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  1. Thanks for the reply. I assumed this would be the case, however I don’t have a grand spare to spend on replacement. Also with life changing at the moment I’m not sure how much to invest into the boat. Am I to assume that there is nothing to be done for them then? All damage is irreparable and their current state is it. I wasn’t expecting to be able to ‘fix’ then, but I was hopeful that I might be able to partially fix them. cheers again for the reply
  2. A caution here, this video contains graphic content that all viewers should find harrowing https://youtu.be/qlzOaWBJOoU so a change of circumstances have meant I’ve only been back to the boat on occasions, no longer a full-time live aboard. I was watching the TV the other night when the inverter went off due to the battery bank dropping to 11.something volts, this surprised me as the solar should have given me enough for that evening based on experience. So investigation the next evening and I discovered the horror!! I immediately went out and bought water, as the 3 L I had didn’t make much of an impact! In the end I put around 17 L into the six Trojan T – 105 I have. i’ve tried to keep them on charge and not drawdown from them for about a week now, I’m now back living abroad so I’m running the generator whenever I am there in the evening and then solar is pumping through the day. they bubble intermittently when on charge and I’ve noticed the voltage readout on the SmartGauge isn’t a steady voltage when on charge. It used to sit rock steady at either 14.7 or 14.8 depending on temperature, now it fluctuates between 14.45 and 14.6 any advice on what I could do to revive them as best as possible? Thanks for any advice on help to rejuvenate them as best as possible. setup is: 3 pairs of T105 (about 6 years old) Mastervolt Mass Combi 100a EU22i genny 400w solar
  3. So having spent 6 years constantly cruising down on the GU I’ve had a huge change of circumstances and come up to the Macc (well supposed to be Peak but can’t get there) came back tonight to the messiest grass cutting I’ve ever seen! is this normal for the Macc? Just fill up the cut!?
  4. Evening all, been a while. So, due to some life stuff I’ve pretty much had to abandon my boat for several months, but I’m back aboard shortly and keen to get closer to my new home area. As such I’ve been told some tales about Bosley. If we get up early ish tomorrow and press on to the lock flight will we just arrive at a massive queue and have wasted our efforts? Or is it actually pretty chilled and you can womble through without much trouble? cheers
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Apparently there were 30mph gusts of wind that day, which is why it got blown off course...
  8. Very good ta, this want's pinning
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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!!
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. Yeah, sorry, I reference 18 from the col regs. I'm pretty naive with it all but I thought they were applicable too
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