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  1. An engine has to be pretty poor to be really smoky all the time. Chances are that the owner will only worry when it simply won't run any more and if that's the case he won't worry about anybody else either. Best thing is to stop for a cup of tea and let him go off and annoy everybody else. Second best thing is to have an argument. Personally I favour the latter as its more fun but its not very sensible.
    6 points
  2. Follow the link for the recording...? http://www.waterwaysongs.info/Songs/G/grumpy_old_boater.htm Grumpy Old Boater by Ian H Bruce (2016) Water temperature's rising, the oil pressure's low He's coughing out black smoke wherever he goes He should service the engine but we daren’t tell him so For he is a grumpy old boater Baggy jeans, oily tee-shirt, and scuffed leather boots An abrasive old misfit, too fond of disputes For politeness and manners he don’t give two hoots For he is a grumpy old boater Irksome and set in misogynous ways He lives in the past, dreams of long bygone days An outspoken critic of all he surveys For he is a grumpy old boater When boaters greet him he just cuts them dead Averting his eyes he stares straight ahead "How do?" and "Good Morning" and are words left unsaid For he is a grumpy old boater He'll shout and he'll swear at boats passing by 'Cos he thinks they're too fast and he’ll never see why He can’t be a candidate for ‘Mr Nice Guy’ For he is a grumpy old boater Alone on his boat through the long winter storms He's a churlish hothead when the temperature warms It's 'Bah Humbug' to summer and those leisure boat swarms For he is a grumpy old boater That queue at the locks just couldn't be worse While stopped does he chat? No, quite the reverse He'll gripe and he'll groan, he’ll chunter and curse For he is a grumpy old boater So take note grumpy boater, you know who you are On tow-path, afloat, or propping up bar A cantankerous dipstick who just goes too far So push off you grumpy old boater
    5 points
  3. I recently visited the old Britford lock on the river Avon near Salisbury. Below are some photos. Considering it has been abandoned for nearly 300 years, the basic structure is in good condition. However 300 years of silt build up has taken it's toll on the navigation. the water is only about 18 inches deep and judging by the lack of air draft under the road bridge (which seems original except for plenty of replacement brickwork) the water level must have been quite a bit lower back in the day. View from the road bridge. A weir is now in place where the top gates would have been, and the bottom gates would probably have been and the end of the modern wall on the right. View from the weir (old top gate). Close up of the weir. Close up view of brickwork on the bridge which shows evidence of remedial work. Lack of air draft is extremely evident! View of downstream side of bridge. Just visible in the foreground is what looks like original stonework. I put together a short video here.
    3 points
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  6. Di and I have a hovel at La Truchère where the little river Seille joins the Saône, and there is a current post on the DBA site about flooding there - where we are is used as a floodplain to avoid floods downstream in Lyon. Here are a couple of views from previous years about the same time, with the éclusier opening the lock gates to allow a péniche up off the main river, and of the Seille frontage. Luckily we are just behind this and even the high levels of 2002 didn't quite come into the house. Re John's mention of Berrichons, the locks on the Seille are too short for a standard 38m x 5.05m péniche as after the bottom one off the Saône the rest are only 30m long. Tam
    3 points
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  8. 43 years on the briny and never a problem like this.
    3 points
  9. You seem to find all of the incapable tradesmen. First at your flat, now on your boat .........................
    3 points
  10. In 2019 After selling the barge in March today we were on the Royal Clipper off Sorrento . The cruise was from the port of Rome to Sicily and back.
    3 points
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  12. If you read this thread fresh from start to finish (I've been at work) it is surreal. Question, answers asking for more info, replies ignoring / not answering those replies and asking new questions etc.etc. I'll ditch this one.
    2 points
  13. A pack of disgruntled electricians chasing her?
    2 points
  14. I would have blocked her ages ago but her posts are often sooo entertaining ?
    2 points
  15. For many years I helped show hirers out, teaching them as much as possible in a short time. On one occasion I even gave them a demonstration of how to fall in by missing your footing when stepping from the boat to the bank .
    2 points
  16. Anything you do on holiday can involve the risk of waking up dead, including driving to the hire boat base. Seaside holiday - drown in the sea. Hiking? Trampled by cows. Mountaineering? Cycling? Mostly, you survive to grow older and wiser. A few don't. "If not duffers, won't drown" is still valid, and the world won't miss a few duffers who can't be bothered to use the stuff between their ears. But mostly, even idiots survive, as can be seen from the sheer overwhelming quantity of them still in existence.
    2 points
  17. I think being blocked by the OP would be a good thing, as she only seams to frustrate and confuse and offers little in the way of expertise.
    2 points
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  21. I can understand why you are now on your 9th electrician. Short link : .... https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7657061
    2 points
  22. Hartshill is an area of Brierley Hill, near Dudley.
    2 points
  23. If I were you Id get myself as close to Reading as I could and take up TB's kind offer!
    2 points
  24. A Willow Wren boat out of Rugby arrived at Hillmorton bottom lock and proceeded to open top and bottom paddles. Lady arrives to ask if they needed any advice and was told to F Off. Said lady then asked if they recognised her - she was the owner of the yard and reminded them of the full briefing she had given them less than an hour or so ago which included instructions on how to use the locks. You can take a horse to water............
