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  2. When we had a share in a shareboat, we stayed at Gayton for a couple of years. They were one of the better bases we stayed at from an engineering point of view and unusually for a shareboat, allocated us a dedicated berth on a pontoon. The marina is a bit windy and the reverse to the pontoon certainly sharpened my reversing skills ABC also gave each shareholder a discount card for use in any ABC marina. In my experience of shareboating (1992-2013), it is better to use a marina with a hire fleet, because they understand the need to turnaround (including quick repairs) quickly. Twice in my time we stayed at marinas without hire fleets and both times there were several occasions where the boat was not ready on time due to the lack of urgency getting the boat turned around.
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  3. Leeds & Liverpool short boat Arthur sits on the sand at Wells-next-the-Sea. Having left Boston on a good forecast all that changed and we were lucky to be off Wells a (necessarily) at High Water and surfed our way in. We moved some dodgy stuff in my days of seagoing yacht delivery but never did we encounter anything so basically unseaworthy as this. With bluff bows and a propellor too near the surface ongoing progress could be nil. Also, she rolled, skidded sideways and the rudder steered the helmsman rather than the other way round. I would honestly have preferred a narrow boat. We made it onwards the next day, all the way to Brentford in flat calm. We were lucky
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  4. I can virtually guarantee those boats won't have a weed hatch. But of course you can get stuff off the prop if needed using another method. On one of those boats I suspect it may involve getting in and getting very wet. I don't think the prop will be accessible to something like a boat hook or similar implement.
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  8. Today 2014. First lock of the day at 9.06 am and it’s open with a lock keeper there, brilliant .( the canal doesn’t open until 9 am)
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  9. It isn't a foregone conclusion that you will lose more money or even any money when you eventually sell your new build boat, that is if you are prepared to do the fit-out yourself. 10 years ago I commissioned a yard to fabricate a steel barge to a sail away stage including engine, stern gear, spray foam insulation, flooring, double glazed windows and Iroko double glazed wheelhouse, then completed the domestic fit-out myself with oak cabinets, granite worktops etc. I paid 80k for the sail away, spent 30k on the fit out, enjoyed a wonderful custom made barge for 7 years and then sold it on for £160k. Of course, I didn't actually make £50k because I probably spent that if you include my personal labour, but that was fun; mostly!
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  10. We were based at Gayton with Honeystreet a few years ago. From memory, we had no issues with base or maintenance/turn rounds.
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  11. I have measured it, if I come across the information I will post it here. I wouldn't want to get it wrong, if I remember correctly if you do nothing after a pre set time the gate closes by its self, so if you are not sorted by then you could be in trouble. I measured it because a friend with a 66 foot boat wanted to know and he wouldn't fit
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  12. Surprisingly I saw a nearly new hire boat last week that doesn't comply with the RCD as it has two tiddly little coloured light for port and starboard on the side of the cabin, why they fitted light to a hire boat at all I don't know, but to fit none compliant ones.
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  13. An air draft of 6' 11'' will be a problem on the Wey
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  14. A wet suit is cheaper than having a hatch fitted 🤣
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  15. As I mentioned, an 800w PSW Sterling inverter works reliably and has done so for me for the last 4 years. I converted a highly insulated LEC tabletop freezer which fits with room to spare into the hole once occupied by a 3 way fridge and it's enhanced insulation makes it incredibly efficient. I just used a cheap eBay 12v thermostat via a relay to turn on the freezer's dedicated inverter at 6 degrees and off again at 3 degrees. Obviously you can set the temperature and hysteresis to whatever you want.
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  18. Don't you need to go up to something like a 1kw inverter to cope with the starting current of a compressor fridge? eta: When I had a gas fridge, apart from the poorer performance and lack of freezing capacity, I found it quite gas hungry. After swapping for a 12 volt, gas consumption from cooking and a gas water heater went to 4-5 weeks per 13kg from 2 weeks with the fridge.
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  19. Apologies in advance as I have limited experience, but these are a couple of the issues I recall being discussed: The guy below on youtube did a comparison test of 12v and 240v fridges, and with an inverter that is not too 'greedy' (i.e. doesnt draw too much current itself), the energy use is not vastly different. He determined that the presence or absence of a freezer compartment was a bigger factor in energy usage than the issue of 12c vs 240v. I also recall some folks mentioning that the standard of insulation on some 12v fridges was not great, and that 240v fridges with multiple energy star ratings are more energy efficient than a 12v fridge that is not well-insulated- perhaps the regulations for 12v fridges are less stringent in some way. Perhaps a safe choice (if you do not have detailed knowledge about a particular 12v fridge and its insulation) would be a high-rated 240v fridge that has been converted to 12v, e.g. one of the LEC models. Regarding the significant energy drain of a fridge, in my case the solar panels usually collect more than enough power to run the fridge and everything else for 8 months of the year. I've been moored at the same spot for I think the last 5 or 6 days, and not once had to run the engine for electricity. In the colder months, with little solar, you either switch the the fridge off and stick your food/beer in a bag in the (cold) cratch, or else you bite the bullet and just run the engine more, in order to replace the consumed electricity. I think its very worthwhile checking out the charging system of any boat you're interested in. In my case its not that great, and I'm looking to upgrade my charging setup before the end of Sept (although its not a quick matter to get a knowledgeable pro to do the job), so that I'll be able to replace the consumed electricity of the fridge (maybe 40-50Ah per day) in less than 30 mins of engine running, instead of 60-80 mins as it takes currently. PS- on the subject of powering a 240v fridge: I upgraded from a 1800w Sterling modified sine wave inverter to a cheap and cheerful 2000watt pure sine model from Amazon (because a couple of latptop power supplies and batteries were damaged by the modified sine wave), and one of the unexpected side effects was that the fan hardly ever needs to run on the new one. The 1800 watt model used to have a noisy fan and it came on frequently, and at all hours of the day and night,, because of the fridge- but just a 200 watt power upgrade and the new one seems to be able to cope with the fridge, hardly ever needing to run its cooling fan.
