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Alan de Enfield

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  1. O' dear, another nibbling away at the service offered. When we were at Kings, we'd just decide to go 'out' head downstream and be at Cromwell in under an hour - no booking necessary just go as soon as the tide was suitable. Now you have to work out a day when the tide is correct between their 'working hours', then give two days notice and hope your plans don't change or the weather turn. Another reason I'm glad we moved to where the tidal lock is manned 3 hours either side of HW, both night and day - if HW is at 3:00am, it is manned from midnight to 6:00am for anyone who wants to use it. Call up on the VHF radio when you wish to leave your mooring, or are approaching the gates and they'll be open when you arrive. Non of this booking nonsense.
  2. Go with the Morco for hot water. A blown air diesel heater uses a lot of electricty - mine use a continuous 10 amps when it is running, so at least 100Ah per day - how are you going to charge your batteries ? You will need to run your engine for 3 or 4 hours per day just to replace what has been used by your heater. It doesn't worry me as we have twin 70a alternators and cruise pretty much everyday for several hours, have a 1200Ah battery bank so can survive for a few days without moving and have a generator to run the battery charger if needed. When on our mooring we have leccy 'on draught'. Your simplest way would be to use a small solid fuel stove such as the 'pipsqueak' it is designed for small spaces (boats) and is 3.5Kw. We had one on a 30 foot NB and didn't need any radiators so it only took up a space about 2' x 2'. The tiles are 4" squares. This was it (the 'door' is 4" wide and the firebox is about 8" square. did a trial and got the boat up to over 50 degrees C, couldn't breathe, gave in and opened all the doors and windows) Pipsqueak Small Cast Iron Stove – Pipsqueak Stoves (pipsqueak-stove.com) Technical Info: Height 440mm Width 310mm base 200mm stove Depth 380mm base 180mm stove Flue size required 80mm
  3. The bowl thruster burst at 2 in the morning, or, it is now 2 in the morning where you are ?
  4. And all beacuse some selfish boater had smashed the anti-syphon fittings off the tap allowing Thames river water to drain back into the supply pipe ............. ?
  5. When you quote someone, it helps if you write something in reply ..................
  6. That is exactly the sort of problems that people are getting with RCR - I wonder if it is because RCR subcontract the work out and one of the ones they use is ABC?
  7. I have tried to fit our boats and lifestyle into the boxes, but have added this at the end in comments. We use our boats as a liveaboard for 4 to 6 months at a time, for the Summer and then odd weeks in the Winter, are we liveaboards or a few times a week boaters ?
  8. I suppose there has to be one sucess story, but it will never balance out the dozens of horror stories of RCR creating problems - just ask @Tracy D'arth
  9. But if you are on a mooring with leccy, the cheapest form of heating is an electric 'fire'. A 1kw electric fire will cost around 20p per hour to run and it is certainly sufficient to warm the boat. The Eber uses between 0.4 and 1 litre of diesel per hour equating to between 40p and £1 per hour to run. We have an Aldi two-bar electric fire which is 400w or 800w, once it is warm with the two-bars (800w) click it down to one bar (400w) and that is sufficient to keep it warm and in effect is just keeping up with the loss of heat thru the windows etc. It is then costing about 8p per hour to keep a constant, warm. temperature, We have had fires, we like fires, but for ease of use and conveneience on our GRP we have diesel and electric.
  10. We have had fires and radiators on a number of boats and it works well, the major downside is in Autumn and Spring when its not cold enough during the day to need the fire on, but the evenings and mornings can be a bit chilly. Click the Eber on and in 2 minutes the boat is warm. Its sorta like when we had our house built, the architect wanted us to have underfloor heating, but eventually agreed that it was not really practical as you needed to put the heating on 2 days before it got cold to give the 'slab' chance to warm up, and conversely, if it turned warm, you had to open the doors and windows because the slab you heated up for the cool weather, was now giving its heat up and the weather was warmer. When I want heat - I WANT IT NOW !. The Eber also has a cool air fan capabilty taking cooler air from outside and blowing it around the boat setting up a 'circulation' and moving the hot air out of the boat.
  11. Like all boats, if they are 'set-up' correctly GRP can be used all year around. Ours is insulated and has blown air diesel heating ( a far cleaner and more versatile system than coal) the Eberspacher is switched on when we board and turned off when we leave, , in the meantime it runs on a thermostat so keeps the whole boat (we have 7 heat outlets throughout the boat) at a comfortable temperature night and day. If it gets a little cool in an evening, or early morning just turn the thermostat up a click or two and within seconds you have heat - let your fire go out and it can be 'hours' before you radiators get hot enough to heat the boat. No carrying and storing bags if coal, no ashes to clean out, no going out in the snow to fetch another scuttle full of coal. Its a good job we are not all the same.
