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  1. 10 points
    I am for CART, I am for anyone who has anything to do with my waterways even if they sometimes get it wrong. I have found almost invariably in life that its a certain type of person that is often simply anti any person or institute with any kind of authority. I found some people to be anti police and funnily enough it nearly always turned out they had criminal records. We have morons daily who abuse staff in hospitals even when they are treating them!! CART knocking has simply taken over from BW knocking and funnily enough in my 28 years of dealing with them I have always found them helpful, funny innitt?
  2. 5 points
    I dont get this realy and honestly. Why does anyone think genuinely that CART bully anyone? Enforcement of what? There are a very few very easy to abide by rules that should need no enforcement, such as not being a pillock and running your engine/gennie to the annoyance of other canal users easy to comply with, obtaining a BSS which again is hardly arduous and not even strict criteria, paying for a licence well that's surely obvious with the vast running costs of the system, having a mooring or simply using the boat to boat around in, again a very easy one to comply with if you so wish, purchasing third party insurance again no right minded person would surely be against this? so what or who is it that whoever think they are being bullied over?
  3. 5 points
    Hear hear, excellent thread. Have to say I found gigoguy's tone intensely irritating at first, but then thought that if Aickman were alive today and posting on here, he'd probably have the same effect and we owe the continued existence of most of the network to him. Sometimes stroppy sods are just what's needed .
  4. 5 points
    Well I ought not to have spent the time, but herewith my own hasty synopsis of the relevant Acts affecting PRN & pleasure boat charges on the Bridgewater Canal. Question marks denote legislation I do not have copies of. 1759 Bridgewater Canal Act s.29 - 2 interpretations possible respecting PRN: no mention of pleasure boats, but ambiguity could potentially support use of any boat at all. 1760 Bridgewater Canal Act ? 1762 Bridgewater Canal Act ? 1766 Bridgewater Canal Act Riparian owner/occupiers to have free use of pleasure boats without charge, so long as no lock passage without consent. Note: if riparians granted free use of pleasure boats, implication is that others have not been; but see erivers post re GJCC Act 1793 [& my response] 1794 Bridgewater Canal Act s.73 Riparian boats may pass locks if either: a) consent of company, or b ) pay tonnage equal to 6 tons. Note: combining this section with previous, would suggest that ‘consent’ in 1766 was an ex-gratia one, and that henceforward an alternative to such consent was payment of a fixed charge. It might seem from this that even if consent for something was needed from the company, they were free to give or refuse that consent, but not on the basis of charging for that consent – perhaps. 1795 Bridgewater Canal Act ? 1847 Harbour Clauses Act ? 1870 Bridgewater Rules - nothing relevant 1885 Manchester Shipping Canal Act Interpretation: “vessels” includes “craft of every class & description however propelled.” s.62 provides that any riparian owner/occupier may construct wharves, landing places, side basins and lay-byes with suitable access to the canal, free of wharfage rates. s.128 provides that the company may demand dues in respect of every vessel specified in 3rd schedule to the Act on entering or leaving the canal [relating only to commercial craft]. s.129 provides for charges for carriage of both passengers & cargo s.130 provides that “light or empty vessels shall be at liberty to pass one way between the extreme points before mentioned or any intermediate places toll free.” s.138 provides that charges may be made for any vessel using the ‘communications’ to be built at Barton, unless repairs interrupt passage. s.139 provides that use of the canal for conveying fertiliser for field within a mile of the canal is free. s.149 provides that the company may licence lighters s.196/7 provide that the company may licence steam powered tugs for towing s.196 added byelaw powers – for regulating use of wharves, landing places, quays, basins and lay byes, but not private ones; for regulating speed limits of steam-powered vessels of all sorts; for regulating the T&C’s and charges for the grant of any licences as aforementioned; s.213 provides that unless expressly provided in this 1885 Act, nothing is to extend to prejudicially affect the provisions of the Bridgewater & etc Canal Acts Note: there are 2 classes of commercial vessel that they get power to licence here [which is later extended to other classes] but not including pleasure boats. 