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Peter Thornton

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  1. Bridgewater permits and licenses

    Just done a return trip on Bridgewater.As we spent less than 7 days in total I didn’t see any need to buy a licence, couldn’t actually work out how to and no-one appeared at any point to be interested. We did have one strange experience when I took a photo of a boat with the same name as our granddaughter and was challenged by the owner as to why I had done this ( he ran after us for a hundred yards or so). Maybe an illustration of the tensions there?
  2. Bridgewater permits and licenses

    That sign was there on Wednesday. I’d never noticed it before.
  3. Incident at Fenny Marina

    To be fair, I didn’t accuse the lady of being complacent, I was thinking of us ........
  4. Water in cabin bilge

    Ouch! Was it an ex Ownerships one? How big a job was the conversion? I guess you would have had to remake your front doors and also provide new steps?
  5. Any idea what these are?

    They are very similar to these, but the Leeds Liverpool is very stingy with moorings and I can’t believe they’d give us a mile or so!
  6. Any idea what these are?

    Maybe, but wouldn’t there be a reflector on them, or perhaps a bar across the top?
  7. Incident at Fenny Marina

    We were going down Bank Newton a week or so ago and the lock keeper was telling us about all the sinking there (2 in the last few weeks) Then we get to the Gargrave locks and there is an ambulance there. A lady had tripped when alighting, bumpted her head and broken her shoulder. And on their first days hire I think. its easy to become complacent .........
  8. Any idea what these are?

    Just past Leigh, (towards Wigan) on the Leeds Liverpool, there is a long row of stakes/piling all set back at a consistent distance from the bank and spaced consistently. They go on for about a mile and They are about 9” or so square. Anyone know what they are?
  9. Water in cabin bilge

    Having spent a week or so mopping up our bilge, this is very useful! Hadn’t considered condensation, or overful water tank. we have another possibility, out front cockpit is below water level and drained by a channel to the rear bilge. (It’s an “S” series Pat Buckle Ownerships boat) so that sounds like three separate sources of water! and one other point, if the access hatch is at the back and to one side (as in our case) then the attitude of the boat matters.
  10. Bridge 132 Leeds Liverpool Canal

    Went through Wigan today. There was a dodgy looking character on the towpath, looked like a drug dealer waiting for clients. Saw a family walking group later, with him in the middle of it. Seems he had been waiting for them - just shows how easy it is to jump to conclusions when you get into this frame of mind! our time on the Leeds Liverpool comes to an end tomorrow. It’s a lovely canal with great scenery and lots of interest. We’ll miss it all, except perhaps those big heavy locks .......
  11. Bridge 132 Leeds Liverpool Canal

    Has anyone had problems around bridge 132, on the outskirts of Burnley? We passed there a couple of weeks ago and saw something going on with some youths scuffling. On the way back a couple of days ago we came under rocket attack! Luckily the youths concerned were too concerned with hiding from my camera to aim it properly. Other than that we have had an uneventful trip through the “badlands” and would recommend the Leeds Liverpool to anyone wanting to venture North.
  12. Losing water

    Not sure whether it’s a Polar unit, but I think you’ve found the problem. It’s damp around there in the morning.
  13. Wood burning stoves to be banned in London

    It’s actually quite easy to convert a generator to LPG. There is a company called Edge Technology who specialise in this.
  14. Wood burning stoves to be banned in London

    Full disclosure - I’m a local politician ........ Politicians don’t actually go about trying to upset people (!) most problems come because of opposing forces i.e. you have to upset someone, it’s just deciding which group to choose. I can’t see a ban on running engines in locks for example. There are safety concerns apart from anything else. The big issue will be running engines to charge batteries, in residential areas. This has already been a problem in the past and, crucially, it’s a problem capable of being solved. For example, our local council has recently banned genearators in the market place, but only after installing electric points as an alternative. There are a number of high profile town centre moorings where I can see this being the way forward. I just hope that CRT is engaging in some dialogue about this.
  15. Wood burning stoves to be banned in London

    I think Diesel engines for propulsion will be ok, it’s sitting on a mooring, in a residential area, running engines to charge batteries that will be the problem.