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thomo
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Posted -  09/01/2008  :  12:36
This now supercedes the earlier topic and is specifically aimed at all who are involved, Plus I do not like making spelling mistakes. First of all the current weather forcast for Skipton is: Saturday; showers, high 5, low 2. Sunday; showers, high 7, low 3. Not brilliant, but not like last night when for the first time ever I saw snow being driven horizontaly and illuminated by violent lighting!. With the lack of traffic on the cut at this time we may not have to empty locks before entering. A few tech, bits next. Summit - the highest section of a canal, ours is the highest of all twixt Greenberfield and Barrowford. Top of flight, section above flight, bottom of flight, that section below. This of course becomes in turn the top if you are going down. The section between locks in a flight are called pounds.. Locks have a head; top, and a tail; bottom. Each lock has six "paddles" two of these are ground paddles and are situated at either side in the canal banking above the head gates. These allow water into the lock at low level and are always opened first, some are opened with a lever and the rest with a rack and pinion, operated with a windlass NOT TO BE DROPPED INTO THE CUT, Two more paddles are one in each of the head gates and should not be opened until the water has risen above them, windlass operated, the remaing two are in each of the tail gates. These two need not concern us on this trip When using a windlass, after raising the paddle, engage the "Pawl" on the gear before doing anything else. Never let the weight of the paddle take charge. Safety is paramount, know what you are doing first. Sadly a dropped windless was the cause of multiple deaths at Gargrave a few years ago. Swing bridges, there are quite few between Silsden and Gargrave, some are often open. To open these, first cross the bridge and using a "necklace key" remove the chain device which secures the bridge beam. push the beam to bring the bridge parallel to the cut reducing the effort before helps to prevent the bridge from bouncing back into the path  of the oncoming boat, hold the beam until the boat is clear, this caution also aplies to lock gate beams. Returning the bridge is the reversal of this operation. Someone on a bike can be very useful when attempting a "fast passage" but if there are other people about, take your bike over the bridge with you, its not funny when your iron is off down the towpath in the hands of a stranger. Someone on a bike can go ahead and ready the bridge or lock two is even better. I hope that this is of some help to whoever comes along and is unsure of events. But to all who come, Welcome and thank you. Keep safe and as warm and dry as is possible.


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Doc
Keeper of the Scrolls


2010 Posts
Posted - 31/01/2008 : 13:27
Just for Info: I found this and thought it might be of interest

Skipton Waterway Festival plans well underway

30th Jan 2008

Plans for Skipton's seventh Waterway Festival are well underway with the theme of this year's event being chosen as Skipton Olympics.Skipton Waterway Festival
The festival, which is held over the May bank holiday weekend, is organised by a steering group made up of local people, Pennine Cruisers, British Waterways, Skipton Town Council and Craven District Council.

It attracts hundreds of boaters to Yorkshire and last year it was estimated that around 10,000 visitors came to enjoy the stalls and the varied family entertainment which took place on the canal side during the day.

Boaters booked in for the event will be invited to a private event on the Friday evening, the canalside daily entertainment will begin on Saturday and will run from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

A Farmers Market will also be in Coach Street car park on Sunday 4 May, with the illuminated cruise sailing from the outskirts of town to the canal basin, arriving at dusk on Sunday.

Anyone who has previously attended will be sent a mooring application for 2008. New applicants for moorings, stalls or those wanting to perform can contact Pennine Cruisers for an Application Form by emailing info@penninecruisers.com or telephone on 01756 795478.



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Travis
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91 Posts
Posted - 03/02/2008 : 19:27
We sailed Travis down to Lower Park Marina today, guess who we saw...looking the "Boaty type" with her yellow Marigolds on?

Andy and Wendy.

PS. Yes, we're going to the Skipton Rally in May. Free brews to any OMFB members who find us onboard. 


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Callunna
Revolving Grey Blob


3044 Posts
Posted - 03/02/2008 : 20:44
You know what they say: when the going gets tough, the tough get cleaning...

Actually I was keeping myself occupied and out of the way of BK who was in the process of installing some rather splendid overhead lockers for us, made with his own fair hand.

Our challenge is to squeeze every last bit of storage space out of FD without adding another storey or putting in a cellar, and BK has certainly helped us out there. 

Thomo's plans for the bathroom and utility area are very exciting and thorough. Can't wait to see it all happen!

