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  1. All of this is true, as I distinctly remember Remainers arguing when pointing out we'd end up following European regulations anyway, but would be sacrificing any influence in making them...
    5 points
  2. Now we've left the evil clutches of the Brussels Bureaucrats and their evil, over-prescriptive regulation of how we can build boats, there are now new, red-white-and-blue regulations more suitable for the use of free-born Englishmen with a copy of Magna Carta tucked under their arms, which apply after Freedom Day at the start of this year. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/950712/Guide-to-recreational-craft-regulations-2017-tp.pdf But, wait, they seem to be exactly the same as before! Boris, what have you done? Where have you gone? MP.
    3 points
  3. Wrong colour, surely?
    3 points
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  5. If you recall, boaters used to be able to use red diesel for everything, the self-declaration, pay more for propulsion, less for heating, arrangement was brought in at the behest of the EU, or at least to attempt to conform with EU law. I was expecting our newly-freed government to take us back to the status-quo ante on this. Also to remove the prohibition on vintage engines in new boats, and the general one-size-fits all construction rules which don't sit well on English vernacular narrowboats. In fact I expected those changes to be just a small subset of all the "quick wins" we were assured would happen once we were freed from evil Brussels rule. I'm starting to worry that the government is not actually on our side with this. Maybe they've headed off EU tax avoidance rules, and got the ability to revoke EU employment rights, and used crude nationalism to destroy the Labour Party, and they're not so interested in helping us little people anymore? Maybe that Bullingdon club photo shows reality, and not students doing cosplay? Ah well, at least they've stopped immigration. Well, apart from 3 million Hong-King Chinese, and however many visas for Indians they're exchanging for the new trade agreement to replace the EIU-India agreement. MP. MP.
    3 points
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  7. How can you say that? I'm looking for the upside here. I was looking forward to no paperwork, no ban on vintage engines, maybe go back to unrestricted red diesel. Just can't actually seem to find any upside. Help me? MP.
    3 points
  8. It is definitely a narrow beam whale, so my guess is that it is trying to get to the Oxford Canal.
    3 points
  9. That could be significant. If the float switch was working earlier on while you were away and the pump was regularly removing water, then this could have discharged the battery. Once the battery was flat, then the pump might have struggled, leading to the amount of water you had to remove when you got the engine running. Moving the bilge pump on to the house batteries would be better as the current shore line charger will top them up in between pumping sessions. Jen
    2 points
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  12. Rainy day in 2016 The dog decided to let the humans get wet.
    2 points
  13. And are any of them potato?
    2 points
  14. For the record, the book is still available at around a fiver (despite an online book search giving prices from the USA of between £441 and £1185!) from a variety of sources - notably the Canalbookshop.uk at Audlem Mill (who, although currently out of stock, are expecting a delivery 'at the end of the month') and the boatshopbraunston.co.uk at Braunston Bottom Lock, who just told me they received copy(ies) 'a couple of weeks ago'. HTH, Chris D
    2 points
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  17. Just Photoshop your boat into this photo. If it's good enough for the photography competition it should do for the silver propeller!
    2 points
  18. I thought Hammersmith bridge was closed?
    2 points
  19. That is good news - it always saddens me when I learn that manufacturers of good honest and useful products cease trading. For what it's worth, the fresh water tank on 'Alnwick' is lined with nothing but rust and after 16 years we are still alive . . . That's me standing upright in the tank (during cleaning) and I am 6 foot tall! I have wondered about getting it grit blasted and epoxy coated - it is a big tank!
    2 points
  20. Nah, whales - they like a community. It'd be headed for the K & A and Bath!
    2 points
  21. It is also one way of saying - why go through the EU, when it isn't necessary. Or understand it.
    2 points
  22. I know that is what the blurb claims but the question is does it actually work and how does it work. A number of years ago this type of battery conditioning (pulses) was discussed on this forum. I looked for independent research and found two papers. One German and one Australian. One said it worked and one said it did not. Gibbo who was working intensively on batteries said he had tested some units with mixed results. The results of using such devices had result t hat seemed to be random were between apparently working as stated, apparently doing nothing and destroying the battery. I doubt use for such a short time would do much damage but keeping the batteries fully charged as often as possible is likely to give a better battery life. If it works for you then that is good whether its a real result or psychological one but i would not recommend a charger based on that claim.
