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Mac of Cygnet

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    Retired Nurseryman
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    Sowerby Bridge (in winter)

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  1. Anyone stayed at Coventry Basin?

    If you go onto the CRT web licensing site and log in (or register), you can do a search for winter moorings within a certain distance of Coventry. Perhaps you have already done so, but the one that caught my eye was Tusses Bridge, 4, on the Oxford near Hawksbury. It's in the lowest price band, too - much cheaper than outside Coventry basin. For some reason it has been left off the page of mooring maps, which normally show exactly where the designated stretch of mooring is. The one outside Coventry basin already has a booking, so you probably wouldn't be alone. HTH
  2. vetus batteries

    I didn't know Vetus sold batteries. Are they gold plated like the rest of their stuff? Like everything else Vetus, you can probably get an equivalent for 1/4 of the price.
  3. Repayment of Debt

    Beware the cashless society, however convenient it may be. It means the government and their agents the banks will have total control over your money. What if interest rates go negative (as they already have in some parts of the world). You can't do much about it if you can't stash cash.
  4. Cillit Bang

    Absolutely. I'm with W C Fields on this one.
  5. Well Creek, Outwell, HGV in the water

    The county boundary does some twisting and turning round there, but Outwell and Well Creek are definitely in Norfolk.
  6. Caldon canal

    Well the Swizzels factory has been on 3 canals so far this thread, but I'm moored just along from it at the moment, and I think I'm on the Peak Forest..........
  7. Well Creek, Outwell, HGV in the water

    Where's our man on the spot (Athy), or has he swanned off to France again?
  8. Caldon canal

    There have been a lot of changes in the first few miles; the industrial dereliction has largely disappeared, replaced by residential development and parkland. I saw several boats moored along that stretch this summer, to my surprise. The Leek arm is much the shorter, of course, and doesn't actually go into Leek - it's a rather unattractive trek into town, but Leek is easily reached by bus from several places and is worth a visit as an attractive old market town. Of course I tried to visit as many pubs as possible on my visit, and will report in the 3rd part of the 2016 Pub Cruise.
  9. Happy Birthday Tree Monkey

  10. NABO has now made its views clear on this. Received this morning: At the specially convened meeting of NAG and the boaters representatives (Mark Tizard and Alison Tuck from NABO attended) we were advised that after getting the views of the boating organisations (stage 1) and the boaters workshops (stage 2) the only common themes emerging were the approval to change the way licensing was charged from length to area and to review discounts generally (keeping the prompt payment discount). We understood that this basically was likely to form the core of the questions to be asked. There was a majority view that there should just be one license charge (regardless of whether a boater had a home mooring or not) and it was agreed that licencing cost should not be used to address congestion but that this was the function of enforcement. Despite being rejected at stage 1&2 this was brought up again at the special NAG meeting and again rejected unanimously. Despite this we note with dismay that CRT have chosen to be divisive and have included questions that suggest that the boaters should pay a different fee dependant upon whether they have a home mooring or not, see questions 24,25 and 26. NABO's view is that there should be one license fee for use of the waterways under CRT's control and would urge members to vote accordingly. In addition we note that CRT in question 24 is suggesting a new license with increased fee (in our view potentially illegal unless there is a new act of parliament) for boats that wish to remain in one area. This is in our view a function of creating a sustainable mix of towpath, short and long term moorings supported by enforcement. Members can read a pdf of the consultation here. We would URGE all members to respond to the consultation, if you have not received a copy contact customer services who will email or post one out to you. NABO is planning to launch a wider campaign shortly whose aims are to ensure that CRT and EA put boating and boaters at the forefront of their thinking and actions when promoting the waterways. This will have the tag of ' As a boater are you feeling marginalised ?' NABO Council
  11. Trailable narrow boats?

    Despite being over 70, I'm not a grandfather (AFAIK), therefore presumably do not have grandfather rights. I'm going to have to have a word with the sons.......
  12. Going through tunnels

    I think you're all being very hard on the OP. He thought he had a good idea, and has been told why it isn't. No need to go on.
  13. Two Canoe Gypsies

    I've just finished this book, and was absolutely gripped by it. Some of their adventures are genuinely scary, and the last chapter sees them paddling into the centre of Paris on the run from the police after escaping from a village jail!
  14. Cheapo calorifiers?

    In 2015 you yourself posted a link to cheapo calorifiers. It didn't work directly, but led me to http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/180916701070?clk_rvr_id=1338539717492&vectorid=229508&lgeo=1&item=180916701070&rmvSB=true
  15. Batteries not holding charge.

    Give it a rest, would you, Tim?