  12. Is that a fried egg with black-pepper in the bottom of the lower filter ?
  13. More likely : DANGER - NO DIVING - SHALLOW WATER
  14. Maybe Stephen is confusing it with a 'metric compass'. Many years ago I was teaching Orienteering at an International Scout Jamboree and no matter how I explained it, a group of Swedish scouts headed off on the wrong heading, after recalling them and trying again I eventually looked at their compass, and sure enough they were on the 'correct heading', but as it was a 'metric' compass it had 400 degrees (100 degrees between each cardinal point- which is based on the metric system of 'Rads') Therefore the required heading of (say) 180 required a heading of 200 on their compass. Then of course you have the military compass with 640 degrees (Mils) but that may just confuse things. Using mils, the actual size of an object observed in the field can be estimated. An object that appears to be n mils wide when it is 1000 units away from you, is actually n units wide - the units used does not matter, feet, yards, meters, miles A vehicle that appears to be 15 mils long and is 1000 feet distant is actually 15 feet long. Or, two vehicles that appear to be 100 mils apart and are 1000 meters away, are actually 100 meters apart. Sighting on a man (approximately 6 feet tall) who appears to be 12 mils tall must be about 500 feet away. If he seemed 3 mils tall, he'd be 2000 feet away.
  15. In 2015 I bought a 45ft NB equipped and suitabke for a liveaboard, I paid £32,000. I sold it in 2016 for £36,000. The buyer then decided to 'go back to land' and never having done any maintenance, blacking etc etc sold it in 2019 for £40,000 Increasing prices are not a new thing.
  16. Surely that is not true or there would be 100s of boats up for sale, instead, they are selling over the phone and unseen'. They are selling at 'market price', it may not be the same level as we were used to 2 or 3 or 4 years ago, but, it is todays market price and I expect it to stay at the same high level for some years to come. In 40+ years, and the buying and selling of 18 boats, I have only ever lost money on one boat (a Sea going cruiser that had serious, expensive, problems). In the main they have not only recouped the initial purchase price but all of the maintenance and improvement costs incurred as well. I have rarely kept a boat more than 2 years. Take a carrier bag of cash with you when viewing the boat, it is a strong motivator to the seller when he see's tens of thousands in 'pound notes'. Do the deal and take it away. Sell your boat privately and you can offer the buyer a 'good deal' as you will be saving the 5%-10% (whatever) commission that the brokers take, and you can pass some / most / all of that saving on and be no worse off.
  17. In the various waterways laws (look under definitions) you will see that 'a day' is defined as : “day means the period between sunrise and sunset" Therefore if you arrive anytime between sunrise and sunset that is day one. You must then leave before sunrise on day 'three'. Saying 48 hours is much easier for the majority to understand, arrive at midday on day 1, leave by midday on day 3
  18. Unfortunately yes. Its that or just laugh at you humour.
  19. Amazing how 'numbers' can be plucked from one place and used totally out of context in another. The article could be read as suggesting 800,000 new leisure boaters in London area. But the number of people using the water for leisure activities – think rowing, kayaking and paddle boarding – has increased, too, and many of the continuous cruisers I speak to believe they are being unfairly targeted. A survey from 2019 suggests the number of people who own boats for recreational purposes has increased by around 800,000 since 2005. Remember those floating protests? One of the most prominent banners read Homes Over Hobbies.
  20. So, are you suggesting that anyone helming a NB is unable to comprehend instructions written clearly and unambiguously in English? In reality it just means that the person fitting out the boat needs to understand the laws - all the helm has to do switch them on. Maybe using pictures will make it easier :
  21. Which parts are you struggling with - I'm sure its pretty clear to the majority of boaters who are affected by it.
  22. Not entirely sure, but they do all seem to have brown noses and very shiny knees on their 'corduroys'.
  23. That was when the RCD (The EU name for it) was used, but since 2017 the UK has had their own version - the RCR (identical contents but the front cover is changed)
  24. Indeed it looks as it the Vic-Prop calculator and Crowthers knowledge and experience are closely aligned. I'd suggest, however' that the OP could end up paying a fortune and buying an assortment of random props, he'd be better off biting the bullet and speaking to the experts - buy once and get it right first time. He may even be able to trade in his 'almost new' prop as a contribution to the cost.
  25. It would appear that your ideal prop is 25 x 19.5 (ish) but obviously not possible with only 24" between skeg and uxter plate. It looks as if anything you use will be a compromise and give below par performance.
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