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  1. I had folding bike with 20" wheels and it was awful, hard work! I thought I'd get one with slightly larger wheels for a folding bike but even with 20" wheels it was not fun, it was particularly difficult on towpaths. To be honest it was easier and less faff to walk. Towpaths & roads in the UK can be somewhat undulating and of varying quality and imo folding bikes just don't have the rigidity, gearing or appropriately sized wheels to handle the terrain. It's a nice idea but just not practical or at least that was my personal experience. A full sized mountain bike chained to the roof may be a better option if you want to cover more ground for exploration, though obviously it would be wise to invest in a good lock/chain/cover etc.
  2. It does not help that most of the time they are not even looking where they're going. It's just crazy when you have other craft weighing in excess of 15 tonnes sharing the same space. - Imagine having bicycles where cyclists are not forward facing, surely not much different!
  3. Thanks for sharing. Here's hoping they won't paint it that awful pink colour. Sticks out like a sore thumb! Found an article with some more photos for anyone who is interested. https://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/20046446.strouds-canal-volunteers-take-delivery-new-work-boat/#gallery0
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  5. Living aboard can be worth it but it is about making compromises. Do the benefits compensate for the sacrifices? It's a really big personal decision. I moved back to land the day before the first lockdown and sold my boat not long after. If it wasn't for the pandemic I'd have regretted my decision but having to work from home for 2+ years since is just more practical in a house, at least for me where I need super fast reliable internet connectivity. Not having to worry about batteries/water/etc is another major plus. Cruising the Cut recently posted a video which pretty much sums up my experience of living on a boat and reasons for selling, worth a watch as it covers many of the pros and cons. All that said, I had the best time of my life during the 4+ years living aboard. I hope to do it again though probably at a later point in life unless I can afford to have both a house & boat. Unlikely for the foreseeable!
  6. They are not directly comparable but can allow you to access content that has geographic restrictions. If you had Satellite internet connectivity, you could use this instead of using fibre/DSL/cable/4G etc. You'd need to check with your satellite provider to ascertain if they're happy for you to use it in your chosen country. Satellite internet connectivity will likely cost more though and can be expensive. It inherently has higher latency though probably not high enough to cause problems streaming media content but you may notice that page load times are not quite as responsive. It is also vulnerable to bad weather and often has data limits. That said, they can be ideal for people in rural areas where other options are limited or non existent. VPNs are different in that you still need an underlying internet connection, whether it be fibre, DSL, cable or cellular etc. I have used NordVPN before but not specifically for accessing content otherwise only available overseas. There's some guidance posted on their website on how to use it for streaming via a TV. https://support.nordvpn.com/FAQ/1047409252/Can-I-set-up-NordVPN-on-my-smart-TV-or-gaming-console.htm It is much less of a faff if you are using a mobile device or PC/laptop, you simply download an agent (app) and then choose a server in your chosen country and connect. My only gripe using a VPN is that a lot of content providers/websites/whatever block IP ranges belonging to the likes of NordVPN. This somewhat defeats the object of using it. My advice is not to bother with a VPN unless you really need to. If you do decide to go down the VPN route, there's also lots of discount/promo codes available online. I saw in an earlier topic that you mentioned you can no longer get CNN on Freesat, not sure if that's what you're looking to watch? Although I haven't used Freesat personally for some 15 years, I know you can watch CNN along with many other overseas channels live on YouTube. YouTube is great, you can find a lot of content on there. It also has the benefit of being able to watch what you want, when you want. - On demand. Of course, not everything is available on YouTube but for me there's more than enough content to make it much better than regular TV. Personal preference I guess.
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  8. Webasto's are often well regarded compared to some well known alternatives. Aside from the fact they have a fair amount of moving parts, part of the issue is that they coke up which is exacerbated by improper use. I used to run mine for at least an hour on the max setting, similar to Bee. My ~15 year old Eberspacher wasn't particularly reliable either and would stop working completely at least 2-3 times a year despite being regularly maintained. I eventually had it replaced with a new Eberspacher and it didn't let me down once. It was straight-forward to replace with a similar heater. In any case it wouldn't keep the boat toasty during the depths of winter but for me it was more convenient than the alternatives (multi-fuel stove) so I used it more often than not. Personally the convenience aspect compensated for the lack of reliability but this wasn't a major issue. The multi-fuel stove was always good as a backup and for those very cold nights!
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  12. He helped me with my boat a few years back and travelled some distance! Very helpful and knowledgeable chap as you no doubt know. Unfortunately I do not know his current work availability but the mobile number I have for him ends in 60. If that's not the one you have, drop me a PM and I can share it with you. P.S Despite my name/initials, I can assure you I am not the same chap.
  13. Oxalic acid works in some scenarios on natural wood. I had this problem on my boat, albeit much worse. Photo can be seen here. It really annoyed me as I hated defects/imperfections like this. Oxalic acid worked wonders on my oak kitchen worktop before re-coating in Danish oil but it failed to do anything on plywood/cabin sides et al. In fact, if anything it made it worse by removing the grain effect but that was perhaps my fault for being too aggressive. Really love the natural wood look but once water damage sets in, it's very difficult to remove the damage and if you're not careful you can easily make it worse. I guess this is why many resort to the good ole' paintbrush but of course once you do that, there's no going back! On the subject of paintbrushes, I have seen a solution whereby you can paint on a wood effect, but you have to replicate the grain effect. I did not try it as I wasn't confident I'd be able to replicate the natural look. This video gives some idea how it can be done though. For what it's worth though, I don't think the floor is too bad and unless you pointed it out I wouldn't have noticed. If anything it gives it a more rustic look. The water damage at the base of the cabin partitions can be masked as suggested but the key thing is prevention. Obviously you don't want it to get worse. There's several different products (e.g. Danish oil) which you can apply to prevent water ingress but bear in mind that these may change the natural look/appearance and need to be re-applied periodically. Good luck!
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