Why they could not have left the name and just changed to trust status is beyond me. After all the canals and rivers are waterways of Britain, British Waterways. Would have saved a lot of cash that could have been spent on the canals. I expect the next thing will be the thousands of signs, one just above the van, all over the system will be changed to the new name and logo, money wasted.
One thing that i am concerned about is that the `Trust` might decide to get caught up in the crap floating around the system regarding putting a premium on the Cont. cruising licence. This has been mentioned a long way back and more recently in letters to boat magazines that resulted in recent heated interaction between bloggers.
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For our friends in the U.S. Jaq and I are Continuous cruisers in as much as we do not moor in a Marina but move around the canals on a continuous journey. Now talk has been in the past and recently to charge a higher licence fee for boaters like Jaq and I.
All sorts of arguments both for and against are being bandied around. The main one being we use the system more, I agree we do, so what.
When I lived and worked ashore I used my business vehicle all day long Monday thru Friday. My car only got used on the weekend but I still paid the same tax for it as the guy next door who used his all week. If i had the opportunity I could have used the car all week but sadly I was working not retired so I
Anyway this is my personal rant about something I can`t stop happening, are there any C/C on the trust to speak up for me?. I think the problems of licence evasion will escalate if these increases come into being.
EDIT: This rant to make it clear to all is directed at the powers that be. I/We know many boaters who use their boat in different ways. We all sail under one name, BOATERS, not of any particular group just boaters.
This is the new services area that is being provided by the Nantwich Canal Centre on the main line at Nantwich embankment. As some will recognise just ahead are the moorings of the old Empress hire fleet and beyond that the BW services at bridge 92. The present services will still be available in the basin to service the hire and share boats moored there. Out on the mainline additional pump out and diesel facilities and a new chandlery will be installed soon. The old Chandlery is now occupied by the Antiques business that shall we just say re-located from Venetian Marina on the Middlewich arm when new owners took over the marina. At present the chandlery is housed in a temporary building until a new home is constructed.
OK just to finish:1 year ago May 21st, 2011 was the last time I smoked. Jaq arrived in the UK to spend 2 weeks on the boat and we then returned to America to marry and obtain a visa for her to live in the UK. Anyone who is not aware of the story can read Jaq`s blog `So this is love` and read all about it starting early November 2010.
One year, Wow! It seems longer, so comfortable are we with each other, sometimes I feel we have been together for years.