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George Kennedy

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  • Birthday 05/05/1962

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  1. I am the OP and you're right, I have been quiet since asking the original question was asked and here are the reasons why. I have been accused of "gross exaggeration " by archie57 in post #12 who claims he was there at the time but hasn't given his account of events. Bearwood Boster in post #113 suggests that archie57 and Trevor Maggs are friends so perhaps archie57 wasn't there after all but is springing to his friend's defence. zenataomm has concluded in post #38 that although he or she is ignoring my poor spelling, I am a frustrated Sun headline writer and wannabe ex working boat
  2. Did I say that there was any damage? I just questioned using the bottom gate as a buffer stop.
  3. No, that is not my assumption, I can only comment on what I saw today. Perhaps you would like to describe what you saw?
  4. Quite correct, down Buckby. My definition of "Smash" would be that it moved the gate, lifted the bow and caught the attention of those inside and outside the pub. A number of those inside came outside to see what was happening. There didn't seem to be any mechanical problems with the boat.
  5. Having just watched nb Corona which has the name Trevor Maggs painted on the side of the cabin, smash into the bottom gate of Buckby top lock and then be told by the volunteer lock keeper that it's how the working boats used to do things, I am wondering if ex-working boats are allowed to smash there way around the system. If so, it seems to me that that for those on this forum who complain about the poor state of the infrastructure and blame CaRT for lack of maintenance, they are wasting their time and pointing their fingers in the wrong direction. Maintaining the infrastructure is important b
  6. NB Berkhamsted, moored at Castle Wharf, Berkhamsted has windows on the port side and portholes on the starboard side.
  7. I bought one of these for £45 from Maplin as a back up for satellite. We were moored at Spiceball park in Banbury where, due to the canal being tree lined, line of sight doesn't work. All the reviews seemed to suggest that it worked surprisingly well so I bought it even though I was very sceptical of the claims. The kit includes a bracket mount as well as a sucker mount. The unit is powered from the coaxial cable by a small device which can be powered by either a 12v fag lighter plug or a 240v power supply- both provided. I used the sucker mount and the antenna stood three inches above roof le
  8. Definitely Beduff, as Dave says.
  9. Thanks everyone, that's sorted it out in my mind now. I wonder why the EA bother having a visiting licence for a houseboat?, especially a 1-day one!
  10. Thanks Dave, so did you pay at the high rate for launches or the 50% rate for houseboats? The definitions are in this document https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/569952/LIT_10600.pdf A narrowboat would appear to fit the houseboat category rather than the launch category but I had always thought of a houseboat as being one that doesn't move. There's a big difference in the rate and although the cost won't affect our plans, I wouldn't want to pay more than I needed to. In answer to Mark, we'll get on at Dukes cut. I assume that I'll just bu
  11. Good evening. In a few weeks time we will be venturing on to the Thames for the first time on our narrowboat and need to pick some brains please. We have a standard CaRT licence and know that we will need a short term vistor licence from the EA. I know how to work out the area of the boat and intend to buy a 1 month certificate. Can I assume that a narrowboat is classified as a houseboat rather than a launch?
  12. You asked for it, so here we go! The global formula to estimate the electricity generated in output of a photovoltaic system is : E = A * r * H * PR E = Energy (kWh) A = Total solar panel Area (m²) r = solar panel yield or efficiency(%) H = Annual average solar radiation on tilted panels (shadings not included) PR = Performance ratio, coefficient for losses (range between 0.5 and 0.9, default value = 0.75) r is the yield of the solar panel given by the ratio : electrical power (in kWp) of one solar panel divided by the area of one panel.Example : the solar pa
  13. Unlawful is against the law whereas illegal is a sick bird
  14. We passed by Fenny Compton marina today and with the exception of access by water, it looks to have a totally secure site. I can't remember seeing another like it but I'm sure at there are other examples.
  15. search for " the dog & duck" and a 48' boat built by Stenson Boatbuilders is listed.
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