Focus on the Thames and K&A
Chairman Mike Rodd has some good, and less good, news of these adjoining waterways.
I hope that you have all enjoyed some wonderful summer cruising days and probably now starting your pre-wintering work, getting your boat ready for the colder days ahead. We spent last week replacing the coach-lines on our boat. We’d had a leading national hire-boat company repaint our ‘new’ boat three years ago, when we bought it from the Cambrian Cruisers’ hire fleet. We were very pleased with the job they’d done – well, until the vinyl coach-lines started shrinking and going a nasty brown colour! I then found out from the distributors that the vinyl used was only a ‘3-year’ one, so I guess the deterioration wasn’t entirely surprising, but still not what you’re looking for, given the cost of a paint job!
2016/17 Winter Moorings
Winter moorings permits for between one and five months will go on sale from 3rd October. They will be available at fixed locations from 1st November to 31st March 2017. There are four price bands:
Band 1 - £15 per metre per month – mooring rings or bollards, within walking distance of a location with local amenities and good facilities nearby (water, elsan/pumpout, rubbish disposal) and good public transport links.
Band 2- £13.50 per metre per month – as above, but without public transport links.
Band 3 - £10.00 per metre per month – a mooring or towpath site with some facilities on site or within a short cruise and likely to be quite close to a village or town.
Band 4 - £6.50 per metre per month – a towpath location, which doesn’t have any facilities on site.
More information on winter mooring locations and prices is at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/refresh/media/thumbnail/29512-2016-17-winter-mooring-price-list.pdf and you can buy a permit at https://licensing.canalrivertrust.org.uk/Account/SignIn
Extract from an Airbnb Listing
- Some London boat owners are renting out their boats
“From £120 per night. Stay on this beautiful romantic narrowboat in the heart of London and see London from a different perspective. The 57-foot canal boat was built over 100 years ago and is full of character and history. She can sleep 4 adults and 1 child. Check in anytime after 2pm. Check out 10am. Extra people: £20/night after 2 guests. Cleaning fee: £40. Security Deposit: £300. Weekly discount: 11%. Monthly discount: 31%.
NE Waterway User Forum, Castleford, 20th September 2016
I attended this meeting last night on behalf of NABO. I didn’t think it was quite as well attended as in previous years – around 45-50 in total including the numerous CRT staff. I suspect this may be down to the changed start time of 1700 instead of 1800 with some people still at work.
The meeting followed the pattern set in the last few meetings, with a number of set piece presentations, mainly by CRT, with no Q&A’s encouraged. Rather, there seems to be a keenness for attendees to take part in networking after the general presentations, which in my view is less than satisfactory. I may be in the minority, but, although networking has its place, I much prefer to hear debate in open forum, whereas relying totally on networking means that inevitably many people don’t get their chance to put their point to CRT management.