Go­ing, go­ing…

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THE CUR­RENT AUC­TION sys­tem is on the way out for most of the Canal & River Trust’s di­rectly man­aged longterm moor­ings – and a switch to a new moor­ings web­site fea­tur­ing ‘buy it now’ op­tions is the lat­est part of the switchover.

The ‘eBay style’ on­line auc­tion sys­tem was brought in some years ago by the former Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways in the face of op­po­si­tion from boat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions who be­lieved it would push prices up. While it is be­ing re­tained in high de­mand ar­eas, most berths will now have a fixed-price ‘buy now’ op­tion.

The new web­site wa­ter­side­moor­ing.com re­places the crt­moor­ings.com site – all users reg­is­tered for the old site have been trans­ferred. As with the old site, the new one will al­low users to ‘watch’ par­tic­u­lar moor­ing sites and re­ceive email no­ti­fi­ca­tions of avail­able berths. There’s also in­for­ma­tion about the moor­ings and a map of all avail­able berths.

Jenny White­hall, of CRT’s Di­rectly Man­aged Moor­ings, said the new site was “packed full of in­for­ma­tion to help boaters find the per­fect spot” and “a big change from the old site” and the Trust hoped boaters would find it eas­ier to nav­i­gate. Brave the Shave. Long-term moorer, and former can­cer suf­ferer Mick Hay­lor ( pic­tured) had a large au­di­ence for his shave and raised £ 634, which went to­wards the fi­nal to­tal of £2,236 raised from the event.

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