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  1. Yeah, he is pretty well known. He will pop up randomly between Crofton and All Cannings. Seems to be mostly harmless but a sometimes annoying space cadet.
  2. Kev Kyte (marine welding) might be able to help. +447934851240
  3. Magpads. Rubber encapsulated. Popular with my friends for such things (I work for this firm) https://www.guysmagnets.com/magnetic-products-c2/vehicle-mag-pad-1-p194
  4. Unfortunately it's not. I've spoken to the owners in the past about the place (they brought it back from being a wreck). Lovely location if you can deal with it though.
  5. Also what I use. To be fair though, I work for Guy (the seller on eBay) so it seemed daft to use anything else. They held the panels in 70mph+ gusts during the storms early in the year.
  6. Definitely not me! I'm a bloke and bald. I know who you are probably talking about though ?. No wondering for me at the moment, my current boats engine is in pieces whilst parts are sourced for a top end rebuild.
  7. I've been using 4 per panel on my 160w panels. Friends have used 6 on 250-300w ones. Same reasons I went for the magnet solution. No damage from water ingress affecting the paintwork after 18 months either which was the main downside risk as far as I was concerned.
  8. I use these rubber coated magnets attached to 'L' brackets. About £24 for 10. https://www.guysmagnets.com/magnetic-products-c2/vehicle-mag-pad-1-p194
  9. They used Omnia Clear on mine. It didn't seem to hold up well in exterior locations that were heavily exposed to the sun / UV. Bow doors were fine (I had a cratch cover) but the dog box needed redoing after a couple of years.
  10. Have you tried a carbide blade paint scraper? I used something like this then a soak of paraffin & lots of rags for a similar job. Only downside is that the paraffin then needs thoroughly removing to stop paint adherence issues (I used a blowtorch and then multiple cycles of white spirit, detergent, water....) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bahco-Carbide-Edged-Paint-Scraper/dp/B000288LP6
  11. Worked for me. Even sealed two leaks that had been present for years before I bought the boat (oak inner frame completely rotted out in two corners) - mine had an inset rubber bead to cover the screws and removing a bit at the top before applying liberally sealed whatever the source of ingress was.
  12. A mountain bike tied in a nice knot around the prop at county lock just after I arrived on the K&A. Moored up under the flyover, saw more than a couple of locals jacking up. Once we were free, I did some serious night cruising - think it was about 18 hours cruising between setting off at sunrise and mooring up for the night, thank god it was only autumn.
  13. Apologies for that, I was just very annoyed about myself and this boater being attacked for (as far as I could tell) no good reason. I shall try and stick to non swearword insults going forward. The good news is that CRT has finally decided to let the chap in question pay for the mooring he had with them and thus the boat removal is no longer an issue. He still has a police charge to deal with but TBH he is in a better place negotiating that than being homeless (especially given that the police appear to be on his side). Thankfully learned baton twirling hippies saved he day / his life. From what I've seen, it is another left hand vs right hand issue, no individual to blame at CRT but definitely broken processes.
  14. Its always crowded around Bath (on the canal part). Second busiest spot after London.
  15. Whilst I'm not a hippy spinning whatever the insult was (Nor part of the NBTA), I get out and help the boating community rather than just bash the keyboard on here. I have helped in well over a dozen situations similar to mine in the last year. That said, thee guy in the OP was only saved due to a member of the NBTA defusing the whole thing, he would have likely been homeless and/or shot otherwise. On Sunday, an OAP on a boat with NO HEATING due to issues outside of her control is getting a new burner fitted due to a few of us getting together and sorting things out in the real world. A normal weekend for us with low post counts..... EDIT: No need to respond, I'm in danger of doubling my post count tonight and I'd rather avoid that.
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