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Cropredy Festival by boat? (2005)

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Subject: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 07:17 AM

Hi All

Has anybody travelled to Cropredy Festival by boat? I'm thinking of doing the trip this year and would be grateful for info / tips etc.

Josher


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 12:53 PM

The path from the further camping field crosses the canal and boats do moor there. I don'tknow if there are any restrictions on the mooring at tat point though.
Quack!
Gtd.


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 02:09 PM

hi Gtd
I've been through Cropredy by boat before but not when the Festival is on and i was just wondering how busy it got and where was the best place to moor up and how early you need to get there to get a good mooring,
thanks for the info
Cheers
Josher


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 02:20 PM

We had a lunch stop at Cropredy when we were out ! There is visitor mooring there ! But how busy it is during the festival is anyones guess


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 03:15 PM

Cheers Leadfinger

a few years ago we stayed for two days just below the wharf while the heavens opened and it rained oh boy did it rain

Josher


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 12:07 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 12:20 PM

Hi Josher

As an ex-Josher owner I think you should check the locks there. I have a vague memory they are quite short. I certainly couldn't get my 70 footer in there.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 03:21 AM

Hi Zany Mouse

Sadly I don't own a full length boat, she's only 50ft so no probs. Have cruised the Oxford before but never attended the festival.
If I had a full length it would have a Gardner in it.

Cheers
Josher


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 03:44 AM

All the locks on the Oxford canal are 70' by 7' so there should be no length problem unless you've got a 72' "large Woolwich". Anyway Josher said he'd brought his boat down the Oxford before.

I once moored up at Cropredy during the festival with no trouble, although "Panacea" was only 34'. You might have to moor some distance away or be willing to breast up though. If I remember correctly, the festival is on the west bank and the towpath on the other side, still there's plenty of bridges.

Is your boat actually an authentic "Josher" (for non-canalcolics, a design of boat named after Mr Wedgwood) ?


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 07:21 AM

During the 80s there would hve been no problem geting a mooring right by the festival. Don't know about now, but I think you'd be fairly sure of finding a space within a mile. Definitely the way to go.


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 07:39 AM

hi Dave
a 'Josher' was a design of boat made for and by the canal carrying company Fellows Morton and Clayton and the boatmen named it after Joshua Fellows one of the owners. a 'Josher' has very fine lines and distinctive bow with a double bend. Some of the modern builders make a very good job of replicating the design.

Thanks for all the advice hope to get to Cropredy on the Monday of the festival to make sure of a good spot.

Cheers
Josher


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 08:04 AM

JOSHERS RULE OK!

Sadly my old boat (Quail) died a couple of years ago but I still have very fond memories. She was truly beautiful.

Incidentally she was a REAL Josher.

Dave - I seem to remember Panacea from my boating days. Have you had her long? Did she used to belong to a lady called Libby?

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: GUEST,joanna
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 05:51 PM

We did travel by canal barge back in 1997 and moored easily in Cropredy, had a lovely time, but dont know how mooring is now good luck.


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 02:34 PM

hi joanna
Thanks Joanna but I don't think you took a barge down the Oxford, because the definition of a barge is a boat on inland waterways which has a beam over 7ft. as the locks on the Oxford are only 7ft wide you must of travelled down the canal in a narrowboat. Sorry to be pedantic.

Josher


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: GUEST,joanna
Date: 28 Feb 05 - 05:46 PM

hi Josher,
       Sorry about that!!! as a nerd in canals and canal boats I was unaware of the differance, I will correct myself by saying (We hired a boat and had no problems mooring during the festival that year) Having spoken to my other half he laughed and said It was deffinatly a narrowboat that we hired.Please forgive the bleb in me.

   Love Jo


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Mingulay
Date: 28 Feb 05 - 06:39 PM

Don't worry Joanna, as a boat dweller people are always asking if I live on one of those narrow barges, or is it a long boat you have?

One becomes accustomed.


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 01 Mar 05 - 03:23 AM

Hi Joanna
Yes sorry to be pedantic, anyway I hoped you enjoyed your holiday on the canal system.
Josher


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: GUEST,Patience
Date: 01 Mar 05 - 03:41 AM

So "Josher" even though you are so pedantic I assume you don't actually own a Josher......


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 01 Mar 05 - 07:06 AM

Hi Patience
yes and no
I own a modern boat that has a josher bow but not an original boat built by Fellows, Morton and Clayton.
Josher


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: greg stephens
Date: 01 Mar 05 - 11:04 AM

Let's be fair, Josher, lots of serious boaters deliberately refer to their narrow boats as "barges"(or even "gaily painted barges when they've had a couple of pints): this is in ironic reference to the fact that they know perfectly well they aren't barges, and are thereby laughing at those who who don't know that they aren't barges. Such are the multiple layers of English irony.


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Mingulay
Date: 01 Mar 05 - 06:29 PM

You only get multiple layer of English irony with a rivetted hull!!!!


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Snuffy
Date: 01 Mar 05 - 07:10 PM

I thought that was steely, not irony


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 03:27 AM

this is too deep for me, wish the canals were


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: GUEST,Mingulay at work
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 04:41 AM

Good job you haven't got a Josher, Josher. Minimum 3'6" draught when empty means you drag the arse on the bottom quite a bit.


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 05:50 AM

Nice one, Mingulay. Rivetted Hull replaces JOhn from Hull in the comedy stakes.


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 07:21 AM

Hi Mingulay
I've dragged mine on the bottom a few times when I've fallen in.


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: GUEST,coltish ankle
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 08:32 AM

Hi Josher - is it free mooring at Cropredy?


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: fiddler
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 08:51 AM

I might suggest merrick and Dairy are the best o answer these queries since they live in Banbury - on a boat I recall!

Check them out on the mebers list.

I will look out for all those boats and owners listed here....

Mine is 67' not a josher bow and called Vigornia - teh Roman Name for Worcester, yes I live on it too!

It should eb inresidence in October at the Banbury folk festival and Canal day - anyone else making the journey?

Sadly it will not be in residence for cropredy - ah well can't have it all.

Andy


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 10:55 AM

Hi Fiddler
Thanks I have had some good info and intend to be at Cropredy on the Monday as the festival begins on Thursday.
Hi
Coltish Ankle
mooring is first come first served as at the Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival

Josher


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 12:47 PM

Just to use a boaty thread for something else: I have just been drafted in to help organise some apsects of the Stoke-on-Trent Canals Festival, which is currently scheduled for May 28/29..at the Etruria canal museum at the junction of the Trent and Mersey and the Caldon. It will be very music-friendly(though not primarily a music fest). More details later, but put it in the diary if interested.


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: fiddler
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 04:02 AM

chippenham!

Sad to miss it though.

Andy


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Subject: RE: Cropredy Festival by boat?
From: Josher
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 07:09 AM

Will be somewhere down the bottom end of the T&M so will miss it

If we are diversifying, don't forget the Middlewich folk and Boat festival 17th to 19th June lots of music and boat related activities. There will no doubt be someauthentic Joshers in evidence. There is also a demonstration of horse boating techniques.
www.middlewichfestival.org

Josher


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