Sunday, 23 January 2011

Some people take the Biscuit

I have just sent the following to British Waterways

Dear Sir/Madam
I have been urged to make an official complaint, instead of just quietly 'bitching', about the behaviour of the owners of Narrowboat Sunset Nomadic reg. No. 45782.   Over the Christmas period when boats were iced-in in Birmingham this boat sat on the waterpoint at the Mailbox for three weeks. At times they were iced-in of course, as were all other boats in the centre of Birmingham, but despite a thaw that allowed all boats to move and some of us make our way to the waterpoint Sunset Nomadic continued to occupy the waterpoint while boaters struggled to get water supplies. Despite a number of us remonstrating with this crew they apparently felt that a simple sorry would send us away and leave them in peace to continue their waterpoint occupation! The reason I feel driven to complain at this juncture is Sunset Nomadic is now happily enscounced on yet another waterpoint, this time on the Nth Stratford Canal at bridge 5.   I asked them to move their boat off yesterday afternnoon (Saturday 22nd Jan.) to allow us to water; he bow-hauled his boat forward enough to allow us to get our hose to the working tap, and the re-moored Sunset Nomadic. This boat had been spotted by another boater moored on this waterpoint on the Tuesday, five days previous to me coming across them. It seems that other boaters are unable to persuade this crew that their behaviour is selfish and unacceptable so perhaps BW can get them to modify their ways.

regards



This is a link to Nb Matilda Rose's blog about the same boaters.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_qTtX1oftQK0/TTXvVPeCG_I/AAAAAAAADy8/8uzF-aKqw3w/s1600/IMGP5878.JPG


Sunset Nomadic photographed Saturday after I had 'urged' them to move the boat off of the waterpoint.
Sunset Nomadic on the Mailbox waterpoint in Birmingham - you will note, there is NO ice.

10 comments:

Amanda said...

Not very Nomadic then....

Amanda

Captain Ahab said...

Good for you. Mooring on waterpoints is unacceptable in almost all circumstances.

Paul (from Waterway Routes) said...

Well done for making a report to BW of unacceptable behaviour.

BW will act on reports, especially if there are several about the same boater, but if nobody tells them then they won't do anything.

Alf said...

Well done you !!

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Amanda
A bit thick skinned as well.
Lesley

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Andy
It was obvious that this boat crew are prize 'p' takers and only a kick up the backside from BW is likely to affect their behaviour - there again...
Lesley

Nb Caxton said...

Thank you Alf.
Lesley

Nb Caxton said...

Paul
I saw the response to Nb.Matilda Rose's blog about the same boater and when I came round the bend on the Nth Stratford and saw the buggers ON the waterpoint I thought it was time act, so thanks for your prompt.
Lesley

Anonymous said...

Perhaps they were doing their washing,or taking a bath or maybe the dish washer was running, but then again they could just be boat polisher,s. Take your pick I,ve heard all the excuses including sorry we cant move our bow trusters have boken!!!!!!

Debbie said...

Selfish people like this don't deserve to be boaters. We Boaters pride ourselves on keeping the community spirit alive amongst us, boaters who don't should not be part of that community! Well done Lesley!