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Mike55

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  1. Probably more passages than that as due to the low water level above the lock boats had to be lightly loaded.
  2. I think it's pretty accurate. The booklet I was quoting from is published by the Trust, and the webpage you reference is consistent with other published sources.
  3. According to "A Brief History of the Wendover Arm 1793-1968" the stop lock at Little Tring was built in 1896 to protect the summit from the leaks in the Wendover Arm, the idea being that if a lightly loaded boat with a shallow draught wanted to pass it could do. Apparently this was "virtually never used", although there are records of traffic in 1897 with the canal in low water: 620 tons of manure up the arm & 500 tons of hay back. In 1904 the arm was abandoned and the stop lock was used as a convenient point to dam the arm.
  4. The London Canal Museum in Battlebridge Basin is well worth a visit in its own right, but it is also a good mooring close to King's Cross. It's £10 per night (1 night per stay only), accommodates 2 narrowboats breasted up, has access to a water point and electric hook up. It's not the easiest mooring to get into or out of as there are residential moored boats on both sides. The moorings are reserved (quite reasonably) for museum visitors during their opening hours (1000 to 1600). Overnight mooring is therefore from 1600 to 1000 the following day unless you are also visiting the museum (as we did). Access to the water point is by a combination padlock, and there is gated access to the site, also by combination lock. The museum will give you the codes for both of these. One slight oddity is that the electricity hook up (included) is via flat pin 13 Amp weatherproofed sockets rather than the more common 16 Amp blue circular ones, so you'll need a suitable adaptor lead. You can obviously also only draw 13 Amps rather than 16. There are no refuse or elsan facilities there.
  5. And as if that wasn't enough, Alex is a multiple gold winning paralympian at handcycling (2012 & 2016). There seems to be no stopping the guy, definitely an inspiration.
  6. KO is now part of ABC group, so in theory you can moor at any of their other marinas subject to availability. However in reality this doesn't really work. We've tried twice to arrange mooring at other ABC marinas without success. You have to remember that a boat from another ABC marina doesn't bring in any revenue, whereas it may be possible to let the same berth to a paying customer. Result is there is no incentive to find a place for someone who has already paid. They'll accommodate you if you turn up & there's space, but don't expect to be able to pre-arrange it.
  7. As of 1736 the lock is open again according to the CRT website.
  8. Liverpool Maritime Museum is well worth a visit.
  9. Silly me. Does that qualify me to be this week’s idiot?
  10. Err...what did you do then? Had the shaft or 'just' the prop failed? Either way it couldn't have been an easy or cheap fix.
  11. I thought the basin at Weedon was the entrance to the arm that went to the barracks.
  12. Mike55

    Boat horn

    That looks very like a railway lookout’s warning horn used to warn track workers of an approaching train.
  13. I’ve got a book about these called ‘When Britannia ruled the cut’ IIRC. Very interesting book.
  14. Yes, I realise that my current set of batteries are knackered, and may have been on-their-way for some time. We've only had the boat for 2 1/2 years so the batteries are almost certainly at least 3, probably 4 years old or more. Thanks for this, this is really useful stuff, especially 1, 2 & 3. My alternator is a 110 Amp unit, which seems to be a fairly standard size. I do realise that the energy taken out of the batteries has to be replaced including allowing for loses to get back to the same place. I haven't (yet) done an energy audit but I will do.
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