1886 MSC Act 1887 MSC Act 1888 MSC (additional lands) Act 1888 MSC (alteration of works) Act 1888 Railway and Canal Traffic Act - qualifies MSC under Transport Act 1962 s.52. 1890 MSC (tidal openings & etc) Act 1890 MSC Act - s.19 extension of Byelaw powers – nothing relevant 1891 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1893 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1893 Manchester Corporation (ship canal) Act - nothing relevant 1893 MSC (additional capital) Act - nothing relevant 1893 MSC (surplus lands) Act - nothing relevant 1894 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1894 Canal Rates Bridgewater & etc Act General Schedule applicable to all listed canals s.7(viii) expressly excludes charges for the boat occupation of any private wharf on the canal, in any private lay-by or in any private canal basin. Also provides for free overnight mooring at any Company berth, and for any reasonable time when not at work [providing no impediment to navigation or the facility]. Amended later in 1960. s.25 provides that “nothing in this schedule shall apply to pleasure boats or affect the tolls or charges (if any) which the Company are authorised to make in respect of such boats under the provisions of any Act of Parliament”. Note: the company were authorised by the 1794 Act to charge for pleasure boats to pass through a lock Special section Applicable Only to the Bridgewater Canals s.(i) provides that any empty boat passing through one or more locks, or entering the canal from another navigation, may be charged 5 shillings [unless on a return passage having paid toll on cargo carried Note 1: on its own, this could be interpreted as applying to any pleasure boat - which will fit the definition of an empty boat so far as carriage of cargo is concerned. The query would arise: does the special section come under the s.25 exemption of the general section? It seems to me that it must, but it is possibly arguable, demanding more attention. IF it could be said to apply to pleasure boats, then a charge for entering or leaving the canal from or to an adjoining navigation is authorised. It would not affect the freedoms of riparian boats, so long as they remained at private berths, and when leaving those to navigate did not either use a lock or leave the canal. Note 2: – on reading the 1960 Act, it is apparent that the special section did not include pleasure boats, hence the remedy of the additional clause; it DOES now include them. 1896 MSC Act - extension of byelaw powers for Bridgewater – nothing relevant 1897 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1900 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1904 (finances) Act - nothing relevant 1907 (various powers) Act - nothing relevant 1907 MSC (Bridgewater) Act – nothing relevant 1911 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1912 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1913 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1919 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1920 MSC Act - increase of Bridgewater rates; nothing relevant 1924 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1925 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1926 MSC (general powers) Act - nothing relevant 1926 MSC (staff superannuation) Act - nothing relevant 1928 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1933 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1936 MSC Act - s.32 removal of sunk stranded or abandoned vessels – not relevant 1945 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1947 Transport Act - nothing relevant 1949 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1950 MSC Act s.18 increased Bridgewater rates; s.25 abandonment of Bridgewater lock; undertakings re: other locks [repealed 1975] 1952 MSC Act - increased Bridgewater rates - no longer relevant 1954 Transport Charges &etc (miscellaneous provisions) Act – applied national charges schemes to private undertakings – nothing relevant – abolished in 1962 1956 MSC Act - ? 