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  1. I'm pleased to see the new rules and guidelines finally published. I realise it takes a while to get this kind of thing right, (and largely I do think they have got it right), but the situation we have been in for many weeks where people are moderated to a virtual set of rules not actually available to them has not really been satisfactory. The challenge now is for the moderators to act as consistently as they can against perceived breaches of these new rules, although I of course understand it is down to individual judgement, and that different moderators cannot be expected to be 100% consistent with each other on every single occasion. Either way, I applaud the efforts to move us away from the very unpleasant place the forum had become. I firmly believe that whilst some complain it is sterile and no longer worth visiting, far more are relieved that action has been taken.
    4 points
  2. It's a canal forum not a place for wider politics. I come here to learn and laugh not read about others' views on immigration and the welfare state. Running and modding any forum is a thankless task but Dan and crew seem to tread the line as best as can be managed. Cheers all! It's a canal forum not a place for wider politics. I come here to learn and laugh not read about others' views on immigration and the welfare state. Running and modding any forum is a thankless task but Dan and crew seem to tread the line as best as can be managed. Cheers all!
    4 points
  3. Good. It's a canal forum, not a politics and religion forum.
    3 points
  4. With a few conversations about Emergency Ladders I thought i would buy one and try it out, i do carry an aluminium ladder on the roof which is useless up there, so bought one off these http://www.piplers.co.uk/emergency-ladder-134cmfor £33 inc postage. I added a 1/2 kilo diving ankle weight in the bottom step to make it fall quicker, mounted it on the top handrail. I donned my drysuit and jumped into the water and gave it a go 3 times, once approaching from the front off the boat, and found it quite easy to climb up, in fact easier then the aluminium ladder which made your foot slip off when your foot hit the back off the boat. It stays out all off the time when out on the canal and when back at the marina it just unclips and stows away, no use in the marina its against the pontoon. we took a video off it in action I hope it can be off use to some.
    2 points
  5. We were just talking about this. This is our first week as CCs; we picked our boat up at Longport on the Trent last Saturday, and started cruising Sunday morning, we had to reach the Ashby by this weekend. We did it in 4 wonderful exhilarating days and have never slept so much! We've discovered muscles we never knew we had, we're sunburnt, chilled, and very happy. Last night we went to bed at 8.30pm, and didn't wake until 7 this morning! Never been this early to bed for yonks! We're sleeping like babies - and long may this continue as we're both looking really fit and healthy. Years have dropped off!
    2 points
  6. If Whilton was the only place in the universe selling boats, I would stay on land. Do a search and find out the number of boaters who have purchased from Whilton, had a survey, and then the boat sank 'on the way home'. Do a search and find out some of the sharp practices that Whilton partake of.
    2 points
  7. she was probably a bit miffed about something else & it was a 'valid' (to her) reason to grump, we all have bad days. I think it's good you went & explained, well done eta, i think it's fine to move under the circumstances. if you'd moved just because you wanted to moor next to a mate say then perhaps not
    2 points
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  9. Crowd funding something that suggests mooring to a side of a waterway allows you to escape contributing to the upkeep of a waterway seems so wrong, a way of destroying the waterways.
    2 points
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  11. If it draws 2A constantly and is switched on for an hour then yes, it has consumed 2Ah. If it has a maximum demand of 2A and a 50% duty cycle and is on for an hour then it has consumed 1Ah. If it has a maximum demand of 4A and has a 50% duty cycle then it would have consumed 2Ah but would require thicker cables. So, did he mean that it has a constant demand of 2A, or an average demand of 2A, or something else? Why was an hour even mentioned? If it's only on for an hour each day then there's a reason for mentioning the hour, otherwise it shouldn't even feature. This is why it's important - we don't really know what he meant. We can guess, sure, but we could guess wrong. Look at the confusion regarding Alan's fridge. If the correct terminology is used then there's no need for guesses. Tony
    2 points
  12. Sorry Terry but I think it is you who does not grasp the basic principles, along with the majority of questioners on here from my observations. 2 amps per hour is a nonsense. We can GUESS that the OP meant 2 Amp hours but that is not what he said. but even then unless he tells us how long this "consumption" of 2 Ah goes on for we are no further forward. If it was for half an hour he would have drawn one amp hour from his battery, if 24 hours then 48 Ah. Now if he had a brand new, full capacity and fully charged 110 Ah battery the fridge alone would have depleted all but 14Ah of the sensible usable capacity so by morning the battery woudl have been discharged to a point that damage was likely to ensue. Errrr - did that not seem to be the problem? Amps = an instantaneous measurement related to how many electrons are flowing. Amp hours = a non SI unit (as far as I know) used to make it easy for most people to know how much electricity a battery holds or has been taken out of it. Amps per hour = nonsense and expects the reader to guess what is meant. Actually you and the OP are lucky Gibbo is not still here. If he was he may well have made far worse comments than MIke's about you both.
