Norbury News April 2015
Norbury News April 2015
Norbury News April 2015
Norbury News April 2015

Norbury News April 2015

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  • WITH all the fuss about theimpact on continuous cruisersof the latest Canal & River Trustamendments to its terms and condi-tions for boat licences; it hasn'tbeen immediately obvious thatboaters with a home mooring arealso affected.Thanks to some research by theNational Association of Boat Owners, itis now clear that the Trust are insistingthat boaters with a mooring keep onthe move when they are away frombase.NABO recently asked Jackie Lewis,C&RT General Legal Counsel, to elab-orate on the changes to the terms andconditions for boaters with a homemooring.She said: In accordance withCondition 3.1 and 3.2 of the revisedterms and conditions, if you have ahome mooring, you must cruise on thewaterway whilst you are away fromyour home mooring, stopping only forshort periods (defined as 14 days orless if a local restriction applies). She insists, although others may dis-agree, that this requirement to cruise isthe same as it's always been - it is notan amendment to the terms and condi-tions.How far do you have to go? JackieLewis says: What it means to cruiseon the waterway depends upon theperiod of time your boat is away fromits home mooring. The longer it spendsaway from its home mooring, thegreater the range of movement expect-ed. As an extreme, if you never returnedto your home mooring for the entireperiod of your licence, we wouldexpect you to cruise continuously and

    therefore your pattern of movementshould be the same as that of a boatwithout a home mooring. In contrast, however, if your boatspends the majority of the time on itshome mooring and only leaves tocruise for short periods of time, thenthe range of movement expected foreach cruise will be much more limited.To explain further, every time youreturn to your home mooring (providedthat this is not merely for a nominalperiod in an attempt to circumvent therules), your cruise ends and theclock is effectively re-set. The next time you leave, you start ona new cruise, the extent of which willdepend upon the time spent awayfrom the home mooring. If you areaway for just a weekend, that cruise

    will be quite short in terms of distance.On the other hand, if you are awayfrom your home mooring for severalmonths, we would expect to see amuch greater range of movement.By way of example, it would be per-fectly acceptable to leave your homemooring for weekend, cruise a shortdistance and moor for 48 hours (at alegitimate mooring site) and then returnto your home mooring, and this patternof movement could be repeated onseveral weekends throughout the year. However, shuffling between two loca-tions close together, neither of which isyour home mooring, for an extendedperiod is not permitted as that shuf-fling is not 'cruising.'

    Continued on page two

    IISSUESSUE 39 - 39 - AAPRILPRIL 20152015

    Now ALL boaters

    must keep moving

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE

    Not servicing is often more expensoive page two

    Stop talking about the boating season page three

    The problem of selling too many boats page four

    Boats with a home mooring in the Canal & River Trusts Diglis Basin in

    Worcester - now owners need to keep moving when they leave.

  • Norbury News 2

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    Continued from page one

    NABO says it questions the scale of theproblem that necessitates the wholesalechanging of terms and conditions for allboaters.What evidence has ever been produced ofwidespread abuse?, it asks, adding, Weare confused as there are no definitions ofcruise or shuffling in the relevant Acts ofParliament. It is not clear to us when ashuffle becomes a cruise or vice versa.NABO says it currently assumes a recentcase where CRT failed in an attempt refuseto license a boat with a home mooring,apparently on the grounds he was shuf-fling within a narrow area has led to thischange to the Terms and Conditions andconcludes that the changes do not seem 'aproportionate response'.NABO points out that agreeing to these lat-est Terms and Conditions does not absolveeither party from complying with any rele-vant law or Act of Parliament governing thecanals and rivers administered by the Trust.The rules about cruising, as interpreted bythe Trust, certainly seem to change prettyquickly. Just six months ago they weretelling commentator Allan Richards that theTrust has not published any information thatdefines the term and that "cruising" is notdefined in any the legislation relating to

    cruising of boats in the inland waterwaysowned and managed by the Trust.Simon Jenkins, managing director ofNorbury Wharf Ltd, on the ShropshireUnion Canal, predicts that the new Termsand Conditions, and the latest interpretationof the impact on boaters with a homemooring by C&RT's own lawyer, will send anegative message to boat owners.We have lots of boaters who moor with usand what attracts them to boating is thefreedom from petty rules and the ability togo where they want when they want.They will look at this ruling and askwhether they will be restricted in the num-ber of weekends they can take their boat tothe local pub how many weekends is'several' through a single year?And if they go out for a longer cruise theywill be asking whether they are cruising farenough to avoid action from C&RT.For most leisure boaters the whole point ofthe canals is relaxation and an escape fromworry, and that is especially true for thosewho can afford the time for a longer cruise.It seems the Trust's attempts to elaborateon the simple rules established in the 1995legislation are likely to damage the percep-tion of peace and simplicity that has longbeen one of the main attractions of boat-ing.

    New T&Cs affect boats with a mooring

    NEGLECTING a dieselheater can turn out tobe an expensive economy.Recent experience at NorburyWharf makes it abundantlyclear that regular maintenanceis the key to long life for anydiesel heating system.Norbury Manager, David Ray,explained why ignoring regularmaintenance can cost boatersdearly.There are several differentmanufacturers of diesel stoves(Bubble, Lockgate, Reflecksetc.) but they all pretty muchwork in the same way. Diesel isdrip fed into the burner pot by aregulator which is fitted with acontrol knob with several set-tings between low and high. There are no end of advan-tages: no dust from coal ash,no lugging bags of coal aroundand probably the biggest is thatthey remain at a constant tem-perature. It is important that the flue isthe correct length and a suit-able cowl is fitted on the out-side to ensure that you dontend up with the fire blowingback.I am personally a great fan ofdiesel stoves. I have a Bubblestove with a back boiler in myown boat, this heats the radia-

    tors and the calorifier providingample hot water. When they are burning cor-rectly you get a blue flame, butonce this flame starts to turnyellow it is a sign that its timeto service them as carbondeposit will be building up inthe burner pot.Ignore this warning sign andthe consequences can beexpensive. Carbon builds upquicker if the stove is regularlyturned off and relit.We have recently seen aReflecks stove where the car-bon must have built up thatmuch that it actually ignited andburnt through the burner pot.We service a number of diesel

    stoves each year whichinvolves changing any in-linefuel filters, cleaning the filter fit-ted inside the regulator cham-ber, removing the burner potand decoking, sweeping theflue and finally running thestove up to ensure that it isburning correctly.To keep the stoves burningcleanly theres a product on themarket called Russboy which issold in most big chandlers.They look very much like a fire-lighter and one of thesedropped into the burner potonce a month keeps carbondown to a minimum. I light my Bubble in Octoberand it is rare for it to be turnedout before the end of March.

    Regular servicing will pre-

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    pot should look like this.

  • Norbury News 3

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