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    What I’ve seen of cyclists recently on the Towpath it is them that do not respect others.
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    Short update as thanks. I did as Tony Brooks suggested. I'm not sure how much air is meant to come out when you bleed if there is a problem. It wasn't much. But, the temperature when running the engine doesn't go above ~70C now, both in our previous mooring spot and for the past three hours that we've been cruising. Hopefully that was the issue, thank you everyone
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    Dav and Pen showed these locks some time ago, a staircase on the Loire side of the Nivernais Canal. I used the second chamber as a drydock(?) once when we bust the propellor on our previous barge Secunda. This was outside navigation hours, working from a Sportyak dinghy, since the sluices leaked so badly. On the plus side Monsieur Cretier, who ran the tripping boat Aster, and who had been born on a barge, lent me his propellor extractor, a family heirloom without which we would be in there still. To work it you get the shaft nut off (remembering, in our case, it has a left-hand thread), then put the disc over the shaft end with the claws gripping whatever is left of the blades. Then, when all is tight, you whack the central thing with a heavy hammer. This, when working from dinghy, can be a life-threatening experience. My pal Edward Bonel, who helped, is pictured when the job was completed, around 4 am. We had passengers arriving that day, a healthy motivation to keeping the job on track.
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    Most of the boaters on the Great Ouse are extremely strongly against the link. They don't want lots of nasty steel boats on their waters (their newsletter, a few years ago, had some incredibly vitriolic articles on the subject). One of their observations, which I reluctantly had to agree with, was that just one narrowboat with typically 2 people on board, can occupy an entire Great Ouse mooring that could otherwise accommodate at least 6 four-berth GRP cruisers and maybe provide shore access for a couple of family day-boats. Such opposition also seems to make the link's construction unlikely.
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    https://tenor.com/view/homer-simpson-stuffed-food-coma-gif-13891896 One of my favourite dishes is hot baked potato, crispy skin with a tub of cold plain cottage cheese on top with a few olives.
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    Pink fir apple, although a main crop is, at least in my opinion, the best tasting salad potato, small awkward shaped tubers low cropping but worth the effort
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    We bought the boat because we liked it. We were not fully aware that the guy who sold it to us was a rogue trader and you get to the point of either giving up and saying goodbye to the money spent or finishing it. The boat is a matter of pride and we are not looking for financial gain just to know that what we have is to our specification. There are things we could have done better but we all learn and we wanted to bring a bit of history back to the cut. The boat has seen the bottom of the cut at least twice and been seen by others in " a sorry state" but has now earned the right to join the other boats on the cut fot the purpose it was intended. In essence it is nice to see a bit of history being restored for the sake of it not for its resale value but for the love of doing it. We have an ethos if you do something do it well.
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    Heat pumps are just one option I've been looking at, still unsure of the best option but if they are going to impose restrictions on gas use where lies the point in forking out £3,000 or so for a new gas boiler for it to be superseded in 10 years. I'd like to fit something a bit like my current boiler, probably installed back in the 1980's and still in use. I'm not entirely sold on the heat pump being a more complex piece of kit, it is essentially a refrigerator working in reverse, how often does your fridge break down? The installation costs can almost be covered by the financial returns that can be got from the RHI (https://www.gov.uk/domestic-renewable-heat-incentive ) since for an Air Source Heat Pump the return on my property over 7 years is £8,400, £16,800 for a Ground Source Heat pump. Added to that we already have solar panels generating about 1,500Kwh per year. As far as the 'risk' of frozen canals/roads goes, that is something of a red herring. If we could reverse the rate at which the planet is heating up by all fitting heat pumps what is not to like? but given the immensity of the task I don't suppose if everyone in the entire country (or even the entire planet) fitted them it would cool the planet by anything measurable. We are both coming from the same place here, but don't forget that whilst solar may assist, it is a bit like solar on the boat, when you need the electric (winter) is the time that you get the least and when you need the least amount of heating/hot water (summer) that is when there will be the most solar generation, shame it's not the other way around.
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    I can't see the sense in replacing a set of contacts with effectively a 555 and a solid state relay and charging £50 for it. Nothing but digital electronics will do for the fine and instantly reactive control needed for the "new cleaner diesels" (TM). That's the ones you see banging out black smoke because a new injector costs a three figure sum and has to be coded in to the ECU.
