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Martin Megson

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  1. Hi, I've done the Kennet a couple of times single handed. If you've managed the Thames the Kennet will be easy. At Fobney lock the landing is a raised pontoon with the bywash water flow coming through underneath. Just need to hop off and get a rope secured so the boat isn't pushed off the pontoon. County lock is just below a wide road bridge and the lock landing and bollards are actually on the towpath under the bridge. It's only a problem heading east towards the Thames as if you pass through the bridge the lock is immediately after the bridge with a large weir to the left. All you need do it tie up under the bridge, prepare the lock, and then head straight in. Going west toward simply leave the lock and stop under the bridge to go back and close the gates. Enjoy, it's a beautiful canal.
  2. I had a similar problem with mine. In my case the screw attaching the solenoid push rod to the stop lever had partially unscrewed moving the rod out of alignment and causing it to jam when operated and thus trip the reset breaker
  3. If you're planning on turning onto the S&W the Tixall lock closure has been extended to 21 Mar
  4. Just got this update from CaRT Notice Alert Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Starts At: Lock 43 Tixall Lock Ends At: Lock 43 Tixall Lock Up Stream Winding Hole: Baswick Winding hole, adjacent to bridge 99, Meadow Bridge Down Stream Winding Hole: Junction with Trent & Mersey Canal Monday 27 February 2017 until Tuesday 21 March 2017 16:00 Type: Navigation Closure Reason: Repair Update on 14/03/2017: The shot blasting element of these works is taking longer than anticipated. The gates should, barring any unforeseen issues, be available on Friday of this week Our team will be working over the weekend to complete the works
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    Thames

    Thames licence charges are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/569952/LIT_10600.pdf
  6. Alan, I did my RYA SRC course in June 2016. And you have only quoted half the RNLI statement. The full quote from the RNLI site - (http://completeguide.rnli.org/vhf-radios.htm - is as follows (I have highlighted the relevant wording: A VHF radio will enable you to summon help by calling the Coastguard and alerting other vessels. Up until recently this was done with a mayday call on Ch16. However, the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) has changed. There is no longer a legal requirement for any ship or coast station to maintain a manual watch on Ch16. The UK Coastguard and Irish Coast Guard have ceased a dedicated Ch16 headset watch and now monitor this via a wall-mounted loudspeaker. Please check with other countries if going abroad. Instead, commercial ships and the Coastguard now monitor a special digital channel with DSC radios. To transmit a distress message on this channel you will need a DSC radio.
  7. I believe it was mainly used by Southampton CG dealing with the many small boats in the solent. In an emergency I would always use channel 16 as not only the coastguard but other vessels are likely to be monitoring it.
  8. A quick google search brought up the Roving Canal Traders Association. http://www.rcta.org.uk
  9. I can't comment on the alternator controller but I have a sterling pro charge mains battery charger and the output voltages for flooded lead acid batteries are: High Charge 14.8 Float 13.6 and Maintenance 12.8
  10. They're slso know as a turnover bridge.
  11. You can upload from the iCloud website. Go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID. Then select photos and there is an option to upload files. Simply select the folders on you laptop and upload.
  12. No problem. It's not very clear.
  13. Ships Radio licence for a fixed radio. Ships Portable Licence for hand held. See OFCOM page I bothered to search and provide link.
  14. Actually you do need both. An operators "licence" which is issued on completion of the RYA Short Radio Course and included in the fee. A ships radio licence which is issued free by OFCOM - https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radiocommunication-licences/ships-radio
  15. I use insurance4car hire. Mine is around £40. I recently had to make a claim which was paid with in 10 days.
  16. It is indeed a beautiful area and should provide an ideal location for this worthwhile facility.
  17. Maybe it just needs a bit of tweaking to make it easier to navigate. I don't really need both a gallery across the top and a "top gallery pics" on the right - it's largely duplicated. Also don't need the "most popular" posters list. Could this space be better used.
  18. Please could you advise where you will be conducting experiments as I'd prefer to be in another county.
  19. I would have more sympathy if the article didn't distort the facts. I noticed on the news last night that caravan based travellers moving into a school car park were very quickly moved on with no regard for their children's education. Surely the solution is for schools to provide saniatary facilities and allow travellers to stay in the car park until their children reached adulthood. Schools could also covert the playing fields into large ponds which CC'er could cruise around in while their children attend school. This has the twofold advantage of enabling these children to get an education and freeing up popular moorings for genuine CC'ers and leisure boaters. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-39105225
  20. I use my son's address. This has the advantage of being free and he can scan anything important and email it to me.
  21. Hi, struggling a bit with the new site but guess I'll find my way around. The link on the announcement stating more info here doesn't work.
  22. There's a stoppage on the T&M just south of Gt Hayward until 17 Mar.
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