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  2. Presumably it's to find out what those with composters do with their product, and what they think they could do in future , so not a lot of point in getting the rest of us to, er, muddy the water. The selection criteria would therefore be correct. (Dead heat with haggis below!)
    5 points
  3. Babbage is an old girl now, has been a boat cat all her life and regularly plops in the cut when trying to turn round on the gunnels. She never gets her head wet, but always comes in and demands a towel rub in front of the stove.....then spends an hour licking herself dry. We dangle a hessian sack or long cloth off the rear fender for her, most of the time she gets out on the bank though. When out cruising, she will go 50 yards either side of the boat, along with through the hedge. The only place she ever wanders off and leaves us is at Sileby Mill on the Soar, where she go
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  4. Cats love walking gunwales. Despite their reputation for agility, they are not very good at turning round in place on a narrow ledge, or walking backwards. Most slips from gunwales seem to be the result of them changing their minds part way along and attempting one of the above difficult tricks. When I've had cats on board, I've had a fisherman's landing net on the roof of the boat, ready to scoop a soggy cat out of the drink. As you've found, although they hate water, they can swim really well. The problem is not being able to climb out. Carpet tiles are cheap and can be used as a boardi
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  6. It all depends on the purpose of the survey. If the aim is to find out how many waterless toilets there are on boats and how people dispose of the solids then it is OK to exclude boaters who don't not have a waterless toilet. If on the other hand, the survey is to find out boaters views on how solids should be dealt with the survey is seriously flawed. She does say she is "counting toilets" so I assume the purpose is the former. Haggis Arthur can type faster than me 🙂 (most people can!)
    3 points
  7. The LNER planned to use the 1500 VDC overhead electrification as used in the Netherlands. Manchester - Sheffield was regarded as a good first step. The plan was to stick with steam for main line services and gradually expand electrification of the network rather than use main line diesel traction which was reliant on imported fuel. The war and subsequent nationalization did not initially bring any great changes and electrification of the Woodhead Route together with the new tunnel went ahead after the war. The change of direction came with the first 'modernisation plan' of 1955 and the subsequ
    3 points
  8. Not as much as me! 🤣 🤣 🤣
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  11. Ignore the others, I'll tell you the truth and no mistake: - YES, yes you must. In case you haven't picked up the essentials from watching others, here are the basics ...... a) Don't bother with an external microphone, everyone loves straining their ears attempting to decipher your muffled, soft murmurings. B ) If you aren't just filming on your phone and have bought a rip-off Go-Pro'ish from Wish.com, don't waste money on a wind muff as everyone prefers to hear the reality of you boating in a gale. M) Use terminology like "Driving the barge" and "Parking" at ev
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  12. Good evening all and i hope you are well. I haven't been on for a while. The fight i was having with the Bridgewater Canal Company and Peel Holdings, came to a stalemate. They knew that they were breaking the law. They knew their thieving staff were in the wrong and they knew there was no action they could take against me or any other boater. So they moved the bully off the water to a marina. They reprimanded the bin man and Parkinson. And they took all the nonsense about no return within 28 days off the website. So even though I had no written apology from them. I had at least made them adher
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  16. Ah, yes... https://tenor.com/RaHQ.gif
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  19. Another one for @TheBiscuits to cast his eye over and no it's not burned
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  23. Does that leave you unhinged?
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  24. As far as I know no one is forced to read Blogs or view Vlogs, or indeed make them. I guess a degree of self-control is in required if one wishes to avoid them.
    2 points
  25. Its optional but if you choose to do it then you must do it straight away before you have gained any knowledge or experience. Also remember that the blog is not really about boating, its about You and your desire to be a minor celebrity 😀. ............Dave
    2 points
  26. Those that can, do. Those that cannot, teach. Those that cannot teach do Vlogs.
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  28. So chaps, why does the engine motor over when only the terminals of the r/h solenoid are shorted? Seems as though something else is providing a negative for the starter? My Canalstar used the armour on the fuel lines when someone’s size 11 broke the main negative lead! Perhaps the negative solenoid has been bypassed unintentionally by some earlier work. Need to look for a large cable from battery negative to the body of the engine, and it might be close to the alternator. It’s not uncommon for the negative from an insulated return alternator to be found connected to the mounting of a non insul
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  32. I found the same. It appears that the author only wants feedback from composting loos owners, presumably so she can claim 100% of people questioned want them to continue. Worst case of selection bias I have ever seen in a questionnaire.
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  34. That is because I copied it from the TV schedule page. He has done several railway programs since his stroke but he doesn't look 100%
    1 point
  35. The other might be to do with making the engine insulated return once running and earth return when starting. It would not surprise me if it's not controlling the start battery negative to engine block. I have seen that configuration on some Lister engine photos.
    1 point
  36. Babbage is NOT sweet, she is an anti dog terrorist, attacking any dog that is being walked past the boat when we are moored on towpaths. Trying to keep her sway from them usually results in skin punctures and lots of red stuff. Some regular dog walkers have been known to pick their darling dogs up and carry them past as the poor pooches darent walk after their previous experience. All 4 dogs based in the marina are subservient and scared of her. Hessian sack draped over the rear fender is our best answer to her getting out. It is also VERY funny when she rolls around stretchin
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  38. Substitute SUV with an Audi then!
    1 point
  39. That's because there is more than one numpty who thinks that shouting at people to 'Slow Down' because their boat is rocking is a proper way to behave. It's not! I can see the problem, you live in a house!
    1 point
  40. From my experience many years ago - Mudweight at the bow Proper sea / rag and stick (large fender) against the short pontoon at the stern. Where we first moored, the marina placed scaffolding poles about midships of each bat and we use to tie the centre line to that, again with a suitable large fender against the pole.
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  42. Washing up liquid, long term I'd be wary of cutting through the the ropes and would bind with plastic piping. I prefer a little bit of slack in my springs. Depends on wind, but you need more than one attachment point to the pontoon.
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  44. Good to see that both Oxford and Cambridge have made it through to the final again 🙂
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  46. I think somebody (not me I hasten to add) possibly took exception at you calling somebody a 'gobby t**t'. As that post seems to have gone, however it's still there in another post as it was quoted by the person you were name calling.
    1 point
  47. There's a lot of assumption made on here that people are just installing dry toilets to somehow 'get out of paying' for disposing of their waste. That may be true in some cases but a lot of boaters are utterly sick of the state of toilet disposal on many parts of the network. My last trip pre-lockdown was from Peterborough to Tring to Liverpool over 4-5 weeks, covering several hundred miles. Our boat has a small Pump-Out tank which lasts 2 weeks at best (often less) with 2 people living aboard. I could count on one hand the number of CRT Pump-Out stations we passed, and even fewer
    1 point
  48. I wouldn't . Half my boat has woodgrain vinyl 'planks' and half 18mm solid oak flooring. The oak has stood up to thew wear and tear of grit etc well. The vinyl badly. The imitation wood graining has worn through exposing the white vinyl underneth. Also over time the adhesive fails and edges lift. Dirt/ grip then gets stuck to the adhesive residue and re-sticking the tiles properly impossible. I would love to replace the vinyl with wood but there isn't enough clearance under work surfaces for fridge, freezer, washing machine etc .T & g solid wood is the way to go , expensive , time consumin
    1 point
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