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  2. The clue is in the name, morons. https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/bridge-quay-residents-blast-council-for-moving-barge-outside-their-homes/?fbclid=IwAR0lW6fz1AnsI86HYlbLZtGL7UKZevx1LW6AMLl6qmHd0fXJWzANz8WQyrw
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  3. I have a 1600 watt inverter and have, this summer for the first time since fitting the panels, run the immersion from the solar panels (same output as you have). On a good day the panels gave me 40 amps and the inverter was taking 110 amps to run the boat and immersion. I have 6 x 110Ah batteries on the domestic set up and so I believe that the required 70 amps from 6 batteries acceptable in the short term. I ran the immersion for 30 minutes at a time with at least 1 hour recharge time after that. If all was well I would repeat. For a 50 ltr calorifier I found that 90 minutes
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  4. Forgive me butting in here - I'm new to the forum - but I'd be interested in your views. I have about £50k to spend on a used narrowboat. Not an inconsiderable amount of money I think most would agree. However, some of the brokerages I've been in touch with or seen on the internet seem to have an attitude towards customer service on a par with a poke in eye the sharp stick. Also, many of the boats I've seen don't even appear to be readied for sale with even just a quick tidy up and removal of 4 inches of water out of the engine bilge! Same with marinas I've contacted w
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  6. At the 'request' of Associated British Ports (ABP) Farndale H now has a combined plotter and AIS fitted so we can now keep track of her on the tidal river section of her voyage: https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-1.4/centery:53.6/zoom:11. Her last position shows up on 23rd November just shy of Trent Falls on her way loaded to Leeds. As there are no AIS receivers along the canal section she will only show up in the river. She is due another run this week so should be away from Goole between 07.00 & 08.00 tomorrow with the tide, which means she can make Hull in under three ho
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  12. I occasionally suffer from phantosmia. I have a very poor sense of smell but sometimes I can smell burnt toast or roasted coffee beans when there's nothing there. .............................. the good side is that neither of my dogs smell at all
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  13. Lisa, When people post a question like yours, it is quite usual for some people to inflate minor issues into major issues, because they "might be", (and they "might" be right). If it "needs" overplating now, it actually "needed" overplating when it was built, and it's amazing that it is still floating a quarter of a century later. This looks like a boat that was built with a 6mm bottom and 5mm sides, and there is up to a millimetre less metal in some areas than when it was built. Having said that, he also says that the initial thicknesses were nominal, so it may actuall
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  16. Pick your professional with care. At this stage, I expect most professional boat electricians know less than the most knowledgable boaters who have fitted them. A bit like asking an 18th century universtiy trained medical doctor for advice on an illness. The best you could hope for is that they wouldn't make you any worse!
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  22. We attempted Salters Lode and failed badly at 3.5m. I contacted the ML to enquire as to the width and they said that they didn't actually know, but to try it and see (good old UK Navigation Authority!). We would have fitted into the chamber OK but they have nailed a load of huge lorry tyres to the downstream fender - probably to stop narrowboats crashing into it. These tyres made the angle too tight for us - so we were jammed into the mouth of the lock on a falling tide - excellent stuff. Managed to reverse out after a bit of stress, and then went around The Wash - which IMO is a lot less stre
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  25. Nothing in that survey says it would be uninsurable fully comp, however, if the survey is several years old, things may have got worse since then. It also doesnt read as needing complete overplating. One of the worst areas for corrosion could be under the rubbing strakes, never dries out completely so the rust just eats away.
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  27. Certainly size-wise small(ish) fits in a boat better and is less likely to be 'under your feet' all the time. Pugs - I have found that being brachycephalic means that they (never say never) cannot swim. We found this when Dudley stepped off the side following SWMBO and, him having short legs didn't quite reach the towpath. His back end sunk, he went 'vertical' and slowly slipped down into the canal - no struggling or wriggling just a "Titanic" type moment. (Got him back by reaching down under the water and grabbing his collar). Next purchase was a lifejacket. French Bul
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  29. Lol I thought the same. To be fair the system worked and James has the sense to realise if it ain't broke don't mend it even down to the presentation.
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  30. Yes, I was answering @jenevers post, and I bet it will have long five ring pistons that may have iron cast in. That is why I said a long stroke engine is likely to be less susceptible than a modern over square one. Actually I would be more concerned about the big end bolts.
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  31. Northamptonshire. Sparrows were also spadgers.
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  32. Worked in the North East (North Shields) for several months and our boss hired some locals off the fishing. Really broad Geordie accents. Splinters were 'spickles', Sparrows were 'spuggies', ciggies were 'tabs'. Some of the guys were met by their wives after work. I'd seen prettier pit ponies. Tough didn't describe them. And woe betide you on a Saturday night round the pubs! Great people though.
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  37. Great! Thanks for the update. I'll make one up.
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  38. guess not to their owners coz they are used to it...
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  39. Just a quick heads up.about ABNB, look at the 70 footer back up for sale for £50k this week. Absolutely desperate paint job, Diesel heater system (not fitted), Travelpower...not working... It's not ABNBs fault, entirely the fault of the previous owner(s). However, I was surprised to see a boat like that on the ABNB books.
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  40. There's a tad more sunshine in Bangkok than Milton Keynes lol.
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  41. My surveyor actually drilled out unobtrusive holes in the lining to check the inside of the hull, leaving me the plugs to replace. The 'self fitout' often rings alarm bells with insurers. £33K seems expensive when you consider many Dave Clark boats only had 6mm bottoms. Also the BMC 1.5 not the best of engines these days and I would have thought this was not fitted by the builder, so would query it's ancestry.
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  43. Pennies!!😲..Sod the expense eh!!..How the other half live! 😐
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  44. I do love dogs,and although I don't have one of my own,i get a few visitors at my mooring. A border collie,a small poodle type,and two jack russels.All are vey friendly,and I usually give them a biscuit. I think other people's dogs are best.
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  46. Plumbed the Thetford loo into the hot pipe (by mistake). The resultant hot flush was rather comforting on a chilly morning.
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  47. From an informative article "Drowning doesn't look like drowning" I read: The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750
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