1960 MSC Act s.3 - application of Harbour Clauses Act 1847 – not relevant s.4 – additional canal tolls s.6 – company can charge any boat at all that remains in Runcorn Dock, and for use & occupation of any berth in Runcorn Docks s.6( b ) – extends definition of vessel in special section of the 1894 Rates Act applicable to Bridgewater, to embrace every type of craft, however propelled [hence pleasure boats]. Hence the entry & exit toll now applied to pleasure boats. s.9 – powers of removal of Bridgewater boats left therein without consent Note: consent not required for boats at private property/moorings, but is required for longer than overnight on company premises &/or towpath, for lock passage if not paid for, & for entering and exiting the canal. Schedule 3 – articles to be carried by pleasure craft in the harbour 1962 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1962 Transport Act - applies s.43(1)( b ) (2) (3) (5) & (6) to the charges of the Bridgewater 1966 MSC Act - nothing relevant 1970 MSC Revision Order - extension of byelaw powers 1975 MSC Revision Order - nothing relevant 1976 MSC (black bear canal) Act - abolished PRN, but nothing relevant to Bridgewater Note: I have not seen the original Act for the waterway affected; if couched in the same terms as the Bridgewater, might affect the interpretation of PRN there. 1983 MSC Revision Order - nothing relevant 1984 MSC Revision Order - nothing relevant 1987 MSC Revision Order - nothing relevant 1990 MSC Revision Order - nothing relevant 1992 MSC Revision Order - nothing relevant 2012 Bridgewater Canal (Transfer of Undertakings) Order s.4 - affirms existing byelaws, extends byelaw making powers to include registration, T&C’s etc, subject to a penalty not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale. s.7 – affirms power to make reasonable charges, though that subject - s.7( c ) - to any prior enactment which “expressly or impliedly provides for freedom from charges or otherwise prohibits the making of any charge.” Note: that last respecting “reasonable” is odd, given the TA 1962 which had specifically removed the need for reasonableness in charges – maybe government were having a change of heart? Apart from the missing Acts, there will be sections bearing on consent for berthing at private premises which I have skimmed over and which I don’t feel like going back to look for at the moment. So far as PRN is concerned, it is now irrelevant, given Parliamentary sanction for transit charges to be levied has been discovered.
  5. 4 points
    I bet whoever was on the bog got a shock.
  6. 4 points
    I think that's a bit unfair, I don't know who this Steve J is but a quick look at his website and it's pretty clear he has an "agenda" and, possibly, a bit too much time on his hands. So those who do know him from the past were making a pretty safe assumption I would say. FWIW a lot of this negativity about CRT flies in the face of my personal experience and I'm sure many others. I'd go further and say the vast majority of boaters I talk to have nothing but good things to say about the way the waterways are managed. The fact that there are some disgruntled workers isn't very revealing, I'm more impressed by the evidence of my own eyes.
  7. 4 points
    I don't quite see it it that way. All the OP has sought according to his postings, has been clarification of what the legal position truly is, and has objected fiercely to the public relying on mere say-so from the authority. Admittedly, in the absence of clear direction from their legal department, he has been somewhat precipitate and disproportionate in his visceral response to their obfuscation, but it takes people with passion for justice and with conviction to force things into the open - and whether the result is what one might have desired or not, it is desirable to achieve a result. Nearly 2 and a half centuries of applicable legislation containing several different private company Acts as well as relevant public Acts to sort through, and their own lawyers cannot come up with a straightforward answer to a simple yet cogent question as to why they do what they do? It brings to mind the comment by Hildyard J regarding the 'morass' of BW legislation - it cannot be right that the public should have to rely on BW's say-so as to what they are entitled to do. Same applies here.
  8. 4 points
    I'd get a wireless, they're more reliable.
