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Captain Pegg

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Captain Pegg last won the day on December 15 2016

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  1. Coventry Canal Society today 19/08/17

    It makes better than perfect sense to this Coventrian. JP
  2. Coombeswood Canal Trust D of E Residential

    Possibly true but they are probably wise enough to know that when the motor turns left at a junction the butty shouldn't go straight on. Overall though I sharpened up my rope work on the butty compared to last year but that bloody great motor doesn't go round corners like Vulpes. A couple of times it simply didn't go round at all on the Dudley No 2. And we passed the Moomins on the Old Main Line and that's Vox Stellarum in the picture at Brum.
  3. I have just finished a week of boating on the BCN with the CCT/BCNS owned ex-GU pair Atlas and Malus. The primary work of the boats these days is undertaking Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Award residential courses. Thankfully for me this qualifies as valid voluntary work for me to be able to take leave to skipper one of the boats for a week each year. The trips require the crews of up to 10 young people to camp in the hold and make the best of the provisions they are given while learning to work as a team on helping to work the boats. They also spend a day helping out at the Black Country Living Museum. The itinerary involves starting at Hawne Basin on a Monday lunchtime and moving to the Black Country Museum where the boats are allowed to moor on the museum arm and be exhibits for 36 hours while the candidates do their work in the museum. On Wednesday lunchtime the boats are then moved to the Titford Pumphouse where the candidates spend the night. This involves working the pair up the Crow (Oldbury locks) which is challenging. Thursday is down the Crow and Smethwick locks to Birmingham for a visit to the Libarary and a look at the Staffordshire hoard followed by overnight at Icknield Port. On Friday it's back to base at Hawne and go home. The boat skippers don't get to stay aboard as the youth workers that run the courses have to do that. Overall it's great fun and introduces young folk to boating (and the delights of the BCN) while developing them as people. I am one of the least experienced crew on the boats and my co-skipper was also fairly inexperienced on the boats (even though he is a luminary in the BCNS). Hence it's also a learning experience for the skippers especially as I have spent much more time on the butty Malus than I have on Atlas in the past. Mistakes were made and no-one is under the pretense we are expert in the ways of moving working pairs. I did at least manage to turn the breasted pair at Old Turn junction yesterday and outside Hawne Basin this afternoon with an audience for both. Just for once the cock-ups were out of the gaze of the public.
  4. Thoughts on this tug

    My thoughts are much the same as yours. Lovely boat from a sought after builder. Price may be inflated by current market but still stands out against most of what has been up for sale recently. It's also a proper tug (not just someone plating over the well deck on a bog standard narrowboat). Where are the windows in the front bulkhead; I can't see them? I nearly bought a RN DM2 powered boat a couple of years ago and did hear that spares were hard to source and hugely expensive. It would be interesting to know the truth of that situation. I struggle with prices but I would suggest it's a £50k plus boat. JP
  5. Canal art...beware

    Stourbridge. Not a doubt in my mind. I like it, It's all about what it says to the viewer. It has an essence of something I can relate to and a nice dose of imagination. As a general point rather than in direct response I don't consider I am critiquing the original pieces. It's just that one of them doesn't capture the essence of the subject as far as I am concerned and I wouldn't part with my own money for it. Maybe someone else would? JP
  6. Canal art...beware

    I have spent a number of hours at that very location during the past month and I genuinely didn't recognise it. It doesn't capture the character of the place in any way. It looks like the cottages have been reimagined by Barratt Homes in-house artist. Surely as an artist if you aren't intending to capture a detailed likeness you have to capture the character instead? The unnatural viewpoint doesn't help. JP
  7. Canal art...beware

    I should pay more attention. I completely missed that bit when I moored there overnight three weeks ago on my way down the GU and had a walk around. Even worse that I still didn't see it when I stopped there again for lunch on the way back. Who'd have thought? JP
  8. Canal art...beware

    You are on to something here. If it was the first in a series of three entitled 'The Prelude' to be followed by 'The Incident' and 'The Aftermath' they might be worth shelling out twenty quid for.
  9. Canal art...beware

    After initially thinking it might be Buckby I became pretty sure the second painting was Braunston top lock. The willow on the offside is quite distinctive. A bit of artistic licence has been taken as the lock cottage isn't shown and the hut on the offside doesn't exist. Let's be generous and say it's an impression. It's a damn sight less than vague than the one of Stoke Bruerne. I have no idea where at Stoke Bruerne that is meant to depict. JP
  10. Dunhampstead or Droitwich?

    If you haven't done the Worcester & Birmingham before I would definitely go that way. I would choose to go from Droitwich to Worcester via Hanbury rather than Hawford even though it takes longer. There are OK places to moor between Worcester and Tibberton. JP
  11. Canal Planner and Summer Holidays

    I agree with John and Rob. The way I boat is to work out where I want to go and do the hours necessary. If the going is slow then I end up doing more hours. You meet more people and have the chance to look around a bit more when you are waiting. Only down side is less time in the pub. What's the worst that can happen? You turn round half way through your available time and don't get to the end. Not a disaster and no reason not to give it a go. Just crack on and see what happens. JP
  12. Summer Cruise (So Far)

    Not my drone and it's not me at the tiller. Vulpes looks so small in the lock from that height. I have had a few photos taken by others on the trip. There is one of you on the tiller heading into Netherton tunnel posted on FB and one on Canal Market Place on FB taken in the woods south of Whilton a couple of weeks ago with me looking miserable while getting soaked. I wasn't miserable but I was getting soaked. Boating continues whatever the weather. Andy (AMModels) messaged me to let me know of that one. JP
  13. Summer Cruise (So Far)

    I see it from the other perspective up to 10 times a week. It's a great view from the canal. Very strange to boat at 3mph through countryside I have travelled at 125mph literally hundreds of times. Everything is so different. I always look at the boats and have seen Old Friends there. I can remember mooring at the end of the straight on a hire boat holiday in the 80s. JP
  14. Summer Cruise (So Far)

    We had a walk around the Linslade festival for an hour on the Saturday afternoon and it did seem that a lot of the activity was remote from the canal. Just after the photo was taken we moored on the Tesco moorings to grab a bit of lunch and I think you moored in the spot we had just vacated. We were heading out of view when you moored up. The Petter in Vulpes exhausts through the side of the counter so it would make an even better noise through a roof mounted stove pipe. It has a spot on low revs where there is a good thumping noise with reverberation which I always aim for when winding down to pass moored boats. It's a cracking unpretentious engine. I'll be listening to an HA2 from a safe distance next week when I do my week on Malus for the Coombeswood Canal Trust/BCNS. JP
  15. Summer Cruise (So Far)

    I've only spent 11 nights on the boat.