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  20. If I was just to say you cannot do this or that, you'd be the first to demand evidence from source - pretty much as you demand that I provide a list of brokers who will not sell boats without an RCD / RCR. You cannot have it both ways, either you want to see evidence and have to live with links or pastes, or you trust what I say is correct, Because you are on a canal does not place you (or anyone else) above the laws of the land. You can choose to ignore them but it is not right that you tell others that they should also ignore them. Let them make their own decisons.
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  22. And with perfect timing, yesterday was the day CRT chose to announce restrictions on the S Oxford due to water shortages!
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  24. Seems to be working at present. All I can suggest is keep up to date with the updates. Firefox has had a lot of updates recently. Perhaps you need to upgrade to a Cornish Sardine tin as apparently Pilchards are "soo last week" 😉
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  27. Morning. I'm in Blackthorne marina. The staff have told me they have spoken to EA. Apparently they have the parts back and will start work over next few days. Could be open Monday or Tuesday. Anyone close enough to lock to spot any activity?
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  28. It's normally not too weedy. If you can get through the lock, you can wind at the end of all three Lodes.
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  29. I have a 12v fridge (with ice box) and a 230v Freezer, then if the 230v inverter goes 'bang' I can still keep a bit of frozen stuff in the fridge icebox. If the fridge goes 'bang' I can put the stuff from the ice box in the freezer and the stuff that needs keeping cool in a bag hanging over the side, or, in the bilges under the floor. On a boat always try and have 2-ways of doing everything.
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  30. I reckon it's faster than using hose on one of the taps being discussed which have holes in the side of the fitting. Not as easy as hose but if done right it will be swift. I reckon one bucket takes less than a minute to fill and empty on a normal tap and using a sensible funnel. 15 litre buckets so about 25 minutes for 400 litres. How long does one of these silly taps take with a hose? My boat carries over a tonne of fresh water in 5 separate tanks. The idea is to add a bit regularly rather than wait until it is empty. Having said that I now use settled and filtered river water for washing purposes so don't need so much from these supplies anyway.
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  31. Traditional brokers use the same internet sites that are available to private sellers, so there is no need to use their services. From recent first hand experience of selling my £160k barge, nobody even asked about RCDs, let alone the other paperwork mentioned above. They either didn't know about it or didn't care about it. When I last year sold my cottage, I advised all the potential buyers at their viewings that I had no HETAS certificate for the multifuel stove and no FENSA certificate for the windows, but that didn't stop me from getting five offers. I bought the cottage 2 years previously and the absence of certificates didn't put me off either. It would seem that if someone falls in love with a boat (or a house), they just don't worry about certificates.
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  35. It would not surprise me if the B exhaust valves were a different alloy, but if so I suspect the duty in the diesel will be less onerous.
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  37. Do we think the EA were put on earth to make crt look good?
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  39. The prodigious Robert Stephenson, son of the famous George, and co-designer of the Rocket, built Kilsby Tunnel on the London & Birmingham Railway with considerable difficulty. A memento of his efforts is a model of the entrance he had constructed to hopefully inspire his foremen on the job. It lies in a garden in Kilsby cvillage, midway between Crick and the North Oxford Canal.
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  40. Them Druids had a hell of a job moving the stones when the clocks are changed.
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  42. What happens to it at midnight - does it turn into a cassette ?
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  45. The man in a shed can be quite hard to get hold of. He is usually too busy making stoves to answer the phone. Email seems to get answered eventually.
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  46. Hi Greg! Don't apologise for your origins, seems there was one at the court of King Arthur. Just a suggestion as you are a newbie. Fly into East Midlands Airport Taxi to Napton (3 hire baotyards to choose from) Head North through Braunston Up N Oxford (Hillmorton locks x3 usually have lock keepers if you need them) Coventry (1 lock with 6 inch difference) No more locks until your return. You can continue to Atherstone. On way back go up Ashby canal to the end. Visit Bosworth Field site of Battle of Bosworth, King Richard III death there of! Recently found in Leicester car park, filed under K for King. Don't get fixated with doing "Rings" the view back is always different when returning. Also you'll see places to mark for a visit on the way back. Don't forget to pack your cases with chocolate and chewing gum to throw to the urchins. Silk stockings and parachute silk still goes down well with the local wenches too. Finally, even if only talking to yourself try and lose the word "quaint! Good luck, enjoy and have a happy time. Zenataomm
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  47. Welcome aboard Greg! I think you've made a good start by commencing your research and planning early. Use the search facility here and you'll find much advice and tales of experiences to and from folk in a similar position. Enjoy the prep and, ultimately, your vacation afloat!
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  49. Probably the most 'challenging' place I've taken Rune was to the end of Reach Lode where the GOBA moorings are. Foolishly I thought 'There's moorings at the end, it'll be fine' we're supposed to get wiser as we get older, aren't we? As we passed under the bridge a group of walkers passed over it and asked,"How did you get there?" to which I replied, "I turned left onto a ditch and can't find the way out" I think they believed me. It's only just over a mile, but at substantially less than 1 m.p.h. it took like forever to get to the end and back. When you get to the GOBA mooring, the sign says something like 'Mooring only with permission of Reach Parish Council'
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