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  2. 16 points
    Heavily raining. Started engine, fitted tiller extension, ran up to untie front end, ran back to let go back rope, pushed back end out before stepping onto counter. So far ok. About to select astern to reverse out from mooring when I spotted cat smiling at me from towpath. Swore, leapt ashore, scooped up cat, ran to the front end as back had drifted too far for further heroic straddling. Climbed onto gunnel and edged my way back with struggling cat. Employed one free hand to alternatively fumble for hand rail, and then wipe the blood out of my eyes inflicted by cat enthusiastically wind milling his razor sharp scythes at me. Due to restricted eye sight and concentrating on restricting the squirming cat who was displaying not only a deep hatred for me but also a remarkable similarity to a dozen eels, I reached the engine 'ole where the hand rail finishes. Imagine my blind (literally) panic when I realised I was holding on to nothing. I reached out frantically to clutch onto a handhold and with short lived glee encountered boat pole. Couple walking by on towpath applauded my skills at tightrope'ish, cat juggling and enquired if there would be an encore? Laughing heartily through gritted teeth I achieved the counter while alternatively waving cat and then boat pole above my head, thus equilibrium was maintained. I peeled the cat off me like Velcro and unceremoniously projected him towards his bed opposite the stove ......... in which was casually watching me, our own cat. Upon arrival of the doppelgänger levels of activity and noise were accelerated to levels mere imagination would never have anticipated. After about 2 minutes of identical cats screaming at each other and bouncing of hanging plates I stopped in a bridge hole and ordered one of them to go ashore toot sweet and without ceremony. I never knew which one it was that slinked off without a backward glance, but the one that remained glowered at me all the way to Hemel Hempstead.
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  4. 10 points
    I am one of those volunteers. It's a joint CRT/IWA Lichfield Branch venture. In the last 3 winters we have been cutting between Great Haywood and Fradley on the T&M and then from Fradley to Fazeley on the Coventry Canal. This time it's from Fazeley heading south to as far as we can get. It's all done with volunteers although CRT do sometimes have a staff member with us. CRT have provided us with all the equipment and training and any support we need. This time we are having to work differently due to Covid so progress will be slower. We try to achieve 5 days a week but this depends upon availability of volunteers, and this year a few have dropped out due to concerns about Covid. So there will be days when no work is being carried out. It's hard work and painstakingly slow and some parts we've had to miss and concentrate instead on the bad parts such as bends, narrow sections, bridge approaches, opposite popular moorings etc, especially towards the end of the winter as we have to stop early March because of nesting wildlife. It's a bit soul destroying seeing how quickly some parts have grown back and it looks like nothing has been done, but it's only if you can remember how bad it was beforehand that it can be appreciated how much of a difference it's made. If anybody is interested in joining us, contact IWA Lichfield branch, CRT Fradley depot or send me a PM. Most just do one day a week and there is no pressure to do every week although you are expected to do quite a few over the winter especially if they've invested in giving you training. It's good exercise out in the fresh air, we all enjoy the banter, and it gives us something to do in the winter when we aren't out boating. Also, my wife enjoys getting me from under her feet!
  5. 10 points
    Hi Martin, You should do a Vlog about the miserable bastards on this forum. You will get thousand of likes and subs. 😂👍 All the best, Paul.
