I have just sent the following to British Waterways
Dear Sir/MadamI 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.
This is a link to Nb Matilda Rose's blog about the same boaters.
Sunset Nomadic on the Mailbox waterpoint in Birmingham - you will note, there is NO ice.