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  3. Me too. I dont have any problems either. Admittedly sometimes I've overstayed, but in contacting the local EO having explained my position, they have without fail always been helpful. In my (limited) experience, these people having problems are stretching the rules (albeit ambiguous rules) a bit too far. I am sure when you can see the whole CCing pattern of these boats, the answer would be obvious. If they have some ties to the area, they will gravitate back and forth without looking at all like " Bona Fide Navigation " I think, in their defence, it also seems like most of these boats concern
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  4. It is amazing the number of people who ask a question, having already made the decision, and look for the 'hive' to confirm how clever they are. Any suggestions / arguments to the contrary are ignored.
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  5. Just to finish the story. I moved along to the visitor moorings just past bridge 123e for a couple of nights. These are alongside a grassed area leading up to the city walls and handy for Tesco, Iceland and the city centre. After that I dropped through the staircase locks to use the services in the basin and spent another peaceful night there. It is a bit noisy during the day due to the building of a large block of flats but quiet in the evening. After a pleasant couple of weeks in the city I'm now at Barbridge junction and will shortly head up the Llangollen. Thanks for the advice and I ho
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  6. I wasn't rude, I was just pointing out facts having fitted a large variety of systems to many boats over the last 5 years fir a lot of satisfied owners, and live with 540w on my roof. The Winter 4 months are so marginal it really isn't worth speccing a system to hope it supplies anything, if it does its a bonus. Trying to achieve a small margin of improvement with 2 plus 2 panels of different types on a boat is quite irrelevant, it will be massively relevant for a solar farm of an acre. Go with a basic setup of 2 or 3 panels but buy a controller to allow expansion if you feel the need
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  8. So why bother asking? We all have doubts that what you suggested is a good idea but Bimble, being good guys, will confirm it one way or the other.
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  9. Its also amazing how people on forums are condescending and rude. Just saying. I'd already done plenty of research on the PV panels. Now i realise that mixing them with mono's probably isn't a good idea. I'm going to get some advise from Bimble as well.
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  10. I wouldn't worry about the water being brown, its rust and comes from the engine and /or the skin tank. In a perfect world it wouldn't be brown but there you go. Have you got anti freeze in it? most contain corrosion inhibitor which helps a bit. Check that you have and if any doubt then drain the lot out and put some in. If you are still draining water out after an hour or two then you may indeed have canal water in your skin tank. Don't worry about the wind and getting bashed about, it takes a lot to damage a steel boat. Others will be along with more knowledge soon.
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  13. When MtB and I (and Lone Wolf and Dyad) doctored the lyrics to "Knocking on Heaven's Door" for our special BSP 40th birthday song, I named our band Guns'n'Roses'n'Castles. I felt ridiculously pleased with myself for some time afterwards.
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  14. How long I wonder before the local angling club pegs it out?
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  17. Well done for going up to Ellesmere Port, so many people don't bother for some reason. It's a lovely run from Chester to the Port and like having your own private canal for a few hours. It feels like one of those 'Use it or loose it' canals so you've done your bit, i just wish more would. To me there is no sense in taking the effort to go down Northgate Staircase and then not going as far as you can. Granted the last half a mile into Ellesmere Port is a bit grubby, but again it's worth it to experience boating through the museum and there's not many places left like the bottom basin. D
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  18. Over the past 30 years I've only ever used three yards: Warwickshire Flyboat Co., Jem Bates at Bulbourne and John Pattle at Watford. I've found them all to be punctilious in keeping appointments and doing the work when they said they would. Also Ed Boden comes out to service our BMC and is always on time. Two examples: John Pattle fretted that I'd be delayed for a day because he had a problem with his crane and the last time I took one of our boats up to Bulbourne Dry Dock, Jem's men were wondering where we were because I was 15 minutes late in arriving! The important thing is to build
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  19. The one (and only) time we had a yard do work on our boat we had a similar experience to yourself. We had it booked in for the drive servicing. They lifted the boat, took the drive off and then left it sat in the yard for over a month with no work being done. They then had the cheek to bill us for the month it was on the hardstanding! Needless to say we didn't pay that and we have done the work ourselves since. It takes less then a day to service the drive. Usually about 3-4 hours.