    2 points
  13. Enterprise has recently been re-bottomed at Brinklow using Opepe planks. A boat full of character, currently carrying my lettering. Dave
    2 points
  14. Hello! We have updated our Forum Rules & Guidelines. We decided to do this as a measure to further help ensure Canal World is a safe and enjoyable community for all of our members. If you have not viewed the new Forum Rules & Guidelines yet, please kindly check them out. You may do this by clicking here or by clicking the Forum Rules and Guidelines link located at the bottom right-hand side of the page. We welcome the views of our members. Therefore, we invite you to provide us with any constructive feedback which you may have. If you have anything to share, please kindly respond in this topic. Remember, please keep it constructive. Equally, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you all and happy boating!
    1 point
  15. Apologies for the sound, my JP was quite a bit more noisey than the 5L2...
    1 point
  16. If C&RT have cut and left them then collect them, split them, dry them under cover, use them and enjoy them. All wood, if dried is useful as fuel, it's just that hardwood seasoned logs are more convenient. Even wood from pallets can be used if dry....it's just that softwood pallets make better kindling sticks. Mind you, hardwood pallets from the tropics burn quite well. They aren't quite as common but stuff imported from India, Indonesia and Africa are often on hardwood pallets.
    1 point
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  18. I had a couple of wasps nests last month, one in the ground & the other in a wall - they'll nest anywhere they can get in a space. Both were very busy with comings & goings. I called a pest control person. He used a powdery stuff & had a long wand thing to spray it. Then me & the cat locked ourselves inside while angry wasps flung themselves against the french doors for a couple of hours To find the nests just stand and watch & you can see where they are going
    1 point
  19. I love 'em. The more that stay in marinas, and the more marinas, the better. It's them that come out that get in the way Rog
    1 point
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  21. Looks like you and your actions might be cited as co-respondents in a divorce case!
    1 point
  22. I have a feeling that that would be me, if I came over. Have a lovely birthday anyway. Peter.
    1 point
  23. Look, it's simple. I have a fridge running 24/7, off a victron 3000 inverter, also on 24/7. On average the fridge uses a couple of amps an hour, the inverter maybe 1/2 amp or so. Thats say 60-65 amps of battery current/power call it what you will, in a 24hr day. Lets say with a bit of laptop time, shower pump and led lights - oh and a couple hours using my 240v stereo amp that I'm using 90amps a day. My batteries are 4x100amp. So I can usefully use maybe 200amps?. Therefore they should easily last a couple days, maybe three if it's not been hot and I haven't been "living like that". The alternator is 175amp (for the domestic batteries, the starter has its own). I would have thought that the alternator would have put out say 100amps even on tickover, hence I thought a couple hours would be adequate to recharge, given that on many days I have been cruising for a lot longer than 2 hrs. I didn't have a convenient means of keeping an eye on the state of charge - now I do. Thinking about it, I got into a bad habit - I frequently had to leave the boat to return to London and attend to my affairs, I would go late morning/early pm, and leave the batteries as they were, ie prolly not that well charged having been using the fridge etc over night. Upon my return always gave the engine a good run because I not only wanted power, but hot water. It had seemed wasteful to run the engine before leaving the boat and the tank of hot water. We've all had car batteries go dead flat - leaving lights on, electrical gremlins, whatever. Sometimes you recharge the battery and its fine, but usally if its a bit old then a few days later it goes flat again so you buy another one. These batteries were so new that I assumed they would have a bit of leeway in them, I was quite to prepared to replace them a little early ie 18 month, couple years. I didn't realise they were so fragile. Now, thanks to you all, I do. I was hoping someone would have a remedy or perhaps suggest I had a failing alternator or whatever, that's why I posted. Simples. I apologise in advance if I've used the wrong units, mis spelt anything or upset anyone in any other pedantic manner Have to go now as the laptop battery is getting low....
    1 point
  24. I can't speak for Mike but I certainly don't think I'm clever. I have a certain knowledge set which I use to reply to posts that lay within my scope and I try very hard to be as accurate and concise as possible within those replies. IF those posts contain clear and unambiguous questions. My knowledge set doesn't include clairvoyance.