  9. 3 points
    This year was the first of full retirement so ideal to boat to places that we had long wished to see but work never allowed enough time to visit. Our intention was to travel from Newbury up the western side of the country and travel as far north as possible. In addition we wished to tackle the Severn Estuary, the River Mersey and the Ribble Link, all of which we were able to do. I'm aware that these have been covered in the past but the following is a list of contact details and tips for anyone planning to do one or all of the crossings next year. Severn Estuary Gloucester Pilots 07774 226143 sharpnesspilots@gmail.com Gloucester Harbour 01453 811913 www.gloucesterharbourtrustees.org.uk Sharpness Lock 01453 511968 Swansea Coastguard 01792 366534 Bristol VTS 01179 802638 Portishead Marina 01275 841941 keithberry@quaysmarinas.com Bristol to Portishead You will need to have your fuel tank cleaned and the fuel polished before the trip, used to be advisory but now it is compulsory. Chief pilot had three narrowboats break down in one week all with fuel issues and they will ask to see a dated invoice. You need two tides so at least one night in Bristol and one in Portishead Marina. The Harbourmaster’s office in Bristol will supply a tide table and arrange the operation of the lock to let you out onto the Avon. If it is a high tide they will need to operate the Stop Gates so you will be given a latest time to enter the lock. It took us around three hours to travel from Bristol lock to Portishead marina. Inform Swansea coastguard before you set off and let them know you have arrived safely in Portishead. Call Bristol VTS before you exit the Avon onto the Severn Estuary, they will inform you of any boat movement from and to Avonmouth docks. Call Portishead marina once you can see the entrance, there is nowhere to moor on the outside of the lock so you need the gates open. There are pontoons inside the lock. Portishead to Sharpness The pilot will have kept in touch with you by phone and text since your passage request and he will meet you in the lock. Obviously you need lifejackets but check they are in date. Get your anchor ready for use. Remove as much as possible from the roof and secure everything which cannot be removed. If you do not have a cratch cover tape up the lower half of your front doors. Pilots like Tea, Coffee and biscuits, enjoy the trip. Costs Fuel tank cleaning £110.00 Pilot £200.00 (2017) On the day either cash or cheque Bristol £46.00 (one day) Portishead £54.00 (one day) River Mersey Mersey Pilot Stuart Wood 07770 664951 chestermarineuk@gmail.com Peel Ports Paul Kirby 0151 9496764 paul.kirby@peelports.com Ellesmere Port Lock Swing Bridge gwyn.wright@questservices.co.uk Brunswick Lock 01517076777 mail@liverpoolmarina.com Stephanie Lyons CRT Wigan Office 01942 405761 Crossing the Mersey is the easy bit but to get to the Mersey at Eastham Lock you need to transit the Manchester Ship Canal and that is where the fun starts. Go to www.peelports.com/ports/manchester-ship-canal, scroll down to Publications and Forms and download “Leisure Craft Induction Pack”. In there you will find an Application form and a Seaworthiness Certificate both of which must be completed and sent to Peel Ports, they will accept an e mail. In the Induction pack you will find a list of approved surveyors, the survey is just a basic check of safety equipment and to make sure the boat is in reasonable condition, a visual check. Print out the Seaworthiness certificate the surveyor will not have one. The certificate is valid for a year. Peel Ports contact is Paul Kirby, he is the person you send the forms, insurance certificate and payment to. Once you have sorted out the ship canal Stuart will give you a crossing time and a meeting place. You can access the ship canal either at Ellesmere Port or at the River Weaver. We used the entrance from the museum which requires the local council to operate a swing bridge which is across the exit lock, e mail Gwyn Wright the day before you need it open with a time. Contact Liverpool marina they need a copy of your insurance and a payment in advance to operate Brunswick Lock. You can’t book a mooring in Salthouse Dock via the normal CRT Liverpool Link website however once you know when you are going to cross contact Stephanie in the CRT Wigan office and she will sort out a mooring and an exit time from Liverpool via the link. Eastham Lock needs a very long 60’ rope. Cost In total around £300 (2017) Pilot, Survey, Ship Canal transit, Brunswick Lock. Ribble Link (Lancaster Canal) The link can be booked online but the website does not handle changes well so just because it shows no availability that is not always the case. Stephanie in the Wigan Office is the best person to contact. Tarleton Lock 01772 816592 Harry or 07885 762347 Roger Sea Gate (Savick Brook) 07778 153305 Tarleton Lock is operated by the local boatyard not CRT, they