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MartynG

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  1. I bet there are loads of unused gas bottles out there but there is no incentive to return them
  2. Thankfully health and safety practices have improved over the half century since then.
  3. The doubts about whether everything will be okay goes back to when unleaded was introduced and later when 4 star was withdrawn. Despite the promises some cars did not like unleaded at all . Once new cars did away with carburettors in favour of fuel injection the issues were solved.
  4. I know Asda don't do super but I know the Jet station near me does. I guess you should look for fuel stations like BP, Shell, Esso rather than supermarket stations.
  5. I though it was E5= up to 5% ethanol presently?
  6. Interestingly I had the same outcome in 1990. A new car ran better with better fuel economy on 4 star .
  7. I had some of last years petrol which I put in my lawnmower but the lawnmower did not like it. I bought some super unleaded and the mower now starts more easily and runs more evenly . For the small amount of fuel the mower uses the cost of the super unleaded is insignificant. I have an outboard made in 1966. It also likes the super unleaded. There is some special long life fuel you can buy but it is not cheap https://aspenfuel.co.uk/ .
  8. Not everyone lives on their boat - I suspect most do not. We know quite a few people in the marina very well . But it is rare to see the same people all of the time as people come and go at different times. As for travelling the same water I have ever tired of it, after 13 years now, but I am not based on a boring stretch of water. Regarding the cost - it was just a suggestion but unlikely to be popular . In fact there is only occasionally any congestion in our area and my experience this summer is no different to any other year . So I don't see a need to do anything about boat numbers .
  9. Is that be because marinas offer poor value for money? Maybe marinas need to change and offer only basic boat parking over short periods at a modest cost. I prefer the luxury of shore power and a water supply nearby and all year round home mooring but not everyone needs that.
  10. It is not as bad as you say because only a fraction of boats are moving at any one time . I don't think it is C&RT's role to control boat numbers but if it was one method might be to increase license fees significantly . If license fees increased by a factor of , say , 5 would you be happy with that ?
  11. Yes the spring was good last year . I spent most of it glued to a desk and computer. When I took a holiday in July 2020 the weather was poor- the luck of the draw. This year much the same except by luck I picked the right fortnight for my holiday . March 2021 was very cold. April was good . May was poor if I recall correctly. The weather /seasons seem messed up - it must be climate change.
  12. Lumpy water boat brokers used to require the paperwork eg original bill of sale / evidence of VAT paid and they almost certainly still do. Not sure RCD compliance is a real issue as people don't usually alter such boats significantly. The only time any paperwork issue might come up would be if travelling abroad and this is perhaps more significant now we are properly out of the EU. I understand the French are and always have been keen to see paperwork including the original bill of sale and the Belgians are nation of eurocrats so like to enforce rules. Narrowboats are much less likely to leave the UK and as a result it does seem the paperwork requirement is somewhat relaxed as often there is none.
  13. No rain here today although some dark clouds threatened for a while. Even tired the dog out (daughters dog not ours)
  14. It does look a whole lot better now doesn't it. Lincoln is my place of birth . Much has changed in my lifetime.
  15. The older Glory hole photo is take from the other side of the bridge
  16. Does anyone really care about RCD compliance except HMC in an import / export situation?
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  25. Not so . Budget 2021 announced that the government would maintain the entitlement to use red diesel beyond April 2022 for all commercial boat operating industries, including but not limited to the fishing and inland water freight industries. The government also decided not to change the treatment of private pleasure craft in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fuel-duty-changes-for-diesel-used-in-private-pleasure-craft/fuel-duty-changes-for-diesel-used-in-private-pleasure-craft
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