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    Sorry, I wasn't suggesting you wouldn't. Just saying that the EA, as indeed CRT, need as much Cash as they can get.
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    It would be even trickier if it was a V bottomed Springer!!
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    Hopefully about 7 and a half feet.
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    Victron panel yours for a drink. All works Ok except that Blue Inverter On led does not illuminate until it's been on for about 15 minutes. Otherwise all ok. Provide your own cable! Currently around BCN.
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    At the Isle of Wight, he sang it in the middle of a really hot sunny Sunday afternoon and got thousands of us up and dancing. He injected energy back into a very tired crowd.
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    I believe that Melbourne is on a repeat of its Level 3 Lock down following an increase in cases. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/09/coronavirus-victoria-melbourne-stage-3-lockdown-restrictions-metropolitan-metro-mitchell-shire-explained-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know
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    It's irrelevant when buying from a private individual as you are, but as a small matter of pedantry qualifying ships are not exempt from VAT - you pay VAT at zero%. It comes to the same thing in the buyer's pocket but is very different in VAT law. Tam
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    That's about 'right' but you will also need to arrange a crane to lift the boat out of the water and then back in after the survey. Being a wide beam I'd allow £1000 if the crane has to come in from off-site. A good surveyor could take 5 or 6 hours, a bad one maybe 1/2 an hour. Why would what they paid affect the offer that you make ? I have only once sold a boat for less than I paid for it. They may have bought it as a 'part-fitted boat' and spent £50,000 having it fitted out How do you propose to do that ? Boats are not legally registered, finance for boats is very rare and how would you know who to ask (there is no register), If you happened to find the right mortgage company I doubt that they could reveal the information under the GDPR (privacy) laws. You can ask for all the paperwork but if it is not forthcoming there is not much you can do except hope they have : Copies of letters from C&RT with their name and address (ask to see their driving licence - does it match ?) Invoices for engine servicing (in their name) Invoices from moorings provider Receipts from fuel purchases, etc etc etc Do they appear to know their way around the boat, do they know where the 'master switches' are, do they know where the emergency fuel shut-off valves are (all that sort of thing) If you want credit checks, proof of ownership, RCD Compliance, VAT certificates, original and subsequent bills of sale then buy a 'Lumpy Water Boat'
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    On this day Safari and Adria left going downstream. The other 2 arrived in the afternoon heading upstream. They were heading for Germany by the Rhône Rhin canal which was closed at Dole by the river section being in flood. Floan was going to Belgium from Sete. They all knew each other and we had a very convivial evening on our back deck.
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    The link in the OP provides this : Sectors retaining entitlement to use red diesel 4.1 The government is removing the entitlement to use red diesel from most sectors from April 2022 so that the fuel they use is taxed at a rate that more fairly reflects the negative environmental impact of the emissions they produce. This will also incentivise businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their vehicles and machinery, invest in cleaner alternatives, or just use less fuel. 4.2 While this is the right thing to do for the environment and for air quality, the government is not proposing to change the entitlement to use red diesel for agriculture (as well as forestry, horticulture and pisciculture), rail and for non-commercial heating (including domestic heating) from April 2022. Agriculture 4.3 The government recognises the continued importance of red diesel to the agricultural sector, so announced at Budget 2020 its intention not to change farmers’ entitlement to use red diesel. 4.4 Given the entitlements to use red diesel in forestry, horticulture and pisciculture (i.e. fish farming) are closely connected to the entitlement to use red diesel in agriculture, the government announced that it intends to treat these three sectors in the same way. Rail 4.5 The removal of the red diesel entitlement for passenger or freight journeys risks creating perverse environmental outcomes, namely transferring rail freight or passengers to more polluting lorries, coaches and cars if costs rise. For example, each tonne of freight transported by rail is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 76 per cent compared with road transport. 4.6 The government is planning to review the entitlement for red diesel to be used in rail vehicles once alternatives become available that would avoid freight or passenger travel moving to more polluting road transport if costs were to rise. 4.7 The precise definition of what constitutes a rail vehicle will be included in the legislation covering the tax changes. However, the government’s intention is that this will include diesel and diesel/electric hybrid locomotives and multiple units, as well as diesel shunters and specialist rail-mounted equipment, such as rail layers and ballast tampers. Non-commercial heating (including domestic heating) 4.8 Currently, heating buildings accounts for around a fifth of the UK’s emissions. To meet the government’s net zero target, emissions from the heating of buildings will need to be significantly reduced by 2050, which involves switching to greener forms of heating. 