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  1. 23 hours ago, cuthound said:


    True, but then the Alps don't have an eccentric man buried upside down.


    "Near to Box Hill Fort is the grave of Dorking eccentric Major Peter Labelliere (1726-1800). He left instructions that on his death he was to be buried upside down on Box Hill, claiming that the world was topsy-turvy and he wanted to be right in the end."

    I wonder if he was related to this gentleman who also sounds very interesting?

    General Sir Peter Edgar de la Cour de la BillièreKCBKBEDSOMC & Bar (born 29 April 1934) is a former British Army officer who was Director SAS during the Iranian Embassy siege and Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in the Gulf War. He is often known by the initialism DLB.


    Any way back to solar in which I am interested also a 24v boat. ?

  2. 11 hours ago, Matt&Jo said:

    Thanks very much for the replys folks, i am a bit concerned about filling up but no doubt it will go fine...perhaps the previouse owner on handover may help??

    If the previous owner is half decent I am sure they would.

    i bought my boat from Markinaboat of this forum and we did exactly the same both for fuel and pump out.  It wasn’t for the benefit of my boat but for others in the marina as I wasn’t keen for that method of introduction to my new berthing neighbours ?

    Mark gave me a brilliant handover and time wasn’t an issue.  To this day I even bother him with the odd Q. ?

  3. Yesterday I saw a clip for a TV programme on CNBC which made reference to a new technology which will be able to accept a charge 1000 times faster than lithium.  It’s broadcast at 10pm on Thursday 7th June and it is called ‘The Edge’.  

    May be of interest to some.

    Apologies but I just realised I posted about this previously.  Proof if it were ever needed than I have exceptionally poo short term memory.  ?

  4. Strange world isn’t it.  You would think everywhere would be the same.  I have a bank account in South Africa despite not living there and I could open a bank account in America if I so wished.  Money laundering regs are trotted out by everyone in financial institutions who can’t be bothered and who do not even know what you can and can’t do which I pointed out to someone recently and received an apology from the company.

    @matty40swhen you see them get them to enquire with Starling Bank which is purely App based.  They will need access to the internet and cam as the bank contacts you face to face so to speak for their enquiries.  

  5. I spent Xmas in Kingston and walked past that location on numerous occasions watching the life on the river.  For me it’s a particularly nice part of the world.  For many a year I had wanted to own a boat and moor occasionally at that spot.

  6. 14 minutes ago, koukouvagia said:

    It's a long time ago, but I think it was a bloke called Bob from Birmingham. (Not very helpful, I know). Tim Higton at WFBCo will know whether he's still around.  I know we pored over old pictures of Owl to get the style correct, but we came to the conclusion that the lettering changed several times so Bob(?) just used his own style which I think that looks right.


    Thank you very much for the info.  My NB is by WFBCo so it would be nice to chat with them at some stage.

  7. 7 hours ago, koukouvagia said:

     On Owl I used Tekaloid. (I'm not sure how easy it is to buy these days). The red showed almost no fading after nineteen years, as this picture shows, but I did refresh it fairly regularly with Craftmaster varnish.



    That looks superb.  May I ask who did the sign writing?

  8. I am an Apple convert.  Numerous windows laptops sitting around the house which contain data which I can’t access.

    I have the iPhone, iPad and I have been looking for a MacBook Air.  There are plenty of new ones on eBay which go for about £650-£700 and obviously used ones cheaper still.  The only reason I haven’t pushed the button just yet is that there are rumours a new version will be announced in June.  This is more than plausible as the MacBook air is now quite long in the tooth despite it saying ‘2017’.

  9. I saw a little bit of the programme and read a couple of articles in the press.

    Allegedly she is an advertising executive on a salary of £100k plus but can’t afford to buy a property in London.  Her moorings are £8k, the boat cost £180k and she had to take out a personal loan to get it built.  For me the figures didn’t add up but it’s her choice and yes I  suspect it will ever leave the marina whilst she owns it.

    As they say I suppose it’s whateer floats your boat ?

  10. 18 hours ago, mrsmelly said:

    Other cities and jobs are available :D

    But not everyone wants to be a carrot cruncher. ?

    I realise you have an aversion to London for whatever particular reason or reasons but for some people needs must.

    (no offence intended to the carrot ?)

  11. I have a Lee SAN self pump out though I haven’t used it.  It came with the boat which is 24v/240v.  All I can say is that the motor to power it is huge dimension wise.

    if you wouldn’t mind posting your address I wouldn’t mind passing bye one day and using your sewer to test it out.   ?