will contact you normally the afternoon / evening before your passage to give you the lock operating times. In the event of bad weather you will be notified if the passage is cancelled. We had to wait until the next day so instead of 6 boats we had 11 for the crossing. Moor on the visitor mooring just after the swing bridge at Tarleton, there is no mooring at the lock not even a lock landing. Tarleton is a very nice village with a good range of shops well worth a visit. Red diesel is in short supply on the Lancaster and it is expensive so fill up at one of the two marinas opposite each other below Rufford Lock on the Rufford Branch of the Leeds Liverpool. The Rivers Douglas and Ribble are straightforward enough but the Savick Brook is very narrow, shallow and the vegetation is very overgrown. If that isn’t enough there are lumps of metal sticking out on various bends, presumably there were originally lengths of wood attached but these are long gone. Lancaster canal is well worth the effort, if you choose to go down the Glasson branch I can recommend the restaurant next to Lock 6. Enjoy the trips they are all well worth doing. Our pilots Tim and Brendan on the Severn, Brendan was training, and Stuart were mines of information about the waterways and the visible objects on shore. Next year we start from Skipton on the Leeds Liverpool and intend to travel up to York and then down the east side of the country. Ken
  10. 3 points
    You are having a hard time. Your finances are poor and you are constantly looking for the cheapest way to exist, by legal means if possible, but in the grey areas when not. You feel the need for "emotional" support in this struggle. "Emotional" is not the right word, nor is "spiritual" but something along those lines. You can get some of this support by feeling that you are part of a group and therefore not alone. The obvious group is "the aggrieved", and you can readily see that it exists by looking on the internet. The feeling of support that you get from belonging to this group is proportional to the strength of this group. Any group is made stronger by having an opposition group. Your instinct as a member of this group is to find an opposition group (or create one) - and thereby make it stronger. To qualify as an opposition group this group has to be as similar as your support group but "opposite". You are boating related, CRT are boating related. Your groups are related. You are suffering hardship, therefore it must be that CRT are inflicting hardship. But you need this opposition to be stronger so that your group is stronger, so you attack CRT with every means at your disposal. So, if you are having a hard time as a boater, your instinct is: to see yourself as part of a large group, the aggrieved. to see CRT as a monolith rather than a collection of parts than can have individual good & bad points. to see CRT as deliberately vindictive. to attack CRT across the board 100% of the time. So it behoves every hard-pressed boater to examine their motivation carefully. Notwithstanding the above, it still may be that CRT is a solid monolith, driven by a vindictive hatred of the small boater, but I doubt it.
  11. 3 points
    If you won't visit the site to see what has been put then why are you having an input on the content that you haven't read?
  12. 3 points
    It's a sad fact that, whatever SJ's agenda might be (and yes, I know it too!) he's almost certainly right that not many of CRT's on the ground staff think that their management is any good. Parkinson's second law, I think, that in any organisation, after a time it becomes more important to run the organisation than to look after what it was supposed to be doing in the first place. Why should CRT be any different? We're just lucky that most of the bods on the ground still care about the canals - all the back office people care about is their jobs.
  13. 3 points
    I keep turning up on this forum from time to time A little flushed as the blade went past
  14. 3 points
    Twin motion activated chainguns, bit messy and the occasional cyclist gets caught but no one has untied my boat
  15. 3 points
    Who are you again? I’ve never heard of you...
  16. 3 points
    Very much this! Mr Steve Jay is very much a hater of everything CRT, him and the floater are a little tedious.
  17. 3 points
    That's fine I have no problem with what you do with it if it ever becomes your boat I perhaps worded it incorrectly & was pointing out that having boated a considerable distance on a boat with that cabin/engine arrangement & found it a much less pleasant experience than the conventional engine set up on my FMC motor on which I boated 14 years both commercially & hotel set ups
  18. 3 points
    Most often, your boat could be doing with being about 5 feet longer, except now and then when about 5 feet less would be handy. How long it is to start with seems to be rather less hard and fast.