    2 points
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  25. You mean we aren't £350 million a week better off?
    1 point
  26. W = A x V Assuming 100% efficient charger will be using W = 7 x 13 W = 90 1000 / 90 W = 11 hours for 14p I reckon just over 1p per hour when running flat out at 7 amps, as the batteries become charged / fully charged and it drops to 2 or 3 amps, less than 0.5p per hour. Say roughly £1 per week You will need to keep an eye on the water levels in the batteries and check they are not getting hot.
    1 point
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  28. City aiprort flight?
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  30. The important question is - Are the feet on a Hobbit stove hairy?
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  32. Somebody, somewhere, has gained from the Brexit fraud...... Someone spent millions and much effort conning people, who knew no better, to vote for it. There are some here who were taken in by it, evidenced by the fact that they can provide no benefits or opportunities of it. Instead, they try to defend the debacle, or tell us we will have to wait, for some imaginary stuff in the future. Some just tell us that they won and we need to get over it, and that is all they have. There may be some here who know exactly what someone has gained from the Brexit Fraud, but they definitely don't want to tell us what it is. Given that the EU would have happily extended the transition period under the circumstances, the fact that Boris had to "Get Brexit Done", and made it a top priority, gives the lie to your suggestion. It seems that it was critical to him to do a deal, no matter how bad, that ended transition on 1/1/21.
    1 point
  33. Thanks for the reply SG.As one used to the reassuring sight of dry land a couple of yards either side I found your post interesting but I don't have enough brave pills in stock to attempt to cross The Wash.
    1 point
  34. Are you sure he said burn the thermostat out because its to hot?
    1 point
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  36. The chancellor found enough time and attention to attempt to push through a change in the opposite direction. I don't think he's on our side. Do you? MP.
    1 point
  37. We beached at the same spot in 2018. I caught two mackerel on the crossing, which we ate at Wisbech. Daryl didn't catch anything, much to his annoyance!
    1 point
  38. Yes, that's right, for people who don't want to pay to go through the lock when the weir is in place. Here's a photo taken at low tide, from upstream, you can just see the end of the rollers on the left and the slope on the right. This was taken during the annual "drawdown" when the weir is left in the "up" position for a month each autumn for maintenance. The river dries out between Richmond and Teddington. https://scholargypsy.org.uk/2017/11/18/what-happens-if-you-leave-the-paddles-open/
    1 point
  39. How anybody can still think we have gained anything from the brexit fraud is a mystery.
    1 point
  40. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that Armourguard ST and Armourguard PW is now manufactured by Xymertec. You can see full information at www.xymertec.com Armourguard PW.pdf
    1 point
  41. Discussing them again (previously when they were issued 3 months ago) does not make the result any different. Definition of madness, "doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result"
    1 point
  42. If the mooring is going to carry so much weight in the decision, throw as much money at it as you can live with. You may have a chance of beating the price down, if the seller is desperate to be rid of it, and/or if the seller finds other interested buyers being put off by the extent of the overhaul needed.
    1 point
  43. As long as you can make the money work, do the work, it's very rewarding at the end of it, you'll have something unique to you, you'll know the boat literally inside out and should be worth more than you paid...
    1 point
  44. If it's a case of you want the mooring, therefore, you have to buy this particular boat, it seems your bargaining power is limited.
    1 point
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  47. people who come here legally (student/visitor visa) but have overstayed often go to countries like italy where they can get permanent residence easily...
    1 point
  48. I'd just carry on and see how long it lasts. I'm sure I've heard that some people think it's fine.
    1 point
  49. And now tied up alongside Belfast just inside the basin.
    1 point
  50. Do you still have your rare unsigned first edition of Chris's book?
    1 point
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