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sirweste

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  1. The P stands for Potato. As other's have said, what happened before this incident is utterly irrelevant. Hope the potato boat person in charge gets dragged through whatever punishment is available. If the video recorder did something different then that should be dealt with too of course.
  2. Just to add, to balance the opinion, I'm more than happy to use the pump out on the offside. Rocking to get the last bits is either done by swinging off the roof 'rail' or popping up on the roof. Can't be arsed with winding just for a pump out.
  3. Yep, there's a few dumpers around here that I would guess would have a perm mooring rather than doing a quick shuffle every 2 weeks. I certainly choose to CC due to linear mooring costs (boat parks don't appeal to me).
  4. Gary is moored up next to me at the moment actually, if there's a message / number you want me to pass on let me know
  5. Depends if you're keen to 'stick to the rules', even when said rules don't really make so much sense e.g. can only go out shopping for essential items, but we'll re-open retail shops soon...you just can't go to them... I've been stopped since just before the lockdown on a quiet bend, a solid 5 minute walk from the van on the GU. Over the last 2/3 weeks there's been a gradual increase in marina boats appearing. By now theres easily 4 or 5 stopped on that 5 minute walk each night, out for a break/holiday spending the nights away from home. Effectively the rule about not staying overnight isn't being adhered to anymore (understandably), so I shouldn't worry about it too much. If you get asked just tell them you wanted to stay overnight so that prior to driving the boat the next day you could test your eyesight by making your morning brew.
  6. Just popped back in to see if there was any new update...we're on to anti-vax with a hint of brexit... love this place, never known another forum veer so wildly off topic with such regularity. My emails from CRT are a bit haphazard e.g. I never received the one telling me to stay put, I'd decided to do it anyway as it seemed logical, then I noticed a post on here. There's been no update on yesterday's announcement I assume? I also assume there's quite a bit of anecdotal evidence for increased boat movements now? That's my experience anyhow
  7. It's people like yourself, and many others, that I think there should be differing guidance. Imposing arbitrary movement requirements on and aging user group doesn't seem sensible. An awful lot of CCers would simply be safer if they were allowed to remain sat still. Issue is that then you'll get some folk taking the mickey.
  8. The email was a little less definitive than that I'd say. It's an anticipation, hopefully things do go in that direction though
  9. So for CCers, I'm allowed to move from the 23rd, but shouldn't touch any structures i.e. can't move through locks for pleasure. On the 23rd the 14 timer starts, so I can wait until the 1st of June, when they anticipate that they will reopen the navigation fully, i.e. implies that travelling through locks for pleasure is OK from the 1st June. However should it not be fully open or instructions change I assume the movement rule will be waived again...?
  10. Interesting contradiction between the requirement for CC to start moving again and HM to avoid the use of locks, though admittedly only by a few days
  11. I'm amazed at this thread, it's not that hard to understand, boating for pleasure ain't yet permitted, just wait and continue to do your bit to keep the population as safe as you can. Anecdotally the number of boats, that appear to be non-liveaboards, that are moving has at least doubled since the weekend. Including a absolutely massive wide beam which moored up next to me for exactly a week before heading back off in the direction it came. We all like our hobbies, but for now we should make small sacrifices with them rather than looking for loop holes in the new rules
  12. I'm not sure that's right, think one of the parents would have to leave the grandson in the local park and they would then go home, this would then enable you to then travel to the park to meet your grandson from a distance of 2 meters
  13. Interesting...so gov advice means that CRT believe folk are allowed out to the boat for a single day's cruise... I'm still sat still on the southern GU, tbh quite enjoying the quiet winter canal conditions but in nice summer weather
  14. Now that the train numbers have decreased significantly I quite like where I happened to be when the movement restriction came in force. I'm moored near bridge 108 in Old Linslade on the GU. Few different dog walk loops I can make, there's Rushmere Country Park a short ride away for some "mountain" biking exercise. Water tank fill up run is either a short journey and a 6 locks or longer journey and 2 locks. Either way presents some brief but enjoyable cruising.
  15. I don't understand, are you saying why should I care? / What's it got to do with me?
  16. Been sat on my deck (GU just south of Soulbury) working from the laptop for the last 3 days. Monday and Tuesday I'd say I saw 3 boats moving each day. Today i'm over 10 so far, several looked like marina dwellers (but looks don't mean everything - so me mum tells me). Feel like there's quite a few not bothering with the don't bugger off to your 'holiday home' rule this weekend.
  17. Went riding down Abbots Langley way this weekend and saw loads of the signs quoted. As well as several makeshift signs by non-home moored boaters (why they stopped on such a busy stretch of they were concerned is beyond me) this is the first sign I’ve seen up round Leighton Buzzard and it appears new (and better in my opinion)
  18. Agreed, bizarre to pick on that point...imported or not, if it makes language easier then I'm all for it.
  19. The answer is: Solar Junction Box If you search for that there's many options - though not too many that are UK based
  20. I've tried, unsuccessfully, to get 2 firms I've worked for to use shared satellite office space. It's an ideal solution, significantly reduces commuting, gives people social interaction (which home working doesn't), meets H&S requirements for desks etc etc. With the option of working from home too, so if you feel you may have something contagious you can isolate. To add, the online wizardry isn't perfect yet. Webex meetings are still very laggy. Server access (for models in my case, huge datasets for the lass) is slower off site. But these could all be overcome. JC was right when he pushed for internet to be changed to an essential utility
  21. Yes. Working from home is a real upside of this whole situation. I have a shite autoimmune system to the common cold virus. I have a cold about every 4-6 weeks I'd say, I'm fairly sure folks in the office, when they could be at home being paid to be sick (I'm a subbie), are the ones that give it to me. Working from home will also be a massive benefit in terms of emissions and commuting too. Plus a better work vs life balance from time saved not commuting.
  22. hhhmmmm, not sure about 'human exhaust'. On the whole airborne disease is particularly rare and statistically improbable to result in transmission - including Covid-19 as I understand it. I personally don't run (can't) or ride (in an energetic way) on the towpath, but I do enjoy that others do, diversified the towpath. I honestly don't think there's significant risk with people exercising on the tow path, I'm not out there licking the air behind them. The exception would be places like Bath, where it can be exceptionally busy, I don't understand why people would want to be crammed in there anyway. I think I will change peoples habits in crowded places like the Tube, can see hand sanitise sales remaining high after this has eventually passed (which assumes it doesn't become an endemic).
  23. Evening folks, 2 or more years ago I bought some more solar to install, Bimble had some used panels for a good price, but when they (2 off) arrived I decided they were too large (full size) for my boat; so they've sat in the hall ever since. Now I find myself one of the lucky ones working from home and thus am using more electric than normal, so want to get one of these panels slung on the roof haphazardly to help reduce the required genny run time. Not looking for the perfect install, just want to get at least one of them on the roof for now to help - I have a Honda 2.2kw genny but I still hate listening to it. My issue: The panels are totally bare. With 4 tabs / strips / bands to solder to on the rear. I've got some proper cable and connectors but I'm not sure how to wire on. I've checked the panels and the 4 tabs are two positives and 2 negs. I assume the panel is split in two? Each side was putting out ~8V (in the shaded hallway) I have a Tracer 40A (or 50A) MPPT controller, currently there are 2 off 200W panels fed into it, I think in parallel. Is there a standard box I need to buy to attach to the back of the panel? - as my other two have. Do I wire the two sides of the panel together in series? Cheers for any help and advice Pictures to be attached shortly, one of the blank panel in the hall, the other of the box on the back of one of the installed 100W panels.
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