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doratheexplorer

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doratheexplorer last won the day on October 1 2018

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  1. Flat hoses are a PITA. You have to completely unroll them even if you're right next to the tap and then they get all tangled everywhere. What you want is an expanding hose, something like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/XHose-Official-Expanding-Garden-adaptor/dp/B00XN00U2M/ref=asc_df_B00XN00U2M/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=231845867220&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2821326352792213299&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006524&hvtargid=aud-545671390501:pla-451236892524&psc=1 Just don't buy a cheap one, theyy won't last.
  2. Good point. I found this out the hard way! I now have a lovely pure sine inverter.
  3. If you really only need a phone, radio and lamp there is no need at all for an inverter. Are you sure you don't have any other appliances. My tv is 240v so I use the inverter for that. I've looked at 12v tvs and the quality is always terrible so haven't changed over. I have an electric toothbrush and a rechargeable speaker which need 240v so I turn the inverter on for those now and then. I also have a generator for 'big' appliances - iron, hoover, washing machine so I don't strain the batteries when i use them - I never run anything powerful off the inverter.
  4. No issues with digression here but that comment had an obvious snarky edge. The implication = I think you're not a proper boater so I'm gonna judge you accordingly.
  5. With due respect, that has absolutely nothing to do with the question.
  6. Standedge Tunnel is like a jagged cave inside. Nothing like other tunnels. Many narrowboats come out with torn cratch covers, scraped paint and broken windows. A GRP boat would stand a reasonable chance of being sunk.
  7. Where did you get that picture of my narrowboat?
  8. I do when I'm on a busy visitor mooring and I get left with a pointless small gap between my boat and the next. Now where did i put down my halo?
  9. I kept 2 chooks before I moved aboard. I looked into bringing them with me by creating a coop and run on the roof. It does not work at all. The chooks and structures will damage the roof. You will have issues getting under low bridges. You won't see where you're going. Even if you plan to never move, the big issue is that it cannot be good for the welfare of the chickens. Chickens like to peck and scratch around on the ground. If you really want them, get a mooring with a garden next to it.
  10. This might be the best comment I've ever seen on this forum!
  11. I'm sure you're right but I do see a lot of rusty detritus. Saying that, at least if it's on the towpath it's away from my prop.
  12. They don't take the junk home. Towpaths around Birmingham are now littered with piles of rusty metal because of this craze.
  13. Nooooo, that would be like abandoning a baby! They are not disposable items, they're part of the family. Also, selling them can be long winded and traumatic, and when I found out I had to move, I had about 3 weeks until the job started.
  14. When I bought my boat, I didn't even think about where it could go. So imagine how relieved I was when I needed it to come up north with me for a job and I was able to get there! A go anywhere boat is a kind of future proofing.
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