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  1. You've said it all - thanks! The legislation was drawn up in gentler times. Such CCers that there were pottered around the system, plying their wares, doing odd jobs or whatever - but not creating log jams at popular moorings. In those days BW had lengthsmen - who probably were in tune with the CCers. You could even find a mooring in London. Now it's all push and shove ; Me, Me, Me. How can I bend the rules to suit Me and Devil take the hindmost. BW and CaRT moved away from the man on the ground (who set his own rules within limits) to and office based environment with little affinity for their specific environment - and lost control. In order to attract funds, CaRT must make the canals a pleasant place for the public to visit and support - You can't do that if the whole system is blocked up by folks whose main aim to live inexpensively and have little interest in the system.
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  3. Tony why do people get into the position of having their licence revoked. I have been boating 11 years and for the last two have had a few cancer surgeries and recently the wife has had a knee replacement all needing to stay or be in a very small area for longer than 14 days. We stayed 3 months in one place when I had bowel cancer surgery. Every occasion we informed CRT and out of courtesy, although NEVER requested we on some occasions supplied evidence (admission letter or similar). We have never had any problem with CRT in fact the opposite with EO`s and their managers popping by while in the area to ask how we are, never mention of are we moving soon just checking our welfare. Soon, hopefully in a week or so we will be on the move and will over the summer be a great distance from where we are now and that is why we have no problems with long stays, we get spotted all over the country and are regarded as Cont. cruisers. ie on an ongoing continuous journey. I have been told that we will have no future problems to genuinely stay longer because of our cruising record. Now you, and i respect you as a knowledgeable boater, can come back and quote the act and I agree it can be read different ways BUT i and probably a lot of others work on the principal of it aint broke so don`t try and fix it. A small courteous communication solves so much and that will be the way I will live my life. Respect to you and anyone else determined to fight CRT. edit to add; we do not feel any fight with CRT is needed.
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  5. No, I don't think they foresaw the huge increase in those wanting to live on a boat, but not have a home mooring. When I first started boating in the early 70's, the number of boats being lived on was very few compared to now, although some of those didn't move at all.
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  6. I'm not sure where to post these updates- which seem to happen on the Sunday night (after I've returned from the boat, had a shower and fed the very hungry attention deprived cats). Adding to the list of new things I've done; I've now refuelled a narrowboat. I'll clarify that because I know the wife will be along any minute now without her own account and complain about how inaccurate I'm being. In fact, she was steering and the helmsman was guiding and I... I... was asked to wait on shore! I've also emptied a porta potti (for the first time)- and embarrasingly not a moment too soon either! It wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be, makes you wonder how bad I thought it would be. Also- I made a bed! So trifecta! Moment of clarification- I don't mean I 'made the bed' as in got up and shook the doona cover (duvet cover for you British). I literally constructed a bed. And thank you for all the help last week about the bilge. I checked it and it was fine and dry and the boat did not sink. I'll have to roll up my sleeves and clean in there once we are in our home marina- but until then I'm just not thinking about it. Friday we are off to Cow Roast marina so if you see us please say hello! And give whatever advice you can, it is always gratefully received. This picture is a little better.
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  8. Reminds me of a visit to some friends. "Do you mind making your own bed?" "No of course not" Exit friend to return ten minutes later clutching a bundle of timber and some tools.
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  9. For which the answer is so simple it beggars belief.... GET A HOUSE. (I bet you thought I was gonna say 'get a mooring' didn't you!)
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  12. This forum can be useful to help people think through things they had never considered before. I am glad you found it useful. I was reminded today when the BSS examiner asked if we have a CO alarm. We have and the one that is fitted is around a year old now (I think). The previous one was 11 years old and I had no idea that they have a "best before" date until I read a thread on this forum about them. I tested ours regularly and it worked but it seems the "sniffer" can lose it's reliability after a number of years. I took it off the wall to find a date stamped on a surface that would never have been seen unless I removed it from the wall. Sure enough it was past it's best and was promptly replaced. Our boat passed with flying colours thank you. A certain Mr Carton of this parish arrived promptly before 9am this morning following his nose for 1/3 of a mile along the towpath to see out where the smell of a full English breakfast was cooking. He assures me that plying him with some sausage, bacon and egg with the trimmings made no difference to his consideration. I have no plans to test that theory in four years time
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  14. Southern Oxford is notoriously short of long term moorings, especially residential ones,m or even places near water, elsan rubbish etc, let along transport. It is perhaps second to London for pressure on available moorings and continuous cruising is not really an option if you want a permanent place suitable for daily travel to work. Incidentally, whatever you may have been told, there are no new laws about mooring. Whilst there is a lot of debate about how far the existing law can be pushed by those who really want to ignore it, it is quite simple. Nevertheless, because the law was written for a very different situation from that CaRT now find themselves managing, there is plenty of wriggle room for those wanting to push the boundary. You really don't want to be doing that and so good research, which seem already to be doing, is essential and then accept the limitations which you discover. It is not much harder than if you want to live on land - just different. Good luck with your search and enjoy the canal once you find a place to stay put with peace of mind.
