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Mike on the Wey

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  1. Planning next cruise - Thames/Basingstoke/K&A

    And plans for the Basingstoke are here. https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryparks/basingstokecanal/closures It is too long/wordy to post the full content.
  2. Planning next cruise - Thames/Basingstoke/K&A

    Plans for the Wey this winter: The following lock closures are planned to take place from November 2017 to February 2018 St Catherine’s Lock: upper lock gates repair 08.00hrs Tuesday 21st November until 08.00hrs Thursday 23rd November 2017 Coxes Lock lower gates replacement postponed until winter 2018/19 Newark Lock: lock gate replacements, full dewater of upper external head walls, repairs & engineering inspection 08.00hrs Monday 22nd January until 08.00hrs Monday 12th February 2018 Work programme and schedule subject to change due to weather and flood events. For further information please contact the Navigation Office E: riverwey@nationaltrust.org.uk T: 01483 561389
  3. Planning next cruise - Thames/Basingstoke/K&A

    Beware of the Wey over the winter ... it can go into flood quite quickly. There are some places to moor on the canal sections, but otherwise it is very shallow at the edges. The Basingstoke is usually closed over the winter for maintenance. I echo the point that Weybridge to Reading in one day is too much. It's around 60 lock miles. And Bell Weir lock is closed from 30 October to mid-December.
  4. Live aboard moorings on the river Wey

    Bizarrely, no. There are some boats in the marina without an annual Wey licence. Some never move, and others buy short term licences for their trips out. I was very surprised to learn that.
  5. Live aboard moorings on the river Wey

    Certain Tingdene staff do indeed live at Pyrford Marina. And a few boaters do reside on NT Wey moorings, but they are assistant weirkeepers, mooring wardens and (at one time, not sure currently) a lengthsman. I am not subject to any rules about how long I can stay on my boat at Pyrford Marina. The only rule is that it cannot be my residence. As MtB said, Thames & Kennet Marina is something else. LOTS of smoking chimneys.
  6. Visitor Mooring on Thames

    We are moored halfway between Cleeve and Moulsford ... the Salters boat went upstream a little while ago.
  7. Bell Weir Lock broken - 30th July 1000

    One downstream sluice is not fully closing but they are able to operate the lock at present.
  8. Bell Weir Lock broken - 30th July 1000

    Reopened, first lockful of boats going in at 1248.
  9. EA moorings BS

    So you want the river for yourself when you want to visit? That is not what I said. Short-term free moorings should be available for all, on a first-come first-served basis. What about all the boats that are moored up year round on the Thames very few "Brake loose & cause significant damage" Many of these boats are on pontoons which rise and fall with the river level, or have riser rings on piles. And those on end-of-garden moorings can be easily seen/checked by owners. During the 2014 floods many boats broke away from moorings. See the power of the Thames in flood here. We can look forward & accommodate the growth ... But who owns most of the riverbank? Certainly not the Environment Agency. So "we" cannot do very much without the goodwill and consent of the landowners. In the meantime "we" need to consider the needs of all and maximise mooring availability. To my mind that doesn't include facilitating people leaving boats unattended for a week, or being able to stay for two weeks as on CaRT waters. As frangar said, use a marina.
  10. EA moorings BS

    As an occasional visitor to the Thames I don't want to turn up at a potential mooring site to find it blocked by empty boats moored for a week. The whole point of the EA rules on the Thames is to keep boats moving and ensure that the limited space remains available. I would be so bold to say that the £100 per day charge is not about making money; rather it's about moving people on. Moorings on the Thames are limited because most of the bank is controlled by the respective riparian owners. I'm not sure that there are sufficient EA sites to accommodate caretakers and moorings. In effect much of what you propose is already happening on private land, with businesses like SRB moorings (between Henley and Cookham) collecting mooring fees and sometimes agreeing longer stays at a negotiated rate. Another point about the Thames is that levels and flows can change quickly and dramatically. An empty boat moored for a week could be at risk, and if it broke away it could cause significant damage to other boats and/or infrastructure.
  11. Centre lines

    Please forgive my pedantry, but they are fairleads. This is a cleat (picture didn't display). A cleat is what you tie on to.
  12. Wey navigation

