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  1. I think any sixth former will know more about computer technology than you or I ever will 🙂 I don't understand your question over what period is this data available,. When you put data on a device it stays there till you delete it so it is therefore "available" till you no longer want/need it. I must be misunderstanding your question as I am sure you will know that. When I visit my EE shop, I often find that I have difficulty explaining what I actually mean and I just put it down to an age thing but we get there in the end.
  2. Reading this thread with interest. I have found that weirs on rivers are well signposted (big arrows pointing to the lock) and you have plenty of time to make sure you are closer to the "safe" bank and away from the weir stream. The only exception I can remember is on the Nene where you come round a bend and in about a boats length there is a lock and weir side by side. There was a heavy flow on and that was tricky 🙂 Gamebird, our little Sea Otter, has a small aluminium anchor which dismantles for storing in small places. Once when Iain was boating on the tidal river Forth up to Stirling with a couple of other boats they all deployed their anchors in the middle of the river (nowhere to moor) and when they got up in the morning gamebirds anchor was the only one still holding. In fact all three boats had swung round and were being held by gamebirds wee anchor. The other boats were a widebeam and a broads cruiser, both much bigger and heavier than gamebird. I can't remember the name of the anchor but if Iain sees this later he will no doubt tell you. In my mind, there is seldom need to use an anchor from a narrow boat but when you do it is more likely to be because of a breakdown rather than hurtling towards a weir. It is therefore not essential that it bites immediately and if you drift till the anchor finds a suitable spot, it is no problem. We used an anchor once on the river Trent because of an engine problem and there was no rush about it. The biggest job was getting the thing back on board as it was blooming heavy!
  3. I know nothing about his private life but I have always admired his exploits involving steam engines and high chimneys and he had the knack f being able to impart his wide knowledge of his subjects in an interesting way.
  4. Very true but as I have said before, how would it be policed? No point in having a dog (or any other kind) of licence if it can't be policed.
  5. We are enjoying watching the previous series on BBC4 but even ore interesting is the program which precedes it which is about Fred Dibnah. I could listen to him explaining how spires etc were built for hours!
  6. We got Gamebirds cratch and pram hood covers made by Forth Marine Textiles in Dunfermline. They will come out and measure. Good company to deal with . I think Gerry is the owner's name
  7. Instead of a solid bit at the end which goes into the tank, we have a short (a couple of feet) length of hose which we connect to the end of the water hose (with Hozelock connectors) and the other end goes into the boat tank. We keep that bit of hose separate from the main hose as it is going into the tank as it fills. We tried using a Hozelock nozzle but it stopped the air coming out of the tank as it filled and it sometimes jumped out.
  8. Dog licences are a good idea but how do make sure dog owners pay to have one? That is partly why they were scrapped all those years ago. It is now a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped and wear tags but there is no way of reinforcing it. The number of lost/stolen /found dogs who have no means of identification is staggering. As happened before with dog licences, only responsible dog owners would buy one .
  9. A good idea but I can't think of many water points which are not beside the towpath and therefore passers by would need to jump over or duck under your hose. Unless of course you put up a couple of six foot high supports to hold the hose up . If you are happy with your current hose why not have a wet cloth handy and wipe the hose when you are finished with it ?
  10. I don't think they do but that pressure washer is extremely high powered and I thought it might be worthwhile Tony chatting to them to discuss things.
  11. Sorry Tony, I forgot I had already told you about the Northwich Dry dock :-). Their pressure washer is something else and although you want grit blasting give them a ring and have a chat. They are boaters and know what they are talking about . About bottom blacking, we had them do Kelpies base plate a few years ago and when they pressure washed it last year it was still as good as it had been before the first treatment . Definitely worth doing for peace of mind if nothing else
  12. If you plan to do your base plate and are still going to be in the north, have a chat to Rebekah and Matt at Northwich Dry Dock on the Weaver might be worth your while. You can get under the boat and the bottom of the dock is clean and dry ( so you don't get muddy feet ) and you can stay aboard. Boats are in for a week so the paint gets a chance to properly dry . It can be either DIY or they do it for you.
  13. Another thing to think about when getting new batteries is to make sure they will fit in the existing battery box. Battery boxes tend to be a pretty tight fit round batteries but batteries are not all the same size.
  14. When the front deck is lower than the water level, I think the usual method of draining it was a pipe which ran under the floor of the cabin into the engine bilge. I gather that this pipe was prone to corrosion but being under the floor was not easy to access and check/repair and the result would be water under the floor boards. Having a front cratch cover would be a great help as it would eliminate the water getting onto the front deck.
  15. Mooring with the centre rope as well as bow and stern ropes seems to be the "in thing" . We have certainly noticed a lot more of it in the last year or so. I don't know if folks think it gives them more protection from moving when boats pass but it doesn't, it just makes the boat roll. I don't know if folk get confused with mooring with springs or not but it is certainly a lot more prevalent than it used to be
  16. When we cruised the Lancaster on our little Sea Otter, we didn't have a problem and I can't remember needing the gangplank but when we did it on a 58 foot NB we found it was generally not much of a problem in the main mooring area but trying to moor out in the sticks was a different matter. This included near recognised mooring area when we tried to moor up if they were full. We always managed though and our gang plank was an ex scaffolding plank. Not sure how long it was 😃
  17. As long as you have a long gangplank you will be fine
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  21. When j watched the video when it was discussed on here before I reckoned the whole thing would have been avoided if he, the steerer had been paying attention to what he was doing instead of laughing and joking with the guy on the other boat . He would then have noticed the top gates were leaking and kept his boat back out if the way and water would not have hit his boat. Many on here at the time said how experienced they were and how none of it was their own fault. To my mind how he brought his boat into the lock indicated a level of " I know what it is all about " rather than experience. You can boat for years and still show little sign of being experienced. I don't dispute that she panicked when she thought the boat would sink but they certainly blamed the wrong culprits in the video.
  22. Oh dear, cat among the pigeons again 🙂 .
  23. That seems a bit strange to me too! The hose behind a cooker which connects the cooker to the gas supply to my mind needs to be flexible to allow for the cooker to be moved for cleaning etc. I know the gas cookers at home and on both boats have flexible hose .
  24. I find it very confusing knowing what is acceptable to put in which recycling bin. Up here, this varies between local authorities and I am sure it is the same in England and Wales. When boating we do try to recycle but it is sometimes a puzzle knowing what to put where.
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