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    I was the person the BBC contacted and asked to talk about the "boat graveyard" at Harefield. I took the view that all publicity is good publicity, and it was great that the Beeb felt there was an appetite for a canal history programme. Prime time on the BBC is a great spot for viewer numbers but its not the time when an in depth programme would get aired. The coverage by Gogglebox was probably the level Sat Night TV is aimed at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/gogglebox/on-demand/.... The BBC team doing the research and recording were genuinely really interested in the site and whole local story - from the first "Bricks by Boat"chapter (as featured in the latest Narrowboat mag), to the final chapter and the boats sinking in the Colne Valley gravel pits. I was supposed to be advising the crew behind the camera, so rocked up unshaven and in scruffy togs. I ended up being interviewed by Mary Ann Ochota in front of the camera, so all a bit impromptu... Having to say the same thing over and over as they filmed from different angles wasn't the easiest thing for my brain to cope with! Anyway, the main thing from my perspective is that the Harefield filming "made the cut", and so got some great airtime. The BBC were genuinely interested in the site and the story, and I spent a nice amount of time with Mary Ann, showing her other boat remnants off camera too. So, we have gained some good allies and the possibility of expanding on the story in the future.
  21. 3 points
    Cart have a current committee trying to come up with a no defecating horse sign for hawksbury. They will have several consultations and a few meetings. By the time they have finished the horses will be able to reach the off towpath vegitation load and a new green solution to the problem will be established. hopefuly the licence checkers will be tasked with collecting the result and will sell it via crt auction to the highest bidder so those who insist on covering their boat with floral arrangements to inhibit navigation can add crap to the crap. . I was doing the engine check there last year and stood up to a horses head peering in the engine room. It muttered something about 18 horse power and stealing their jobs.
  22. 3 points
    I have no argument what ever against wide beam boats boating on a cut that has designed dimensions to suit them but the lack of upkeep is a factor that is causing problems & the fact some don't move much if at all the condition of the cut that make them concerned & if they move they have problems & don't enjoy so stay put it's a chicken /egg syndrome which will only get worse with the lack of maintenance & the increasing number of wider boats or for that matter boats in general the increase of newbie posts on this forum titled I'm looking to buy a liveaboard which is fine if they comply with the T's & C's but i wonder how many become disillusioned with the constant moving if they choose CCing & become stay putters or bridge hoppers so the cut has boats moored in awkward places so the round of difficulty's may start again for boats wider than the narrow beam dimensions, The purpose the cut is now used for is compleatly different to its designed use but without being adapted to today"s requirements such a shame
  23. 3 points
    Based on house prices over the past 30 years, (and longer), you will definitely be burning your bridges if you sell the house you already own half of, and spend all/a chunk of the money on a boat. With just over twice as much experience of life as you have, and given the opportunity you now have, I would do whatever you can to retain your place on the housing ladder.... WHATEVER IT TAKES!!! Where is the house? How much is it worth? Buy your sisters half with some kind of mortgage, (buy to let mortgage on the basis that you are going to rent it out). Remortgage it once you own it, (you may have to wait 6 months before a lender will consider the next loan), to release as much as you can to buy your boat. The rent will cover the mortgage, (the lender wont lend the money if it wont), you get to buy a boat and live on it, and you are invested in double the amount of property that you are right now, as against not invested in property at all. When property values have doubled again in 10 years time, (or 5 years, or 15 years, or whatever), you will own outright more than half of the property, and you have a variety of options. (In the past 30 years, property has generally increased in value roughly ten times) If the above doesn't release enough money to buy the kind of boat that you would really like, buy the kind of boat you can afford. £25,000 should buy a 45ft trad stern boat, with enough room down below, (just), for a couple to live aboard. I could go on, but you will get the gist..... IMHO, of course
  24. 3 points
    I think you need to get out and meet more boaters There is a growing assumption of late that people live on the canal to get cheaper housing, but there are a huge number of people living on the cut because they choose that lifestyle, I fear some are even boat/canal fanatics. And no matter what the sartorial intention was, a few years on the cut and scruffy appears to take hold. ...........Dave
  25. 3 points
    It's a floating flat, where the buyers/owners have no real interest in the canals, rivers or boating. Many of the design "features" are flaws unless you just wanted a static floating house.