4.9 However, if applied to non-commercial heating, this would significantly increase the heating bills of households that use diesel, especially those in areas off the gas grid where there is no alternative, and including some which may be vulnerable. 4.10 The government therefore announced its intention not to change the entitlement to use red diesel for domestic heating. It is instead committed to cutting emissions in a way that ensures a just transition across society, with the most vulnerable protected. The government will continue to evaluate the trade-offs between cost, competitiveness, effects on consumers and impacts on the taxpayer when supporting the transition to greener forms of heating. 4.11 For the heating of buildings used for other non-commercial purposes, such as places of worship and townhalls, the government intends to continue to allow the use of red diesel because removing the entitlement for such purposes would have a negative impact on local communities. The precise definition of what counts as non-commercial purposes will be included in the legislation covering the tax changes. 4.12 It is the government’s intention that people whose primary, or often their only, place of residence is their boat (which has a permanent mooring), will remain entitled to use red diesel. 4.13 To support the transition to greener forms of heating and future-proof the UK’s infrastructure, the Plan for Jobs presented by the government yesterday announced it would be providing over £2 billion to support homeowners and landlords in making their homes more energy-efficient. The government also announced it would invest £1 billion over the next year in a Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme that will offer grants to public sector bodies, including schools and hospitals, to fund both energy efficiency and low carbon heat upgrades. 4.14 At Budget 2020, the government announced that it would invest a further £270 million into Green Heat Networks and introduce a new support scheme for biomethane to increase the proportion of green gas in the grid. 4.15 The deployment of renewable and low carbon heat is currently supported by the Renewable Heat Incentive. The government is consulting on a new Clean Heat Grant scheme, to provide grants to help households and small businesses invest in heat pumps and biomass boilers, backed by £100 million of new Exchequer funding. Moreover, a Future Homes Standard, to be introduced by 2025, will require new build homes to be future-proofed with low carbon heating and world leading levels of energy efficiency
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    Home insulation schemes would be a good way to go. The chancellor announced a small scheme this week, I think? What was it, £2 billion?, £5 billion? In Germany I believe it is €40 billion, here if you are lucky, the cost is €1 per house. A client of mine built his own house here about 7 years ago, with a ground source heat pump. No idea of the set up costs, but as it was part of the building costs, sort of irrelevant. Annual bills are bout €125. That will repay itself fairly fast.
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    Going to keep roof light grey ,just sides of boat going black ...
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    You will be roasting in a black boat, The difference in temperature in sunlight between a light coloured boat and a dark one is massive.
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    Good luck and more power to your elbow. I'm stuck overseas and away from my boat so the only buzz I get at the moment is reading others projects.
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    I was enjoying the exchange more than the content of the thread... but then am not much of a diy person... 😐
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    Ok it does seem aggressive. But it wasn't "high speed" and I still can't see the "near swamping" that the OP was talking about. If your boat can't handle a foot high wave then perhaps it shouldn't be on the river.
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    Marriage, I can't seem to get the hang of women. Mind you I've only been married 3 times and lived with another 3 (not all at the same time I add), so perhaps I just haven't enough experience. I understand them. When I say "understand"..... I know the words they use ...... individually. It's when they put them in a sentence I don't really follow what's going on. My first girl friend told me I was a useless lover, I've never worked out how she could tell after less than a minute. I think she just might have been overly fussy as my next girl friend would on occasion lose the place in her book.
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    Idle setting screw dropped out? Sounds like the tickover is just too low.
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    Its not the greatest idea for a first trip.
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    No problem at all. Some great memories. I really can't remember the surname at all but if I remember rightly part of their appeal was that as kids, we thought it great that they introduced themselves on first name terms as opposed to Mr & Mrs........... Great to know John is still about. Wonder if Dawn is too. I remember waking one morning in Lichfield ( boys slept on Lichfield, girls on Daisy Ashford , with the floor wet and calling into a boatyard to have a quick repair done to a hole on the port side, just behind the well deck....lol. I also remember getting drunk and being ill after smuggling a few mixed spirits from my parents drinks cabinet in a jam jar for myself and my mate. Dawn had a quiet word, changed my bed and covered for me with the teachers. I had the ultimate respect for her right there in that instant. I was 15 at the time 😀. Fantastic times,. Jerry
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