  6. 9 points
    I have no interest in these except being a satsified buyer These lifejackets are around £270-£300 new, and this chappie is selling them for £40 inc 48hr delivery. Vaccum packed and unopened. I have had some from him in previous years and they are excellent lifejackets. (ordered another one from this batch) Designed for 'offshore' use for people in heavy Winter clothing they have almost twice the buoyancy of 'standard lifejackets' and exceed the MCA requirements for 'turning you face up' Have a chin support to keep your mouth out of the water (and a hood to stop waves going in your mouth or up your nose) Have crutch straps so they don't slip over your head. Twin chambers each having enough buoyancy to keep you afloat. The offshore industry 'cycles' its stock even before the expiry dates - they have 2 years left (typically 4/23) before they are due for commercial re-certification, and will last for years in leisure use. It is probably cheaper to keep them for 3 years and get some from a future batch than it is to have a lifejacket serviced. Ideal for wearing when 'Winter locking' on icy surfaces. I'd recommend them even for 'muddy ditch' usage. https://www.findafishingboat.com/lifejackets-crewsaver-275n-twin-chamber-new-unused/ad-114225 https://www.crew-safe.co.uk/acatalog/Crewsaver-Seacrewsader-SOLAS-275N-Twin-Chamber-Lifejacket.html The Seacrewsader 275N Twin is designed to SOLAS 2010 regulations, and outperforms the new requirements to provide increased performance in the most demanding environments. Improved body angle, mouth freeboard and face plane angles make the Seacrewsader even safer at sea. Together with the improved rotating times each chamber is fitted with two 60 g CO2 cylinders, activated by UML MK5i standard automatic inflation mechanisms* - and a 3.5 psi relief valve to ensure full buoyancy during single or double chamber inflation. The Seacrewsader 275N Twin is designed for extreme working environments and is also suitable for abandonment purposes. The high buoyancy level provides added protection when heavy work gear and clothing is worn. The new, more compact cover is a robust fabric to withstand the most arduous conditions without damage to the lifejacket and internal bladders. Crotch straps come fitted as standard.
  7. 9 points
    I would like to tactfully suggest that perhaps one or two people who may not be aware of the recent history of Birmingham that has led up to the sale to a new owner would do well to wind their necks in and not post comments that may be construed as being hurtful. The boat is no longer for sale, it has a new owner and we all wish that owner well. The fact that the boat is being sold in such fine fettle is a testament to the time it spent with it's previous owners and so anyone who appreciates how much time, money and emotional energy it can take to keep a historic boat in good fettle ought to be thankful for that Here is a line in the sand beyond which discussion on Birmingham should, in my opinion, end unless the new owner decides they wish to join us here to discuss the boat. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  8. 9 points
    I would be asking CRT if this was acceptable or even if they realise it is going on. Personally I think it is selfish in the extreme particularly under the current restrictions.
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  10. 9 points
    If any of you poor sods that live in houses have a boat on the Oxford or nearby that you cannot get to and are worried about it drop me a pm and I will go to it and do the necessary including checking ropes etc.
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  12. 8 points
    Plumbed the Thetford loo into the hot pipe (by mistake). The resultant hot flush was rather comforting on a chilly morning.
  13. 8 points
    Old Land Rovers have a wonderful fitted toilet. The centre seat squab lifts out and reveals a large hinged lid. I was a mobile mechanic for many years using three L/R's, all had the lid, intended for adjusting the handbrake drum on the rear prop shaft and greasing it. When I was bursting it was amazingly handy, and the relief ooh!. I had a girl friend with a weak bladder that used it a lot. I had to get out whilst she was on it, usually in the pouring rain, I used to say when it was raining ''I won't look I'll just look out of the side window, but she wouldn't have it so out I had to get. I told her not to drink beer which made things worse. I thought of fitting a toilet roll and holder to the dashboard too. I started carrying an umbrella in case it rained while I was out with her. I had to keep de-rusting and painting the prop shafts. Wee left a trail of wee wherever wee went ETA She wouldn't get out when I needed to use the L/R's toilet though, wouldn't look away either. But she was nice really.
  14. 8 points
    I found the series a bit boring watching a boat cruising along on a sunny day with blue sky and fluffy white clouds and happy smiling people. The reality is a bit different. A better more realistic programme would be in my opinion would be to put some of the people on this forum who have strong views together on a canal boat. I suggest mrsmelly as skipper,LadyG and Dora the Explorer doing the locks,Alan de Enfield making the tea,Tony Brook as consultant engineer,and Tracy D Arth doing the commentary. Send them up the Huddersfield Narrow in winter,and watch the fun.(and see who gets chucked overboard first!)