  26. 2 points
    Oh, I don't know... Richard
  27. 2 points
    I recently had a major op in Oxford and went to see the " surgeon " for his schpeel before the operation. He was explaining all the ins and outs extremely well I must say but I did find myself looking around the room for his Dad!!
  28. 2 points
    Look for shoes and boots with an SRC rating. There is slip resistant rating A, B and C. For slippery steps and canal sides and locks then SRC rating seems the most appropriate. These are mostly found on shoes and boots for industry and they tend to be more expensive but well made nonetheless. The testing seems to involve walking on shiny steel surfaces covered with glycerol if I remember! I buy mine from a shop for workshoes in Blackburn. I've forgotten it's name but it's near the icerink! They do an online service.
  29. 2 points
    I have just searched Steve Jay's site and can find no criticism of Alan Fincher whatsoever. However, there is post on Thunderboat - ... but, of course Alan will not have seen this.
  30. 2 points
    it's a sad fact that the ground staff will get that low in moral that they will leave and then where will CRT be? contractors that don't care sadly
  31. 2 points
    how would you know if you haven't read the site? you can in fact comment if you wish but sadly not telepathically
  32. 2 points
    Did you cut any Semi Circular sections out of the Tyres? You could have strapped them on your feet and Hitched a Tow from a Fast Boat. You could have invented the Sport of Aqua Planing?
  33. 2 points
    Over the years I have had mostly good experiences when dealing with CaRT staff many levels. It is perhaps the general decline in pre-emptive maintenance, the closures, poor communications, delays, the reduction of bank staff and the apparent money-wasting schemes which cause so many of us concern over the future. In my experience those CaRT staff at the lower levels do seem to be quite disillusioned compared with those lock keepers employed by the EA on the Thames and Yorkshire Derwent. Admittedly I've had much less involvement with E.A. staff so no doubt someone will redress the balance. Generally I heard much the same kind of comment when I worked in local government but it does seem in the past 20 years some local authorities have made big improvements to staff moral. It should be well within CaRT's grasp to make improvements too but management does need to listen and act.
  34. 2 points
    Utterly amazing that people clearly state they HAVE NOT read the link but feel free to adversely comment on it's content, and on the poster's honestly held views. In the same post to also declare that in view of who posted, the post would be biased against C&RT, is gob smacking. Even those with experience of working with C&RT have acknowledged and recognised the truth of the views expressed. Rog
  35. 2 points
    If it is on the site of Steve Jay / Steve Jenkin, (Jenlyn, formerly of this forum), I imagine it was never going to turn out with views strongly supportive of CRT! I haven't read through it , but surely it would be impossible to know if responses had been suitably manipulated to support his own message? (For clarity, I'm not saying they have been, only that they could be!).
  36. 2 points
    10 responses there. I wonder how many were surveyed and what the ratio of positive, neutral and negative responses were. Picking a handful of the worst ones is always going to create a negative picture of things.
  37. 2 points
    Neither have we, and we have tied up in some allegedly dodgy locations. I agree leaving the boat for several days tied to pins/stakes/spikes is asking for trouble. We spent a very frustrating hour trying to shift a boat that had wedged itself very securely across the Leeds Liverpool back in August. According to a nearby skipper the owner of said boat had left it some days ago, just tied up to stakes, and it had rained a lot... Actually I have lost count of the number of boats we have had to rescue because the stakes have been pulled out. There's quite a bit of good advice on this thread but honestly if I found our boat had been untied more than once in my lifetime I would assume I had a stalker. We had some stones thrown at us some time ago for the first time, I doubt it will ever happen again, it's important to keep these things in perspective.
  38. 2 points
    Lord Adonis or the Greek divine figure, it could be a deal breaker ............
  39. 2 points
    FIXED!!! Took apart again tonight, with the help of someone on this forum, and his blowing skills, that are far more superior to mine, a tiny bit of s**t was cleared from the pilot housing. Put back together and wowee we have a boiler. Didn't need a new thermocouple. Hey ho! Thanks for all the comments and suggestions, as usual all welcome.
