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Member Since 20 Nov 2007
Offline Last Active Aug 30 2014 04:05 PM

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In Topic: The end of w*rk

30 August 2014 - 01:35 PM

Our plan was to CC. But SWMBO's health put paid to that with regular hospital visits needed. So we started as Volunteer Lockies and I now have a full time seasonal job as CRT Lockie. Unfortunately SWMBO has been diagnosed with the big C so the future is very uncertain.

In Topic: Slow Cookers- howmuch electricity do they use?

28 August 2014 - 07:11 PM

How about going the other way & cooking stuff quicker with a pressure cooker?

I agree. Quicker, and cheap cuts of meat are more tender. But our Argos cheap little one uses very little.

In Topic: Any tips on mounting wind turbines

21 August 2014 - 10:16 PM

My suggsstion is
Dont bother.
Our Rutland on a 12' pole was a total waste of money and space. But might made a good mud weight!

In Topic: Beginners Bad Luck or a life of pain?

14 August 2014 - 10:18 PM

We did have twin Volvo straight 6's (200hp each)
A "pussy" to handle, catches the wind but had a V hull, draws around 1 metre, so no problem steering into, across, or down wind
Has the power to get out of trouble, go against any flow or tide.
Can run on one engine at tickover - 3mph
If it wasn't for frightening SWMBO crossing the Irish Sea (waves over the fly-bridge) we would still have it.
We now have adjusted to 'muddy ditches' and 'sewer tubes' and enjoy them but there is no comparison to Tupperware doing 25 knts down Gare Lock (Faslane) and being chased by Commados in rubber boats pointing sub-machine guns at you,  when they think you are terrorists going to attack the submarines.

I had a similar experience off Dairen in China un 1971. The Captain thought it was time for a lifeboat drill, and as we were anchored off waiting for a berth we launched two rowed lifeboats and the motor one. I was engineer on the motor one. We really were minding our own business when thus chinese navy gunboat pulls along side of us abd lots of guns are pointed at hs with instructions to return to the ship. Seems Dairen was akso a naval base and they got a bit hot under the collar.
We also had lifeboat races in King Gearge 5th Docks jn London (now London City Airport iirc) That was more fun

In Topic: Staying put!

10 August 2014 - 02:18 PM

At work at my lock on the Trent. Had bedb precipitating quite hard but now a bit sunny. Not many boats through so far - 2 up and 2 down.