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  1. My thought about it not being the show for me any more is confirmed!!
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  3. Foxes what? They are just a complete pair of nonentities. Watched some minutes of their videos and decided it was just the usual self obsessed shyte*. Can't understand why they are so popular 😱 *To be fair 99% of all vlogs, not just theirs, are self obsessed shyte.
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  8. If you use no bleach and no other chemicals they do not smell. Yes you can get a whiff from the vent pipe but a carbon filter sorts that if you care. None of mine have ever smelled bad, even when being pumped out and I do a self pump outs usually.
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  10. Any hydraulic system is inefficient to very inefficient when compared to a mechanical one. It was used in those hire boats to it a transverse engine to give as much cabin space as possible while keeping the engine and passengers as far apart as practical. It also, once correctly set up and glassed in, does away with any need for shaft alignment so arguably gives quieter/more vibration free motoring. Note that nothing here is to do with efficiency. Those boats may well also use one of the less efficient hydraulic pump and motor. The hydraulic mounting plate MIGHT make motor mounting easier, but it is so low in the boat would be asking for ongoing expensive motor problems. It is in the keel. If you decided to overcome that by driving the pump by an electric motor, then you are stuck with the inefficiencies and thus a larger (guess 25% to 30%) battery bank. I suspect you would need to use something like a toothed belt drive from a higher mounted electric motor, and that would impinge upon back cabin space and need the mountings made up and glasses onto the hull.
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  11. My guess would be Ditchy was (clumsily) pointing out that moorings agreements are renewable, i.e. you need to renew them and there are no guarantees renewal will be granted if your face doesn't fit or you are generally making a PITA of yourself in unspecified ways even though you might have been keeping to the terms of the mooring agreement. I could be wrong though. This often happens. A point that no-one has made yet though, is if one's face does fit, one goes out of one's way not to 'make waves' and to generally keep 'under the radar', many people have demonstrated one can live full time for many years on a leisure mooring. Flying below the radar means don't get mail delivered to the boat. Don't run your engine at unsociable hours of day or night, including times when you are technically allowed to but irritate others e.g. on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Don't cover to roof of your boat with crap, especially not WC cassettes. Keep your boat clean, tidy and respectable-looking externally. Don't play intrusively loud music. Avoid the smell of smoking weed drifting across the moorings. I'm sure you get the idea.
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  13. Oh dear… I find myself agreeing with you on this….. what’s sad is that the drivel they spout is taken as gospel by some. I’ve had people on this trip amazed that I don’t hang on their every word.
    2 points
  14. That power can be useful stopping sharply, instead of ramming the boat coming round the bend on the wrong side. Also used for reversing the boat off the sticky bottom the bow has slid silently onto and is now preventing forward progress. As both of these are reverse gear maybe a low power motor for one way and a big one for going astern.
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  16. I bet I'm not alone in having been there only once, a few years ago now. I found it really interesting, but not interesting enough to want to go again! Foxes are inviting expressions of interest in buying their boat as their new build starts soon. They describe it as "one of the most famous narrowboats in the world!"
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  20. In the 60's & 70's almost every cottage on the flight known as the Hanwell thicket to working boatmen was lived in by ex working retired boatmen they where lockie's or working for the company (waterways) at the time almost every one of them connected to my Nanny or Grandads family My GG Grandad is listed as being there at lock 90 on the 1911 census under Southall top lock but his Grandaughter who was born in the same spot 8 months later has Hanwell top lock as place of Birth on her cert . I have lived in 3 of the cottages on the thicket norwood bottom lock was the last & was known as Norwood little lock in the 70's or sometimes the horse cottage as in the days of horse's they where stabled in the field behind this cottage that was before they where no longer needed then they where all walked across the field to southall horse market one day .It was looked on as progress by the women to move up the flight the lady in the cottage now at lock 90 is the last of the working boat connections herself coming from a well known boating family & her son is a member of this forum
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  27. Chances are that a towpath cyclist might well be a boater too. For every mile I travel in my boat, I travel a mile on my bike on the towpath too, going back to get my van. The curious thing is, if I boat five miles then go back for my van, I'll wave at a boat or three on the way. Then I'll drive me van 10 or 12 miles along the cut and park, get the bike out and ride back to mebote and pass those same handful of boats a second time. Some of sharper ones comment asking how the heck did I get where I am when they passed me two hours ago, ten miles back up the cut!
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  29. They don't need to justify it, they can charge whjat they like in a free market economy. Just as you don't have to justify deciding to paint yours instead of paying £44 for a new one. But by way of explanation, I'd suggest the ten quid ones in B&Q are that cheap because of the economy of scale. House bog seats are very 'standard'. They probably make them in batches of about a million in China by workers on £1 a day, while the 200CS seats are probably made 500 at a time in Thetford, by workers on £28k a year with a pension.
    1 point
  30. Your choice buddy but in the Red Lion in Evesham tonight on lovely locally brewed beer at £3.50.
    1 point
  31. I think it's the anti-tamper cap on one of the governor adjustments. You can see the crimp at the engine end where they squeezed it to stop it coming off, but I am more used to seeing them wired on with a lead seal. I think that you could pull it off as long as you are never tempted to adjust the nut and bolt that is under it. I don't think you can tighten it long term, but try squashing the engine end. If it pulls off as I think it will, you could put a drop or two of sealer down the hole (polyurethane glue?) and lightly stick it on.
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  33. Quite. I reckon many of us here will be knocking on for 100 years old by 2050, so if this impacts on our boating in any way, we shall be delighted!
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  34. Why not just replace the hydraulic motor with an electric one and save the losses in a pump, motor and pipes
    1 point
  35. In this paragraph he states that Kew Reach has residential moorings with no time limit, he doesn't mention that for the others. That's all, if the others were residential and didn't have time limits why mention it here? I don't know the answer, it may be fine, but you need to go into it with your eyes open.
    1 point
  36. Sounds fair enough - my boat is one of the most famous narrow boats in the world too, it's just not very near the top of the list!
    1 point
  37. On no account fully tighten the heads down until you have fitted and tightened the manifolds, give the heads a chance to twist as you tighten the manifolds. Tightening the heads first has been known to crack manifolds when the heads were slightly twisted. Treat the injector leak off pipe system gently, I would be inclined to anneal it before refitting, but take are not to melt the braze on the joints.
    1 point
  38. Oh and BTW, cassettes and pump-outs are both equally capable of stinking!
    1 point
  39. Rain on radar. Centred on crack hill. Enjoy.
    1 point
  40. The Foxes Afloat seem to be very popular, can't believe how many people are going up to them to talk to them, they must think they are celebrities.
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  45. Thats why my last couple of battery monitors where NASA. Having had victron and other makes NASA are way better in that a grown up can actualy see the numbers rather than only 12 year olds.
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