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  1. Taking the OP at his request: One of the difficulties in analysing long term trends on costs (spend) is where the underlying unit costs change. Most users (of almost anything) are not concerned with the actual costs but the effectiveness of that spend. However, this is not so easily measured or digested down to a few numbers. What is clear (at least to me) is that CaRT have been quite seriously trying to develop more cost effective ways of working - not always to the approval of traditionalists who perhaps seem to assume that below-minimum-wage operatives and ignoring H&S expecta
    7 points
  2. All good points and sensible advice, but having myself had a Shoreline larder fridge, I have chosen the opposite route and wish I had done so in the first place. I found the Shoreline to be of okay quality but by no means excellent and after just two years of use it finally packed up after many months of ever increasing 'on' time from the compressor, until at the end it just didn't turn off at all. Shoreline advised that I should buy from them a £40 replacement thermostat which I questioned but did, but that made no difference and they weren't interested in taking the part that they advis
    4 points
  3. Looking at the URL, there is nothing worth discussing. A hysterical, illogical anti-CRT rant will lie behind it.
    3 points
  4. The problem as I see it, all over is that outsourcing repairs and maintenance may cut costs, but it is leading to more work needing to be done. For example, a CRT survey is done of bricks in a lock that need rebricking and grouting. The survey shows a critical area of 100 bricks. The job sheet is outsourced. By the time the actual works take place, 127 bricks are needing repair. The contractor does the specified 100 bricks, the other 27 are left for the next survey.......even though BW , and CRT would have done the whole lot in years gone by.
    2 points
  5. He could put the energy expended in smartgauge bashing into his batteries instead then they would never be discharged
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  6. I rarely block anyone anywhere but the way the chap who posts “the floater” spam all over the Facebook boating groups meant he was the possibly first person I ever blocked. Total drivel....and if you criticised his viewpoint he wasn’t happy!
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  8. This year was the first of full retirement so ideal to boat to places that we had long wished to see but work never allowed enough time to visit. Our intention was to travel from Newbury up the western side of the country and travel as far north as possible. In addition we wished to tackle the Severn Estuary, the River Mersey and the Ribble Link, all of which we were able to do. I'm aware that these have been covered in the past but the following is a list of contact details and tips for anyone planning to do one or all of the crossings next year. Severn Estuary Gloucester Pilot
    1 point
  9. We're moored tonight in the Nelson pound at Braunston. What appears to be the outlet from the backpump is just the other side of the hull from my head when in bed. The pound is about 15cm down and stable, I guess the pumps are running all the way up the flight. Any guesses on if/when it will stop? Could be a long night. MP.
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  10. To help with basic boat handling: 1. The boat will only steer when you have power on, in the forward direction. Doesn't have to be much power, but it does have to be forwards. In tight spots, it pays to come in as slowly as possible and then use quick bursts of power with the rudder fully over to steer, using reverse to slow down inbetween if necessary. With practice it's possible to get the boat turning and let it continue the turn whilst putting it in reverse. "Pumping" the rudder can sometimes help you to turn more sharply. 2. When steering, the boat will pivot roughly around t
    1 point
  11. Not all of them. A litre jug has something to be said for it compared with a pint pot.
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  12. Cover the cross bar and central bolt with thin foam glued or cable tied on. Worked for me! Any condensation on the curved surface should run down to the edges and on to the roof. Richard
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  13. Maintenance, or mainteance, dredging and vegetation works are done only as a grand publicity splash, (expect an exculsive soon on how they have cut back all the offside vegetation from Rugby to Braunston......hillmorton to Braunston probably just to keep the fatboats happy). Ongoing necessary works are being neglected or not done at all. The dredging of the north end of the Coventry is long overdue, there is no way a radar survey cannot have picked this up. Barton Turns lock has been leaking onto the towpath for 2 years now, it was barriers off for repair 12 months ago. ..it con
    1 point
  14. Exactly, in my career I have a manged contracts with both direct labour and contractor resource. Contractors can do an excellent job, but only when the specification and contract supervision elements are of the highest order. (Same can apply to direct labour who often feel a sense often entitlement and become lazy if not adequately supervised). From what I see of CRT contractors, neither the specification or the supervision elements are up to scratch.
    1 point
  15. As one of the 'plonkers' who posts quite often on Tripadvisor, I have to say that I find it useful. I would think that at least 3/4 of my reviews are praise & I have had many people who have found my reviews helpful. If I am going to a strange hotel, I always check the reviews to get a 'feel' for the place. I think that the vast majority of reviews are fair, although you are always going to get a few people with an axe to grind.
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  18. I had a pair of trousers like that once. Particularly loud after a curry too.