    1 point
  25. I had a complete mind block this morning. MissMax has a small inverter. Being dim and under pressure,my excuse, I saw Max plug in the inverter into the wall socket. Of course it didn't work. What a numbskull. MissMax. Your inverter came with, I assume!, crocodile clips. Not ideal, but these leads need to be connected to The + & - terminals of the domestic battery side. Better to get someone to advise who can 'point' appropriately. If you are leaving Sunday, ask at Snaygill boats if you can connect a shore line. In the meantime. You'll need to buy credit from them and get them to unlock the plug on the pedestal on the shore. I'm really sorry I didn't realise that I hadn't realised. Been to Aldi yet? It's raining now.
    1 point
  26. North - the Macc is lovely and Bosley locks are not difficult.
    1 point
  27. It also depends on which canal. The later narrow locks eg Shroppie, benefitted from much better Time and Motion study - just check where the bottom end step is located. Another factor in the calculation has to be the number of times you have to cross gates (and this depends on whether you are willing, on a narrow lock, to step across a half open pair. In the end. the challenge of efficiency (which we very much subscribe to) is to do it within the 'rules', most of which are founded in a commitment to making the system as usable as possible for the maximum number of people, accepting that there will always be those who want to do something different, just for the sake of it. Importing practices from the times when all users were working is not terribly meaningful as we are now in a very different era that reflects the economics of maintaining a strictly leisure facility.
    1 point
  28. This is the book which got me first hooked on narrowboats and canals in general. I can't remember exactly when or which relative of mine gave it to me but I read it cover to cover so many times when I was younger. Have still got it on the shelf
    1 point
  29. When I read the threads it is almost always clear that the questioners do in fact understand, but are simply using the wrong terms. Then under the barrage of ah amps per hour nit picking, they give up and buy some more batteries. They may be technically wrong, but you do know what they mean. I do and I'm far from an electrical whiz.
    1 point
  30. I wouldn't know, I haven't looked at it since Brexit day. I am though incredibly annoyed every time I see it that if I wanted to, I couldn't start my own political thread, even if I had a line in the OP asking everyone to play nicely. This is double standards, and riles me.
    1 point
  31. A narrowboat is incomplete without a dog.
    1 point
  32. I would totally agree that things were getting out of hand but I don't think total censorship was the way forward. As I have pointed out before it is on the same level as punishing all the class because you can't either be bothered or dare to deal with the class idiots (I have worked with many teachers who were afraid to deal with the problem children). The individuals concerned were easily identified and could easily have been banned. Currently we have a situation which yo use the vernacular of my youth is neither "nowt nor summat". There is a long thread about Brexit very little of which is directly related to boating. Yesterday (or perhaps the day before) it strayed well away from even Brexit to cover general politics. This has been very well mannered. So politics is being allowed and yet the rules say it is banned. The thread can't even creep in under the related to boating rules as boating dropped out very early on in the thread.
    1 point
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  34. could we have a rule about repetition could we have a rule about repetition
    1 point
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  38. That is why its called wireless :-)
    1 point
  39. It only uses petrol to start it, about the same as most Kelvin J and K diesels. Suitable safety precautions and a dose of common sense has proved to be the key to continued use of this type of engine (F4) these last forty years...... in a wooden boat Bill
    1 point
  40. Sorry to keep on about this but no, your fridge uses 2 Amps while it is running, for however long. Not 2 amps per hour. An amp is a unit of current and therefore independent of time. Please try to grasp this concept or you will remain mired in confusion about battery charging.
    1 point
  41. And to condemn me for not writing a letter when that's exactly what I did is equally unfair, Mike the Boilerman. I suggest that you should read posts more carefully before embarking on a 'holier than thou' crusade. For example, can you see anywhere in my original post where I said I'd telephoned C&RT and spoken to someone? No, of course you can't because I didn't. That was something that a later poster assumed and I didn't bother to correct him as it seemed so unimportant to the problem I needed an answer to. No, I did the correct thing and originally wrote to them clearly spelling out what information I wanted from them and received the most ludicrous written reply which indicated to me that the person dealing with my query had read it about as carefully as you read my original post. Moral ? If you can't be nice, don't bother to reply to poster's queries. Oh and by the way, I also waited over a week after telling them (in writing) that I felt they hadn't answered my question, before posting on this forum so I think I've been overly fair to C&RT as they still haven't come back to me with an answer.
    1 point
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