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  15. Very true Lipo batteries are fragile thingscand have a tendency to catch fire if abused, so quite sophisticated chargers are required to charge each battery individually. Lipo also get unhappy if The are charged too fast or just after being discharged, or while too hot or too cold. They don't like operating if too hot or cold They dont like being stored fully charged especially if they are in a warm place They die very quickly if over discharged even once Things get very interesting if they get overcharged or damaged in any way. They are fine in small sizes for toy aeroplanes and phones but given the rigours of a boat engine room I reckon you would have to be very careful indeed in your system design and battery location. Defo not a drop in replacement.
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  17. You simply tell them that YOU have paid for use of the bank via your licence fee. And that they should be grateful for it.
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  18. I remember many years ago, good memory, I pulled a bird in a club. I would never push the opposite sex so it definitely was a pull.
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  19. C -the current required to charge the battery from empty to full in one hour. It's a theoretical figure -at least because you cannot charge a battery at constant current to full in exactly any time (they need a tapered charge). Numbers before the C such as 5C are over unity multipliers 5C means five times the one hour rate Numbers after the C such as C0.5 are under unity multipliers, C 0.5 means half of the one hour rate. Sometimes C/5 is used to indicate the five hour rate. Also the system assumes that charging is 100% efficient -which we know it is not. BUT the C measurement scale lets people refer to "the general battery" rather than specifying a rate for one particular size of battery.
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  20. Thank you for those ideas....I am still trying to find a way onto the water!!
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  21. Maybe you should consider udder employment.
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  22. If you occasionally give the batteries an equalisation charge, (when they are fully charged, chsrge at about 15.5 volts for a 12 volt battery, depending on type, for a couple of hours) the battery will gas freely, which mixes the acid and prevents stratification.
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  23. It's the capacity at a certain discharge rate. The C stands for Coulomb. See this link :- http://all-about-lead-acid-batteries.capnfatz.com/all-about-lead-acid-batteries/lead-acid-battery-fundamentals/what-does-battery-c-rate-mean/
    1 point
  24. I remember, but I've only just connected that real-life person with "gazza". I'm strongly reminded of the scene in "The Wrong Trousers" where the penguin removes the rubber glove disguise and Wallace points in wonder and says "Its _you_!". As I recall, you leapt up from the VMs at PYC the next day to work us through Orton, so all is fair. Will be passing up the Nene next month, so if you're around we may see you then. MP.
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  25. If you rem We are 27' so have none of the length issues, depth and beam are extra headaches! you may recall my perfect landing on the canoe portage at Ashton when you kindly let us go on ahead in the lock you had just filled, a handraulic one at that.Much appreciated that was I dunno about sailors hat, a tin hat may be more appropriate!
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  26. Grey Lady, I'm sure if you ask Mr Bizzard nicely he will be able to fit your boat out like this: You will then be able to nip below for a cup of tea, a quick one if you get "caught short" or what ever else you may need to do. No worries about hitting the sides either.
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  28. I hate to make these comments but 13 years on this boat and 8 on the last and we have never added anything to the water and never had a tummy problem. Now that could be the kiss of death but I have said it now.
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  29. I think I have solved this - checking the dip switch settings - in the 2nd settings, the previous owner had set the Dynamic Current Limiter to ON. And reading thru Vctron's FAQs, this will cause the PowerAssist function to operate - hence the Boing & flashing of overload lights whenever anything was switched on over say 100W. I also changed the output from 240 to 230 volts, though I doubt that made much difference. So no more hearing Boing all thru the night as the fridge comes on!! This current limiter is only for weak ac generators, allowing them to spin up when a large load is applied. We don't have a genny but maybe the previous guy did! SOLVED!
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  30. Absolutely, they make excellent anchors.
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  31. Some (very few) Leece Neviles have an adjustment 'pot' to increase the charge voltage. It's not a general feature, so impossible to say if yours has or not. What's the model number. Info: is available on the web - that's one reason why I like L-N kit...
    1 point
  32. Actually, the VERY worst one was the guy I met on the way to Cropredy, who not only ran his engine but sat on the roof playing the banjo. I had to go miles to get away.
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  33. Try the Black Lion, second (I think) pub on the right when walking in from the aqueduct and the Crown Hotel, into town and turn right. Cheers! ETA We like Nantwich too.
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  34. Well I certainly want mooring controls. All of my friends do too. Having spoken to the odd boater who damns CRT and their EOs are usually the scruffy tykes who overstay all the time. A whole bleedin' colony of them at Wheaton Aston services a couple of years ago. Boy, did they look mean. And yes, they were all scruffy and unsociable.
    1 point
  35. Well how about as a private firm they cancel the CRT agreement and chain off the access points then charge say £100 for a limited access all because CMers pushed them too far.
    1 point
  36. For what it is worth I couldn't watch the 1st episode in full but I found, that the more it went on in to other episodes the more it seemed as if he suddenly "got" what we all love about the canals.
    1 point
  37. You clearly have not read the thread or what Dean has said. He has a residential mooring in an area where he and his wife work and his children are receiving a good education, so to insult him as a husband and father is just complete bollocking. He is trying to sort out his leisure cruising. This is just so typical of remarks made by some on this forum who are to lazy to read a complete thread. Hang out your head in shame
    1 point
  38. As a considerate towpath cyclist myself I find this very distressing. I slow to match their speed as I approach anyone walking, and only pass then when I know they have noticed my presence. Quite often I will dismount anyway if they look elderly, unsteady on their feet or nervous of me in any way. I hate being associated with badly behaved cyclists. MtB
    1 point
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