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  19. Very true. I used to have a Linn Sondek LP12 record deck in the mid 80's. Great sound but it was interspersed with loud cracks from static discharge and the "static cling" meant a fight to get the record off the turntable. So I bought a device called a Zerostat, which was a gun like device that reputedly shot a stream of negative ions to counteract the static. All it did for me was lighten my wallet, so I sold the LP12 and bought my first CD player. Slight loss of "warmth in the sound but a complete lack of static induced interruptions to the music. Some people prefer listening
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  20. Just a follow up, My dynamo was mounted different to Richard’s setup. Instead of the front mounting being on the front engine mount it was on the top outer timing case bolt so I decided to use this mounting point together with the original rear mount bracket. In Richard’s pic it shows the rear extension using a length of tube. This I wasn’t too keen on as it would be possible for the rear alt sliding bush to pull through the rear mount and simply slide into the tube (if you look at the pics I’m sure you will understand). So after a quick measure I got hold of a piece of 20mm dia alum
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  25. I don't care how high the bit rate is I can still hear (sh) it when listening to MP3. I dont listen to music on the NB as there is just not room for a decent system. On the barge I did but that system is now in the cottage with upgraded speakers. I'm still tempted by a Quad CD player to replace my modified Marantz then the whole system will be from one manufacturer
    1 point
  26. Part 3 (See Post #1 for intro and scoring system. The scores, although brief, reveal at least as much as the comments.) Back on the canals, and just in time, too, as the Soar went into flood. I love rivers, but it's sometimes nice to relax and not think about rainfall and catchment areas! Trent & Mersey Canal CLOCK WAREHOUSE, Shardlow (July 30) 4+3+6=13 Large,corporate (Marston's) pub but comfortable, good service and not expensive. NAVIGATION, Shardlow (Aug 7) 4+4+6=14 Light, airy and plain. Odd collection of furniture, including piano. Pleasant service, bu
    1 point
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  28. Right, to be rude and contentious, if you are listening to MP3 you might as well as forget hifi and just use a really cheap car stereo. Any good (mechless) car stereo will have aux input so you can plug your "media server" into that. You get the advantage of convenient radio reception and even bluetooth if you like that sort of thing. That 640w will only ever be used for a fraction of a second. though strictly due to amplifier ineffficienct the pull from the 12volts will be at least twice that. But, short transients will come out of the amplifiers supply capacitors rather than down
    1 point
  29. When I saw the URL 'the floater' my first thought was 'hard farts'
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  30. It won't wake you up in the morning with a nice cup of tea either. I don't believe that's explained in the manual at all...
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  31. I'm not even going to look at this as it will be the usual tripe on offer. "Floater" is a very appropriate title for this site.
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  32. More like, you know I'm right and you wish to suppress debate as you know I can produce either empirical evidence or quotations from the SmartGauge manual to support every one of my assertions. Such is the 'groupthink' on here in favour of the SmartGauge, any criticism of the SmartGauge is immediately jumped upon, as just illustrated.
    1 point
  33. Doesn't matter if it is sunny or not. Its warm on the boat with the heating on and its warm in the pub.
    1 point
  34. Looking at the text, there is nothing worth discussing. A hysterical, illogical anti-smartgauge rant will lie behind it.
    1 point
  35. We love the Trent. Many don't but we do. Great at this time of year as you can pretty much have the whole river to yourself and not see another boat on the move.
    1 point
  36. Crikey, it looks more like white water rafting! Enjoy your new boat
    1 point
  37. That's a bit deep for me - I think I was aiming more for Ken Dodd!
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  39. spinwheel fully closed, mine is only open for lighting. Not easy to keep in overnight with wood, if I can be bothered I get a good fire going then shovel some ash from below and put this on top. I also leave a fair amount of ash on the grate if burning wood.
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  41. I'll line them up for you...
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  44. Are you sure you are not getting mixed up with Cholmondeley (which is pronounced Chumley) and is a little nearer to Bunbury than Cholmondeston (which is pronounced Chumston)
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  45. Never mind the flash boat stuff, absolutely do not do this. You are planning too for all the wrong reasons and your vertigo is probably your brain trying to get that through to you. If you really want to go ahead, you MUST hire a boat, any boat, now, this time of year for at least a week.
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  48. That is because most people don't stand in the right place, you should be standing inside the hatch, not on the back deck like 90% of boaters do. The first one is correct the second one wrong photos from Alamy on the web
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  49. when passing an oncoming boat be ready to be pushed away as your bows pass each other and then sucked back towards the middle of the canal as your sterns pass each other. don't do what a boat I was following last week did, every time a boat approached them they took their boat out of gear and then wondered why they ended up sideways across the canal (after the 5th time you would have hoped they would have learnt)
    1 point
  50. Pre boat steering practice can be had on dry land. Commandeer a rear wheel steered dumper truck and drive it around awkward obstacles. Or alternatively, drive your car in reverse everywhere for six months. If the tyres are let down by about half the vehicle should emulate a boat wallowing. Hope this helps.
    1 point
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