Chris T

Hire boat stuck at Castlefield

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At Castlefield Basin in Manchester yesterday, a Claymoore boat was stuck, having seemingly ignored at least 3 signs saying "shallow water do not navigate".  They tried poles and were attempting to rock the boat, but it was going nowhere.  Wonder if they are still there or have been towed off.   stuckboat.jpg.7817c98f38ab6d2b57e6466c74a64dd7.jpg   

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They got a long way, Have the signs fallen down, I cant see them and they were at a jaunty angle when we were there about 3 weeks ago

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There was a sign in the water just before the bridge and another that looked like it had once been a sign but was now just a piece of wood, but there are 2 on the bridge that you can see in the photo. 

 

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??? There are two on the bridge.

 

eta; Chris beat me to it.

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They were there a couple of days ago. A bloody nuisance when you attempt to wind. No surprised they are at an angle. Am surprised they have lasted so long (at least two months!).

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2 hours ago, ditchcrawler said:

They got a long way, Have the signs fallen down, I cant see them and they were at a jaunty angle when we were there about 3 weeks ago

Further than I've ever dared:)

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To be fair, those signs on the bridge could easily be missed from water level. The signs that were actually in the water were very clear but, as has been said, were unlikely to survive impact from winding boats. Perhaps they would be best positioned suspended from the bridge.

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wow those signs are big....

 

not.

 

i did see some in the actual water 2 weeks back, and thought to myself....those are directly in the way of any boat trying to wind at the end of the arm... so it wouldn't surprise me if they're under water by now.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Mike Todd said:

Not absolutely sure that I have placed the location correctly, but is this it: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Manchester/@53.4741358,-2.2532772,104a,38.2y,180h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x487a4d4c5226f5db:0xd9be143804fe6baa!8m2!3d53.4807593!4d-2.2426305

If so, it shows moored boats . . . 

Yes, but not on the arm in question. The bridge adjacent to the A56 is over the arm where the boat was stuck.

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1 minute ago, rgreg said:

Yes, but not on the arm in question. The bridge adjacent to the A56 is over the arm where the boat was stuck.

Going by the scenery, especially the brick building and tower, it looks as if the boat is here: 53.474033, -2.252925 - or do you have a closer estimate?

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A year ago, almost to the day, there was a narrowboat moored with its stern about where the men in black are standing.

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The person in the photo appears to be using the pole as a lever against the side of the boat; not a good idea I think, as it might snap. In their shoes I think I'd be either pushing against the bank to try to move the boat out into hopefully deeper water, or at the bow pushing against the bridge, with the engine in reverse. Rocking the boat can help. But ultimately if well stuck they'd need a tow, from someone with a decent dolly and a proper towing line.

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From the way the uxter plate is out of the water it looks to me as though they motored up onto the mud pretty much flat out.

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47 minutes ago, Mike Todd said:

Going by the scenery, especially the brick building and tower, it looks as if the boat is here: 53.474033, -2.252925 - or do you have a closer estimate?

I can't see it but at one time boats did moor down that arm. I guess it's just silted up over time.

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2 hours ago, DeanS said:

wow those signs are big....

 

not.

 

i did see some in the actual water 2 weeks back, and thought to myself....those are directly in the way of any boat trying to wind at the end of the arm... so it wouldn't surprise me if they're under water by now.

 

 

Saw your boats while we were up thereabout 3 weeks ago and yes the little posts had been hit a few times

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They could always stop the engine, get in the water and push it off.

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Did they get it off or are they still stuck?

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This happens all the time. 

The Christmas / New Year floods caused a lot of silt to be washed down through the Medlock into the Bridgewater which has massively reduced the depth in that area. I now struggle to get Ariel anywhere near the sides and I struggle to wind at the end there.

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Winding there is not a problem as long as you don't go under the bridge. I have a draught of 2' 9" and it's been ok.

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Depends a bit on the length of your boat and whether there is a boat moored there. can make it challenging :-) 

Haggis

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Especially if it's one of these wide beam things .....

(where's the wooden spoon smiley? )

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