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Scholar Gypsy

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  1. And the ship behind didn't put their stern fenders out either ....
  2. Thanks - very interesting. I rather suspect the programme will have to be done again once the various investigations have concluded and published their reports.
  3. Yes, I was about to post it here myself, it was an interesting programme (but annoying background music!). The discussion about the respective roles of Master and Pilot was particularly interesting, if somewhat alarming. I've been watching quite a few aviation videos recently, where there is often a strong focus on the importance of crew resource management (including "the captain is not always right"), and on the proper relationship between the pilot and air traffic control. The Maritime industry seems to be a way behind this (also for example the plethora of national jurisdictions involved - ownership, control, registration, crew, insurance etc).
  4. If you like surveys, one has just been issued to gold licence holders to seek views on how they use their licence. The link is personal to me, so I can't post it here.
  5. I know what you mean. I do find the crew do as asked....
  6. Yes, I have been watching lots of his videos in recent weeks - you can just skip through the sponsorship bits. There are a number of thought provoking messages that are relevant to the more challenging boating activities, for example one pilot flies the plane, while the other fixes the problem the way the crew work together (crew resource management) checking each other, offering ideas and suggestions, to avoid groupthink. Very much countering the "the captain is God" myth. PS I enjoyed this one - how to land a passenger jet if all the pilots are incapacitated. It rather looks as though getting onto the correct radio frequency is the hardest bit ...
  7. This just appeared on my Facebook account - a 6,000 mile cruising ring in the United States. https://www.dvidshub.net/news/411940/great-loop-adventure-brings-happy-days I visited one of the locks at Lockport near Chicago a few years ago, and chatted about the loopers with the lock master (sic). https://scholargypsy.org.uk/2019/03/13/illinois-waterway-and-other-chicago-sights/
  8. These sites give flow rates (in cubic metres per second), which you may find helpful. To give an idea of scale, I think the biggest recorded at Kingston is about 450. Kingston: https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249/1382 Maidenhead: https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1132/1230 Sutton Courtney: https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1043/1094 Farmoor: https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1001/1037
  9. I suspect you are right. The Bedford Ouse has all four possible permutations of guillotines and mitres at each end, just to keep you on your toes. St Neots (papermill) does have fittings to chain the gates open on the upper mitre gates ....
  10. Thanks - that's a very plausible theory! The only time I have actually seen a reversed lock, the guillotine was fully up, rather scary.
  11. Any theories as to why the word "reversed" is used ? I've always found it a rather confusing term.
  12. I'm getting confused. If the main water tank isolator is closed then where can the water come from? Some photos of your calorifier would be really helpful.
  13. Yes. I think I have 13 isolator valves in my system, which is perhaps a bit OTT. And the pump can also be used to pump out the cabin bilges (not needed to do that for years!). I should have said that to drain the calorifier I have all the hot water taps open, to let air into the calorifier. Here's a sketch that you might find helpful. I have both hot and warm water systems, for galley and bathroom respectively
  14. You will I think need a drain point at the lowest point in the system. There's no other way of getting water out of the tank - you can't blow it out as the outlet is at the top. I have one on the cold feed near where it goes into the tank (top right in this picture, the one just below is connected to the outlet side of the tank). This is connected to a pump to get the water out.
  15. Good point! My compromise is to take a light line up the ladder with me. One end has a spliced loop which hooks easily over a thumb, and can be let go easily if required. The other end has a dog clip and is attached to the proper mooring line. Once on the lockside I pull in the light line and whatever is attached to it (usually bow and stern lines) comes up to the lockside.
  16. Thank you - but photos and words were by Martin Ludgate of the editorial staff. I just made sure we didn't sink any punts. If anyone fancies a day trip to Cambridge I hope to do similar trips in February and maybe March. Send me a DM if interested.
  17. The gas installation does not look BSS compliant either?
  18. Try turning the tap / knob and the other way, and see if you get very hot water. PS I use hot water in the galley tap, and warm water in the washbasin and shower taps. Works well. You need to add some extra drain points, if you want to drain the pipework.
  19. For something a bit different (and fewer and easier locks) you might try the Fens. Very quiet most of the time. Good hire bases at Ely (Bridge boats - black prince) and March (Foxes, an excellent family firm). On flying days you will see US fighter and transport planes (Lakenheath and Mildenhall) in case you are feeling homesick.
  20. You'll need to persuade Her Majesty to move the bank holidays. Please let me know how you get on...
  21. The dates are correct, but the days should be Fri Sat Sun. Too late to edit the original post...
  22. We are organising a couple of trips on the tidal Thames, over the bank holiday weekend in June. LImehouse to Gravesend, and return, on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th June Limehouse to Teddington/Brentford, on 5th June, including an optional excursion to the Thames Barrier Further details HERE. If you are interested in taking part please let me know by email, as set out in the note. Moorings at Gravesend are limited!
  23. Caution: at Shrewley tunnel near Warwick the horse route has its own little tunnel ....
  24. It's quite a long story, but basically the original boat (45') had no access from the inside of the boat to the stern. This made sense when we had the boat built - my father and I both took the view that steering was a solitary activity - but less so as my parents got older. They also quite fancied a fixed double berth. The boatyard suggested a part exchange, and then built a new bow to create FROG. Originally we were going to move the engine (BMC preloved 1.5) from the old boat to the new one, but eventually decided that a new engine would be more sensible. I had not heard the theory about the tunnel before, indeed I wasn't aware there had been major works there in the 1990s.
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