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Caraboat General / Helterskelter goes to Wales
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:13:26 PM »
We had planned to go on the L&L this time, but as that was closed due to the Summer water shortage I decided to visit the Llangollen and Montgomery Canals instead. I reasoned that as the Llangollen was a feeder supply for the Shroppie it would surely be open and it is such a lovely trip.
We towed to Whixall Marina and launched there, its on an arm off the Llangollen Canal called the Prees branch, the Slipway is a bit of a steep one and guarded by a family of Swans but we were soon launched and on our way to Ellesmere.
20180915_115422 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180915_115535 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3188 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr
We reached Ellesmere that night and passed Telfords offices at the entrance to the arm there, we also met some friends there on Wilderness boats who by chance were cruising the Llangollen for two weeks.

20180916_105552 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr
IMG-20180915-WA0003 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

We had booked to go down through Frankton locks onto the Monty the next morning which was lovely, the first two are a staircase and then a couple more, then you come to Graham Palmer lock which is named after the man who founded the Waterway Recovery Group.

IMG_3085 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3088 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180916_131510 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180916_143144 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

Over the next couple of days we explored the Monty and once we got to the current head of navigation we walked down a bit to look at the work the Shropshire Union Canal Society have been doing along with the WRG, there was a tripboat down there and Historic boat Saturn. one day we got a bus into Oswestry to have a look at this pretty Market Town, the Monty was a lovely quiet trip probably the opposite of the Llangollen with all the hire boats.

20180917_101416 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180917_094128 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3114 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3115 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3103 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

We returned back up onto the Llangollen and headed on through Chirk to Trevor over the big Aquaduct in very windy conditions then up to Llangollen where we stayed a night in the basin.

TUUS2212 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3167 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_E3172 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_E3138 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180919_172359 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

We returned to Whixall over the next couple of days having had a great week
Neil &Bev..

IMG_3181 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3180 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr



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Creighton Gull General / Creighton Gull in Indiana
« on: August 19, 2018, 10:31:27 PM »
This was up for sale a couple of years ago in the US, I have never heard of one that survives over here so this is probably the only one. Unless anybody knows different of course.. https://boats-from-usa.com/not-specified/creighton-70906

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Caraboat General / Helterskelter at the Cumbria Steam Gathering
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:16:00 PM »
Last weekend we were at the Cumbria Steam Gathering at Flookburgh, we entered the Period Caravan Class and low and behold won best Caravan, so we were very pleased with that. weather was very wet on the Sunday but we had a great time looking at all the old Cars and Bikes and steam vehicles. and old Caravans of course.
ALL the best,
Neil and Bev,

20180727_172854 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180727_125857 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180727_123425 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180729_124934 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

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Caraboat General / Helterskelter on Windermere
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:04:49 AM »
We got a registration for Windermere this year and as the weather was calm we have had a lovely weekend on there.

Launching at Ferry Nab
IMG_1938 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

hanging out with the yachts.
20180414_104359 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

sailing on open water.
20180414_121035 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

Wonderful sunset at Ambleside
20180414_193721 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

early morning sailing in the mist
20180415_082904 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

We loved it and will go back again
Neil & Bev..

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CaraCruiser For Sale / Helterskelter on Windermere
« on: April 15, 2018, 11:30:23 PM »
We got a registration for Windermere this year and as the weather was calm we have had a lovely weekend on there.

Launching at Ferry Nab
IMG_1938 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

hanging out with the yachts.
20180414_104359 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

sailing on open water.
20180414_121035 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

Wonderful sunset at Ambleside
20180414_193721 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

early morning sailing in the mist
20180415_082904 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

We loved it and will go back again
Neil & Bev..

