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    Many of you reading the title are proberly saying ffs But it's a positive post,!!!! Maybe of help to others, also reflecting on all the help, and problems with heating in the past. I went through 2 refurbished webastos, and One new eberspacher. Having problems with the boat not heating fully in the cabins bow and stern. ( a freezer) I ran 6 large radiators and a water tank. The heating unit never recycled, but never really got hot. I've now had all the pipe work changed from plastic to copper And had a Rayburn fitted, and now have heating through out the boat. With or without circulation pump the pipe work is high and the pipes and rads get really hot. But were stopping using the Rayburn, summers here! And last 3 mornings been using the eberspacher and now also heats up the whole boat, as hot as the Rayburn, which brings me back to the conclusion, it was always about the instalation! Folks you know who you are,! repeated these words on your replying helpful posts, and to confirm they were right!! I was ashamed when the old plastic pipes, and many joiners, elbows, straights were removed, all low level hidden away. A proper instalation of 22 mm straight runs, one high and one lower level has made our diesel heater perform like it should, radiators balance and bled properly it's a joy!!!! Mornings 2 hours of diesel heating in transforms our boat to a warm boat through out. What happens now, never before,! is the heater every 10 mins, winds down, and then returns to full power. Never had this before! The pipes and radiators are hot hot don't know if this is good or bad but Right through our heating problems, 1,2,3 people were highlighting the importance of correction instalation Lots of others also helping and also questioning their own heating niggles. But I now realise that the diesel units were not faulty, it WAS the instalation, We now enjoy 2 different ways of heating the boat, and yes it took along time getting there It wasn't the units, it was the instalation. So if any folks have heating problems, pipes rads not getting hot as they should, its easier to blame the unit, but maybe look at the instalation. Many thanks Col
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    If the local Alvechurch hirers are anything to go by don't forget the pirate costumes and ghetto blaster.
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    You will save more space if you drink in the pub instead, and you can have proper beer too.
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    Be wary of falling into the trap "I like this want one" it has snared a few of us ex hirers.
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    oh dear, Mike, you are definitely overthinking. The 6mm plate was flat but when LB fabricated the boat they rested a wide piece of 6mm plate on the vertical swim plates, welded it into place and then flame cut it on at least the curved side. Like all pieces of thin plate it distorted under gravity and the heat produced during welding & cutting. The additional width that you are worried about probably amounts to less than 1mm (I could calculate it but it is insignificant). Bracing it so it was flat would splay the sides less than that amount, because the steel would partly take it up in compression. Don't worry about built-in stresses in the steel - it is a flexible material in the thicknesses we use on boats and would do no harm. The boat is full of built in stresses anyway. Traditional Dutch 'barges' were built of formed plates (deliberately curved) which is a different thing altogether. Don't worry about it.
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    Two very kind boaters decided the lock landing would be a great place for them to moor, leaving all of 10 feet before the lock for us to land the boat for one of us to get off to do the lock. Thankfully the last boat that had gone through the lock had left both bottom gates open, so we cruised into the lock and Dave climbed the lock ladder with my keys (electric lock) leaving me at the tiller. I normally do the electric locks and he does the tiller. Went through the lock without incident. Arrived at the next lock I say "where did you put my keys", he replied "didn't I give them to you when I got back on the boat at the last lock"? ..... just then about 10 cyclist pass shouting "have you lost a set of keys - they are back at the last lock" Thankfully one of the LTM was vacant, giving us enough space to turn the boat as there were boats moored on both sides of the river. And away we head back down stream to the last lock, hoping no one has picked the keys up yet. We arrive back at the lock and a gentleman and his two small children are waiting for us with the keys. They had watched us go through the lock and noticed the keys after we had left. He had asked the cyclists to let us know when they caught up to us and had waited there for us to return. He had taken the children to watch boats go through the lock while he was waiting for his car to have it's MOT done nearby. We asked if they had ever been on a canal boat & if they would like a short trip. We only took them up the river about a 1/4 of a mile but father and both sons were thrilled. It's small acts of kindness like this that restores my faith in man kind, and would like to think that it was a good "life lesson" for the two small boys as well. One good turn deserves another Foot note: I now know, to not only remind Dave to check the stern gland greaser at the end of each days cruise, but to double check he has my keys when getting back on the boat at each electric lock
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    I find it incomprehensible as to why some people go to the trouble of spending hundreds of pounds of buying a licence and then not displaying it. What is it that some people do not understand about the requirement to display a name, number and licence on their boat? It strikes me as being either pure b****y mindedness or they do it for some nefarious purpose So when they are written to, refused a new license, taken to court, refused passage, have their boat seized or whatever may happen as a consequence - they have no case to say how unreasonable C&RT are being. No matter how much they may protest they are far from being martyrs. All they are doing is messing it up for the rest of us as they force C&RT to turn the screw tighter and tighter.
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    Go to bo-bo's with a hot water bottle and if my instructions are followed will still be full of nice warm water for making early morning coffee. After warming up the feet in bed first and then if slipped up yer nightshirt or nightie onto your chest it will keep it really nice and warm until morning. You don't have to lie on your back all night because of it, but can roll over face down ''prone position'' where it will keep even warmer, Warning!!! This position will cause severe bruising if using a stone hot water bottle. Rubber hot water bottles are the best for the purpose and quite harmless unless you happen to swallow it and choke to death during the night. In view of such a catastrophe happening, I recommend the wearing of a full face crash helmet whilst asleep, same as what the racing drivers wear. If you like weak luke warm coffee or tea your early morning cuppa can be made immediately. If not, just either bung the hot water bottle in the microwave for a minute or empty it into a kettle to boil it. The taste of coffee made with hot water bottle water has a very pleasant rubbery flavour and splendid aromatic aroma which is I think nice and quite exquisite. A substantial saving in power can be had by using this method.
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    Thinking back to my GCE days now. The word "licence" is a noun, in this case meaning the licence that can or need not be displayed. The word "license" is a verb, meaning in this case the action of obtaining a licence. Therefore it is correct to say that a boat is licensed if it is displaying a correct licence - it cannot be "unlicenced" so if no licence exists it will be "unlicensed" (as a matter of interest here my spell checker has underlined as incorrect "unlicenced" but seems happy with "unlicensed") Before anyone gets upset over this, I understand that in America they spell licence as license. Dave
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    I'm sure you have seen envelopes marked 'Important - not a circular'.
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    I was told of a DIY fitter who used one. As he worked his way along the boat, fixing cupboards and things, the boat gradually leaned further over that way, and if you looked along from one end to the other you could see a sort of helical twist to them.
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