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  1. 12 minutes ago, nicknorman said:

    Something like a trough aqueduct is of course going to make the effect more significant, but most of us spend less than 0.1%  of our time


    Don't exaggerate Nick.  I think you're probably an order of magnitude out here, maybe two!


    0.01% or 0.001% is far more likely.  I'm not sure exactly how many yards of narrow aqueduct trough there are out of 2,000 miles of CRT waterways, but I'd be astonished if it was over 2 miles ...

    • Greenie 2
  2. Is it only me who stops the boat if being overtaken, but without pulling into the side and mooring up?


    Wave them past, stop the boat in the water towards the right of the channel, apply minimal power just as the bow starts being drawn towards them to prevent a collision then carry on when they're past.


    It doesn't have to be complicated!

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  3. 9 hours ago, Graham and Jo said:

    I wouldn't mind a few less narrow boats moored so close to the bollards for the lock that I can't fit Dotterel between them and the bridge. 


    I find it entertaining to breast up to them while working the lock.


    When they complain - which they always do if they're onboard - I just shrug and point out I can't use the lock landing because they're moored on it.


    • Greenie 3
  4. 7 minutes ago, Arthur Marshall said:

    Nothing makes a great deal of difference to an air cooled Lister. I've got insulation sheets under the deck planks and they do cut it down a bit but it certainly aint quiet. Noise cancelling earphones work, though !


    Half past two!

  5. 18 hours ago, rusty69 said:

    Well, yes. Didn't I say I had been having trouble sleeping during the wee hours? Gotta catch up sometime.


    Most of the forum members find the sleep hours and the wee hours are the same anyway.


    You're a youngster so shouldn't be having this issue yet ...

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  6. 6 hours ago, Chewbacka said:

    Panels (rather than controller to batteries) only need fuses if you have several in parallel, which you probably don’t.  


    I think that's bad advice.


    6 hours ago, Chewbacka said:

    With a VoC of 46v if you put your panels in series you will be getting some fairly high open circuit D.C. voltages, so exposed terminals etc need guarding, and a warning notice by the controller wouldn’t be a bad idea.


    But that is very good advice.

    • Greenie 1
  7. 41 minutes ago, Hudds Lad said:

    Viagra was originally invented by the eggheads at Rowntree's when they were trying to find a harder coating for the new blue Smarties. It turned out to be useless for confectionary, but an unexpected benefit was the creation of thumb tacks.


    Reported for unnecessary Americanism. 


    Drawing pins, dammit!


    Also, Smarties have been made by Nestlé for the last 30+ years ...

  8. 3 hours ago, magpie patrick said:

    I'm now fascinated with this route - it appears to be the lowest cross country route and certainly the lowest across the central watershed of England. I think the Staffs and Worcs Summit is only around 340 feet above sea level and all other options for a "corner to corner" route get quite a bit higher


    We seem to have missed lowest canal off the list of canal extremities the other week.

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