Still struggling with water consumption despite being ultra conservative. I found myself eyeing the washing up water yesterday, wondering how it would taste if I put it through the filter jug. You can get military bladder bags that hold 1000 litres which would be great on the roof but I'm not drinking from anything that has the word bladder associated with it.

I was fibbing about filtering the washing up water, BTW.

Lecky: The extra battery ordered from the marina two weeks ago still hasn't arrived, although Lower Park seems to be in a different time zone to the rest of the planet. 

I just bid on a bunch of bulbs to replace our 18 halogen MR16s . These have 30 LEDs in them (apparently, any less than 20  and they're quite dim). Retail they'd cost £20 each but these are 4 for £18.99 (mind you, it did say summat about which glue to use to assemble the thousand shards of glass).

 Oh dearie me, I'm fibbing again. Not about bidding, about the shards of ... [Get on with it and stop waffling. Ed.]

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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 04/02/2008 : 06:44
One way of looking at the washing up might be to assess whether there is a way of doing away with it.  As an example, I could live quite happily on sandwiches made on a wooden chopping board and eaten off it.  One knife to dry wipe and no washing up.....  Board needs a bleach every now and again but so far I haven't died from food poisoning....


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Ringo
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3793 Posts
Posted - 04/02/2008 : 09:27
Ot is amazing how little water you can get away eith using if you have to. We used very little this weekend in the caravan, when you have to fetch it from a tap 50 yards away every drop is precious.


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moh
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6860 Posts
Posted - 04/02/2008 : 11:18
How did the weekend go Ringo?


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belle
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6502 Posts
Posted - 04/02/2008 : 11:27
ringo, presumably it was frozen water, if it was this weekend!


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Big Kev
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2650 Posts
Posted - 04/02/2008 : 11:42
Preserving water, easy. I drink Gin..........


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Ringo
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Posted - 04/02/2008 : 11:45


quote:
moh wrote:
How did the weekend go Ringo?


The weekend went fine, have a look at the Winter 2007 topic for some pictures


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moh
Silver Surfer


6860 Posts
Posted - 07/02/2008 : 20:32
Just watched Locks & Quays - boat going through 'Fowlridge' tunnel - and Burnley - it is such an interesting programme - especially in the light of this topic - shame it will come to an end.


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Callunna
Revolving Grey Blob


3044 Posts
Posted - 07/02/2008 : 21:09
I mentioned it in my blog but as I often repeat myself I'll say it again here: Frabjous Day's younger brother, Hum Drum, featured prominently at the beginning of the Locks & Quays programme.

He's exactly the same as FD (formerly Helen's Drum) even down to the same curtains, but of course he has fewer dings, scratches and rust spots because he's only a few months old and hasn't suffered at the hands of hirers (or new owners who are still getting used to steering 25 tons of steel through bridges with inches to spare on either side...)

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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 08/02/2008 : 07:23
They briefly mentioned Greenberfield but seemed to skip Barlick as far as I could see although I did miss the start of this weeks episode.  Thing that struck me was an 'expert' talking about the summit level at Gargrave.  He gave the impression it started there.....  At least, that was how it came over to me. 


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Big Kev
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2650 Posts
Posted - 08/02/2008 : 13:08
from H's blog
Combined with turning off the inverter at night, we now find we need to have the engine running for only a couple of hours a day.
Does your fridge run on 12v then?


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Callunna
Revolving Grey Blob


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Posted - 08/02/2008 : 13:49
Yes - fridge runs exclusively on 12v. We have it turned right down so that it's just cold enough to be called a fridge rather than a cool cupboard.

The meter reading this morning was a very satisfying 12.8 - no need to run the engine until tonight, which will save a few litres of diesel and be less wear and tear on the engine.

The experience with LED bulbs has been a real eye opener as regards electricity consumption. I'm looking forward to receiving my free parcel of goodies, which might include replacement bulbs for table lamps too.

The problem with the pools of light (which create shadows rather than the halogens' wash of light) could be fixed by installing under-gunwale lighting. Even if we add another 10 lights, it's still not going to use as much as just one halogen.

I'm becoming an LED junkie.

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Posted - 08/02/2008 : 13:57
The meter reading this morning was a very satisfying 12.8 - no need to run the engine until tonight, which will save a few litres of diesel and be less wear and tear on the engine.
Excellent stuff. Once your all "solared" and "winded" up you'll need to run it even less.......


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