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magnetman last won the day on October 3 2016

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  2. If you come off the cut at Isis lock via sheepwash channel turn left you will almost certainly find a mooring spot just below Osney bridge before the lock. Technically you are meant to have a Thames registration for this bit of the River but you have to buy these from the lock so IF you opted to just stop there (very close to Oxford city centre via Botley road) then go back onto the canal it's quite likely you would not be found out. Not sure what length boat you can turn there though so if you have a long boat it could be interesting. Locks are on public power all the time after lock keepers go home so can always travel outside of duty hours. EA on the Thames are terrible at enforcing registrations and although it is part of the River I really don't think a run from Sheepwash for ten minutes down to the moorings and back is going to cause any sleep loss. ETA worth taking a rain coat if the bridge is still leaking ! There was a persistent water main problem last time I was up there with a lot of water coming out.
  3. All of these problems and oil etc will be history once everyone has an electric boat in 2027. It's bizarre that humans have relied on such dirty and complicated non rotary machines for so long when all you need is an electric motor decent batteries and go slower. Diesel is king.
  4. My mum had a BV1505 on her narrow boat and one day she had a mechanic working on it and he stepped on the lift pump. Tiny little crack in one of the pipes. Not the exact same symptoms but basically a little bit of air was able to get in and it caused problems. The (mechanical) lift pump itself was a tiny little thing with integral inlet and outlet pipes rather than screwed-in unions. New lift pump ordered, I fitted it and it was fine after that.
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  6. Scumbags. I thought that was a bit rude. Slightly odd to see it on a news webshite.
  7. I reckon it would be quite a good idea to fit a good quality night vision CCTV camera in an engine room with wet exhausts, linked to a dedicated LCD screen near the helm. One of my boats which is a twin screw seagoing motor cruiser has keel cooling for both engines but even on that I think if I did venture out anywhere in open water I would put a camera in the engine room just so I could keep an eye on the engine status and the situation in the area generally.
  8. I've noticed having been up and down the River all summer that a lot of the lock keepers seem to be ok with narrow boats using centre and stern lines. Worth being aware that the byelaws -require- bow and stern lines and also that you must follow the instructions of the keeper if reasonable. So there is zero validity in getting into a conflict with the keeper about which lines to use. I've done the length of the Thames up and down single handed in my 55ft narrow boat, 71.5ft narrow boat and 58ftx12ft barge never had any problems. Bow and stern lines aevery time. Going up I would tie off the bow line and control the boat with the stern line and periodically secure stern line then go and tighten bow line. The bollards differ. Lightermans hitch for the ones with no pins or just a locking hitch for the ones with pins. I always manage boat from the lockside and refuse all offers of assistance as it's easier like that. Quite a lot of activity but it seems to work ok for me. Lately I am boating on a 32ft craft so ropes easier to deal with but if you do it right a long narrow boat is not going to be a problem.
  9. Coincidentally I bought my first narrow boat from Pyrford in 1993. The bloke selling it said "take things slowly". Such good advice that was. I still do take things slowly and tend to enter locks in neutral and just glide in. Much less trouble like that. The short bit of the river Wey will help you get used to the boat. It'll be fine, just take it slow around locks and never be in a rush to do anything. ETA the River is nice and slow at the moment. I would suggest 3 days not two for Shepperton to Reading.
  10. Using arable land to grow fuel crops seems a bit dodgy. Nothing new but if it takes off properly I wonder if the Trump wall is going to be big enough.
  11. Most of the fittings are loosened so you just remove it, fill your builders bucket, place other bucket under tap, decant first buckey into water tank with funnel, repeat &c then when finished put the fitting back on. Hoses are not the way ahead here. Using a bucket allows one to engage in a physical level (15kilograns each time) with the water which one is so incredibly dependant on.
  12. It's definitely dodgy there. A couple of years ago I was going up and down the Thames in a little 20ft Colvic with open stern cockpit. I stopped at the Tesco moorings to grab some rations. Must have been off the boat for about ten or 15 minutes. I had things like boathooks and oars and a couple of fishing rods from previous owner (I don't fish) on the back by the seating. When I got back to the boat after this short time it was obvious someone had rifled through the items to see if there was anything worth nicking. I don't bother stopping there any more. There is a Waitrose in Caversham for light rations and a Tesco attached to a petrol station so I just stop up there on the park if I need anything. Of course the big Tesco is handy for petrol but I possess no petrol powered devices on the boat now so not needed. Not surprised about agro at the Tesco moorings as it is basically just a slum shanty town.
  13. On demand self inflating and deflating side airbag fenders seem more achievable and would be more effective than thrusters and use less power. A full length linear balloon unit with air pumps linked to the distance sensors could prove to be quite effective. Build it into a channel around the edge of the side decks so it would be out of the way when not inflated. It would need to be made of a durable material and able to be pumped to a very high pressure very quickly.
  14. Calculus? Maybe he will be able to find the answer with his pendulum.
  15. Yes and what I was referring to was that the pound below Stockers lock will go low without the windows in the paddles because there is no other feed of water into that pound when the lock is not being used. And Springwell lock is deeper therefore uses more water. Above stockers lock the towpath is raised and extra reinforcement for flood protection this means that water does not overflow the gates and for obvious reasons there can not be a bywash there so we have to have another way to get the water through the lock, continuously and in a controlled manner. If you look into Stockers lock when empty or below the lock when full you can see the water emerging from the windows. Sorry to derail the thread !
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