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Alan de Enfield

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  1. We were arriving from Croatia, 3563 nautical miles in 30 days - non-stop except for supplies, water & fuel. Met in Hull by Wife and Daughter in law
  2. No problem as long as the lock is wider than 23 foot.
  3. Strange that - on 'Truck Hell' (or some such name) on TV last night a Truck recovery / breakdown firm were removing a Burnt out van from a canal towpath 'in the Manchester Area'
  4. Alan de Enfield

    Is this what they mean by wellbeing by water

    Or, there are too many law abiding people about.
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    charging - possible dying battery

    Without knowing what the output of the charger is, and without knowing at what 'state' it drops from 'bulk' to 'absorption' to 'conditioning' its going to be guesswork. It doesn't look good for the 'bad' battery, but 12.7 is the normal voltage for a fully charged battery. Really you should try the following tests : Fully charge each battery until the charge has dropped to below 2 amps for at least an hour (1 amp would be better if you can get there). Put a known load (say 50 watts, or 100 watts) and see how long it takes to drag the battery down to about 12.0 - 12.1 volts. Switch off the load and the battery should recover to about 12.2 volts. Say it has taken 4 hours to drop to 12.2 volts. 12.2 volts is about 50% SoC Using W=A x V then using a 100 watt load for 4 hours your battery capacity is down to about 65Ah from its original 100Ah If you used a 50w load and it lasted 4 hours then the battery capacity is now down to about 32 Ah When charging the 'bad' battery look to see if it gets warm, there is any sign of 'bad smell' or the case is bowed at the ends - this would all be signs of an internal short, in which case disconnect it immediately and scrap it.
  6. Alan de Enfield

    Is this what they mean by wellbeing by water

    Dill was a character in the TV series The Herbs & the Adventures of Parsley the Lion.
  7. Alan de Enfield

    Is this what they mean by wellbeing by water

    It looks identical to the plants that grew when we emptied the bottom of the parrot cage onto the 'muck-heap' - apparently it is Hemp (or part of the Hemp family)
  8. Alan de Enfield

    No elsan point available at Fradley today (20th)

    Why is there a big tank full of people inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions. ?
  9. Alan de Enfield

    Thames Rules for Continuous Cruising?

    But the question was 'can I CC on the Thames' (ie not have a mooring) Would you be granted a licence (registration) if in 'question 5' (usual mooring) you put 'none', or left it blank ? Happy to be corrected but my understanding is that you need to declare a mooring or you are refused a 'registration'.
  10. Alan de Enfield

    Mooring in Marina unlicenced

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Speak to your current marina - According to MartynG they may issue you one (nod, nod) despite the 'rules'.
  11. Alan de Enfield

    Thames Rules for Continuous Cruising?

    As far as I am aware, there is no-such thing as CCing on EA waters, (which is why its not mentioned), you must have a Mooring to get a licence. I guess one -way around it would be to get a C&RT 'Gold Licence' which you can get as a CCer, then use it on the Thames.
  12. Alan de Enfield

    Mooring in Marina unlicenced

    You must comply with the licence conditions, and do as much or as little 'excess' mileage as you want. But the licence would be issued 'FoC' so its just Pay-As-You-Go It would take some calculation to be income neutral but ….(say) the charge was £1 per mile they could travel 600-1000 miles for the same cost as the licence used to be. maybe even a sliding scale (to encompass the non-movers) - £10 per mile for the 1st 50 miles, 50p per mile for the next 200 miles, 10p per mile thereafter Its a simple thing to monitor with todays (dare I say the word ?) tracking equipment.
  13. Alan de Enfield

    Mooring in Marina unlicenced

    No it hasn't - when my boat was in Shobnal (non-NAA Marina) it just got a 1-day, 1-week, etc licence for when it 'ventured out'. That option is no longer available. I don't know if such Marinas are now not allowed to sell the short-term licences (I know Shobnal did, Colwick did, Newark did) as the C&RT documentation states 'apply on line'
  14. Alan de Enfield

    CRT License discount

    Loads. Don't forget post #8
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