  40. 2 points
    Holy grail?? Why on earth would you want a vintage engine without the engine room that goes with it? Is this your first boat by any chance...?
  41. 2 points
    I am very happy with both the disadvantages and advantages of my outboard, We live aboard for a month at a time during the summer months and have no problems with getting fuel or electricity, and we do not have to run our engine for hours when we are stationary. It's just a different way of doing it
  42. 2 points
  43. 2 points
    Helped them down glasc.ote Very tidy work by some bloke called Kedian...
  44. 2 points
    Wouldn't it be nice if people thought of bricks/mortar/flats/houses etc as homes instead of a way of making money?
  45. 2 points
    Some alarms are sensitive to high 'concentrations' of inverted commas.
  46. 2 points
    Martin Kedian?never heard of him till I joined this Forum!
  47. 2 points
    Now on the way back to the Shroppie and on the Coventry having just done the 11 locks on Atherstone flight and stopped for the day now (it was only going to be for lunch but the boat moving just when I was climbing onto the bow to tie up meant that I was able to check the depth of the canal quite effectively - not having spare shoes was certainly a serious omission! ) "So how goes the new skin tank?" I hear you ask... Firstly, let me say that Martin has done a lovely job and my poor old Thorneycroft 90 (BMC 1500) has warmed up to mid-70's and stuck there no matter what engine speed - a massive difference to previous outings when one eye on the canal and the other on the temperature guage. Secondly, a massive 'Thank You!' to the Kate Boat technicians who connected the new cooling system and replaced all of the cooling and Calorifier feed pipes - having a few issues thrown at them on the way as old fittings either snapped or were rusted to the point of uselessness, they were both friendly and very profesional and I'd have no hesitation in recommending them! The calorifier took a couple of days to get rid of all of the air in the heating coil making some 'interesting' gurgling noises in the process. We now have an engine being cooled properly, oil pressure remaining stable (because the coolant temperature is correct I presume) and plenty of nice hot water too. Previously the coolant temperature was not stable and would randomly rise to over 100c and stay there until the engine was stopped for a couple of minutes, this appears to have been eradicated, temperatures rose briefly while the air came out of the calorifier and dropped once the gurgling ceased. The new cooling system appears to place no appreciable load on the water pump over the original keel cooling but certainly inspires more confidence than previously. When we called in to refill the Diesel tank (just in case) I enjoyed a good conversation with the proprieter about overplating / skin tanks (he does the same engineering himself) who asked who did the work, then commented that the surveyor who had done the hull survey after Martin had finished my boat had called in Wednesday to do a survey there - he had commented about the excellent work on the boat he had just surveyed in the last week - it just happened to be mine... What more can be said?
  48. 2 points
    Sunflower? I think it should be called Swan. Not because it's elegant and graceful 'cos it looks like a bluddy match box. A boat needs to look like a boat in order to have a soul, if it costs a fiver then it's a £5 boat. If it looks like a breeze block and costs a quarter of a million then it's a £125,000 breeze block. How much anti greenness is caused by the manufacturing process of those panels and batteries? Or if being green isn't their motivation and they're really passionate about free energy then it's a good job all those batteries etc. are free eh?
  49. 2 points
    My shorts never exploded. Chilly time of year for wearing them though. Spontaneous combustion, setting people alight has been known, caused by passing wind whilst wearing nylon underware.
  50. 2 points
    It seems only natural that boater A who buys a boat bigger than boater B's boat, say 50% bigger, should pay 50% more in licence fees. If boater A chooses a boat so large it won't fit through some of the locks, that is his own silly fault in my opinion and he may not expect a discount due to his silliness. This argument taken to the limit says a widebeam dropped into say the southern Oxford between two narrow locks should pay no licence fee as he can't go anywhere. Clearly ridiculous.
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