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nipper

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  1. Over the last few years I have had this irritating problem with my Beta 50.

    I have changed the sender and changed the gauge a couple of times and was even convinced that the engine was at too slower tickover.. However, reading through the Beta service manual for the umpteenth time I have been made aware that there is an adjustment that can be done. 

    So, I took out the gauge and there seemed to be a brass bit with a hole in it. Having had the problem for so long and that it was really starting to wind me up, I had to have a go!

    I managed to get a very small screwdriver to grip the side of this brass thingy. I gave it a turn, it moved, I turned it again to something like halfway around, reinstalled the gauge and during the last two weeks of cruising the oil alarm has not come on again.

    Tony will probably know what the brass thingy does, but it seems to have stopped my problem at the moment.

    Now if only i could cure the engine not starting when the key is turned, I'd be a happy man!

  2. We have moored at Middlewhich lots of times with no incidents except for two occasions.

     When moored on the visitors moorings above Wardle Lock I had a double glazed pothole window smashed while we were onboard, but the little scrouts were faster than me!

    I got hold of CRT local bods number and phoned several times, in the end i left a message and heard nothing at all, a total waste of time!

    The other occasion while on the moorings above the big lock, adjacent to the playing area. Someone trying to enter the rear of the boat around 2 in the morning while i was asleep, he even shone a torch in my eyes. I didn't report that incident thinking that he had had enough punishment when he saw me break through the rear doors like a rocket, naked and brandishing a large mooring pin.

    Nipper

    35 minutes ago, frangar said:

    I’m not sure I’d leave a boat unattended in middlewich. There’s been a few instances of boats having windows broken...the boats that were stuck by the breach above wardle got quite badly damaged

    The mooring area shown in the bottom picture is used for the hire boats and is deemed to be theirs.!

  3. 2 hours ago, Alan de Enfield said:

    Before getting to carried away and complaining to the 'papers' do we know 'for sure' that :

     

    1) This was Steve Haywood's boat

    2) He was the skipper at the time

     

    It would be all too easy for any Richard Cranium to pluck a name out of the air.

     

    Is the skipper definitely recognised as Steve Haywood ?

     

  4. 3.5 hours it took us and lots of other boaters at Hillmorton,. waiting to get up those three locks yesterday..

    It seems that the vlockette  and the volockie were having a tiff.

    One boat would go up the bottom lock, but there was never a boat ready to come down, so the lock was kept ready for a boat to come down however long it was gonna be, some times it was 20 minutes before the lock was turned again!

    Not a very happy time for the 10th in line Boat

    There were various excuses made by them too.

    We had a breach at Barby, seemed to be the favorite, with others that were implausible I ignored em, all told to whoever would listen while clutching their mugs of steaming tea.

    Nipper

     

  5. Tap the base of the chimney with a hammer or heavy bit of wood whilst jigling the top of the chimney with your spare hand.

    Jus remember that the chimney fits the chimney coller and if it still fits it, then it will eventually come loose!

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  6. All the taps at Fradley Junction were very slow last year for a short while, because some bod at CRT decided in his or hers wisdom, that turning down the water pressure would save water!

     

    Ended up with lots of boats waiting to fill their tanks.

     

    Question! Does a tank full of water at low pressure take less water than a tank full at a higher pressure?

     

    Nipper

  7. 2 hours ago, Jenny Newbie said:

    Thank you all.

     

     As the nervous OP, I think I'd prefer falling off the aquaduct to holding a crowd up whilst flailing ineptly in a winding hole.  Would I avoid that fate by mooring in Llangollen or Trever Basin?  

     

    I like the idea of entering Llangollen when it's less crowded but we pick the boat up in the morning on a Wednesday in Chirk, and must return it a week later on Tuesday, so being in Llangollen over the weekend looks impractical.   Would it be less crowded for us in the narrows if we tied up  before the Aquaduct  early Wednesday afternoon; spent the day walking the aquduct and walking down to see it from the valley; and then did the trip over early morning Thursday?  Or could we accomplish the same thing by overnighting in Trever Basin and then going in and out of Llangollen Thursday morning?

     

     

    There is more to Llangollen than the canal, steam trains, raging rivers, Beer!

  8. 1 hour ago, Sea Dog said:

    The bit I'd be more inclined to avoid is the Trevor to Llangollen leg. There's often a snarl up in the narrows that seems to take an inordinate time to sort out and its actually quite a pleasant walk. There's a pub about half way and you can also enjoy a smug moment when you pass the boat traffic jam shenanigans!  When it rains, which it seems it can do occasionally in Wales, there's a regular bus back to Trevor. 

    But one will end up going to Llangollen to wind around anyway, although there is a winding hole about half way! The narrows tend to get people agitated, maybe its the slowness due to waiting for the water in front of you taking a long time to get behind you because of the small channel and its depth.

    Remember, always send a crew member up front  to warn others coming the other way that your coming, and get them to take a phone with them too, so as you are kept informed about whats happening.

    That may sound tedious to the OP but it's simple in practice!

    Nipper

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  9. 3 hours ago, nipper said:

    Searching through Crt's winter stoppage site has wasted an hour this morning, but I have learned was that  the 2017 and 2014 winter stoppages are still viewable plus a Crt page that says Whoops!! Handy that initt!

     

    Can someone tell me if Crt has put out the updated projected stoppage list? And why is it still difficult to find on Crt site?

     

    Thanks Nipper

    Sorted!

    https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

     

    https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/report/winter-notices.pdf

     

    http://www.waterscape.com/things-to-do/boating/guides

  10. Searching through Crt's winter stoppage site has wasted an hour this morning, but I have learned was that  the 2017 and 2014 winter stoppages are still viewable plus a Crt page that says Whoops!! Handy that initt!

     

    Can someone tell me if Crt has put out the updated projected stoppage list? And why is it still difficult to find on Crt site?

     

    Thanks Nipper

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