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Lenny HB

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Oct 18, 2007
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What no wheels! Transport for the next few days it's not even got any sails.

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Maintaining my FLT status, my mate JonP hired the boat and invited me and the boss along for free.
Keeping up my FLT image used my Priority Club points for a free night in a hotel to start the week.
 
Feb 21, 2016
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Fantastic!
Enjoy!
Had a share in a narrow boat once,found it very very relaxing.............when it wasn’t hissing down with rain.

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Jan 8, 2013
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Enjoy! Knackered done 24 locks today and we didn't start untill 11:30.
Moored up now done 2 locks of a flight of 30.
Where are you Lenny? We had a narrow boat before the MoHo for 12+ years, we traveled almost the all system. We still miss it but Hilary found it harder to do the locks.
 
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Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
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On the coast in West Sussex
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Since 2008 & many years tugging
Where are you Lenny? We had a narrow boat before the MoHo for 12+ years, we traveled almost the all system. We still miss it but Hilary found it harder to do the locks.
Started at Droitwich Spa heading up the Wostester & Birmingham canal, heading for Birmingham. Before we finished last night did the first two locks of the Tardebigge flight. Had a bit of a problem one of the basins was empty so I opened the paddles on the next lock up and the basin filled but the next one emptied so we moored up. Water level has come up a bit more overnight so hopefully won't have too much hassle today.
 
Nov 5, 2013
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There was only two of us when we did Tardebigge in 2009! but we did it downhill got a good system going (y) Wast Hill,tunnel is quite an experience if you go that far!

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Jan 8, 2013
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I remember doing that flight one sunny Saturday afternoon surrounded by kids wanting a ride on the boat. Great at the top and onto the BNC. Stop over next to the Arena, its lovely now and an easy walk into Birmingham centre.
 

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Jan 9, 2013
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...heading for Birmingham.
I read a tongue in cheek article over the weekend that was offering up alternative destinations as so many of
the popular places were closed. Birmingham was suggested as an alternative to Venice as both have canals. :)

Alternatively, Bromely, in London, has a St Mark's Square where I guess the coffee and ice cream is cheaper than Vernice.
 
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Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
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On the coast in West Sussex
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Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
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Since 2008 & many years tugging
Late yesterday afternoon we had a little bit of an accident. Caught the tiller on a tunnel wall and it snagged. The tiller broke at the bottom bend, you could see it was had already been split ½ way as there was rust ½ way round.

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Guy from the marina came out to us took the tiller back to the workshop and was back with it at 8am, so not much time lost.
Only problem the shaft is a bit bend making helming really hard work.
 
Sep 3, 2009
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I seem to recall many moons ago, that in the States you could hire outboard powered pontoons that you could put your RV on. Might be a problem in the tunnels though:LOL:

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Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
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On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
I seem to recall many moons ago, that in the States you could hire outboard powered pontoons that you could put your RV on. Might be a problem in the tunnels though:LOL:
You can do that in Germany on the lakes.

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Jul 3, 2014
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Lovely photos Lenny. Great reminder of our days touring the network. "Back door Britain" - you can't beat it. :cool:
Brian
 
Jan 2, 2015
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Started at Droitwich Spa heading up the Wostester & Birmingham canal, heading for Birmingham
Steady now Lenny, you are getting towards "Oop North" you'll be looking on eBay for a cheap flat cap & whippet.
You may even start flattening your vowels :smiley: :smiley:

Looks like you are enjoying it and at least the satnag won't take you down one way canals:oops::oops:

Barry

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Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
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On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
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Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
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Since 2008 & many years tugging
Looks like you are enjoying it and at least the satnag won't take you down one way canals:oops::oops:
Enjoying it !
11 hour day today brekies and lunch on the go, not my idea of a holiday bleeding punishment. What with all these stupid locks on cananls must be a masochism northern thing.

P.S. got a flat cap wear it when we go dancing. :LOL:
 
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Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
22,369
28,978
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
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Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
Finish the trip on Friday morning. We were originally picking up the boat in Stourport-on-Seven but due to the flooding on the Seven they moved their fleet up to Droitwich Spa, as if left at Stourport their customers couldn't have gone far.
We could have done a short trip up and down a canal but offered us the choice of doing the loop around Birmingham and back to Stourport as this would help them get the boat back to base. They said we could have the boat early, as soon as it was cleaned and ready to go. Also if we didn't make it they would pick up and bring the next hirers out to where we got to & gave us a few extra hours on the last day. Also both having sailed they only gave us a 5 min induction instead of an hour which got us away quicker.

We made it, when we got back they said that trip would normally take 10 days or if you rush it 7 days we did it in 4 days. Left at 11:30 on Monday back at 10:00 on Friday, 86 locks later.

My mate said you will enjoy it pottering along the canals a walking speed, I will never believe anything he says again.

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Jan 8, 2013
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Enjoying it !
11 hour day today brekies and lunch on the go, not my idea of a holiday bleeding punishment. What with all these stupid locks on cananls must be a masochism northern thing.

P.S. got a flat cap wear it when we go dancing. :LOL:
Unfortunetly and you probably didn't realise it but Birmingham is on the top of a plateau You would have to climb many lock to get there which ever way you went. You will remember that trip with fondness ---- eventually :drinks: :drinks:

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