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Mike Adams

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  1. If you just sub let part of the boat (a room) can you get away without a hire boat bss? I for one don't know the answer to that one.
  2. Must be working it with another boat - no sign of any cooking facilities or fire extinguishers - might be quite easy to get a bss then with only solid fuel stove, no gas etc.
  3. OK so you need a replacement engine and you need someone to fit it. 1. You will probably get a much better deal/job if you can move the boat out of London to the midlands. 2. I would avoid any recon engine since this is too much of a gamble and the costs of fitting an 'old' engine are the same or more. 3. You may be able to reuse the gearbox if it is something like a prm but not otherwise. 4. Don't get a larger engine than you need 20Hp would be plenty all the time on that boat. 5. Look at something like canaline you might be able to get a deal. 6. Many people mig
  4. The best solution is to use a hydraulic drive with a variable displacement pump. I agree that a variable pitch prop wouldn't last too long.
  5. Quite correct. What makes larger displacement engines appear to be more powerful is that they work over a lower range of speeds and that coupled with a larger prop improves the performance on canal boats. A small engine with a big reduction gearbox offers the same torque as a larger one for a given horsepower. Maybe it doesn't sound so nice. The Ideal solution is to have a variable speed drive if you want to load the engine at lower speeds. Otherwise the cube law propeller loading meets the power output curve at only one point when you achieve maximum power which also defines the maximum torqu
  6. You haven't said much about the boat and it's value. If it's an old (not historic) boat it maybe not worth spending much money on refurbishing or changing your engine. If you can't do the work yourself your are likely to end up with a large bill one way or other from a boatyard. The Petter is an old engine and unless it is in a show engine room probably doesn't add much value to the boat when you resell it. Most old boats end up as CCers in London and the engine is the last thing people worry about as long as it works. Get a diesel engineer to look at the engine. If it is just worn it may go o
  7. I am not sure which, if any, CaRT waterways have a public right of way by bicycle along the towpath. Remember a public footpath does not include the ability to cycle. Many are probably permissive paths such as is the case with the Basingstoke Canal towpath which can be opened and closed at will. I don't think you would need an act of Parliament to amend the bylaws.
  8. The same way you enforce any other law or bylaw - why is it different?
  9. I remember when we had to have a BWB bicycle licence in London. I can't remember how much it was now but even at say £10 bringing that back would make a shed load of money for CaRT
  10. I entirely agree with IanD that most genuine boaters object to s**t being placed in the general rubbish bins whether is is 99% or 90%. It is just something you don't do. If you have a composting toilet fine, but use it as intended and don't dump in in the general waste bin. This is all indicative of the increasing attitude on the waterways now that it's OK to do what ever you like providing you don't actually break the law. When I started boating so 50+ years ago we thought it a privilege to be able to use the waterways at low cost for our own pleasure. Sadly these days its always about the en
  11. I have inadvertently just watched a blog featuring a narrowboat blogger with a 'composting toilet'. I find the whole thing disgusting because they are not using it as intended. They seem to dumping the liquid in the canal or on the bank somewhere and simply bagging up the solids and placing them in the standard rubbish containers. The rubbish containers are bad enough in summer but it makes feel quite ill to think that they contain large amounts of human waste as well. I don't think CaRT or the waste agents should be forced to deal with this and they should be banned from boats as they cannot
  12. This is all just another example of unintended consequences The canal infrastructure including water and waste disposal was never designed to support so many people living full time on boats and it was quite adequate before the advent of the so called continuous cruiser. Now facilities and often filthy and blocked and you don't want to use them. CaRT should charge cc licence holders an extra premium equal to the average council tax plus water rates at least to improve facilities.
  13. Well I guess he was normally the only one onboard so he knew roughly when it was likely to be full and the containers were transparent anyway. I think he just had an airhole in the lid of the one in use.
  14. I remember a friend of mine had a Springer in the 1980's that had exactly that. A sea toilet that pumped into two 25 litre plastic jerry cans he kept in the engine space under the rear deck. He just lifted them out for emptying. I can't say it appealed to me but it is an option if you already have a sea toilet and use a diverter valve. I prefer to have a couple of spare bottoms for the porta potti.
  15. I remember towing Dave's 'Gertrude' down the Thames in '83 with the 2DSM powered Edale - I wonder what happened to both of them!
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