    A week's licence will give you plenty of time to enjoy the Wey, but I don't know how much you like to do in a day. Buy two or three weeks if you need to. Nice towns to visit are Weybridge, Guildford and Godalming. Otherwise it's mainly countryside. There is a large Sainsbury's at Godalming wharf, where you literally wheel your trolley to the boat to unload. Water points: Thames Lock, Pyrford Marina, Pyrford Lock (upstream offside), Cartbridge Wharf, Stoke Lock (downstream landing), Dapdune Wharf, Farncombe boat house (but they charge), Godalming Wharf. Pump outs: Pyrford Marina and Farncombe boat house. Elsan: Pyrford Marina, Pyrford Lock (upstream landing), Dapdune Wharf, Godalming Wharf. Nice places to stop: anywhere apart from near the M25. We have lengthsmen/women, so the bank is generally well-maintained. If you see somewhere nice and can get in to the side, feel free to stop there. Pubs: Pelican below Coxes Lock. Anchor below Pyrford Lock. Seven Stars not far from meadow above Newark Lock. New Inn above A247 bridge at Send. Rowbarge on bank just above Stoke Bridge A320. Several in Guildford, White House is riverside. Several in Godalming, none riverside except a Beefeater. Please always open both gates fully ... funnily enough we don't have significant bottom gate leakage from boat abrasion caused by single-gating. And you can leave your exit gates open on all locks. Borrow a Wey windlass from Thames Lock - you need a longer shafted one as the paddlegear is friction-controlled. Anything else you want to know, just ask.
  13. Capital gains on gifted boat?

    Sorry to come into this a bit late. I used to work for HMRC, and my specialism was capital gains tax. This will be a long post, but please bear with. There is a "market value rule", at Section 17 TCGA 1992, whereby certain transactions are deemed to take place at market value. So in this scenario and drawing on some of the previous comments: Asset gifted with no consideration passing - disposed of at market value, acquired at market value. Asset "won in a game of cards" - obvious sham, market value rule applies, so disposed of at market value, acquired at market value. (It's an obvious sham because the "game" could only be played with the intended recipient of the asset. The acid test is whether the party disposing of the asset would have played such a game with a random stranger.) Asset sold for £1 - the test is whether one party to the transaction had the intention of conferring a gratuitous benefit on the other party. Selling a £30,000 asset for £1: an obvious gratuitous benefit conferred on the buyer. A "creative" description as to condition/low valuation of the asset would have to be supported by appropriate third-party evidence. Market value rule applies, so disposed of at market value, acquired at market value. And staying with this example, if the person buying for £1 then sells the asset for £30,000, the basic CGT computation will not be £30,000 less £1 = gain £29,999. It will be £30,000 less £30,000. The example of the £500 house purchase - again it would be deemed to have been disposed of at market value, acquired at market value. But I have good news. Narrowboats are wasting assets, deemed to be so by Section 44(1)(c) TCGA 1992. Section 45 TCGA 1992 states that a chattel (tangible, moveable property) which is a wasting asset shall be exempt from CGT unless it has been used in a trade, profession or vocation (loosely speaking, used as a business asset). So CGT is usually not chargeable on narrowboats ... in fact not usually on any boat. Why? I hear you ask. Are HMRC being exceedingly generous? No. If CGT was chargeable on any gain on the disposal of such an asset, then it would follow that an allowable capital loss would arise on the majority of disposals. The same applies to cars, for which there is special legislation. You will not pay CGT on any gain on a classic car, but neither can you claim any capital loss on the disposal of a "normal" car. Items such as household furniture etc sold at a loss do not produce allowable capital losses. The main point of this legislation is that the tax lost from allowable losses would far exceed the tax received on chargeable gains - so the simple solution is to make relevant assets exempt. The points regarding inheritance tax are broadly correct - a gift of an asset or money is a potentially exempt transfer on which IHT might be charged. The IHT charge is tapered as the years pass. MP
  14. Upper Thames - no water!

    Sorry to be a pedant ... Ash, Deepcut flight and Brookwood flight closed. Woodham flight and St John's flight still open, as both have backpumping. So it is still possible to go to Woking. What's not to like???!!!
  15. London is deserted.

    The continuous cruisers weren't cruising? How strange.