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Ratty's Retreat

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  1. Ratty's Retreat

    Rule shower waste box

    I also had problems with leaking shower box. Replaced it with Gulper IC which is fully automatic and combines washbasin and shower outlets. Works perfectly.
  2. Ratty's Retreat

    Thames moorings

    Thank you all for your responses. We are currently on the Wey, which we love apart from some of the extremely heavy gates and paddles. We want to explore the Thames more so I will follow up Magnetman’s leads, thank you. Another option could be to moor at Thames lock to give easy access.
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    Thames moorings

    Penton Hook is £5kpa for a 38’ boat. Rethink required.. Thanks for speedy responses.
  4. Ratty's Retreat

    Thames moorings

    Permanent leisure. I know the Windsor marinas but will check Penton Hook. Thanks.
  5. Ratty's Retreat

    Thames moorings

    Hello. Does anyone know of a safe non residential mooring around Chertsey/Windsor area for a 40’ narrow boot? Ideally with car parking nearby. Thank you.
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    How can this happen

    Damm, forgot I traded in the NB.
  7. My limited experience of Le boat drivers on the Thames and Canal du midi is that they are usually arrogant and incompetent, therefore I would seriously look elsewhere.
  8. Aldi are selling the kit for £19.99. I don’t know if they are any good but for that price they can’t be bad.
  9. No, please don't even think of combining the outputs. You could use the different inverters to supply different loads. They are both running more or less flat out with no allowance for start up surges. Cigarette lighter sockets are very poor and may overheat supplying your small inverter. You need a much bigger inverter or don't use so much power at once.
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    Best Bitumen Blacking

    I'm on the River Wey, would love to epoxy but preparation time and cost too great, so stuck with bitumen. Sorry did not word the question clearly, which make of bitumen is the longest lasting, are there advantages using a marine bitumen or can I get better bitumen at the builders merchants? I don't mind paying a bit more for a longer lasting material, or is all bitumen blacking similar?
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    Best Bitumen Blacking

    Hello All. Blacking needs redoing, currently Rytex premium. Chandler no longer sells Rytex but stocks Kalma? which is apparently made by same company as Rytex, I believe it's a new product and I am reluctant to be a guinea pig. I would like best protection and ideally a matt finish, any recommendations as to best bitumen, please. Thank you. John
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    Not a Nice Sight

    I have known Saxplayer for many years and am sure his statement was humour that did not convey by the spoken word. As a lifeboatman I'm sure he has saved more lives in very dangerous conditions than most of us.
  13. Ratty's Retreat

    Route Plan for Honeymoon

    Mount Caburn
  14. Ratty's Retreat

    Gas boiler - BSS

    I have just had an advisory for failing spillage test, as my Morco does not have an external flue just vents through a mushroom. Is this likely to be a major problem? If I have to have an ally chimney I will but would prefer not to. Thanks in advance. John.
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    Wireless (radio)

    I have a Roberts Sound 66. Works off 12v, aerial can be unscrewed, compact with wood finish, good sound and I pod dock. Out of production but Amazon list availability. John.

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