangling in centre paddle gear when crossing a GU wide lock. But it's just a case of assessing the risks, and if the likelihood or severity of falling in outweighs the smaller risks of wearing a lifejacket, on it goes. I will probably wear one then, because being tired will mean I'm more likely to make a silly mistake.
  7. I found the same- every 6 years for a 1935 boat.
  8. Prison loop earlier this evening- space right on the end for a full length boat. The towpath side either side of the Tesco moorings appear to be de facto visitor moorings too- there's a length of a few hundred feet either side of the wooden landing stage with moored boats, which we found a gap we could fit into.
  9. I am writing this from the moorings by the Tesco on the river- a nice 72' space all to ourselves! We have stayed in the prison loop before with no issues, but that was 9 years ago. There are certainly a lot more boats than there were before, which although it makes moorings scarcer, it does make them feel safer- if you can get over any prejudice about how boats look. It does feel quiet and peaceful here. We're going to pop up through the Oracle and back tomorrow morning, as I've always wanted to do that since I used to live nearby.
  10. Jenny Wren isn't the Waterbus Company, it is operated by Walker's Quay http://www.walkersquay.com/jennywren.html
  11. I really recommend Chris Deuchar's "A Boater's Guide to Boating" as a very valuable book to read- he really covers well what is a wholly different way of steering a boat, compared to a modern narrowboat Very much worth joining. But then I would say that, being on the committee...
  12. Oh, and Brades top lock makes a good emergency dry-dock to remove a proper foul off the blades
  13. Unless you enlarge the drainholes upwards, I.e a slot, so there is venting above water level, I believe That said I wouldn't like a soggy gas locker floor, too risky for me
  14. Near vertical stem post... And 72' long.
  15. Brades is closed for a stoppage. This is annoying because we probably won't fit down Smethwick but do fit Brades.