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Caraboat General / IWA National Trailboat Festival 2019
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:36:16 PM »
You may know that the 2019 Trailboat Festival Is on the Northern reaches of the Lancaster Canal at Crooklands, the most Northerly Canal in England. It will be alongside the County Fest show on the County Showground, a great place to visit and explore the Lake district while here.
As the pictures I put up of the 2015 event have now gone I thought I would put some more up of the boats that came to that event, having been to the last 10 or 11 trailboat rallies there have been loads of Wilderness boats but few Caraboats or Caracruisers, hopefully 2019 will be better, I will post more details as I get them.
Neil ( Helterskelter)

DSCF7015 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

DSCF7063 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

DSCF7049 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20150529_145946 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

DSCF7012 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

Countryfest 082 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

DSCF7045 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

Countryfest 060 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr


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Caraboat General / Moira Canal Festival 2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:51:11 PM »
Hi Everyone,
We are going to the festival at Moira on the upper reaches of the Ashby canal again this year with Helterskelter. Its pretty central in the country so if anyone would like to come as well here is a link to the Moira festival  page. Its on the 19 and 20th of May, its a really friendly do.
http://www.moiracanalfestival.co.uk/boats
bye for now,
Neil and Bev

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Caraboat General / Helterskelter on the Lancaster
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:28:13 AM »
Not having been on our local canal for three years we decided to have a week on the Lancaster last week, we launched at Bridge House Marina at Garstang as we have never launched there before I wanted to see what the Slipway was like, and I can report it was very good and the staff were helpful and friendly. They only charged me 25 for in and out and storing the car for a week so that's good they would have charged more if there had been a trailer so one up for the Caraboat there.


20170917_112812 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

The Lancaster is lock free and 42 miles long, Garstang is a lovely little market town roughly in the centre, we decided to head South towards Preston and over the next couple of days we arrived at the terminus which is on the edge of the City, sadly the last mile which went in to the centre was filled in in the Sixties, there had been a Basin there which could have been restored and made into a focal point like other cities have done. there is an Aldi store built on the site of the basin now.
The Canal was originally planned to go from Wigan to Kendal,  the company ran short of money after spending so much money on the magnificent Lune Aquaduct they couldn,t afford the one over the Ribble at Preston so they constucted a horsedrawn tramroad with a wooden bridge over the river to link the two sections of Canal, the company intended to build the aquaduct once money was made but after fifty years of operation the tramway closed and coal was brought into Preston by Rail and loaded into boats at the basin, the southern section of the canal is now part of the Leeds and Liverpool, and was never connected to the main system until 2002 when the Ribble link was built.

20170918_152420 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170918_154105 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

We explored what is left of the Tramway, after leaving the basin  it went under the main shopping street Fishergate in a Tunnel, the entrance is now the entrance to a car park though the stonework is recognisable, it then went down a steep incline to the river where there was a steam engine to lift the trucks up and down. There is a replica bridge over the river and the route south is now a cycle way.

20170827_124933 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170827_124736 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170827_140308 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170827_121154 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170827_121427 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

Avenham Engine house demolished 1869 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

2732545451_50f8cdd4be_b by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr
Heading back north we stopped and had a look at the entrance to the ribble link which starts with a triple lock and then works its way down into the river which you can sail down to another river called the Douglas where there is the Rufford arm of the L&L.

20170918_162728 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

Over the next few days we worked our way North through the City of Lancaster to the current terminus at Tewitfield, there is hope that one day it may be restored back to Kendal though the M6 cuts the canal brutally in three places. The whole canal is very pretty and on the way we passed a cousin of the Caraboat a Cara Craft which I believe were made in Blackpool.

IMG-20170919-WA0001 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170919_164057 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG-20170919-WA0000 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170919_161449 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170921_182200 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

We headed back to Garstang at the end of our week having had a great trip and pretty lucky with the weather
Neil & Bev.


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Caraboat General / Cumbria Steam Gathering 2017
« on: August 05, 2017, 06:38:28 PM »
We spent the weekend at the Steam gathering as a historic caravan, the weather was the wettest we have ever know there and really windy too, Bev stood next to the Showmans engine in the evening to keep warm.
It was good to see Barry Sheen's world championship winning bikes from 1976 and 1977 there on display along with lots of other interesting stuff..

20170730_091330 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170730_091254 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170729_225324 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170729_115057 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20170729_114929 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

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Caraboat General / Caraboat Nose weight
« on: August 04, 2017, 06:54:31 PM »
 After seeing the reports of a Sea Otter coming off its trailer last week in Scotland, I saw a good clip on the importance of nose weight on you tube. I know our little boats are a lot lighter than a Sea Otter but if towing with an outboard on the back you are putting weight in exactly the wrong place so you need to add weight at the front to compensate. I use a nose weight gauge and aim for about 90kg. here is a link to the clip..
https://youtu.be/4jk9H5AB4lM

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Caraboat General / Photo bucket changes third party hosting
« on: July 23, 2017, 06:59:32 PM »
I had noticed that all my pictures had gone from the caraboat site, and on reviewing the Photobucket site it now seems you need to subscribe to them to allow third party hosting, I had noticed it was getting increasingly hard to use with pop up adds appearing all over the place. Does anybody know of another way we could do it.?

