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Terryb

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Terryb last won the day on March 21 2015

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About Terryb

  • Birthday 21/11/56

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    Of The Shires
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    Photography, fishing, Motor sport. Relaxing, Red Wine, Curries

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    Retired Early
  • Boat Name
    ALFIE
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    Anywhere on the Cut

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  1. Drone footage of The Bratch flight.

    Thanks guys, I thought it may interest a few, sorry MtB but hey ho, cant please all people, ( and you are never pleased lol ) Have a look at the you Tube channel, you might cheer up a bit. :-)
  2. If you would like to see more ariel footage from my travels. The Llangollen an Marple Aquaduct as well as the Anderton Lift are on my you tube page.
  3. Disgusted

    I must agree with the majority here. I've found hirers to be interesting company on my journeys. And the Brasso brigade weekend warriors to be the worst of all, thinking that they belong and the rest are trespassing. T&*Ts.
  4. Well, I'm back. After a trip of 18 months 1296 miles and 978 locks I can now say I am a Bona Fide boater. Having ticked off all the Tunnels lock flights ( except Caen Hill and Tardebigge) and aquaducts. Including the Thames,Avon,Severn and some of the Trent. I can also say I've been there done that. I have also amassed some extra skills and learned some lessons on dos and don'ts. Like don't paint your boat if you're planning lots of single locks. Or don't tie up with centre line only too close to the lock you are going up. ( that was a Very Lucky escape) I've visited most of the major towns and cities on the west and central England including Nth Wales. But sadly I've also missed out on some places I have on my bucket list but proved to be impractical at the time. The river Wey was in flood. The K and A closed while a body was removed and investigated. The Ribble link because of High winds etc. Apart from that I have had an incredible journey. With highlights including the very underrated Chirk and Marple Aquaduct. The top of the Rochdale. Low lights including the bottom of the Rochdale with lock 66 and the scum that frequent the place intent on causing trouble. I have also learned that the weather in the south is far nicer than the north. But most of all I have learned that hire boaters are not the baine of other canal users, that accolade belongs to the weekend warriors, the Brasso brigade. Overall, it's been an amazing year and a half. But I'm now going to chill out and plan my next adventure in a year or so. Trying to get some of the East side covered including the Wash crossing and a trip to Ripon and York. Not forgetting the Middle Levels. Thanks for all the help and guidance I recieved. You know who you are.
  5. Morning Matt, thought I'd find you here

  6. Having just completed the Rochdale ( managing to reach safety today) I concour with above. Todmorden, very limited mooring but you will find one. It has a great Weatherspoons, I recommend the Aberdeen Angus. and there is a Lidl just off the towpath, or a Morrisons in town just a 5 minute walk from the White Hart (locals only ! ) I must say that unless your life depends on it, try to avoid the Rochdale though. Coming down from the Summit was a little bit tricky with water the moorings are very few and far between. Also even the lock landings are virtually impossible to land your boat, also risking prop fouling at every reverse, 3 times just today !! From Littleborough all the way down to Manchester, if you have to go, best to avoid altogether Rochdale, Failsworth ( or Foulsworth as I will always remember it) Hebden was nice but moorings were all taken by overstayers, those left were very shallow, no idea of shops, but my mate google may help you there. Brighouse on the C and H was very usefull with Sainsbury on the visitors mooring or Tesco just across the road. Good luck.
  7. Lifts and Aqueducts

    A few shots of my journey to visit the wonders of the waterways
  8. Avon down and up the Severn route,

    Thanks for replies I'm aware of the weather reports and will be prepared to hang around a bit. And yes Doris is on the way too. As for staying on the BCN nah been there for 2 months got bored. Besides I want to make Llangollen before end of March.
  9. Avon down and up the Severn route,

    Cheers guys, I'm through without hicup. Moored now at Eckington bridge, will get off the Avon tomorrow. Any advice on moving up the Severn now needed. Come on Matty, I know you've done this too.
  10. Avon down and up the Severn route,

    YesLoddon I know, but it didn't fit in with my plans. In retrospect id have missed out the rivers and stayed on the BCN and come down the Tardebigge flight then up to the Shropshire that way. And Alan, I'm sure you know best, but I kind of come downstream leaving a plenty in reserve for emergency. It all depends on how little I need to steer with that sets my throttle on the easy bits . I did have a moment at Stratford, but my technique worked ok then. Im just more concerned with the right hand bend just before leaving me no room for error in lining up the hole. Having said all that, ive visited again today and it looks better, dare I say it, do able. We'll see, tomorrow, I go. Thank you.
  11. Apologies if I've duplicated this. I could do with some advice from experienced travellers. ( Alan, Nick etc) I am at the moment awating the flow to drop at Pershore. The flow through the bridges is frightening the hell out of me. Being moored at the rec near Asda, my only choice is to walk half an hour down the high st across the bridge and along the east bank to where I can, through binoculars, see the board markings. (even at green, the flow is dangerous) It seems to me that the water above the Pershore lock is being held back to give weight and power to the new Hydro Electricity Generating point at the weir. This then, is creating an artificial fast flow. If you are aproaching from up stream, you arrive at the bridge around a near 90 degree bend to be faced with no alternative but to be inside the bend where the current is dragging you to the off side. It all seems so Bl**dy scary. That is my dilema at this time. Yet all the way, I have been worrying about going UP the Severn as I have heard THAT is my problem not the Avon. ??? Help and advice please.
  12. stratford upon avon to gloucester

    As this is a current posting on the Severn and Avon route, I could do with some advice from experienced travellers. ( Alan, Nick etc) I am at the moment awating the flow to drop at Pershore. The flow through the bridges is frightening the hell out of me. Being moored at the rec near Asda, my only choice is to walk half an hour down the high st across the bridge and along the east bank to where I can, through binoculars, see the board markings. (even at green, the flow is dangerous) It seems to me that the water above the Pershore lock is being held back to give weight and power to the new Hydro Electricity Generating point at the weir. This then, is creating an artificial fast flow. If you are aproaching from up stream, you arrive at the bridge around a near 90 degree bend to be faced with no alternative but to be inside the bend where the current is dragging you to the off side. It all seems so Bl**dy scary. That is my dilema at this time. Yet all the way, I have been worrying about going UP the Severn as I have heard THAT is my problem not the Avon. ??? Help and advice please.
  13. Diesel stove smells

    I have found that if you have a spill or a leak. The wooden floor will hold that diesel smell for "ever" the only way I have made improvement to this was to soak the floor in fairy liquid solution and scrub. After a few weeks it did improve. Since I have now installed an Oak floor its got better, not perfect. Then of course, I may be just getting used to it.
  14. Views on this unique boat

    Most here have already said what I thought too. Dark, dingy, too fussy and overly Ornate. But you havee to hand it to the "Duck" for the optomistic price. Say what !!!! I suppose they are expecting a newbie with no reference to go, "Ooh I love it, I'll have that" like you would find in an antique store. Come to think of it, that IS where it belongs. Urgh !! not for me.
  15. Has anyone got a Bubble Diesel Stove?

    I'd also have to agree with all the "pros" and state that listening to others that use coal I find using mine for around 6 hrs 3 in morning and 3 after 4pm the boat is then comfortable for me. Over the last couple of months I've used it like this every day exept one, and its working out around £1 a day. With regards to the wind causing problems, they do require a taller chimney with a wind deflector, mine (corner Bubble) has only ever blown out once, caused by being so close to buildings creating a down draft.
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