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OldGoat last won the day on March 20 2016

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  1. Drying Washing

    We have what seemingly are unusual features on our boat - Radiators An airing cupboard Not quite a separate engine room, nor a back cabin - but a large space where the engine lives All the above works for us.....
  2. To add - Plans are for the guidance of wise men and observance of fools...
  3. I did a lot of 'research' last year when trying to find a small inverter for a fridge freezer to replace an aged Batts-Lec unit. Tried several inverters, low cost one from Bimble, PSW and PSW combi and MSW from Sterling. All of them ran a 2 compressor large domestic FF with no problems. None of them worked well enough in power saving mode; they could detect the demand, but dropped out before the motor could start. I was very impressed with the Bimbble Epever high frequency 1Kw unit; it has an huge overload capability (tested) and started both the large and smaller FF units without any problem. It also ran a 2Kw fan heater without protesting for a few seconds before quietly dropping out. It was useless in power saving mode, however the standby current draw is said to be 450 mA - that's less than others whose published specs tend to be 850 mA to one amp.
  4. Semi disaster stove fan broke.

    Don't want to have anything to do with an electrical French person's devices ('specially as we're leaving the EU) - do what I did and get a couple* of cheap computer fans from ebay and run them of the batteries. Then you're in control. * run them in series for a gentle wafting of heat; parallel for a blast....
  5. Blake's lock closing for 5 months'

    11:30 16th. March. Just got a note from my marina - a bit downstream of Reading - All locks are on Red boards and the outlook is that the River may stay that way for some time. That may put a bit of a damper on folks who want to rush off the Kennet...
  6. Boat lift

    The travel lift 'crane' if that's the correct name is the largest unit that I know of on the non tidal Thames. There are cranes at:- Better Boating (next door to Caversham) Harleyford Bray Windsor ? Penton Hook Shepperton Racecourse marina BB's crane is a solid looking beast, bit I don't know his capacity 2,4, and 5 are too small. 3 may or not be available any more - I think it was around 30 tons capacity 6. Was around the twenty ton mark, but access to his lifting area may be difficult / impossible. 7. Mentions cranage in its facilities but says no more than that. Looking at his photos they mostly seem to be small craft. I'm guessing your weight at 25 tons plus? It's only 'recently' that large boats have come onto the Thames and yards don't really have the demand or need to lift more than about 15 tons as a rule It may be best to take Sea Dog's advice and put the whole job into the hands of Tuckeys - that is if the Reading man has exclusive use of the site at Caversham.
  7. Blake's lock closing for 5 months'

    Kremmen got there first. Here is something a bit more readable:- Good afternoon Attached is Issue 4 notice and map for the River Thames Investment Programme 2017 to 2018. A copy of the notice is also shown below. The reason the notice has been issued is that due to the extreme weather conditions experienced recently, there is a delay in the programme of works at Blakes Lock. The length of works has been extended from 23 March to the 27 March. Despite the loss of 5 working days to the programme, through careful planning, the extended works have been minimized to 4 calendar days. There will be an opportunity for assisted passage between 9.30am and 4pm from 23 to 27 March but the lock will be closed each day from 4pm to 9.30am the following morning. The lock will be fully open on 28 March. It is also now possible for canoe portage with care during the closure We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thanks and best regards Mary So for those rushing to get onto the Thames you'll also be helped on your way (as above) - which is a nice offer.
  8. Two pack antifoulinhg

    The mistake (if any) lies with the OP - he has a narrowboat and mentions "bitchumastic"> Bitumastic is not an antifoul coating is it? It's quite common for folks to confuse antifoul with a protective coating.... It would be a great shame to overcoat with bitumastic because to revert to two pack epoxy at a later date would be very expensive. To shotblast and prepare for that would be £75 per foot (I've just been looking at getting a quote from a well respected outfit).
  9. Blake's lock closing for 5 months'

    Not to be disingenuous - but the closure was always posted to end on Friday 23rd. March - so hardly 'mid March', but a slippage of 2-3 days does put it nearer to the end of the month as you pint out! I didn't get any details so can't shed any light on why there is a delay - other than the obvious cry of 'bad weather'.
  10. Blake's lock closing for 5 months'

    Just got a reply about the closure - "Sources close to EA" suggest there may be a delay in reopening of 2-3 days...
  11. Some disjointed comments:- Much / most of the comments above are very sensible, You'd be sensible if you take heed of 90 something %. Some comments have not been explained for me:- Batteries Whichever type you decide on make sure you have a large reserve of capacity. Not just for the time you have between charges, but that most types will last longer if they are not stressed. 400 Ah is too small. Double it. Triple it is better. Some sensible folks admit to having 1,000 Ah. Most boats have lead acid batteries -= so consider fitting traction batteries - because they are designed to be treated in the way that boaters use them. You might care to look at NiFe batteries as they are almost impossible to destroy by bad use. In the USA they are very popular amongst folks who live away from public electricity supplies (Remember that USA is an huge country). You won't find a boat with NiFe batteries, so it only works if you have to re-equip and have a lot of space. Engine room / type of stern It makes little sense if you put a modern small diesel engine in an engine room (dunno why - 'cos the extra space can be used for storage, washing machines etc). But a real engine wouldn't go under a rear deck...) I compromised (?) by having a trad stern and the space forward of that accommodates the engine, which is easy to get at and a large battery bank. I can use it to store tools etc. On a cruiser stern you'd lose that storage space. Sanitation. We learned much of our boating from one hire company who showed us that, water cooled engines were best, pumpout loos were more comfortable and could be kept reasonably unsmelly. Ours tanks are plastic and fit under the pan and floor. One easily lasts a week with two people. The secret is not to use gallons of water to flush. Make sure that the suction fitting is on the roof and not the gunnel - these latter are a complete pain to use and difficult to operate cleanly. Log burners Many boats have their fires at the front because that's where the living area is and the only space is by the front doors. Fine for a god use of space but not good for heating the boat.
  12. Blake's lock closing for 5 months'

    EA Thames region are usually pretty good at meeting winter works deadlines. I'll see if I can get some inside information - rather than the standard bull**. At this stage with 0 days to go I suspect I'll get waffle.
  13. Tree cutting on the Nene

    All very interesting on 'my patch' - the Thames, tree cutting, or lack thereof, is a constant irritation amongst all types of boaters. EA's counter is always that they can't get the riparian owners to agree or respond. The above may be a new approach - on the basis that in a domestic situation, 'you' are entitled to trim any branches overhanging your property - provided that you return the cuttings to the other side. I wonder if this is a new approach by EA? I'll try and ask via my contacts. The Thames above Oxford is plagued by many large overhanging trees and I think this puts off many visitors, which is a shame - 'cos it's lovely.
  14. Tree cutting on the Nene

    It may be a case of:- We didn't have the right kit with us, or It's not I the contract - we just cut or it's the riparian owner's tree - he can jolly well remove it or something else I've seen (somewhere - I can't remember) a boat / barge with a chipper on it. That seemed a great idea, 'a lot of branch' goes into an small and easily manageable pile when it's been chipped. It would be good if that was the true answer.
  15. Just so - fitting a large fire isn't going to solve the circulation problems; the next question is bound to be how to circulate the heat and that can't be solved by fans (of any ilk) and a back boiler for his large stove may not be available, plus jiggering around with the existing radiators and its circulation challenges to link the two Still we haven't been asked about that, mebe best to keep quiet, or if the OP is reading this lot - go back and look a the whole problem before fitting a large stove and then finding out that its heat doesn't reach everywhere that its needed.