  15. 8 points
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  17. 8 points
  18. 8 points
    lots of boaters are cheering they dont have to actually boat and lots of others are looking for a loophole so they can
  19. 8 points
    I think its just that many people on here myself included dont see the new vlogg thingy as being of any interest as most of us have boated most or all of the system since before you were born. Most of us are old phaarts that say it how it is and there is no animosity meant. To be honest selling yourself on a boating forum where we all know the canals is probably not the best place for it? Go on some caravan forums and let em know what they are missing
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  21. 7 points
    whoever allowed these parking companies, who are now spilling over into mooring management, to exist in the first place needs attaching to the nearest trebuchet by their genitals and flinging into the next county. i'm all for folk playing by the rules, but these parasites are not doing it for anyones benefit but their own pockets.
  22. 7 points
  23. 7 points
    Bear in mind im a live aboard.i set sail in the boat heading for the boat yard to get some diesel a journey of 3 mile or so..when i got there i realised i hadnt got the money out of my little tea pot to pay for the diesel..so i set sail back to the mooring..moored up..went inside the boat ..got my money ..came out of the front door ..walked to the back of the boat started the engine again and headed back to the boatyard..it was only when i was mooring up at the boat yard again that i realised what id done..
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  25. 7 points
    On several occasions I have started the engine .... cast off .... jumped aboard ... and reached for the tiller ........... which I forgot to fit.
  26. 7 points
  27. 7 points
    That is not what I said. And, apologies, I will stop my drift into a cycling discussion on this thread. Years ago I resolved to never again get into online exchanges about cycling but I relapse every now and then. I prefer far less contentious subjects like Brexit, immigration, football, Palestinian rights to a homeland, and the extent of the welfare state.
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  29. 7 points
    There is some sort of unnecessary hole below the pointy end under water, I would have a plate welded over that.
  30. 7 points
    So I work in tv as a cameraman and live on a boat, I normally don’t like to bring work home with me but all this talk of vlogs got me thinking. How about high production value tv show in vlog form that everyone on forum can get teeth into. I was thinking a “we are the champions” style show where teams finally settle the age old arguments through the medium of inflatable races on the cut. Show 1, team cassette, team pump out and team compost. Show 2, team traditional, team semi and team cruiser Show 3, team wood burner, team diesel stove and team espatcher. Then grand final two teams to finally decide. Team stove fan v team no fan it’s a load of tripe. Any early subs will get front row seats, all feedback welcome. Note it’s not a real idea but it’s better than some of the prime time crud I’ve been filming and also I don’t have a channel but thanks to everyone that does contribute as I’m sure a tiny amount of tv licence finds its way into my pocket. Also I’ve never done “great canal journeys “ I won’t be blamed
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  32. 7 points
    Moor alongside and fill up. There is zero excuse to park on a waterpoint.
  33. 7 points
    One parkour crew asked me if I wanted to have a go, so I told them to take a running jump ... /coat
  34. 7 points
    Much of the problem we have is people trying to find a loop-hole to allow then to continue doing what they want. If folks actually applied not only the 'words' but the 'spirit' of them we would be in a better situation.
  35. 7 points
    Sounds like you are thoroughly fed up with things at the mo. Personally I would be grateful if my brother gave up his time to travel and bring me diesel when we only have a few days till lockdown, when all but essential travel for work is banned. I live in Lincoln and am happy to come and pick you up tomorrow to go and fetch diesel, go to a shop if it helps. Hate to think of you feeling isolated. Message me here if I can help.
  36. 7 points
    Welcome, and good luck with the job, boat, and vlog, probably in that order, maybe boat first. The issue you will have is steaming in here, posting your vlog and request for subscriptions from the beginning. It gets backs up. Take a breath, browse the forum, learn who is experienced and who is looking for an argument (never let it be said!) Join in, learn, ask questions, contribute, become a part of the forum. Grow a thick skin. Ask for feedback perhaps, welcome the constructive. But mostly, chill a little and look to enjoy the forum. There is a bit of all sorts, the good, bad, and ugly, the constructive, and yes, the rude. All the best and welcome.
