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Dave_P last won the day on April 17 2016

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  1. More questions: who is running it? Will the BCNS be a bit more involved this year? Will there be entry and scoring options for walking/cycling?
  2. I've split this off into a new thread.
  3. I'm moored in the centre of Birmingham at the moment. You're welcome to come and film my boat. (She's been on telly before and quite liked it). Kate - once you've made 5 posts on the forum you can send private messages to other members. This will help with arranging things.
  4. No they are not all the same. In simple terms, if you go to Argos, Tesco, Currys etc and get a branded charger it will cost you upwards of £10 and should be fine. If you go on ebay (or to a car boot) and buy an unbranded charger for about £1.50, it's likely to be junk and may well damage your gear.
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    Post which led this thread astray have been hidden. I’ll say again - if you want to discuss your political views then this forum has a place for you to do it.
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    Please note: I put this in the general boating section and not the political section. This thread is about a website designed to encourage CCers to vote, and to discuss the lack of voters in that group, and why. This is not a thread to discuss reasons for voting a certain way. There's another section for that.
  7. How many amps is your controller rated for?
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    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/06/operation-votey-mcvoteface-voter-registration-drive-targets-boat-dwellers-and-sofa-surfers?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other https://mcvoteface.org.uk/
  9. Same here except I have 3 big panels so I manage around 8 months of not needing to run engine for battery charging. Currently I'm still getting a reasonable amount from my panels but not enough to manage entirely on. I'd say I have an 8 month 'solar season', 2 month 'shoulder season', and 2 month 'engine running season'. During those darkest 2 months, it's not difficult to find a mooring away from other boats, since the canals are pretty quiet from 21st November - 21st January.
  10. Strange. This isn't my experience at all. In fact, my experience is that it's gone the other way in the last 10 years. There seem to be more boats about overall but the proliferation of solar panels makes for far less engine running than I remember.
  11. This is what I've said in my email to CRT. I'd disagree with your comment about overstaying. At the moment, having only a very few electric points on visitor moorings makes those extremely desirable and therefore likely to encourage overstaying. But if it were the norm on VMs around the country, there really would be little extra incentive to stay if you knew you'd probably have electric at your next mooring place.
  12. Me too. I'll frequently move my boat on for an hour or so after work. Set off about 5. Moor about 6. Turn off engine about 8. With regards to the OP, I'll wager the 8-8 rule was in place when you got your boat. That's the rule - deal with it. The marvelous thing about boats, is you can move them if you don't like it where you are. For me personally, when I know I'm going to run my genny, I look for a place with some existing background noise (by a main road for example), or a place completely away from everyone. That's just trying to be reasonable. Sometimes such a place is hard to find though.
  13. Yes, I'm now aware of that. The cards don't look like the CRT ones at all.
  14. Further info: Following my annoyance at Cambrian Wharf being shut yesterday, I got an email from them this first thing this morning saying they don't even stock the cards. So changed my plans again and went for the option of buying a 25 unit pump-out card from Limekiln. In spite of what Alway Swilby has said, it didn't work in either slot. It was the last pump out card at the chandlers so the possible reasons would be: the card is faulty; the bollard is faulty; Alway Swilby is wrong; the bollard has been changed in some way. I then wrote an annoyed email to various senior people at CRT, detailing another, all too familiar tale of CRT cock ups. Finally, about half an hour ago, I got another email from CRT saying they do stock the cards at Cambrian. But I'm now a broken man. I'm not returning to Birmingham for the third day running if there's any chance that the bollard is faulty. I just don't think I could take any more disappointment. So I'll be unnecessarily polluting the area around the basin for the next few days. Sorry folks. I'll let you know if you I get any reply from Julie Sharman etc. Did you try lifting off the last railing? It always used to be removable.
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