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  1. I thought I would share my experience trying to improve my internet and phone communications whilst out on the cut. For a number of reasons it is essential that I can have a reliable connection, especially internet wherever possible. As a CC for at least six months of the year the need for something more reliable than the standard ‘3’ Mi-Fi offering (as good as it is) quickly became apparent. The forums search facility will bring up many useful threads on the subject of improving both internet and phone communications. There are many ideas bandied about, some more worthy than others, such as
    5 points
  2. Yes, abserbloody-lutely. Hows about a campaign to remind people that canals are for cruising not the proliferation of linear housing estates.
    2 points
  3. I still find such signs offensive, especially on boats which might as well be craned onto the bank for all the cruising they do. George ex nb Alton retired
    2 points
  4. I've never noticed any smell from stored coal. If however, you mean when a smell you are burning it, this indicates a serious fault with your stove. ALL the products of combustion should be going up chimney not leaking out into your living space. My stove doesn't smell at all when alight. If yours does, this suggests a fault and carbon monoxide poisoning is a significant risk. Do you have a CO alarm in your boat? If not I recommend you get one immediately, AND get the stove flue checked out.before lighting it again. Changing fuel really is not the answer! MtB
    2 points
  5. I have been asked by a friend to pop a post on here to get some thoughts from the forum members. He is worried that his share boat with a 31" draft will not be able to get to Llangollen since the repair of landslips. I had no problem recently but I am not as deep as that.. Has anyone with a deep draft boat had any problems recently?
    1 point
  6. I usually store my stern line on the rear deck wrapped round my ankles.
    1 point
  7. The peltier ones are very power-hungry, will easily kill a well charged, good condition car battery overnight.
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  9. I see no reason why not, provided you are 'competent' (as defined in the provisions of the GSIUR). If the inspector resists this suggestion, I think producing and connecting your own manometer and performing an appropriate let-by test followed by a soundness test demonstrating your system is in good order, should demolish all objections. Bear in mind you'll need to use a water-filled manometer containing an approved dye or have a valid calibration certificate for a digital one. MtB (Edit to add second & third paragraphs.)
    1 point
  10. I noticed a proliferation of these on our way back from the BCN Challenge. They came across as unnecessarily aggressive to me and just made me want to speed up (didn't though, just passed at normal passing speed, just above tickover). Several boats we passed had ropes so slack they were hanging in the water and surged back and forth with a huge clang against the pilings even though we slowed right down and I have to say most of these were private boats. In all the years I've been boating I've never had anything knocked over or spilled inside whilst moored due to passing boats neither
    1 point
  11. We initially fitted out on the water CCing we got to the stage where we were fully lined out and all the cabin areas constructed. We only had long weekends to do the work. When we started we simply camped on the boat floor with a double mattress. We had a battery bank inverter and generator for power tools. after 18 months we got to the point where we could hardly move, the front half of the boat was nearly finished, the problem was, trying to finish the back half with tools and materials in the way, this was a nightmare so we eventually got the boat back on dry land in late 2007. Per
    1 point
  12. Sometimes I think people will look for any excuse for a good bit of CRT bashing. You could have started a thread along the lines of how CRT turned out within the hour and sorted out a problem with a lock gate. Fantastic, thank you very much CRT.
    1 point
  13. If everyone who gets passed by a speeding boat this summer starts a thread on the forum this is going to get very tedius.... Perhaps we could have one thread and everyone who thinks they are going to achieve something by moaning on the forum about speeding boats could post in one place?
    1 point
  14. Yep,got that cheers In which case you're Clearview filters or equivalent would last a really long time. The bloke that the OP was referring to must of had a Serious Leaky Stern Gland problem then !
    1 point
  15. Was it Professionally fitted,Check where the Air intake is,in relation to the exhaust, Or any open windows ect,have you got a Co2 Alarm. It just maybe a bit of surplus fuel being burned off of it hasn't been allowed to shut down properly for some reason,when last used, But check it out,don't leave it. Is my advice.
    1 point
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