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TheBiscuits

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  1. I once had a chap of a certain age row an inflatable dinghy straight into my boat then proceed to give me a foul mouthed tirade. I let him vent as long as he wanted, until he told me I should have given way to him. Which was when I pointed out I was moored on a lock landing and although the engine was running I hadn't actually moved at all ...
  2. So about 1.2% of one year's budget, spread over the last 12 years, or around 0.1% annualised. Yep, that's clearly the problem. The other 99.9% of spend was obviously wisely spent on critical lock repairs and not worth mentioning ...
  3. Well yes, buoyancy aids are the correct thing to use when using anything expected to get you wet - dinghys, canoes, paddle boards. Automatic inflatable lifejackets would be a fairly stupid thing to wear in/on one, and a cheap foam lifejacket (with a fixed collar - they're a different design to buoyancy aids) would make it very awkward to paddle or sail. If you don't get why that is and blame it all on "elf n safety gone mad" then you're not assessing the risk quite as well as you think you are.
  4. And scrubbed clean with a wire brush so they can work. If they're caked up they don't do anything as they can't react.
  5. Wrong thread on 'em ... 😁
  6. Interesting that one Tony. I used to own a Nauticus 27 and the general advice was to add 200kg of ballast right in the bow - cutting through the cabin seat moulding to do so - to improve handling. I wasn't convinced at first, so I sat three people on the front and went for a cruise. Then I cut the fibreglass and added steel weights, the handling was so much better. That was of course on one particular hull design, others will no doubt be different in trim and handling.
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  9. Can't speak specifically for CRT but usual Direct Debit procedure is they'll try again after 5/7/10 days. Any extra charges for failed DD payments usually come from your bank, not the originator.
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  12. I understand your thinking on this, but not your maths. The "fatty" surcharge is a couple of hundred quid at current rates, and there's a lot of those in the 35 grand you knocked off the asking price. About a hundred year's worth of current surcharges! You may object to the tone of some of the other replies, but they're generally agreed that you are looking at boats way over your budget even if you don't keep a contingency fund. Either find more money or look at cheaper boats would seem to be your valid options, even if it isn't what you hoped to hear.
  13. That would be quite an exciting manoeuvre so close to the weir on red boards ...
  14. Just use the chewing gum as an ironic homage to fake rivets ...
  15. Which raises the interesting point that if your boat sinks, the gas locker vents are underwater, so your boat is no longer compliant with the BSS. If your insurance company (eg Craftinsure) also require you to have a valid BSS to be insured...
  16. Wokery and snowflakism I tell you. Let the floggings continue until morale improves!
  17. Uh, no. The electrolyte in lead acid batteries is dilute sulphuric acid. Heat that to 200°C and you get jets of boiling sulphuric acid. Heat them to 400⁰C and you get the added bonus of vaporised lead ...
  18. Yeah, it's a shame you don't have access to lines, pulleys and winches. That would make it much easier ...
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  21. Dilithium crystals, that's the thing. Approved by Scottish engineering officers across the known universe!
  22. Cynic. They'll probably give you a crime reference number...
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  24. This may come as a shock, but if you're away from the boat the only power draw is probably the fridge if you left it full and switched on. All the other "normal" power usage doesn't happen if you're not there to switch on lights, TV, washing machine, electric oven, hair straightening tongs, whatever. Many older boats were/are left from September to April with one leisure battery left connected to the bilge pump. Not great for battery life, usually eke three years out of a good one, but certainly not a concern for a long weekend away Add solar and it's a complete non issue - come back from your weekend and it's likely the batteries are more charged than if you'd been there for the previous three days!
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