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waterdog

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  • Birthday 11/24/1962

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  1. The highway code is littered with the phrases "should not" and "must not", "must not " being law and "should not" being advisory (ish). Ignoring a "should not" while not illegal in itself could still be used against you in court. More here - https://driversmocktest.com/uk-highway-code-wording-explained/ So for rule 46 These vehicles MUST NOT be used on motorways (see Rule 253). (This part is law) They should not be used on unrestricted dual carriageways where the speed limit exceeds 50 mph (80 km/h) (This part advice.) but if they are used on these dual carriageways, they MUST have a flashing amber beacon. (and law again) A flashing amber beacon should be used on all other dual carriageways (see Rule 220). (and back to advice)
  2. Don't see why not, as long as your in control and not bouncing of things I don't see a problem.
  3. Mines are down to 12.1ish overnight, new batteries needed before winter I think
  4. Craziest rule in the highway code award goes to ............. The class 3 scooter (8mph one) can be used on dual carriageways, where the speed limit is above 50mph they must display a flashing amber beacon. 😲 Rule 46 These vehicles MUST NOT be used on motorways (see Rule 253). They should not be used on unrestricted dual carriageways where the speed limit exceeds 50 mph (80 km/h) but if they are used on these dual carriageways, they MUST have a flashing amber beacon. A flashing amber beacon should be used on all other dual carriageways (see Rule 220). From the Brighton Argus, https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/10335753.tourist-takes-a-mystery-tour-on-mobility-scooter/
  5. Doh !!!! Told you It might be me being stoopid
  6. yup, been there entered the search terms, i.e. devizes & 10 mile radius, it brings up a map showing moorings at devizes wharf and foxhangers but can't seem to progress past that to an actual booking page ? (it might just be me being stoopid )
  7. We are cc liveaboards currently on the K&A and looking at the possibility of taking a winter mooring as opposed to a marina near Devizes, basically we are looking for anyone's experience or thoughts on the pros and cons of this. Also has anyone managed to complete the process online? I had a little play with it on the c&rt website but can't seem to find a way past the locations map to get to an actual booking page. There is also the option of continuing to cc of course Opinions on the above please.......
  8. Mrs waterdog has one of these and mine is the same bike but not electric. https://www.halfords.com/bikes/electric-bikes/carrera-crosscity-folding-electric-bike-750632.html?cm_mmc=Google+PLA-_-Cycling>Bikes>Electric+Bikes-_-Cycling>Bikes>Electric+Bikes-_-750632&istCompanyId=b8708c57-7a02-4cf6-b2c0-dc36b54a327e&istFeedId=62b447cf-331e-4fec-a47a-9985ff72d404&istItemId=wqapawpmq&istBid=tzpr&_$ja=tsid:94971|cid:367490825|agid:1291926483181981|tid:pla-4584345023483356|crid:|nw:o|rnd:|dvc:c|adp:|mt:e|loc:&msclkid=2bd597b4d60a182281d9c8eeb3bdc2e8&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=PLA - AB - Electric Bikes - CSS&utm_term=4584345023483356&utm_content=AB - Bikes - Electric Bikes Sorry for the size of the link. As Happy Nomad says the small wheels are not ideal on rough towpaths but we generally manage ok, the bonus is we can fit both into a roofbox on top of the boat. I'm a bit shocked at the price now though it was just over £500 three years ago. A word of warning, do not leave the battery in the bike for extended periods without use, it will self destruct. Make sure it is fully charged and stored indoors if it's not going to be used for a while, It cost us £250 for a replacement after leaving it over winter.
  9. Don't ask me anything technical but purely from observation my solar drops to 13.6v at around 4 amp no matter how sunny it is, I assume this is the controller going into float mode.
  10. Picked up one of these today, just in case ........ They look small enough to fit down the weed hatch though I hope I never need to find out. https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-bolt-cutter-366mm/p/0244525
  11. Update, just done an hours cruise and everything working as normal, no loss of drive or funny noises 🤔 Yesterdays cruise was in the tail end of storm Francis so there was a lot of small branches and leaves in the canal (we passed some contractors tidying up fallen trees etc) so its possible it was some crap on the prop, it was absolutely clear when I went down the hatch though but I fully expected to find an old mattress or similar from the way the boat behaved. The drivetrain bolts etc look ok from what I can tell but it will need someone younger and more flexible than me to get down there and check properly. I think its a case of monitoring the issue for the moment and see if anything develops, we have got RCR membership if we get stuck.
  12. I normally notice the noise when cruising at lower revs and it goes away when increasing the revs. Just tried it while tied up, no noise in forward but heard it in reverse at low revs.
  13. All looks normal, shaft spins freely by hand with nothing obviously untoward. No, engine sounds really sweet when revved in neutral. It seems more like a gearbox / drive train issue.
  14. The drive plate did cross my mind as there doesn't seem to be anything obviously wrong externally, are there any checks that can be made to determine if the drive plate is on its way out or is it just a case of waiting till it breaks? Lol, thankfully we just came off the Thames last week and now on the K&A.
  15. Thoughts and advice on the following please, I'm not sure if all of the following is connected or not but the history so far, The boat is a 2003 r&d 60ft with a beta 38 and prm 150 gearbox and been in our ownership for 18 months. From the start I noticed that the tiller had to be held slightly off centre to keep the boat straight and there was minor vibration via the tiller arm, nothing that bothered me too much tbh. Over time I also noticed an occasional very slight tinkling noise when under way which appeared to be coming from under my feet, (propeller / shaft / gearbox area). This sounded like a piece of light wire caught in the prop and hitting the underside of the boat. (it wasn't but its my best attempt at describing the sound. The tiller vibration also got a little worse as time went on but was manageable. Fast forward to today and I had several issues with loss of drive and more noises from below my feet. Moving into neutral and then reselecting drive seemed to cure it. The final one was partial loss of drive with heavy tiller vibration and boat not responding to tiller. I went down the weed hatch as soon as we tied up and the prop is clean as a whistle, the gearbox oil level is good and I can select reverse and forward gear and rev the engine with the expected water movement. I Just tried the gears for a second while tied up. Any thoughts ?
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