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  1. I'm afraid boat ownership is a money pit whatever your level of knowledge/ignorance and your ego.
  2. I wonder what proportion of keel cooled canal boats are built with insufficient skin tanks? I'm sure lots of narrowboaters who never venture from canals don't even realise their engine would overheat if they had to push it against a current for any length of time. I had to fit an additional skin tank myself to rectify this problem. Why is it that so many builders, both budget and higher end, are so incompetent in this respect? If they can't do a simple calculation based on engine output then it doesn't really say much for anything else they do.
  3. So really as they're both for terrestrial channels I should have been asking for a comparison of a conventional TV antenna vs. a Moonraker type box, rather than a satellite dish. Is a small moonraker box as good as a conventional TV antenna? What are the advantages/disadvantages?
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  5. Ok, I'm not sure I know the difference between terrestrial and digital channels. When I was using conventional TV ariel recently I only scanned for digital channels. Are they terrestrial?
  6. I accept what you're saying when you try it, but it certainly wasn't spot on when I tried it.
  7. Yes, I'm much slower than the default settings. Cogenhoe to Lilford just took me 17.5 hours. On Canalplan it's 10.4. I'm single handed on a widebeam so I'd expect to be slower, but I think you'd need a speedboat to do that journey in 10.4 hours. Even the most experienced skipper and crew would never do it faster than about 13 hours on a narrowboat.
  8. Yes that's exactly what I'm saying. Cogenhoe to Irthlingborough and Irthlingborough to Lilford on the Nene was a couple of hours longer than Cogenhoe to Lilford in one go using the default settings. I don't have the details saved but I wasn't double counting locks.
  9. Ok thanks all. I think I'll just stick to the satellite dish for the time being. Won't terrestrial channels be phased out eventually?
  10. This is how I ended up doing it. I put the anchor, chain and some mudweights on the trailing edge of the boat and lifted the leading edge as much as I could. Cruised for 3 days without a problem.
  11. Thanks, but I'm not asking about the advantages of one brand over another. It's a bit more basic than that. I just want to know if there are any disadvantages compared to a satellite dish? I didn't know about these devices and just wondered why people still bother carrying a big satellite dish?
  12. Another boater I met on my travels showed me one of those things today. They obviously take up a lot less space than a satellite dish, but if you only want freesat/freeview channels are there any disadvantages compared to a satellite dish? https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005ERD2IQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_6524492CASX2S34P6KZW
  13. I know it's free so perhaps I shouldn't slag it off, but I really think canal planner ac is a waste of time. I was trying to get an estimate of my journey times and I'm a lot slower than their default settings. But even using those settings as a test, if I break the journey up and get timings to/from a halfway point they don't add up to the overall journey time canal planner is suggesting. If I break the journey in two and add the times together it's several hours longer than the full journey using the same default settings. If it can't even agree with itself then what'
  14. You say you tried ikea. Don't they supply solid wood kitchen cabinet doors anymore? My kitchen was from Ikea and the doors are all solid oak. Mind you, I fitted it 16 years ago so things may have gone downhill there.
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