    2 points
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  26. Yes, if you can do the Llangollen aqueduct you will be mightily impressed, just make sure the boys are not on the roof. Enjoy the week, you will be back to do the rest.
    2 points
  27. My choice would be to Llangollen and back. Easy narrow locks, some lift bridges, some tunnels and best of all a couple of aqueduct. I would forget about the bike as I don't think most of the towpath is suitable or safe for the kids. As IanD said, have a look at the canalplan site to give yourself an idea of timings.
    2 points
  28. Good point, if its too hard a slog it wont be enjoyable. If the hire base allows bikes, you could use one of the days to cycle to Chester Zoo.
    2 points
  29. In my experience, no more than about 1 boat in 10 actually travels too fast past moored boats. If when moored you disagree with this figure, it almost certainly means that you have not moored properly.
    2 points
  30. Did you notice Lady G when you were there
    1 point
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  32. I don't think anyone is suggesting a radical rewiring. They are asking questions which if you gave them the answers they might be able to work out for you why things are going from bad to worse. If they don't have the information, how can they help ? So far they are working in the dark with very little help from you. Please try giving them the info they ask for ( I don't think the questions were very difficult to answer) and you might get some answers. Haggis
    1 point
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  34. how very dare you ask Her Highness personal questions like that?
    1 point
  35. No excuse for abuse. Some people just seem to resent being overtaken, which is as daft in a boat as it would be in a car. And I'd probably gone past him too though it might have been a bit tactless commenting on his engine!
    1 point
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  37. I installed a new 12v compressor fridge (Waeco) and it ran continuoulsy, irrespective of the postioning of the thermostat - long story short, the cabling was undersize and it never seemed to get down to temperature so just kept running (for hours and hours on end). The only time it worked properly was when the engine was running - the freezer box would freeze fine, but by morning (no engine overnight) there was a big puddle and soggy cardbard in the bottom of the fridge. I replaced the cabling with 8.5mm2 (it was only a 10 foot x 2 run) and the problem immediately went away. Fridge worked perfectly. Even a compressor fridge can demand 100s of AH per day if there is a fault,
    1 point
  38. What, an egg mayo butty, agreed it's an answer to being a bit peckish but I'm not sure to much else
    1 point
  39. 1. The radio - does it light up when turned on? If its not a cheap one have you gone through the auto-tune/setup procedure? Is the aerial you have got compatible with the wave band you are trying to receive? (Assuming you have an aerial, if not then that's the problem). Aerials for AM (long & medium wave) are not likely to perform of well for FM and no realistic chance for DAB. You can get aerials that are supposed to do all bands but they are amplified and need a 12V feed to them. In my experience they are not reliable in the long term. If its an FM set and an FM aerial there is a good chance the aerial down lead has water in it or something. I was amazed at how well the Halfords magnetic DAB aerial worked for DAB. no good for FM or AM though. 2. The batteries. I talked about volt drop on long cable runs a fair few times in respect to your boat so what is the charging voltage at the batteries and the voltage from the charge source? If your solar controller is set to charge at 14.4V and the volt drop along the out and back charging cables is 2 volts you will never full charge the batteries. That is what Alan is alluding to. Its worse than that because solar controllers seem to drop to float on a timed basis so although you had sun for 8 hours the controller may well have dropped to float after 3 or 4 so the lower voltage plus any volt drop may would mean the fridge is taking more out than can be put back in. 3. Not much experience on the mobile phone internet signals but the strength is very location dependant and who your chosen carrier is. You boat forms an effective Faraday cage so unless the E5785 is in a window or close to one AND the local mast is in line with the window you will get poor reception. As for the different computers that has much to do with their chipset and any internal aerial. I very much doubt you are getting signals from other boats because they would probably have password protected connection set. 4. Running LA batteries down regularly!!!!!!! You don't have much luck do you. I think you are moving south so if you get within say 30 miles of Reading I will happily take a look and advise but until you get all your batteries close to the charge source I don't think you will solve the issue. Edited to add. I get me aerial into the boat by drilling through the front bulkhead just below deckhead and using a magmount close to the back of the cratch cover. Sealed with Dumdum left over from garage days.
    1 point
  40. With the internet and YouTube there isn't really any excuse for people to not know at least the theory when they pickup the boat. The instruction we got when hiring was poor though and we only learnt the ropes as we travelled with an experienced single boater who gave us all instructions (mainly so he could get up Hatton quicker!) The best thing is to help and advise when you come across those struggling, that way they are safer and have a better holiday.... they may also be new recruits to the canals!
    1 point
  41. Mike Carter http://www.marinesurveysltd.com/
    1 point
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  45. I use an old silicon sealant tube with top cut off. Arrange string down centre through a hole in centre of the plunger cap, pour in old wax (melted) from whatever source. When it's set just put into your sealant gun and push out a candle! Works really well, and you can repeat as required. They look like this...
    1 point
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