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  1. And very smart it looks 'in the flesh' too!
  2. Interesting thread you've started here Joel! Your own predicament emerging from the marina shows exactly why the 'Stand On Vessel' should also be prepared to alter course or speed to avoid a collision. To be fair, the COLREGs were perhaps not written with canal navigation at their core, but they do normally allow the 'blind' vessel to be Stand On Vessel (which rather makes sense!). In your case that's not quite the case perhaps, but it is still incumbent on the vessel in the main channel to avoid colliding with you too. If he can't see that it's safe to proceed, even if he has 'right of way' as it were, he should be navigating accordingly - i.e. he should slow down at bends, bridges and junctions (or whatever the potential hazard might be); be prepared to stop; be alert for sound signals; and, as always, maintain a good all round lookout.
  3. I'd suggest that not sounding your horn wasn't your only act of negligence, it was running into someone you (not the Stand On Vessel) had a duty to avoid. However, don't shoot the messenger: I've been subject to these rules, but I didn't write them!
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    The general rule on canals appears to be that any flag should be no larger than will fold neatly into a captain's hat.
  5. Well, you mentioned best and so far the filter has worked reasonably well, but I predict that'll be short lived. Stand by for (in no particular order): extend your blacking higher; daub and wattle; yoghurt stained with a tea bag; my Grandad always used xxxxx; whitewash is only 5 quid for a thousand litres; Wilco combined sheep dip and drain cleaner; tarmac; etc!
  6. Correct. There's no such thing as right of way (RoW ) in navigation. Instead, the vessel we would associate with having RoW in a traffic situation becomes the Stand On Vessel. This ensures both parties know what to expect and, if they both do what's expected, all will be well. If you're Stand On Vessel and it becomes clear that there will be a collision if you both keep doing what your doing, the Stand On Vessel is also expected to alter course and/or speed to avoid it. Far more sensible really and a lot of road accidents could be avoided if no-one thought Right of Way was an inalienable right they should fight and, if necessary, die for.
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  8. I got mine when passing Midland Chandlers, who also do mail order. Other outlets are available If you're looking for it on a shelf in a chandlery, it's a white plastic screw top container about the size of a cough mixture bottle. I'd never seen it mentioned anywhere so I just took a risk on it from reading the label and 6 months in I'm glad i did.
  9. They still are, but I'd phone before you travel as they do work on cratch covers, etc, there, but don't seem to have a showroom as such. They do have furniture items on display in a big trailer which goes to shows, etc, so if that's there I'm sure you will be able to see their offerings. We have two Avon upholstrerd chairs which fit nicely into a narrowboat, but are not hugely comfortable imho. I'm thinking of buying a pair of their swivel chairs to replace them, not least because they fixed a rip in my (Wilson's) cratch cover the very next day after I phoned them since I was passing. Good customer service - I'm sure you'll find them a helpful outfit.
  10. I think that comes under "Sod's Law". You have my sympathy - you're trying to be considerate and someone (who perhaps isn't so considerate towards you, or simply hasn't realised that you're seeking solitude) then moors close by and thinks you are being inconsiderate. Maybe you need a "Leave Me Alone" flag, but then someone will post what a plonker you are for having a flag! However, I can see how if someone's cruised past miles and miles of reeds or tarmac towpath desperate for anywhere (please god, anywhere!) just to pull in, a moored boat can rather indicate salvation is nigh. Some may also feel safety is in numbers. Maybe you need to look more scary? Perhaps a Viking helmet? Ah, no, that's 'wearing a hat' territory and you're in for another plonkering!
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  12. I'm using Silky RX. It's a living enzyme in granular form, added at the rate of a teaspoon a month, so the relatively small bottle for just under a tenner lasts a long time. As well as tackling odour, which it has done very well for us, it also claims to break down solids. Since using it, my previously traitorous gauge has become reliably accurate, so I'm rather happy with it!