  37. 7 points
    I can't say it will make a fat lot of difference to us this time round. We have generally continued in quite a simple, quiet life. We bought a tiny narrowboat mid summer, just a shell, and are fitting it out as studio space/weekender/guest space on the same boatyard we moor in, so we will just carry on. We barely see other people much just now anyway, its a very covid aware small boatyard. Christmas? Kinda hoping it DOES get us out of Christmas with family if I'm honest! We will have a day walking pup, eating, (whatever we fancy) drinking, watching some downloads, possibly topping the water. My reason for christmas festivity has gone now. My biggest dilemma is, I want to visit my mothers grave on Thursday, the first anniversary of her passing, to chat to her, plant spring bulbs, remember. Its a half hours drive away, but in a sleepy village graveyard. I think I still will, its not as if I shall meet a living soul! Yes, "she talks to angels".
  38. 7 points
    I may be wrong but I would have thought it highly unlikely that a blind person walks along while talking on their phone and I think it is even more unlikely that they will be walking along looking at an app. Why don't the smart alecs who have made less than helpful comments on this thread not just keep them to themselves and be eternally grateful that they are neither blind nor deaf? haggis
  39. 7 points
  40. 6 points
    It looks VERY green to me!.👍
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  43. 6 points
    A friend of mine recently came across this rather good episode on canals on Magpie from 1975, enjoy:
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  45. 6 points
    Not boat related but have, on no less than three occasions over the years, caught the water from a U-bend in a bowl then emptied said bowl in to the sink I've just disconnected. Edit to add .. and whilst attempting to sort out an unshipped rudder, undid the huge nut on the swan neck, to watch the rudder fall out of the back of the boat and effectively nail us to the canal bed. To this day I'm not sure how I thought undoing the nut was going to help.
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  47. 6 points
    We came though Star lock with four camping boats and the well respected if forthright steerer of the pair we had hired asked the people on the boat moored on the water point if they were filling their tank. They weren't and in response to it being pointed out that they should therefore not be there they just shrugged. She then breasted the pair up to them and indicated that there were two very large tanks that would take a while to fill. To reinforce the lesson twenty four children then trooped across their back deck to stretch their legs in the park alongside and then as children will were on and off the boats until he tanks were filled. Such fun.
  48. 6 points
    The past couple of months have been fairly heavy going with this project - a final push to get a BMS designed, built and installed. We're beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. The MK2 prototype is now installed although more work is needed to move the current the measurement functionality across to the new system. Just a quick re-cap on this project so far: 12 CALB 210Ah batteries purchased from EV Support in 2017, and installed with no BMS. The only means of monitoring for the first year was via a 5 digit panel volt meter, and 3 ammeters. A under/over voltage cut off switch was implemented using a BlueSea Systems remote controlled switch wired to two off-the-shelf voltage switch modules. In 2018, a rudimentary means of estimating state of charge was lashed together using a raspbery pi zero and a waveshare ADS1256 module. A few op-amps in a breadboard provide some level shifting and scaling for the ADC. Two years later, this lash-up is still running in on a breadboard on the top shelf of the electrical cupboard. The means of logging data via a google sheet, and plotting using the graphing facility has proved to exceed our expectations regarding reliability and flexibility. It's extremely useful to be able to view the live graphs from anywhere using the google sheets app and it has the ability to share access with family members etc... Time eventually came to build a MK2 unit to overcome some of the limitations, and make a proper installation. Also by this point, I was beginning to get a little nervous about what might be going on with the individual cell voltages. We have only ever carried out spot checks on the cell voltages, but there's never a convenient time to do it. Looking at my spreadsheet, the last measurements were taken nearly a year ago! By this point I have a reasonable idea of what was needed, and what I wanted! I was hoping that an off-the-shelf system would be available by now, as what we're doing isn't exactly novel, and we're not alone in needing a means of precisely measuring multiple voltages. Each time i've looked, the available systems haven't satisfied our