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    Including foals we have 20 ponies( 10 Mares, 9 Foals and 1 Stallion) and 1 horse. SWMBO 'drives' (horse & carriage) and we were discussing recently if we could use the driving horse to pull the boat, our Daughter-In-Law ( a real 'townie') was listening in a asked "what would you do with the horse at night, how would you get it out of the canal, don't its feet go soft and wrinkly ?"
  3. 3 points
    Yes - it stops your battery re-charging the Sun
  4. 2 points
    This particular aircraft has a Pratt & Whitney PT 6a turboprop engine and therefore has no carburetter to ice up.
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    I suspect that there are many people, boaters and car owners, who would find purchasing an electric car or boat financially challenging.
  7. 2 points
    one thing strikes me.. from the advert it is registered with CRT as electric to qualify for the 25% license reduction but with CRT's rules doesn't it state that to qualify electric must be the sole means of propulsion? with that in mind how does it stand now it has a diesel outboard attached
  8. 2 points
    No it's one of the forums nicer features that threads sometimes come back to life after many years. Who knows - we may even find "Que Sera Sera" some day! (Only tjose who have been on here a very long while will understand that without a bit of searching).
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    Whilst we can all snigger at people who use their bowthruster to compensate for an apparent inability to steer, the do have their uses. even for people who are perfectly competent. I was grateful for my bowthruster when I had to reverse for two miles last year. Mrs S is also grateful that she never has to handle that long heavy eastern European thing on the roof. I will only accept criticism for using it from someone with a horse.
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    Nobody ever needs to know the price of Doom Bar. When I have been I think they have generally had Wye Valley HPA on. JP
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    We now have pollution sensors and cameras on the M1 through Sheffield/Rotherham, it seems that 50mph means just that! All caused by those clean diesels that you are all going on about!? At least my Lucida can only just do that 50mph so it dont matter
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    Yes, but not if you turn your headlights on.
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    Laws of thermodynamics?
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    In case you don't know, Quaysider runs a hotel boat. It's early days for his business and like most businesses, the early days aren't easy. Just imagine, having a couple of bookings that might be the difference between making a small profit that year, or a loss. You take the bookings in good faith, based on information given to you by the navigation authority. Then, the authority puts everything back, destroying your plans. There's the possibility that the bookings might be lost, or many days extra spent navigating, new plans made, maybe irate customers. How would you like it? I think your sarcasm is well out of order.
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    We would no more consider buying a new car than we would consider trying to fly without an aeroplane. Let some other schmuck pay all that depreciation and any possible manufacturing faults.
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    The 1st question to ask before purchasing a 2nd hand EV is: How much to replace the battery pack (or how much is left on the battery warranty)? It is still early days for used EV's and the subsequent owners arent used to their battery packs reaching their sgelf life. Example: BMW i8 is now 5 yrs old. Battery life: est. 8yrs. Replacement cost out of warranty: £8 to £10k!
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    Ive always been very grateful for my bowthruster. Steered the butty, did the back cabin art work , earned money . Seriously grateful most days. Could not be replaced by an egg whisk in a rotting tube. Sometimes if it was especially difficult we would swap places, but then the boats would get confused and misbehave all over the place, the butty didnt like male steerers and the bowthruster never got the hang of cross straps. canals so much better nowadays. this year the shaft never came out of the hold ..
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    It is people like you that keep people like us in nice used cars. You lose the majority of the money and we get the benefit. Thank you. The current "new" car is three years old with 35k on the clock. It feels, looks and drives very much like a new car. Price when new £23k. Price to us at three years old £7300. That is a loss of £15700 (or probably more given that the dealer has to have made something in the deal) to the old owner, some £5233 a year! It isn't even run in properly yet. Mind you it will be when we have finished with it. I doubt the supply of diesel cars is going to dry up any time soon. If you are doing high mileage then you are still far better off with a diesel. The few company cars we have left are all diesel and they clock up between 50k and 60k miles each a year. We were spoilt for choice with the diesel market when we were looking just after Christmas and some of the deals are outstanding. It is only a minor blip for the diesel engine though as future regulations for car emissions look set to target petrol engines as well. Make the most of the cheap diesel cars while you can.
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    Thank you for your replies, especially the humorous ones ... Pumpout with spare porta potti I think is the way to go ?
