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Tom Morgan

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  1. I'm not suggesting that there is any mechanical advantage - just that a lever (say) 5 feet long is only going to take up 4 feet of the deck, if it starts one foot behind the boat. But what do I know? My boat's a yogurt pot with a steering-wheel!
  2. The swan-neck form allows the tiller bar to start "further back" (actually beyond the back of the boat) so giving a longer lever in a confined space, more room, and less radial sideways movement for the benefit of the steerer.
  3. Welcome to the Forum, New Boater 1976. Farmers' fields are not a good idea if you have mobility issues. The main reason, I think, is that the nearest access to a road could be a long, long way from the canal bank, with no easy paths. Another serious concern for me would be leaving the boat out in the middle of nowhere when you're not using it - maybe for weeks at a time. (I'm a leisure boater like you plan to be. I have a 23-foot GRP boat for day trips with grandchildren and only the occasional few nights away now and then. I'm still seeing where boat ownership will lead me). I live not far from you and keep my boat in a Marina. I can park my car just a few yards away from the boat, there are marina staff who live on site, and there are other boaters around a lot of the time, who can offer help and advice with all sorts of boating issues. Of course, you have to pay for a place in a marina, but I think it's worth it.
  4. It'd be OK if you like everything to taste a bit cheesy.
  5. Thanks for your reply, Ronnie. I'm very much interested in replicating your setup. (Later in the year, when I have a suitable solar panel to keep the battery topped up.
  6. Reading with great interest, but one thing I'm not quite sure of. Does the old phone doing the tethering need any internet connection of its own? If it does - is it using up data all the time?
  7. I didn't think there was an actual CC licence which is cheaper than everyone else's. I thought we all pay the same (dependent upon boat length) and I thought that CC-ers were just excused the requirement to have a home mooring as a licencing condition.
  8. Is there a manufacturer's name or a model name/number I can use to search for one of these online?
  9. They're called Tri-Point or Tri-Wing screws and screwdrivers.
  10. Great photos! Lots of places I recognise, including one taken very close to my house and instantly recognisable. Thanks for posting the link, ditchcrawler.
  11. I don't know the answers to your questions but I was over 70 when I bought my first boat. Good luck and best wishes to you.
  12. I found my Leatherman Wave can rise to most occasions. The wicked, serrated blade would get through any rope on the boat. (Wouldn't be much use for cutting kindling, but then, I don't have to).
  13. From a boat-steering point of view, the nearest vehicle that most people will have experience of is a shopping trolley. Bear this in mind and the concept of boat-steering becomes easier.
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