specific needs. For instance, many of the multi-cell monitoring solutions are designed for long strings of cells in series, not series-parallel combinations. Also i'm not convinced by the accuracy if the individual per-cell PCB modules as the ones i've seen just rely on the built-in reference within the microcontroller. Having become accustomed to seeing the overall pack voltage displayed with mV resolution and how useful this is whilst observing charge/discharge, I was determined to design something at least as good, but also had an accuracy to complement this resolution. i.e. able to measure the 12V pack voltage within few millivolts. Our setup adds extra complication in that we have 12 cells to monitor. Whilst we could add connecting links between the cells to reduce the number of voltages which need to be monitored, we've chosen not to add the links for the following reasons; Firstly it would be a bit awkward due to the physical layout. Second I believe it might reduce the fault resilience of the pack i.e. 1 faulty cell might then take out 2 more cells. Finally it would not be easy to measure the individual performance of the cells without breaking the links. The system I've ended up designing, for the most part follows a very traditional layout of ADC, instrumentation amplifier and multiplexer. It provides 30 measurement nodes with a somewhat unusual, but flexible multiplexing scheme. It is possible to measure differential voltages between any two nodes; therefore only 5 nodes are needed per battery pack. This scheme enables the polarity of the measurement to be taken in forward and reversed directions. By subtracting the reversed measurements it is possible to eliminate voltage offset of the signal path. A precision voltage reference IC is available via internal nodes 31 and 32 to allow the system to continually self-calibrate. The C code for the raspberry pi is now fully written, I've ended up reusing most of my old python script for uploading the data samples to google sheets. The next phase is to produce some meaningful graphs/dials on the google sheet using the data. I've ended up doing a fair bit of verification work on this prototype unit, even checked it against a reference standard. At 10V the measurement error against the standard was less than 1.5mV. This equates to an error of 0.015%, which is acceptable and well within the spec of the reference IC. It's possible to further reduce this either by using the trim facility available on the reference IC, or by software calibration. I don't think it's necessary to go that far. With the system installed on the boat, a comparison of the sum the individual cell voltages, with the measured overall voltage was found to give a discrepancy of less than 100uV on each of the packs. So after 3 years without balancing, the battery pack isn't looking too bad. We'll need to leave the monitoring system to gather more data across a range of SOC. Initial data with the cells with a light load and at about 75% SOC is showing a maximum cell to cell variation of 2.5mV. There's still a lot of work to do on this project. The next job is to retire the old lash-up system but to do that the battery current measurement signals need to be moved onto this MK2 system. I've drastically underestimated how time consuming this project would be to complete. My biggest oversight so far has been the time taken to build of the prototype unit. I wish i'd gone straight to PCB. After all i'd gone to the effort of properly drawing up the schematic. Due to the way i'd drawn the schematic, I underestimated the sheer number of interconnections needed - well that's 8 days i'm not going to get back! Making the cable assemblies also seemed to take forever. At least the end is now in sight! Photo shows prototype MK2 unit assembled onto lid of diecast enclosure.
  49. 6 points
    Having imparted some artistic merit, I now claim copyright.
  50. 6 points
    I think that if nothing else this illustrates the ill defined legal position of many of the rules and by laws that those of us who use the waterways exist under and perhaps allow those in power to act unfairly. Everything from definitions of moorings, the BSC, riparian rights, living on board, CC'ing, overstaying on a bit of bank, displaying licences and more. Over the years more and more rules have been tacked on to suit BWB and CRT until nothing is clear - the only thing that you can guarantee is that you are probably infringing something. I would suggest that maybe a root and branch overhaul of the whole house of cards would be helpful but a) it would cost us more and b) boat owners would lose more than we night gain. Until then the only people who will question the rights of those in charge to interpret the rules will be the awkward squad so hats off to them. Remember, if it wasn't for people being awkward and testing the rights of the authorities half the canals that we have would have been lost 50 years ago or more.
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