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bill brown

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  1. bill brown

    Vinyl ?

    I've used https://www.funkymonkeyboatnames.co.uk/ in the past for stencils but they also do vinyl.
  2. Big Chief I Spy to a generation. God bless him.
  3. Maybe make sure it's BSS compliant https://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/boat-examination-and-certification/non-private-boats/part-8-appliances,-flueing-ventilation/flame-supervision-device-(fsd)/
  4. I also have the similar Tern D7i albeit with 7 speed hub gears and built in dynamo, my preferred bike for commuting but 3 to 4 times the cost of the Uno.
  5. Yes the Dahon is a good bike. I have the Espresso which is similar to the Jack, also easily converted to electric.
  6. Have a Brompton but when I travel I have a Tern Uno padlocked on my cruiser stern. 20 inch wheels feel safer on the towpath, still folds quite small though obviously not as elegant as the Brompton. Single gear and a back pedal brake that takes getting use to but is a skill easily acquired, low maintenance and sturdy. Can usually pick them up on Ebay for around £200.
  7. I've had one too. My advice would be not to click on any link within the email as such things tend to report back to confirm you exist and then you can expect more of the same. The email address I use is unique to my Canalworld account which indicates their (Canalworld) address book has been hacked.
  8. bill brown

    Wi fit on board

    PAYG unlimited is now £18.75 per month.
  9. bill brown

    Wi fit on board

    If you have an unlocked router you could try Smarty (google it) It's part of Three and offers a unlimited* pay as you go sim for £25 per month, just a few quid more than a 12/24 month contract. The sim works in phones and mobile routers and its easy to cancel if you find its not for you. * They say unlimited but it's actually a maximum of 1000GB per month. No throttling though and the speed is fine for the likes of Netflix etc. with a decent signal.
  10. I use a waterproof Tracer that sits in the engine bay, seems very efficient and built like a tank. Available from Bimble: https://www.bimblesolar.com/offgrid/mppt/Waterproof-Tracer7810BP
  11. My previous flexi panel was stuck down with Sikaflex which was a bugger to remove when I need to do some roof maintenance. My new panel is held on with magnets which have enough force to hold it down securely whilst still allowing easy removal and in addition leaving a small air gap to help prevent overheating which is one of the drawbacks of stuck down panels.
  12. This does seem to happen every bank holiday. For boats less than 50ft it's fairly easy to turn around using the slipway
  13. I'd be more worried if there was a couple of dozen reviews. I did have a 100w flexible solar from Photonic Universe until recently* and it was pretty good, although it did cost £180 From what it says here it seems they do have bypass diodes, just not the best command of English but then my Chinese ain't great. *I detached it from the roof to do some painting and it blew into the canal ?. Very light piece of kit ? just not light enough to float.
  14. The Bimble flexible panels cost significantly more I think.
  15. Is anyone using Dokio flexible solar panels. Amazon are currently selling 400w worth for £260 which sounds like a bargain. I'm wondering how reliable they are.
  16. Just had the engine serviced by RCR and was advised there was some water contamination when he checked the gearbox, a Baysan M30. "Give it a flush and replace the ATF" he said, I nodded. It's only after he'd left that I'd wished I'd asked a few more questions*. For instance which engine flush? I visited my local Halfords today and there's a whole shelf of 'em. Secondly I know where to pour stuff in and drain stuff out but how long do I leave it in for and should I run the engine a bit first? Lastly (for now) should I be replacing it with a particular ATF or are they all much of a muchness. The Midland Chandlers site specifies Shell Donax TF which I believe Shell no longer make. I await some sagely advice *I did ask him a lot of questions btw during his 2 hours in the engine bay and he was extremely helpful and patient.
  17. The website seems to be one of 36 domains registered by V V Thomas in Perumbavoor India https://domainbigdata.com/gmail.com/mj/3igqTwRVN8taL8EDI4XKew
  18. Presumably he's read this http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/for-the-public/Fundraising-and-promotions/Advertising-and-promoting.aspx
  19. Aqua Narrowboats have a sponsorship scheme https://www.aquanarrowboats.co.uk/sponsorship-faqs/
  20. Very true in our case. This year we planned to do the Cheshire Ring, visit Chester and sail into Liverpool. Scuppered by the Marple lock fiasco, the Middlewich breach and the Waddicar culvert.
  21. Levels very low at bridges E and F close to Stanley Dock this morning note the traffic cone giving a handy indication of depth.
  22. My heart goes out to anyone with a boat stranded on this stretch. I'm wondering if insurance would pay for a lift out (where possible) in such circumstances? This video shows the state of the dumping problem Makes me think it's going to take more than 6 weeks to sort out.
  23. Booked the link for 8 August - here's hoping
  24. http://www.northernboatshow.co.uk/
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