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  1. Yes, in my case it's been giving me the same advance warning for at least 4 years. It's time to buy a couple of new ones anyway.
  2. No I don't think so. As it's been stuck on 20ppm for some time the indicator is obviously faulty. That doesn't necessarily mean the detector/alarm itself is faulty - unless you think that all CO alarms without indicators are faulty? So the answer was "yes" ?
  3. Yes I'm 100% sure. It's been reading 18ppm for years. Ok. I see, but essentially there's no difference between 50291-2 alarms whether the manufacturer decides to say they can be used on boats or not?
  4. So looking at these specs of a CO alarm is it a Type 1 or Type 2?
  5. As someone already said, LCD displays on CO alarms are a bit of a gimmick. Either the alarm goes off or it doesn't. If it goes off you get out. You don't need to see that it's reading 40ppm I've got a a Kidde alarm with a display in the saloon which reads 18ppm wherever I put it - even if I put it outside! The accuracy of any CO alarm display is questionable and its utility is negligible.
  6. I agree. Which of us would voluntarily pay more tax than legally required? If the govt isn't prepared to close the tax loopholes and increase the tax revenue from large multinationals then that's their fault.
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  8. If the cheap Lidl CO alarm isn't in stock there are also cheap ones on Amazon for a few quid more. I'm sure ebay is another good source but free returns for defective or unwanted items are much easier on Amazon. Normally you need to spend over 20 quid for free delivery. Kidde 5CO Ten Year Life LED Carbon Monoxide Detector : Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools
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  10. I'd only use my slow cooker either via the inverter if travelling or from shore power, then they are great devices. Chuck a load of stuff in and set off for a day's cruising. After a few hours the smell of the stew or curry or whatever you're cooking starts wafting out of the boat and a few hours later when you moor up cold and tired dinner is ready with no battery drain at all.
  11. I'd say it's not so much YouTube vloggers that have created the increased demand for narrowboats but more about people reacting to covid travel restrictions. Increased demand for second hand boats will always lead to inflated prices but I'm not sure that new people buying boats and coming onto the waterways should be called "damage" - they're no more damaging the waterways than you or I owning boats surely? I've been living on boats for 25 years but I have no more rights or moral authority on the waterways than somebody who buys and licences a boat tomorrow, and neither do you. It's a bit like people sitting in cars in a traffic jam, complaining that they're in a traffic jam and not realising that they are the traffic jam. It's always everyone else's fault.
  12. I remember approaching Marsh lock going upstream on red board with the weir running towards me. I just had to steer into the weir until the last minute and then turn into the lock entrance. That's all fine until the weir stream hits the back of the boat and then you're all over the shop. I managed to control it and didn't hit the lock gates though and me and the lock keeper were both laughing as I came into the lock.
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