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Caraboat General / Trailboat Festival 2017
« on: June 11, 2017, 11:42:45 PM »
This years Festival was on the Ashby canal at Moira which is the original terminus at the head of the canal, but due to mining subsidence was closed from about the 1940's to Snarestone. The Ashby canal trust and Ashby cruising association have been working for a number years now to restore it back to Moira and have restored about 1.5 miles there. The festival at Moira is held every year though as this year the TBF was alongside there was about 30 Trailboats there. The Furnace there was built for smelting Iron.
We had a great time there and using our folding bikes we explored the dry section alongside some lovely cycle ways in Donisthorpe and Measham and get an idea of where the canal will run through. Roger was there with his Caracruiser Norwood T again.
We also got to meet at last Mick Griffin which was great after corresponding for about ten years on this forum with him, we can now put a face to the name. All the people we met were extremely friendly and made us very welcome and we wish them all the best with restoring their lovely canal.










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Caraboat General / Trailboat Festival 2016
« on: June 11, 2016, 08:33:56 PM »
This years festival was on the Chesterfield Canal at Staveley which is on the isolated section near Chesterfield itself. The Chesterfield Canal trust are working hard to restore the canal back to its entirety with the help of Derbyshire County Council who own this stretch and are fully backing the scheme as its regenerating the area which was blighted by the mining that occured in the area. The festival was held in a large basin built by the CCT about five years ago and since then they have built a new lock there which was officially opened at the festival. There is about six miles left to restore and judging by the number of volunteers they have and local support i'm sure will happen in the years to come as long as the threat of HS2 is lifted.
We set off over the Pennines on the M62 and down the M1 with a stop half way with the lorries at Hartshead Moor.



We got launched and settled in and one day sailed through about 5 locks to Chesterfield, the canal comes to an end where it meets the river Rother which feeds it and you can follow a riverside path, and over the busy dual carrigeway on a footbridge to the town itself, which is famous for the Church with a crooked spire. we enjoyed the market there too.



We enjoyed the Festival itself and entered the boat handling and other comps, the illuminated parade on the Sat night was great and lots of locals came to watch the fun about 10,000 over the weekend I believe.







Helterskelter won an award for "Boat most shipshape and bristol fashion" not sure what that is but it must be down to Bev who keeps us neat and tidy though I couldn't get her to go up and accept it.



Floodgate bridge the first on the canal at Chesterfield, spire through the trees..



Two visitor centers with nice cafe's







we pulled pulled out on the Monday night having made many new friends and enjoyed great weather, we hope to return when more progress has been made..




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Caraboat General / Caraboat DVD on Youtube
« on: October 29, 2015, 09:30:13 PM »
I have managed to upload the collection of VHS clips John did onto Youtube in three parts, In the third one there is some footage of "Mirage" when Vic had her, at that time it was the most original Caraboat so its interesting to see what they were like.
If you go on Youtube and search Caraboat hints and tips it should come up. or try
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yM4PxSlIAM
neil m

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Caraboat General / Helterskelter on the Llangollen
« on: October 18, 2015, 12:41:36 AM »
We had a week on the lovely Llangollen Canal in September, the weather was fine all week making for great time.
We Launched at Whixall Marina at the end of the Prees Branch which was very reasonable at 10 in and out including car parking.
The Llangollen is one of the busiest canals for hire boats but going out of peak holiday time helped a bit, and talking to some of the crews was interesting as we met Americans,Canadians South Africans and Germans and Dutch..

Chirk Aquaduct and Tunnel






Pontycysyllte Aquaduct






The last few miles up to Llangollen is very narrow so its best to send a spotter ahead as a look out..




we stayed in Llangollen a couple of days and had a walk up to Horseshoe falls which is Telfords feeder for the Canal off the river Dee. Horsedrawn boats operate on this stretch, really nice..








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