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  1. We will look to implement this change but it will require a code change so may take longer than we'd like.
  2. This should be fixed now. Thanks for reporting it. Do you always have to be so negative? The truth is we both have full time jobs and boats to look after and maintain, like many on here. If you must know it is p*ssing down with rain right now and I have water pouring in through one of my windows yet here I am fixing a recaptcha issue. Not to sound blase about it, but to hopefully give some perspective. We try to dedicate as much time as we can to this site but sometimes things get in the way and it may take us longer than we'd like to respond to issues such as this. I'm sure Dan would be interested to hear from any volunteers who would like to contribute to the site and I will gladly stand aside for anyone who can dedicate more time and ultimately do a better job.
  3. RichM

    Folding bike

    I bought a reasonably priced folding bike from Bicycles4u. The bike was not very rigid and despite its relatively large wheels for a folding bike (20") it was hard work to ride on the towpath, even those that were well surfaced. In the end I ended up selling it on ebay. I wouldn't consider getting another.
  4. Thanks for the advice. I use it to remove water based stains and discoloration from an oak worktop in the galley. Works wonders and even saved me from having to replace the worktop. Almost like magic! Unfortunately it hasn't worked quite so well on the cabin sides but then it is constructed of some form of ply.
  5. To buy a "proper" fender for a narrowboat you won't get much change from a tenner. I have lost count of how many fenders I have had to replace, whether they got damaged, lost in the canal or indeed stolen... Since using go-kart tyres, I've not yet had to replace them once in nearly 3 years. Important thing to note is that the front tyres of a go-kart are significantly skinnier than the rear, perhaps by as much as a third. I put the rear tyres at the back of my boat where it's not quite so wide due to the curvature of the stern, for lack of better terminology. They do squash but typically only when the boat has hit something harder than it should have or indeed if something has hit the boat, hard. They still seem to provide protection though. When this happens, it prompts me to inspect the hull and obviously pull the tyre back out into shape at the same time.
  6. We have enabled an optional display feature called "Fluid view". Essentially rather than using the default traditional forum display, you may opt to have all topics shown on the forum homepage. You may select the forum(s) you are interested in as to exclude any forums which may not be of interest. By default it will include all content posted within any of the forums. I must stress that this feature is optional and nobody is forced to use it. I have attached a screenshot to depict what I mean. Any questions let me know. Cheers RichM
  7. Although no expert on this (I prefer to keep my roof and other painted surfaces clear) you can get rubber mats with small rubber studs on the bottom (I forget exactly what they're called - perhaps someone can help me out?) which may be your best bet at protecting the surface/paintwork while providing minimal surface area for moisture to collect. I know some people use them cut to size in their gas lockers too as they protect the paintwork while not allowing moisture to collect or become entrapped underneath. I had a look at the link you mentioned, although similar it's not quite the same. I often see boats with vast gardens on their roof and others who use it as storage. Having just repainted my roof, it makes me cringe as damage to the paintwork over time is inevitable.
  8. I find Oxalic acid works great on horizontal timber surfaces where you can leave it to sit & soak in before giving it a good scrub to work its magic. However, I find that it doesn't work so well on vertical surfaces, walls etc. The Oxalic acid tends to run and obviously doesn't adhere to the surface quite so well. Is there a trick I am perhaps missing? Cheers
  9. No that is not correct. The short answer is that it's due to a technlicality. The long answer is: As of the last 18 months, we use the forum's built in shopping cart/e-commerce functionality for handling donations before the user is forwarded on to PayPal's payment gateway where pament is taken. Those who have submitted payment via the forum system (i.e. withing the last 18 months or so) will be moved to the Patron user group automatically by the forum software as soon as PayPal have notified the forum software of a successful payment. Historically donations were not made directly via the forum software itself, but via a separate page which linked directly to PayPal. New donations are not made via this system unless the user has an active recurring subscription. Unfortunately while the donations are still gratefully received, the forum software itself doesn't know about these transactions and as such no user group changes occur. However, anyone making donations via the old legacy donation system is more than welcome to ask to be placed in the Patron user group. - We just don't do this automatically because we wish to leave this choice with the end user. - Some users may not wish to disclose that they have made a donation.
  10. Hello,


    Apparently you are the only person that can delete my account, would you do so please


    Thank you 

    1. RichM




      I'm sorry to hear you'd like to delete your account. We are obliged to honor these requests though please kindly click the "Support" tab at the top right of the page and we can delete your account. Please note that it is not reversible. 




  11. RichM

    Wifi Router

    That's a lot of money for what it is and it is not a particularly fast router on the LAN side, though will probably be more than sufficient for most Narrowboat needs. On the WAN side of things, you can get 5G ready routers for less money, though 5G is not yet widely available but give it 2/3 years and it will be. I use a 4 year old Huawei "MiFI" router, fixed to a porthole using velcrow... Sounds simple and it is, but it works brilliantly. If it breaks I can replace it with no fuss. Similarly if I need to use it elsewhere away from the boat, I can. The other benefit of a MiFi router is that it has its own battery, meaning that any power blips will not result in loss of internet connectivity. If I had to replace it now I'd probably get a Huawei E5785. - It is not 5G ready though, I'd wait for 5G routers to come down in price before considering them unless I travelled in areas where 5G coverage is available. In areas where the 3G/LTE signal is poor, having antennas on the roof will surely be of advantage though if you're in areas where coverage is good, a porthole/window may suffice. Mid to higher end MiFi devices like the one mentioned also come with ports for antennas, giving the ability to improve signal strength if needed. You can also get magnetic bases which fix to the roof if you do not want to do any drilling. Personally I have not had a need to do that as what I have works more than fine. I reguarly achieve 40Mbps on the downstream.
  12. There were a bunch of pending invoices so I just set them to re-issue which likely explains the email notifications. However, for those who previously made one-off donations, a subsequent invoice should not have been generated. We will look into why this occurred and will fix accordingly. Apologies for any concern caused by this.
  13. I use go-kart tyres as fenders, they work really well. All I had to do was put a hole through it, thread some rope through and tie a knot. Sorted!
  14. Merging topics causes a jumble of confusion imo but I will close this one. Main topic:
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