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  1. Or you've just woken up to find the water level has dropped significantly overnight - when it is prudent to walk to the downhill lock first.
  2. But even before this, go to the next lower lock and check all the paddles are closed (which can a be pain if it is some distance away). Otherwise running water through won't help much!
  3. If the factory reset has put you back to the version of the OS originally installed on the machine, it may now have a few dozen updates to re-apply. Some of which may have to be done sequentially, with reboots etc. Once they are all re-applied it may calm down a bit.
  4. Not if there are only 2 people on it
  5. Agreed. But from the operator's perspective, once the boat is on the books it doesn't cost much more to service an 8-berth than a 4-berth. Mainly a bit more diesel and gas. Provided the hire charge is set at a level that gives a profit, then any hire ought be be better than no hire. I accept that larger bases won't staff up over the winter, so if they need to get people in for a single hire request it might not be worth handling. But for smaller family operators, surely getting the boats out more often via more flexible pricing would be worthwhile?
  6. The latter could be addressed by restricting it to those using "vehicles" - which may or may not encompass boats, defining on how it is defined.
  7. You'd be surprised. I've only been once, to Longleat as part of a family group. But I reckon approaching 1000 lodges, of varying sizes. Plus leisure pool, spa, large sports centre, about 10 restauarants, shops, and around 20 activity venues.
  8. No one is suggesting operators should set prices for a loss. But for 7 days hire for 2 people, starting in say a week's time, some companies are probably still quoting over £1000, once fuel etc is included. At that sort of price, for January, there probably won'tbe any takers. There has got to be a point somewhere between £500 and £1000 that is both profitable for the operator and attractive for someone looking for a late availability holiday.
  9. Even if a hire party, which is often a lot larger than a typical liveaboard crew, eats out "many times a week" they still need food for breakfast and for other lunch/dinners, and some drinks. So it isn't really surprising that they start the week with a reasonable amount of supplies. I suspect the position with pubs is at least partly dependent on their relative distance from hire bases. And how friendly they appear to passing canal trade - given that (unlike local liveaboards) hirers will have no idea of the food/drink on offer.
  10. Surely that must depend on what is being sold? There is a big difference between food / electrical items / tools etc (that might conceivably be a risk to life) at one extreme, and purely decorative items like crochet / paintings etc at the other.
  11. When you say "full tank of fuel", do you mean you filled/checked it yesterday, or it was full 8 weeks ago? Could someone have siphoned off most of the tank, leaving just the crud in the bottom? (Agree this doesn't explain the Ezy-start issue)
  12. In most places it is perfectly safe to leave boats moored up. Probably you will have a key for either front or rear doors, and the others will have bolts on the inside, so it can be left secure. The hire company may suggest you remove and hide an electic isolator or similar from the starting circuit while you away from the boat - they don't want it vandalised or stolen either! Don't leave anything valuble obviously on display while you are out. June is nice. Th days are really long so if you want you can cruise early and/or late to leave plenty of time for sightseeing.
  13. Cheese


    Agreed. But the BBC version is only available for a further 4 weeks ☹️
  14. Update. They put a coffer dam in by the rowing club, apparently about a week ago, to divert the river down the small sluice on the west side of the island, and minimise the flow through the weir breach. Made from scaffolding poles and a waterproof membrane. But the recent rain / strong flow has breached the coffer dam, so that is now only partially in place, and things are back to square one. Very strong flow through the original weir breach, and the lock and mill stream remain dry. They are cutting back some of the offside vegetation opposite the weir breach, adjacent to the car park. Possibly to facilitate access at some point.
  15. This (for CO alarms). CO is only slightly lighter than air, so detectors can be placed at any height and still be effective; somewhere relatively close to the stove / ash bucket is good - but obv. not so close that it goes off repeatedly. Smoke / heat alarms OTOH are best placed high up - ideally on the ceiling, away from walls.
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