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Old 05 May 2013, 19:39   #11
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Well thank you all for an overwhelming response to my question.
I feel honoured

I think the answer, as suggested by Mr Millard, is to use a smaller engine, perhaps an electric one.
This would allow cruising at a sedate pace of 4mph, which is the speed limit for most rivers and canals, and they only seem to cost around 100 on ebay I think.

It would allow an average Thames lock keeper to retain his nerves (on more than one occasion I've been taken to task for crusing past Mapledurham House on the Thames at 18mph (apparently the wake from the boat drowns little bank-inhabiting chicks))

My current plan is to travel the Islington tunnel in east London's Regent's canal. Spooky!
That is simply not fair.
The hurdle has been removed. If you'd said that by default you'd acquired a 60 HP 4 stroke and the game plan had changed, fair enough!
Not to downsize and make it all achievable.
I hope that you're still attempting bow first launches from the canal side.
That goes some way to fix the "reason" behind your apparent enlightenment.
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Old 08 May 2013, 17:52   #12
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A 15HP on a 3m boat would not be allowed on some waterways and is very strictly enforced.

Eg Basingstoke canal would only allow you up to 7.5hp on a 3m boat. (2 1/2hp per meter).

So your electric/small engine idea would get around that also.
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Old 08 May 2013, 18:14   #13
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Eg Basingstoke canal would only allow you up to 7.5hp on a 3m boat. (2 1/2hp per meter).
I didn't know that. I thought it was only speed limits that were enforced.

In fact I have taken the boat onto the Basingstoke canal twice, because (ironically) there is a slipway near Winchfield. I let a friend of mine take the tiller, and he promptly crashed it into the bank puncturing a 2-inch hole in the front compartment.

That was 20 minutes after I had also taken it under a very low bridge at speed there. I won't post the link to the youtube video just in case it prompts a deluge of complaints
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Old 09 May 2013, 11:31   #14
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Presumably you don't have a license otherwise they would not have issued you one with that size engine?

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/visitorboatapplicationform.pdf

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/bcaboatersinfopack.pdf
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Old 09 May 2013, 12:35   #15
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Presumably you don't have a license otherwise they would not have issued you one with that size engine?

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/visitorboatapplicationform.pdf

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/bcaboatersinfopack.pdf
You're making the assumption that if and when I applied for the licence that that was the size of engine I had on the boat..
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