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Bugsworth Tippler

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  1. "read" = look at black boxes
  2. One of these, who I had used for a couple of decades, changed hands a year or so ago when the owner retired. I won't say which one but it's pretty easy to find out. The new owner slapped an additional significant admin charge on their bill. I will be changing to another broker when I renew.
  3. I've now tried Ballistic Black and can add my three 'appence worth. Firstly the company SML who provided the stuff couldn't have been more helpful and delivery occurred before 11am, having ordered at 2pm the previous day. It was well packaged. The Ballistic Black does need a great deal of stirring before use. I applied it with a brush and roller. Both worked well, until the handle fell off the roller! My only preparation was a high pressure boat wash and a few hours drying. The surface was 99% in tact with just a few spots of exposed metal. I didn't use a primer on these. The Ballistic Black covers well (5 litres gave a good brushed coat to my 45 ft boat, with less rollered on for a second) and there is no visible sign of any problems regarding its interaction with the layer beneath. I've not purchased any of the suggested thinner, which might be useful for getting the final dregs from the tin. When I replace my roller I'll be putting on a third coat, weather permitting.
  4. Indeed, that's good to hear. I'll be trying out the Ballistic Black next week so will report back if there is any comments I can usefully make.
  5. The latest addition to the 'Songs of the Inland Waterways' website might strike a chord [sic] with some. The song 'Llangollen Grand Prix' was inspired by experiences on the Llangollen Canal this year. Though it has a dig at hire boaters for their speed, I feel that some hire bases fail to prepare the hirers fully. I met some lovely hire boaters who were very concerned that they didn't really know what they were doing but wanted to learn how to do things properly. Excess speed is not the preserve of the hire boater though - it's amazing how many private boat owners knock the throttle back at the very instant a head emerges from the boat they are just about to pass. Llangollen Grand Prix Chorus : From Whixall, Chirk, Whitchurch and Wrenbury They're all taking part in Llangollen's grand prix A late start to our cruising, so plans modified And we turned off the Shroppie in early July We had hoped to relax in the warm summer sun But the school hols were starting; hire season begun We moored up at lunch-time, to rest for the day All was tranquil and calm, then the boat started to sway Forwards and backwards, then against the bank smashed By the wake of a hire boat, that quickly flashed past The Llangollen Canal attracts boaters galore But many have never been boating before Newbie skippers and crews cast off and in charge Of a 20 tonne missile, which they call a barge They had raced to the hire base on fast motorways Attracted by TV shows singing the praise Of barges on aqueducts, a pub crawl afloat But did nobody tell them, slow down past moored boats Perhaps going too fast's not what they intend But life in the slow lane they can't comprehend Though instructions were given, they forget or ignore With white knuckles on tiller, down the cut they do roar Thirty, forty or seventy are speeds they can judge When travelling on tarmac; but ploughing through sludge At 3 or 4 miles per hour is well off their scale More suited to a tortoise or a fast racing snail With one week's boat hire there's no time to be slacking Three days to get somewhere, three more to get back in It's constant full throttle, there's no time to stop Until they get a mattress wrapped round their prop So here's a suggestion for novice boat crews Make sure that one member brings stout walking shoes Then ensure boat and skipper behind them do lag As they walk the towpath - with a red flag
  6. Thanks for the comments. I'm going to give Ballistic Black a try.
  7. Hi I am about to black my narrowboat which has previously been done with Coflex VT (a 'Comastic' type - now banned). I have tried to research for a suitable product to use but there are some very confusing/misleading websites out there - must be run by politicians! Ballistic Black seems to be suitable for going over the stuff already on according to one website. Has anyone used this stuff over a vinyl tar product and, if so, was it any good? Thanks in anticipation.
  8. The 'Songs of the Inland Waterways' website has always resided at a co.uk address which might suggest it was owned by a company of some sort - it isn't. The site can now be accessed using the address www.waterwaysongs.info which, I feel, better reflects its intentions and with which I am more comfortable. The co.uk address will continue to work.
  9. Hi I have a CoolZone fridge freezer which is several years old and which looks remarkably like a current product badged as Shoreline. It has a Danfoss Compressor. I have the instructions for the electronic unit for the BD35/50F Compressors 101N0210, 101N0220 and 101N0300 in front of me. They describe the vertical terminal block labelled from top to bottom -,+,+,F,D,C,P,T. I have the instructions out because I was reconnecting the flashing led warning light (very useful). The instructions state that the optional fan should be connected between + (3rd terminal down) and F (4th terminal) and that the fan will cycle with the compressor. This may or may not help. Obviously I accept no responsibility should things go wrong. Best of luck.
  10. Thanks very much for that. That will save me a lot of visits to the engine compartment.
  11. Hi This may be a silly question and that might explain why I'm finding it hard to discover an answer, but here goes... I have a PACO MBC 1220 battery charger permanently wired to my leisure battery bank. It operates only when the boat is connected to the shoreline on my home mooring. Manual for charger : https://www.libble.eu/paco-mbc-1220/online-manual-811994/ There is a fuse in the positive lead of the 12v charger output. Do I need to remove this fuse when I go cruising and the battery charging becomes the responsibility of the 90Ah alternator? Thanks in anticipation.
  12. I agree. And perhaps more folk! The change of name to the FAB Festival indicates to me that both folk and boat were being sidelined.
  13. Here's a YouTube review. I agree with the above comment "But generally it just works" and think that the power it requires must be much less than the TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=3MNEjOxengU
  14. I agree with that - just a pity that there's often so little worth watching that I don't bother putting the aerial up. It is attached to a pole so it's about 5ft above boat roof height.
  15. Open again. Notice Alert Macclesfield Canal Starts At: Lock 1 Ends At: Lock 12 Tuesday 4 June 2019 07:00 until Thursday 6 June 2019 16:00 Type: Navigation Closure Reason: Inspection Update on 06/06/2019: Our teams have been able to carry out the repairs to Lock 2 and the flight will be open at 4pm today (6.6.19) Update on 04/06/2019: Our team have completed their investigations at Lock 2 to find that the cill has lifted. Our teams will need to arrange for drainage of the pound to carry out refitting of the cill. The flight will remain closed whilst we carry out the repair. We will provide an update on Friday morning. Original message: Our team will be investigating a problem with the paddle at lock 2 which is not sealing and causing loss of water on the Bosley flight. Boats travelling down will be asked to wait above Lock 1, boats travelling up can make their way from Lock 12 and wait below Lock 2. An update will be issued tomorrow morning once our team have carried out their investigations. You can view this notice and its map online here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/15424/bosley-flight-macclesfield-canal You can find all notices at the url below: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices
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