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adam1uk last won the day on May 13 2016

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  1. Follow the chart, not someone else. It was the guy in front of us, supposedly with 35 years of Trent experience, who ran aground. I was glad I'd made my own decision and moved over a bit. VHF is very useful on the Trent too. You can radio each lock as you approach -- I did it when about a mile away -- and find out what the situation is. By the time you get there, the lock will likely be ready for you. It also means you know if you're likely to meet a big white plastic boat coming out of the lock as you approach.
  2. We did Cromwell Lock to Torksey and on to Lincoln last September. The charts are really useful for identifying where you are and making sure you avoid running aground. We were novices on the Trent and followed a couple of much experienced boats -- both of whom ended up stuck in the gravel! Definitely ring the lock keeper for a chat in advance and you'll get lots of useful info on times. I'd worked out from the tide table what time I thought would be good, and it was useful to have that confirmed. The blog of the Cromwell to Torksey trip is here: The return trip, which was interesting in fog, is here: It's a great trip, and Lincoln is a fantastic place to visit. Make sure you do the walk around the castle walls, for superb views in every direction.
  3. Do you mean salubrious?
  4. Past Tattenhall -- there's paperwork that needs doing to go on the ship canal, and they don't allow hire boats anyway.
  5. In theory everyone's vote is worth the same, but in reality they're not. If you live in a marginal seat with a tiny majority, your vote is worth far more because it can make a difference. If you live in a safe seat with a 20,000 majority, it's makes no difference at all. That's why parties concentrate all their resources on the seats which are more likely to change hands.
  6. Our system is a representative parliamentary democracy -- we vote for representatives, not delegates. That means MPs make up their own minds. Also in a democracy, people have the right to change their minds. People often seem to think this is a good idea in elections, when people switch from one party to another -- but there seems to be a whole school of people who now seem to take the view that the referendum result cannot be challenged in any way. In our system, any law can be repealed or replaced, and governments change things done by previous ones all the time. Parliamentary systems and referendums don't really mix; and, for once, the Americans have the right idea by saying that big constitutional changes need a two thirds majority. A simple majority means you get things like the vote in Turkey last weekend, where the President managed to greatly expand his powers thanks to a vote by the narrowest of margins. He, of course, also hasn't taken any notice of the old principle that you should never give yourself powers that you wouldn't be happy your opponents having, should they ever come to power.
  7. Fedoras? That suggests several, which seems unlikely.
  8. Yes, I outlined them all in post #2.
  9. You'll be a month early if you're there in April.
  10. These days, the paid for moorings start at the Crick end of the tunnel and run right the way through Crick and round the corner pretty much to the green footbridge. Once you get to the winding hole there are some free moorings, but they're often occupied well in advance; likewise Yelvertoft, which is a walk away over Crack Hill.
  11. Even boats that cruise with fenders down still have scrapes on their blacking. For one thing, you can't guarantee that when you hit something it will match with the inch and a half wide fender, rather than the unprotected ten or twenty feet either side of it. And secondly, you end up with a semi-circular scrape on your blacking, where the fender swings about. Pointless.
  12. She will definitely be able to see widebeams at the Crick Show. The number of them on show has been going up and up each year, and I wouldn't be surprised if they outnumber narrowboats on show, if not this year then in the next couple of years. But as Bruce says, your main consideration shouldn't be about storage space, it should be about where you want to go.
  13. In other words, the EA is working up a worst case scenario to put to the government, in the hope it will result in more funding. And the NBW piece was written by the same Alan Tilbury who wrote several pieces saying what a disaster the Gloucester Docks development was -- without having been there. And when he did eventually go there, had to write another piece saying he'd been entirely wrong, and it was actually quite nice, and thriving.
  14. With that much money available, you might want to do some research on the latest lithium batteries. Each one has a much greater capacity than any normal battery, you are supposed to be able to use every bit of power in them (not having to worry about keeping them above fifty per cent), and they recharge in no time. They are expensive though -- the Victron system on the boat which won favourite boat at the Crick show last year cost £15,000. But the batteries are supposed to last at least twenty years.
  15. Not that I've asked them, but they'd probably say that with limited time they're trying to get the information across in as few words as possible. What worries me more is when they say there's an accident going northbound -- it's bad enough that there's been an accident, without it moving about!