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aracer

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    Lanceplaine
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  1. Well done - enjoy yourselves! Might well see you about if you're in Worcestershire.
  2. Indeed - I've been out on the Severn for decades, including when it's in full on flood (in a kayak, not a NB) and possibly the longest lag between weather and river levels here, it takes about 3 days for the rain in mid Wales to reach Worcester. Interesting - not because I even know where Colwick is, but I didn't realise they did predictions - we don't get that here https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/2039 - though it is easy enough just to check the upstream stations to get an idea of what's coming, surprised to find it seems to have peaked a bit upstream, but then we have this coming in a couple of days: https://rloi.naturalresources.wales/ViewDetails?station=2068
  3. 😂 I'm thinking spammer misunderstood the question
  4. I presume somebody else had similar thoughts and acted on them?
  5. There is a difference between @Athy and @Athy - in the second case I clicked on the popup which appeared
  6. I assumed a raised dinette was a fairly standard thing - though admittedly I didn't examine many other boats that closely as the boat I'm currently sitting on was the first one I looked at seriously once I'd decided on my criteria and it was love at first sight (and I didn't find anything else whilst I was making my mind up which really met my criteria). Not that I necessarily knew all that much when I bought it, but it does meet the ticklist I'd have now - trad stern, second cabin with bunks, decent builder (Colecraft), solid hull (extremely good for a 30yo boat, it's been really well looked after, though that was more luck than judgement), cratch 😈 (I'll come back to that, though clearly the lack of that wouldn't be a major reason to reject a boat which was otherwise good), no obvious design flaws, good efficient layout with separate dining area and living area. I could add stuff to that list, but TBH most of the OP's list is stuff which is easily changed. There are also things I would change if starting with a blank sheet - most of those will get changed at some point. The layout ones will be a pain, but need doing - the major one is that the bunks are too narrow, which is really irritating as making them wider is only going to eat slightly into storage space, I have no idea why they weren't made a decent width in the first place as the space is there in the cabin. Just on the subject of the dinette, the other major advantage of a raised one is the huge amount of storage space - something I wasn't even fully aware of when I bought my boat. I was worried about finding somewhere for all my stuff and it's happily swallowed the lot! Which leads neatly on to the last bit... I'm not sure there is much wrong with wardrobes - they're not that inefficient a use of space, not if you use them properly and don't leave lots of empty space. However where I can really contribute to this thread is that I do have hanging space for cycles! I'm going to leave that there until tomorrow as it's too dark to take photos... Phew I think I neatly got the thread away from the discussion of '50s and '60s British cars - though my boat does have a BMC1.8 engine!
  7. That's a fair point, I do know I'm spoilt by having the easiest locks - though I have also done Droitwich!
  8. Fair enough, mine's 60ft so I don't really have the same problem - though in narrow locks I'll leave it in tickover in gear going up so it keeps nudging the top gate and going down the water flow keeps it nudging the bottom gate until the lock has emptied. Does yours not do that? Clearly our routines vary and the most important thing is to get a routine which works for you and to stick to it. I also probably do things differently to a lot of people (and not just because I'm a novice!) Do you really moor up when leaving a lock going down though? I haven't ever done that yet, simply held the stern in the tail of the lock and climbed the steps to close the gate (taking a rope with me, though I don't normally tie it to anything and it doesn't end up in the canal) Fairly straightforward on most locks - though I suspect I might be the only person ever to manage that on some of the Droitwich junction locks which don't have steps in the tails! Of course with a longer boat there's never any need to haul it back to the ladder - not that I use the ladder in most locks either, certainly not for getting back on board. I'm thinking I could jump back on board and get to the controls just as quickly as doing anything with a rope - if something was going wrong I'd not bother with the ladder even on deep locks where I might normally use it. Again as I've said, I'm a bit different to most people. Oh and given I've made an ample contribution to the vlockie debate, no apologies for steering the thread back off topic!
  9. Yeah, the one under my bed which has loose bits of foam insulation over the top of it...
  10. I've read through the whole thread as I was sure somebody else would have already made this point: avoid any pub with a flat roof.
  11. aracer

    TV sets

    Especially the case if you don't feel the need to buy brand new - I paid £100 for my 32" TV (which has full HD, not something you can get on a 32" 12V TV from what I could find). If you need a DVD player just have a separate one - I actually have a couple of options here, either use the Xbox or a USB DVD player plugged into the laptop.
  12. Is that sufficient to stop the boat drifting when the lock is nearly full, or completely full whilst you're opening the gate? If you're single handing it doesn't have to drift far away from the side to make things difficult... Though in any case, as mentioned the standard advice is to open the ground paddle the same side as the boat. I note that the wide locks I use most often (and the only ones I've used since my first week on the boat) only have ground paddles at the top. TBH it seems easier to just use a rope for what it's intended for and open both (or all for locks which have gate paddles) paddles. I always open the same side ground paddle first to keep the boat in, but then open the other paddle straight after - the top wide lock here is slow enough as it is even with both paddles open.
  13. I'm thinking that to some extent the answer is right there - the best solution is to find some way to harvest the heat generated by the engine and if you have a calorifier heated by the engine then you're part way there. Quick back of the envelope calc, 50 litres of water heated to 80 degrees C has 12MJ of energy to give out (assuming cooling to 20 degrees C). That's the equivalent of running a 1KW heater for over 3 hours if you can harvest all of that. If it's situated under the bed then take the insulation off the top once you stop (and maybe move the mattress) and at least that space should get a certain amount of heat into it. If you're running the engine for hours after the water has heated up then draw some off into other containers (and insulate as necessary if you want the heat for later). That may be a slightly mad idea, but I don't think it's the maddest idea on this thread!
  14. As I keep saying, some people are (well you probably know the next word by now!) I suppose the only difference for me is that I'd be more likely to hop off and help them without asking if they need my help (oops!) but then I like working locks and more capable than most at jumping on and off my boat. Me neither - if I'm sharing a lock I'll always jump off and help (unless I'm told not to). It's part of the deal to share the work IMHO, even though I might expect a crewed boat to do a bit more of it given I can only be in one place at a time so can't work the lock whilst I'm driving in. You tie up when sharing a wide lock Arthur? I don't think I ever did, but the only time I've shared wide locks so far was on my trip here in my first week of owning a boat so I'm open to advice - it doesn't seem it should be any more necessary than tying up in a narrow lock (which I never do), though I do tie up if alone in a wide lock (which I have done much more recently) for obvious reasons!
  15. In that instance I very definitely would have had words. When a lock is MY lock, that not only comes with rights but also responsibilities. Closing the gates and paddles is ultimately the responsibility of whoever is in charge of the boat (in a way the presence of a "volunteer" is almost irrelevant to the point). It's not like it's even that difficult a task when going up, even single handing. Put simply, that boat owner is a dick.
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