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Still-waters

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About Still-waters

  • Birthday 07/09/1957

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Derby
  • Interests
    4th year of cruising

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  • Occupation
    Retired from NHS but some part time working.
  • Boat Name
    Still-Waters
  • Boat Location
    Winter at swarkstone

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  1. Hi if its any help I have an Archer may be a "400" version. works very well .Will work in good reception areas without connecting to external aerial although I do most of the time have a cheap ebay one connected most of the time.
  2. Understand Lock gate at Missenden now mended so were planning our escape following an interesting protracted stay on what is a loverly Canal with character .
  3. Hi Lady G, were in similar situation. We were due back on the Trent tomorrow. We did only do 1/2 the Chesterfield as were keen, in light of CV19 etc, to get closer to home soon (no chance now!) also the upper part was closed then. So we plan to take "advantage" of the extended stay to now venture as far as able then we hope back when the lock is sorted. We were also were considering the coal and diesel situation.
  4. https://www.jannel.co.uk/contact-us.html Shobnal marina always been good for us, just a interesting reverse in!
  5. And bang went one of our porthole windows this week. No evidence of damage prior to this, no sign of vandalism nor a particulaly hot day. Just went into many small pieces. Guess this happens occasionally.
  6. very similar experience few days ago on T&M near Swarkstone. Basically just food taken and bit of damage from forcing entry. Police attended. Just an alert for others in case they are still in the area.
  7. believe the flight is now open again.
  8. From the original Question based on the replies some contact with suppliers/distributors and further searching, I have decided not to venture along the drop in lithium route. The problems re low temperature charging and reading that the life span of the batteries may (unless very very carefully managed,) in reality be far less than advertised have strongly influence the change of heart. Seems to me that the drop in versions for narrow-boat usage have a bit to go yet till they are a true drop in replacement.
  9. Thank you for the wide and thoughtful exportation of this. I see some similar discussion fro the RV world although most USA focused. The you-tube video is a good coverage also. I do plan to raise some of the issues highlighted i.e. the charging aspects with the company who supplies these. My set up is a bank of 5 for the domestic: beta 43 with the higher powered 12v alternator for the domestic batteries, 3 x 110w solar panels with a MPPT and a sterling 3500w inverter/charger (which can be adjusted for the charge rate- looks like the Gel setting is closest) So as current bank is fading but not yet gone have a bit more thinking time.
  10. I am looking at replacing our deteriorating normal lead acid battery bank with Lithiums. I have discovered the Ultramax LiFePO4 Battery: 12V 100Ah https://www.batterymasters.co.uk/lithium-phosphate-batteries/ultramax-lifepo4-battery-12v-100ah-replace-sla-12v-100ah-with-4-times-cycle-life-lighter-weight-charger-included.html Any experience of these or ideas would be welcomed. I have some caution in progressing as they are cheaper than the other similar lithium replacements available. thanks
  11. Update on 02/11/2016: The boat has now been removed and the lock has been reopened again. from CRT
  12. Thanks amber appeared latter yesterday but now in same situation with 8 others at Junction lock at start of the river Wreaked section .
  13. At Belgrave lock level still at red but has fallen some boats are moving others like us still waiting. Not sure if best to move or to wait.
  14. For info River Soar at Belgrave lock area back in the red so await to see if falls in the morning.
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