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    That's like all the articles in papers saying that if everyone in the country unplugged their phone chargers we'd save enough energy to power [xxx] houses. Which sounds like a big number, until you compare it to the [xx] million houses that we have, and realise it's maybe 0.001% of our home energy consumption. Nobody should be worrying about this, fix the big things first, then the medium sized things, by the time you've done all this you don't have a problem any more and can justifiably ignore the really small things. So yes we need a pollution reduction from all *significant* sources including cars, taxis, trucks, planes, ships and trains, and as you say they all need looking at. What can be ignored -- unless you *really* enjoy pointless arguments -- is things that contribute probably 100x less pollution than the sources I mentioned earlier, which includes narrowboats and standby generators. If you want some numbers, there are about 30 million cars and 30 thousand canal boats in the UK, so a thousand cars for every boat. Fuel used per year in the UK is about 12MT (million tonnes) for petrol cars, 12MT for diesel cars and taxis, 12MT for vans/trucks/coaches, 12MT for planes, 4MT for ships, 1MT for rail -- so it should be obvious where we have to look first out of this ~50MT total. A narrowboat used for fairly intensive cruising (3000 miles per year) uses about 1T of fuel (1000l) per year, but given how many boats are essentially stationary or hardly move at all I'd be very surprised if all the boats in the UK use 5000T of diesel between them -- which is 10000 times less than the big culprits mentioned above. You could also say there's no excuse for having a smoky old engine chucking out clouds of stinky exhaust fumes, since this is a local pollution hazard to the nose if nothing else -- however it's unlikely to contribute anything to global warming or lung disease, unless you connect a mask to the exhaust with a length of hose...
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    I'm glad we have a bow thruster. I hardly ever use it but when I do I'm glad we have it. ETA that I can steer!
  44. 1 point
    A home made macerator can be made out of a large mincing machine. Just sit on it and turn the handle at your side.
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    By definition all the backup diesel generators in the country contribute a tiny fraction of total emissions -- compared to cars, trucks, planes and ships -- because they hardly ever run. The same applies to narrowboat engines because there are hundreds of times fewer than cars, they run (on average) for much shorter hours and at lower power output. Put both together and I doubt you'd get as much as 1/1000 of the emissions from UK cars. So putting restrictions on either of these from an emissions point of view makes literally no sense. The problem with cars/buses/taxis in particular is not just the total amount of crap they put out but *where* they put it out, which is mostly where people live and work and where poor air quality has the biggest effect on health -- hence the fact that air pollution levels in many UK towns greatly exceeds legal limits, and it now thought to be one of the big causes in the rise of various breathing disorders including (but not limited to) asthma. This is one big drive behind trying to move these vehicles away from diesel (and petrol) and onto cleaner propulsion methods like batteries -- and yes I'm well aware of the problems of doing this and the fact that the power has to come from *somewhere*, but even if it comes from fossil fuels it's better to be burned in a power station somewhere out in the country than in the middle of a town. All the arguments about total lifetime energy consumption including building new BEV and the wind turbines to power them ignores this issue -- these are obviously relevant to global warming (which I'm not saying isn't a big problem because it is), but air pollution -- especially NOx and PM, which diesels are especially bad for -- is killing thousands of people per year today in the UK, and it's the thing governments are most worried about because they can be sued for allowing it to continue. Planes (and ships) are also big polluters on a global scale, but most of their emissions are not right in people's faces, they're out at sea or in the upper atmosphere -- so these are a problem for global warming and emissions, but so not much locally which is where the biggest problem is right now. Planes also have a problem that there's little prospect of anything much cleaner replacing the jet engine because of the overwhelming need for high power and low weight, and there's not much improvement on the table for jet engines. Ships and boats have more options but also have the problem that there aren't many other ways to generate the 100,000hp that big container ships need to ship the vast quantities of cheap manufactured junk from China that society demands...
  46. 1 point
    Sssh - don't tell them - they'll all want one! Just remind him that it always rains in Manchester ()
  47. 1 point
    Absolutely not a problem. Nobody was suggesting 100% renewable electricity for 100% of the time -- any sensible energy policy has a 'mix' of sources in case one dries up or becomes too expensive. At present the UK has over 30% renewables and the proportion is growing steadily. ETA: according to Gridwatch it's 26% renewables at this moment, but over 30% if you add in biomass generation. It isn't very windy. That's still a huge amount of emissions 'saved'.
  48. 1 point
    I learned some time ago to stop wondering why when it comes to boats. That way, madness lies Richard
  49. 0 points
    Actualy, in reality he is Pig ugly!!.
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    Carburettor icing [pilot error] more likely. Plane, not plain. ty, Shit happens,
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