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  1. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Anyone can do anything if they so desired, but legally I think you already know that the answer is a clear "no". A boat is obviously someone's property, and remains so (and their responsibilities surrounding it).
  2. Curling fail: we was robbed

    The hogging has now been rendered completely irrelevant! GBR Women are through to the semi-final stage.
  3. I wonder what the deal is with this boat.

    It would still be using the facility on day 15 though. Let's compare to a similar example - a busy water point. It can only accommodate 1 boat at a time, if a 2nd boat arrives the 1st boat is obstructing it irrespective of if its been there 3 minutes and just connected the hose pipe; or half an hour and the tank is nearly full. The 1st boat can simultaneously: be using the facility, have permission to be there; and obstructing it. And contrast with another example, a lock landing. A boat waiting on a lock landing (say its only big enough for one boat) is waiting to use the lock, but it isn't obstructing it because a 2nd boat which arrives, by etiquette, doesn't have a right to also legitimately use the lock landing until its the next boat waiting for the lock. BUT a boat which is moored there and the occupants are having lunch, or gone shopping, ARE obstructing it because they're not using it for the intended purpose, and other boats behind may legitimately want to use it (the lock) so for them its become inconvenient to moor further back (possibly without mooring rings/bollards etc, say the boat must be left alone because its a single-hander), leave the boat then set the lock up for its use, then unmoor and have to go round the boat on the lock landing and enter the lock etc.
  4. I wonder what the deal is with this boat.

    Irrespective of what Nigel thinks, its arguable whether a boat on a (visitor) mooring is causing an obstruction. If it is, and it were moved, isn't also any other boat which then moors there irrespective of the amount of time it were there? After all, if a duck is a duck on days 1-14 it is still a duck on day 15, it doesn't become something else. Unless it ends up in a pancake.
  5. Curling fail: we was robbed

    What people seem to be forgetting is that even if the stone were not hogged, GBR needed to steal 2 AND would have gone into an 11th round against the hammer and needed to win that - so the hogging was not in fact massively critical to the match. Although it did seem to be a false positive - while Eve clearly touched the stone twice (or, let go of the stone then brushed it again with her finger) this occurred - from what we can see from the poor camera angle - before the line. But then with the stone tested and not faulty; and the other team nowhere near the area to observe what happened (thus all they can say is "we don't know if it was faulty, all we can do is trust the electronics in the stone's handle") there really wasn't much avenue for doing anything except taking the stone out of play (the rules say the sweepers must take it out of play.....)
  6. I wonder what the deal is with this boat.

    Is it definitely on a visitor mooring, I know there's towpath-side long-term moorings very close to that spot, maybe the owner and CRT are in contact, and due to the unusual circumstances they have come to an arrangement of a temporary paid mooring on one of the unoccupied LTMs there. That would explain to enforcement notices etc - not that they are anyone's business except between CRT and the boat owner/operator.
  7. I wonder what the deal is with this boat.

    Its definitely not as simple as it seems. Middlewich Narrowboats (Chugalong Hire Company) owned some boats but others were sponsored, with the true owner not much more than an "investor" or "capital providor" - the hire company being responsible for looking after the boat and licensing it. Since Middlewich Narrowboats is now no longer, the licence has now (probably) expired and since they don't own the boat, its not their or the receivers responsibility to licence it. And obviously they or the receivers can't sell something which isn't theirs. Now, whether the true owner knows the location and status of the boat is unclear, also I am not sure CRT would necessarily have a record of the true owner. They might even be the other end of the country. It looks like its been moved part-way though, being in Nantwich.
  8. Generation Decision

    Does it work both ways?
  9. Generation Decision

    I've had terrible luck with £5 ammeters. Do you have any links to this type of product? I would be interested in its (display) accuracy, range and other pertinant parameters. I think its a bit unfair to say a smartgauge and and an amp-hour counting battery monitor "perform different jobs". Yes, they are different, and its important to appreciate the underlying science behind how they work (and thus their limitations) but to a boater who wants to keep a slightly closer eye on their batteries than "voltmeter's in the green, its okay" they are essentially competing for that boater's money. Few people fit both, for example (I'll concede that often, smartgauge owners go on to purchase an ammeter of some kind though).
  10. Generation Decision

    I know others have touched upon it, but really its a pretty basic concept, that you'd need relevant information (in the form of a reasonably accurate power audit) before making decisions, especially if those decisions involve spending a fair amount of money or making essentially irreversible modifications to the boat. This is also why I have always recommended an amp-hour counting battery monitor over a smartgauge (even before the alleged quality slips and miscalibration etc now mean that a smartgauge bought today isn't quite the same as previously). An amp hour counter......has an ammeter. This means you can accurately measure the current usage of any electrical device on the boat (just turn off other devices and run the one you're measuring...) If it isn't on all the time (eg fridge, laptop) then you can do the same over a period of time, or make an estimated guess on its running time or duty cycle etc. Only once you have reasonably accurate info, can you make a decision which will "do the job" but not be overspecified (and thus, cost more than it needed to). Also, your list of generation options.....option 2 isn't generation, its storage....yes its a factor but its different and its not generation. The world's best storage technology won't help you if you generate less than you consume! Personally, I think you'd be an idiot not to have solar power (for the summertime, and a good portion of spring and autumn too). And, an idiot to rely on solar all year round - so some other kind of generation is necessary. Nothing wrong with using the boat engine for this in lieu of a separate generator, whether you choose to buy a travelpower or "DIY" the generation of mains via a decent alternator, (a decent battery bank in between to not tie you to engine running and cope with peaks etc) and a decent inverter is dependent on whether you need mains power when you can't run the engine. There's enough "little" things which need a little bit of mains power, to mean that some kind of inverter is always going to be very useful - for example a battery charger for a camera battery. Fanny around for ages and spend £30 trying to cobble up a charger which converts 12V to the camera battery voltage? Or just fit a 150W inverter for £30 or so.... We ran a 2 inverter setup on our boat - a big one for the microwave, and a little one for everything else. It was not especially complicated, wasn't excessively costly, yes it needed a bit of unplugging etc to switch them over, no we never tried to run the microwave off the 150W inverter, yes we accidentally left the big inverter on and its quiesecent current munched up some battery overnight, yes we sometimes deliberately left the little inverter on overnight and the batteries were fine with this etc etc
  11. London gets tough

  12. Smartgauge Questions

    So when a user installs 2x smartgauges and they read 20% differently, is the user doubly wrong?
  13. London gets tough

    You would have to be an idiot to take the 'facts' presented in the original article at face value. And, in previous cases, CRT don't typically publicise the details of each and every case they deal with, nor are they required to. So its a bit of a non-meaningful debate until actual facts come to light.
  14. Local mooring

    A boat doesn't commit the 'offence' though (I know its not really a criminal/civil offence, simply a T&Cs thing), the person in charge of it does. If its a different person in charge, then its not a return visit.
  15. Any good data deals ?

    It will be buried in the small print. I think its safe to assume that for tethering to be allowed within a normal phone PAYG/contract, its the exception rather than the rule; and it would tend to be mentioned in the promotional details (because its a thing which is worth something over the normal, phone-use-only, data). I know that some have been able to use tethered data even though the contract doesn't allow it, sometimes for months, but if its not allowed in the contract in theory they could block the SIM quite swiftly if/when they did find out. Obviously, the network providers can 100% detect and know when you're tethering, but they may choose not to act upon low levels of it.