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  14. I believe this post highlights exactly where the increased risk posed by petrol is at its highest. The difference with an LPG installation is that hiding it in the hedge when the inspector calls is rather less attractive or likely. I don't think anyone thinks LPG is intrinsically any less dangerous than petrol, but the regime for its safety is less likely to be flouted. It's not one can Ricco. The heavy vapour can drop down into a boat and sit there from each can, building up into a serious combustion hazard. Portable petrol devices are not subject to the same exhaust fume management at fixed LPG appliances either. Both of these issues have resulted in death in the recent past. I'd urge you to rethink your idea above.
  15. To expand then Churchward: LPG appliances are securely fitted I'm accordance with strict regulations and checked reasonably frequently by mandatory inspections. LPG storage is designed and built to similarly strict regulations with a similar inspection routine, with pipework being protected by regulations surrounding bulkhead penetration, routes, closeness to cables, etc. Whilst there are regulations involved with petrol, the portability of equipment like generators makes it very easy to store, fuel or run them in inappropriate places, either by accident, ignorance or deliberately. The consequences can be dire not only for the host boat and boaters, but also for those nearby. That's certainly not to say that anyone with petrol aboard is a danger to themselves and everyone else, but you see the distinction and therefore the additional risk petrol represents.
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  17. Ah, but maybe he's using the word prove as a baker might when adding yeast- he's hoping for a rise!
  18. So you don't get caught out by accident, the first part would put you outside of the guidance to not run engines after 8pm and before 8am. Aside from that, running a genny won't win you many friends amongst your fellow moorers at any time of day - they're rarely as silent as their owners think in my experience. Some folks won't agree with that (and may even be along to flame me shortly, however, I'm trying to help here!) but many will. Maybe you will too if you're tv volume isnt high enough. The second part, however, shows that you're thinking considerately and realise the noise can be an issue. It's certainly a feasible alternative, particularly if you have a reasonable battery bank, efficient kit and give the issue sufficient thought, as indeed you are. The use and storage of petrol in enclosed boats is fraught with danger and a thing to be avoided if possible. Sometimes it's unavoidable, but it's not something I'd go for if there was an alternative.
  19. This is an area which needs some care in my opinion. In the yachting world (where I have a little surveying experience) once you put down a deposit, even 'subject to survey' it often takes something pretty major and unexpected to allow a change of mind. You may be expected to accept the boat, given a suitable allowance for any repairs required. Much of that will be broker dependent. For example, when I bought my narrowboat through ABNB it was very clear that my deposit was refundable in full if for any reason wasn't satisfied after a trial run and option for survey. Caveat Emptor applies - be sure you're clear about what's being agreed and read the small print. There are enough boats about to walk away from unscrupulous brokerages and enough threads on here to give a pretty good idea of who they might be!
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  21. Your questions make me wonder whether you've been to look at a few narrowboats before asking because, if you haven't, I think you could have asked better targeted ones in this sector if you had. There are many different boats, with different layouts, different lifestyles and usage patterns and different equipment fits according to budget and other factors. Anyway, here's my input for what it's worth : 1. Nothing that I wouldn't have difficulty cooking elsewhere given an oven, grill and 4 burner gas hob. That said, the dedicated marine freestanding oven is a bit smaller and less accurate in terms of control and temperature than a decent household one, so it takes some adjustment. 2. As above, but the oven characteristics are slightly more of an issue. 3. In a cupboard or the fridge, probably mostly fresh ingredients. 4. Flambe? Being a confined space, the limitations are ones of safety and common sense. 5. That's a strange question. There are already floating cafés and canals are often narrow, so a floating allotment is likely to be a hazard to navigation. I'd like to be able to have better, more reliable access to moorings at supermarkets and the like which are frequently poor or full. I hope that helps get you started
  22. Thanks Kris, that's the stuff, and it was those very middle ages folks I had in mind when imagining the effect on the ducks, who I don't think should be subjected to mouldy bread. 'Course, there was a bit of license taking there to get to ducks on LSD, but I wasn't expecting so much expert scrutiny.
  23. So it doesn't beat it then Alan, it matches it (reasonably enough given similar efficiency and insulation values) but the inverter being on 24/7 tilts the balance back to 12v. Now you have extra capital cost of 12v units V extra running costs of 240v plus inverter. No wonder this question seems perennial.
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