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sirweste

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sirweste last won the day on January 28 2015

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  1. Tilting made quite a big difference to my total power through the day when I did it last March / April. I have some absolute figures I think. I used a website that told me the angle of the earth for the time of year and aimed for that amount of tilt, I aimed for 40deg I think. I'll dig out the figures for you (my two had been flat for years, which was fine until I was working from home running monitor, laptop and stereo etc
  2. I've reported a couple on the Ayles to CRT, in 2019, one worse than this which had caused a huge sink hole in the towpath and one slightly less than this one. In both cases they came and got a temporary repair in pretty quickly
  3. Apparently there were 30mph gusts of wind that day, which is why it got blown off course...
  4. Very good ta, this want's pinning
  5. This is the bit I was mooching on? Denver to Ely, I found that less dull than the middle levels because at least it was wide so you could see out and it's deep so I could get up to 7mph or so.
  6. So to add for the OP. Yes the Nene is absolutely worth doing. The Ouse was cool too, for sights and the massive sluice complex, but I've yet to see anything as nice as the Nene. Loads of wildlife and a lot is secluded. One thing that stands out is how tranquil it can be (if you ignore a 71' 2.5l diesel engine) due to the lack of footpaths following the banks, you get to go places that most people cannot
  7. Maybe chore isn't the write word...I remember it being impossible to do more than something like 2mph and a lot of it being in-between high banks so you couldn't see out. At this point I'd only lived on the boat mooching about near Denver while I waited for Salters Lode to have it's new gates put into service, that was my only point of reference at that time, then followed by the Nene. Then finally onto the relatively disappointing GU canal! Learning how to steer a boat in Feb / March rivers certainly was a contrast to the still canals!!
  8. Bought my boat in Ely, at the time I loved the trip to the GU on the Nene but didn't fully appreciate it as I hadn't ever been on a canal. Rivers are so so much more interesting! Middle levels are a bit of a chore after a while tbh
  9. OK grand, ta. So the theory is then, that by the laws we should be moving to the right to pass, then you add on the colregs and realise, should there be some reason boats cannot pass without one giving way, then the deeper draft boat has right of way (due to it's restricted movement), then next in the pecking order is the larger vessel. All common sense really, the smaller you are the easier you can yield. This is why if I see a breasted pair (e.g. Juels) coming though I yield to them, deep draft and max dimensions. The same should really be applied to a 14' 70' beastie too. So this is then correct(?): if you're a narrowboat then you should be giving way to a laden working boat / breasted pair / widebeam where there isn't space for both vessels.
  10. OK cheers for the info. In that case then, does one not read both the local law and the colregs at the same time. Given that there's no rule about what vessel has right in the laws you copy pasta, wouldn't one then need to refer to colregs for the right of way..? Hard to tell from the text in 7. Apologies for taking this off topic
  11. Yeah, sorry, I reference 18 from the col regs. I'm pretty naive with it all but I thought they were applicable too
  12. OK, it's in 18, but you only copy pasta 17 & 19; 18a(ii) I believe. Though the depth of draft take priority I believe. As I've said before if you're in a 14 x 70 ft widebeam, you have right of way over most narrow boats. If you're in a breasted working pair I'd think you'd be hard pushed to find out you don't have right of way over edit: *in most of the systems canals
  13. There's another bit...I'm gonna have to dig it up aren't I
  14. If you check the regs I believe that the larger craft has right of way, so 'we' should all be giving way to them in theory. I say 'we' as a breasted pair may actually be the larger craft, but for the rest of us narrow beams it's for us to give way
  15. Good points. I was coming at this from the perspective of my van and it's leisure battery - which is seldom used compared to the starter. But you're right it should be wired to feed the big current direct to the domestic bank. Yes I've a Smartgauge (which seems to be getting less accurate with time, but still sufficient as a rough guess) on the domestics and the needle gauge on the start. TBH I'm having to jump the starter off the domestics as it's never been great to crank (starter motor at fault I believe - even after a couple of rebuilds) and in the cold weather the single starter battery wont get the old lump firing. SO I may as well flip the connections and have the domestic Bank 2 wired to the working Bank 1 terminal. I can just put the start battery on charge from time to time. I rarely run the engine these days. Probably start it once a month just for fun, the alt puts out such a measly charge it's makes no sense to run a 2.5 litre dirty as out diesel when I've a wee modern genny attached to a 100A charger (which has 240v bypass so when it's running it feeds the ring-main and I can charge up the laptops, hoover, run the breadmaker etc
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