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  21. Oh THAT'S what continually cursing meant... I though OP meant he'd be continually regretting his choice.
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  23. A major benefit to add to those mentioned above is that the engine is more likely to be maintained to a good standard, as the awkward access to those positioned below decks, etc can be off putting. Any potential issues are easily spotted, leaks, etc. Another bonus of a well organised engine room is that they are almost like a mechanical version of Jack Hargreaves shed!
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  24. I'm not sure why you are planning to use different panels if designing a system from scratch??? You are complicating matters, especially where different panel voltages are encountered. The amount of solar you will get in the deepest Winter 3 months is so negligible, that messing around with several controllers and hoping a bit if sun hits a Unisolar instead of the other one is chasing ghosts not power.
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  25. I think the way forward with any valve is to exercise them at least once a year. Then spend the next week or so chasing drips. Chinese take away containers are brilliant, placed under eack tap/ iso valve. Toilet paper tied in a knot and placed around each risky joint gives a quick clue as to where any leaks might be. I hate isolator valves on toilets, or tanks in the loft, they rarely get exercised, rarely work when you need them, and often leak afterwards. The isolators/valves that leak in our house.. Main stopcock, fine when open fully, but close it, and it drips. I tighten the gland
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  26. Ok so update is I changed the belt and cleaned the wheels fired up and now all working fine, slowly getting charge back into the leisure battery's running all day tomorrow with battery charger connected to shoreline, thanks all for your advice, and sorry if I didn't ask the correct questions or gave the right answers..... thanks for your patience
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  29. My post wasn't about the harassment by CRT I was just trying to understand her logic or lack thereof. The video opens with her stating that diesels are dirty and polluting and shows her pedalling her boat. CRT revoke her licence due to not moving enough and threaten to oik her boat out of the water and destroy it. Rather than move the boat she sells it and moves into a van, which one can only assume she is going to travel in, the van has a dirty polluting Diesel engine. So her argument for not wanting to pollute is a bit on the weak side. Logically if you are going to end up with a Diesel en
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  30. So this woman lives on a pedal powered narrowboat because she doesn't believe in dirty polluting Diesel engines; she complains that CRT say she isn't moving far enough, hardly surprising with a pedal powered boat! Her child (inexplicably named Cub) is home schooled so their doesn't seem to be a reason to stay in one place. She gets fed up and sells the boat to move into a van which is no doubt has a Diesel engine. So is she going to remove the van engine and covert it to pedal power? Or if Diesel engines aren't actually that bad why didn't she put one in the boat and move the bloody thi
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  35. Firstly, a good savings account is something "from the financial services industry [with] government involvement" (in terms of tax, regulation, protection of savings) just as much as the Help to Buy ISA. Secondly, if you put the maximum £200 a month in to a Help to Buy ISA, your 25% bonus is worth £600 for every year you save. You can't honestly believe bank charges on these accounts are close to £600 a year, or that interest rates on other savings accounts are so much higher that you could just as easily earn that £600 elsewhere. Sorry, but how and why is getting "all mortgaged u
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  36. Yes that's fine. Have a good night. Ian. My two children have mortgages, enjoy work and are far from worried or over tired. Ian.
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  37. Despite the above replies a cash to buy ISA is very worth while looking at. However I doubt a boat purchase would qualify. Ian.
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  38. The final posts were a couple of seemingly sozzled digs at Dan and moderators by posters not previously having contributed much at all, if anything, to the thread. Properly considered unacceptable as they were, they had nothing whatever to do with the topic itself. I personally feel that it is scarcely honest to suggest, if that is what is being suggested, that those were what caused the thread to close. The real reason for closing the thread is claimed by Dan as being his feeling that it is not “appropriate for members to use the forum as a platform for campaigns against” . . . “waterways
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