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  1. I bought one like this from Amazon 3 years ago. https://www.amazon.co.uk/ThermoGuard-Thermostat-Electric-Greenhouse-Conservatory/dp/B00CBUGPS8
  2. That's one of the benefits of having a canalside house. If the power trips the burglar alarm "cheeps" and wakes me up so I can reset it.
  3. However because you have changed your charging regime, by installing a Whispergen, you will not be making a like for like comparison.
  4. BBC West Midlands local news last night and confirmed by the "Accuweather" App on my phone.
  5. I agree with this. My boat came with long flat steel bars front and rear, that can be padlocked over hoops to secure both front and back doors, in addition to normal door locks. The previous owner said he had been broken into twice, both times they smashed one of large saloon windows. He then replaced these with laminated glass. I haven't used the security bars in three and a half years of ownership, as I have the same philosophy on security as you.
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  7. Ventilation is only advisory for private boats, and are not required when no one is on the boat, cooking or using the stove. When I go for a winter cruises it takes 2 minutes to remove the ventilation covers.
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  9. To eliminate condensation inside the boat and prevent frost damage to the hot and cold water systems.
  10. Given the forecast for at or below freezing temperatures this coming week I decided to winterise my boat. Took me all of 10 minutes. 1. Put the dehumidifier and 2 x oil filled electric radiators on board. 2. Plugged the dehumidifier into a galley socket and switched it on. Put drain into sink. 3. Plugged a thermostatically controlled plug set to operate at 5°C into a bedroom socket. 3, Plugged the oil filled radiators into an extension lead and then plugged extension lead into thermostatically controlled plug. 4. Plugged mushroom vents with old bath sponges and covered louvre vents with cardboard. 5. Isolated water tank and opened all taps. 6. Locked boat and poured myself a pint. All set for what ever winter can throw at me now, plus I can go cruising whenever I like by simply by unplugging the orange mooring lead, unblocking the vents, turning the water back on and undoing the mooring lines.
  11. If you want freedom from restrictions and bureaucracy then you will have to trade your canal boat for a sea-going boat. The restrictions and bureaucracy are neither petty or pointless. They are designed to stop a few selfish people taking the p155 and spoiling it for the many.
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  13. This is very true in my case. I would love to live permanently on the boat but Mrs Hound will only spend a maximum of a month at a time onboard. The expensive compromise was to buy a canalside house and moor the boat there. Although I can get sea sick I have never experienced motion sickness on a narrowboat (which I assume will roll more than a wide beam). I think Prue will quickly get used to the motion of the the boat, but it is worth taking up the sellers offer to spend a weekend on it just to be sure it does pass.
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  15. As no one was killed, or even injured, I doubt if the HSE will bother to investigate. Not all accidents are reportable under RIDDOR. http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/reportable-incidents.htm When I easy working and RIDDOR was in force, less than 5% of incidents reported were investigated by the HSE. They simply are not resourced to investigate near misses.
  16. Four years ago you registered on site and had to provide photo I'D like a driving licence or passport and also a mobile phone number. We arrived on our shareboat arrived and spent a day looking over the boats. They would let you have keys to three boats at a time back then, but things may have changed. Try to look over as many as you can in different time price ranges and of different stern styles. Also rear galley versus central galley. After a while you will begin to get a feel of what you do and don't like.
  17. Exactly, Trojan and presumably Mike's Trojanoids (can't you get a cream for that?) Are marketed as "semi-traction", which means the plates will be fewer and thicker than a pure leisure battery, but no where near as thick as those on a proper traction battery. Proper traction batteries will use a different plate construction, active material and probably use more antimony in their construction than leisure batteries. No battery will be built specifically for the leisure boat and recreational vehicle markets - they are too small, so these markets use a product designed for another market. Typically engine starter batteries or golf cart batteries.
  18. I'd agree, Certainly for commercial use (critical power applications) in Europe Yuasa are the largest supplier, and they didn't get into that position by supplying batteries that are not fit for purpose. If the cycle information is correct, then I suspect that are aimed at the market for mobility scooters and the like.
  19. My guess is custom and practice. In the early leisure days gas oil was readily available canalside butpetrol wasn't. Early leisure boats were petrol powered (usually converted life boats or home built plywood boats), even Tom Rolt's converted narrow boat Cressy was petrol powered (Model T Ford engune IIRC). Eventually someone though "sod this carrying cans about, I'll put a diesel engine in", and with the demise of cargo carrying more narrowboats complete with diesel engines became available for conversion to leisure use. Then the trend just carried on. Painful as it is to pay more duty, I think k we have been lucky to use red diesel for a long time.
  20. Weĺ that explains it. Fill it up with diesel, bleed the air out and it should start.
  21. I wonder how much cheaper they were thsn genuine Trojans? In my experience with batteries you always get exactly what you pay for. Having said that if you don't use the correct charging regime no battery will last long, irrespective of cost.
  22. Ah, I see where you are coming from, my misunderstanding.
  23. Hmm, to do this properly would mean that 30,000 boats x 3600km of canal, = 1.08 million bits of data saying a particular boat wasn't at a particular location every 2 weeks. Just entering the data would cost a fortune.
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