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OldGoat last won the day on March 20 2016

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  1. Speed reading your post (and who bothers to read the whole thread nowadays)- I feel obliged to add to add the note - "go back home and start again with one of the other two...
  2. I have an answer for you young Mike, it's because (not unreasonably) canal boaters avoid the overpriced stuff - aimed at salty water boater (who mostly might get by with overpriced so called marine stuff) and think - as it's ** expensive it must be the bees-mid-length- joints. You're posh shower mixer is designed to run off 'mains water' and at a constant pressure. On a boat if you have water supply pressure at 30 psi all the joints would pop regularly / or the other components would fail - as they're not-reall-designed- for that pressure. Pulling the age bit - I'm happy to mix and mend and compromise when I know that a domestic bit will not quite work on a NB. Some bit's do and some don't. No absolutes. Experimentation is fun (often). I and to a lesser extent, your goodself have learnt to mix and match - but newer boater expect everything to be peachy from day one. It ain't going to happen - the marhket's too small. Nurse, nurse, I've.......
  3. I love the 'dry biological' euphamism. Made I nearly wet.... Perhaps it's because my youthful summer holidays were punctuated by visits to the mahogany loo (no, not the Garde robe popular in Royal palaces and castles) but a special two handled bucket (I have it here) and a pan full of sawdust to cover the horrors. One's gardener had some lovely vegetables, which everyone enjoyed.... Too prissy nowadays, methinks...
  4. Brilliant (in concept) quite in line with what a real 'traditional' boat would do ('cept topsides were wooden), but it's in keeping with the idea. If there's some distaste with the rivets / bolts then Mr. Kedian will do a magnificent welding jow there you won't see the join. I don't inderstand why folks don't want to look out of the window(s) in some areas, but mebe retain portholes in the engine area for tradition's sake. OK bus, windows are 'not quite right', but - as in life - compromises are needed, yet achieving what you want to do with your boat - cruising wise SHOCK horror - cruising - what the (expletive) is that....
  5. I didn't like to say, but the fireback most likely wont fit the regulations - more importantly the areas beyond the tiles are likely to get scorched. I think if you're using wood you'll be constantly filling it up. To me the flue pipe is rather large - probably used to fit the roof collar rather than to get the fire to draw? Here's something nearer but eye watering price:- https://www.lawton-imports.co.uk/shop/godin-cast-iron-multifuel-petit-godin-3720-5kw-small-round/
  6. Probably incorrect but it looks like a small domestic stove to me (probably made more for 'decoration' than practical use.. I think my local Ag: mrechants had something similar some years ago before folks started to buy larger one more suitable for domestic use. Were you in need of parts - or planning ahead? Here's something nearer your rescription - eye watering price - https://www.lawton-imports.co.uk/shop/godin-cast-iron-multifuel-petit-godin-3720-5kw-small-round/
  7. If your home waters are on CRT waters, the extension (Gold) to use the Thames is very good value. Conversely if your home waters are on the Thames, the Gold is poor value if you use the canals. Both depend on how much time you spend on the other system. My argument is based on spending 30 days in total on the canals - a 30 day explorer CRT licence is cheaper for me than a Gold. A Gold for a CRT based boat buys you a lot more Thames days than t'other way around. To my mind they should be roughly equivalent. I'd love to be based on (say) the Oxford, but the car journey to a good marina somewhere on the Oxford for regular use is unpleasant. Being 1/4 of the cost doesn't compensate (even if our current mooring is more than excellent).
  8. On a point of information - EA do ask for a home mooring - but they don't check it. I have a feeling that it was just for statistics or 'information' . When we were on the Wey we just put Pyrford ( you don't need a Thames mooring to register). FWIW the Gold licence is very good value if your home mooring is on CRT waters but (can be) poor value for a boat on the Thames. Somebody in the EA cocked up the calculations and now it's set in stone.
  9. As it happens, I shall have an aged Batts (Lec modified) fridge freezer for disposal. It has a 12/24 volt compressor assembly with controller. You collect... For the unitiated the compressor is not just a motor it's the complete 'gubbins' and these units have a cotroller as part of the system. Thus not a matter of changing an electric motor..... This is what a compressor pack looks like. The motor is the lump on the right...
  10. Not I.. Putting on cardi and woolen jersey - when I were a lad, mebe a milennium ago it was infra dig / not kosher/ not done / whatever to have any fenders down while cruising and (though I never tested it) NONE of the respected boatbuilders (sadly all now 'passed away') would dream of fitting attachments for what pass as 'fenders' nowadays because of the danger of being caught up in locks and other hazards. Hey, ho - boating has changed, it's more about living aboard, statically and only using the boat to go for water and provisions. Stupidly I consider boats were for cruising the system, taking an interest of the locality through which one passes, considerig other boaters, having one's connection with whoever is local and whatever is local. Enough - I've more to say, but I doubt if the readership is particularly interested (other than some of the regulars)..
  11. Thanks PeterX - that's saved me looking up the exact figures of bridge height- you description is far mre practical! For me on my NB, I have to 'bend the knees' a bit to get under Osney Bridge. But (gr.) there is a slightly higher bridge further downstrean which can defeat sone 'cruisers' mainly because its a narrow arch...
  12. Glad you can get a picture. The quad shield is a bit of smoking mirrors IMHO, nethinks part of the general problem is the awful coax plug and indifferent cable. FWIW I turned to satellite cable and F-plugs which transformed my terrestrial signal and I use the same setup for a flat satellite dish when I know there's no TV signal around...
  13. IIRC Sterling's configuration of these units is somewhat conservative - better to blow air at the electronics before heat causes any problems. The amount of power consumed is very small. I just assumed that C.S. designed the box that way....
  14. The difficulty about unregistered / untested boats is horrendous for EA. It has to go through the courts, this takes ages and costs a helluva lot - even the most blatant clusters of boats get away with it, as happened some 3-4 years ago. It's not a criminal offence; no right of arrest and the civil courts cost loadsa' monay. The only people who gain are the barristers....
  15. The lockie at Eynsham is one of the 'characters' on the River. He loves his job and watches the antics of boaters whether in a narrowboat or some other craft. You have to have a thick skin to be a lockie; they can get a lot of hassle from boaters and walkers (probably from the myriads of management folks in the EA - being a government department there are lots of 'managers'. Anyone reading this and still going on to the river before effective lockdown in early November - do talk to/with the lockies; they have a lot of local knowledge and are happy to spread it. Be especially friendly to the keeper at Culham, it's rumoured that he is being retired at the end of the season having done the job man and boy for almost as long as there's been a navigation (!!) Back on topic The EA have mebe over-reacted to the Virus (who wouldn't as the fuller implications are only now becoming aparrent), thus touching anything (boats, lines, money w.h.y) is a no-no - so takinng cash - no and handling a carsd machine, especially as the locks are isolated, thus even simple sanitization (? word) may be impractical, thus to some extent has made it not available. I guess that the difficulties of selling pumpout cards coupled with the cleaning of pipes and connectors effectively removes you the oportunity of using them. Most NBs use bucket-and-chuckit anyway... See my comment about lockside virus considerations. Cash is a no-no and card machines similar, I guess.
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