  12. 15 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

    A guy ran off to his van and got some bolt croppers. Never heard anymore. It was a long time ago, perhaps early 90s. 

    Gerry Kelly, a convicted IRA terrorist who is now a Sinn Fein MLA at Stormont and who is on the Policing Board had his car clamped outside the gym he was using.  He simply cut the clamp off with bolt cutters.  Unfortunately for him the whole event was captured on CCTV.  Cost him quite a bit of dosh and embarrassment not that I think it bothered him.

    i don’t think anyone was surprised by the actions of the murdering scum bag.  For the very first time in my life I wanted to pat a clamper on the back.

  13. 1 hour ago, ianali said:

    Something we found since buying a boat in 1999 is that although it’s quite costly, you do then have a holiday home. Before our boat we were spending maybe 8-10 thousand a year on holidays. 

    Totally agree.  Our two week holiday later this year is probably costing us the equivalent of two years boating which includes a marina mooring darn sarf.  Won’t be doing that in the future. ?

    Hopefully we will also be using the boat as a pied-a-terre

  14. 10 hours ago, JamesWoolcock said:

    The postings on here have indeed been so useful.

    But we all need to report problems to CRT. And talk to then nicely! That's where the power to get things done lies.

    This and with the help of Sue Cawson (CRT Navigations Advisory Group & HNBC Navigations Officer) did a lot to get Minworth sorted and open (?) to boats like this.

    Tomorrow I'm going up Minworth and will report.

    As well as posting on here, for best results Email problems to Customer Services and copy to Waterways Manager.

    Yesterday I sent an email to CRT Customer Services about CRT work boats on Visitor Moorings (and over the Bank Holiday!) and copied it to the Waterways Manager.

    Within 3 minutes Ian Lane replied that CRT shouldn't be doing this and he would deal with it.


    Thank you Ian.



    I totally agree.  Shouting, kicking and screaming together with abuse achieves absolutely zilch!  I thought the original letter by @nicknorman was polite whilst detailing and highlighting the issue and his concerns.  In addition I was particularly pleased to see the person who made the relevant decision acknowledge that the decision was flawed and that she apologised for the error.  She deserves credit for that.  As they say ‘a man (woman) who never made a mistake never made anything’

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  15. I too took early retirement when it became available.  I have had two life threatening illnesses in the past 5 years.  The first when I was 55.  After the first I decided that I didn’t want to be on my deathbed and think “I wish I had done that”.  In January I bought a 70ft beauty even though I can’t use it yet.  We have just arrived home for medical appointments after 2 months in the marina and we now can’t wait to get on the water in June.  Very hard to describe the feeling but even my wife who wasn’t too sure is now a convert.  Totally chilled out.

    All my life I was Mr Sensible when it came to finances and as pointed out already ‘there are no pockets in shrouds and in addition there is no point in being the richest stiff in the graveyard’

    Do it, if it doesn’t work out you can sell it but what you can’t do is get back what you didn’t do.  Have no regrets!

    Best wishes whatever you do - retirement is great.  ?

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  16. I would suggest that this is an absolute nonsense.  When they sent you a photo of the sign did they send you a date stamped photo of your boat in situ together with a date stamped photo of the relevant sign together with your boat position in relation to that sign?  Exactly how are they going to prove the offence.  They did not provide you with a copy of any paperwork created in the recording of the alleged offence/infringement and nothing was left on your boat to indicate that you were not permitted to moor there.  Surely this is a breach of natural justice and I’m not really sure how any court would allow a prosecution.

    Even if they go down the civil route I can’t possibly see how this process would be allowed.

    I am no lawyer/solicitor but I am pretty convinced of my views.  I would look up the use of freedom of information as to how many ‘tickets’ have been issued at that location and the outcome.  I don’t know if foi applies to this but as it concerns a public authority I would look it up.

  17. I feel for all those people who bought those flats along the river.  All those pubs, restaurants and nightclub must be an absolute nightmare for noise at night.

    Possibly a case of not doing proper research when purchasing.

    I know they weren’t cheap. ?

  18. I’m not sure where I read it but apparently he is well known to the police and generally ‘lives’ at Heathrow airport and has mentall illness issues.

    As usual we don’t know the full facts but on the face of it it doesn’t reflect well on the police.  The boat owner has made a complaint so I suppose it will all come out in the wash as they say.  (Probably not the paint though)

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