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Boaty Jo

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About Boaty Jo

  • Birthday 02/19/1960

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    Woodworker / writer
  • Boat Name
    Now boatless, formerly Vrouwe Johanna, 'M' and Gift of Spirit
  • Boat Location
    Was Belgium / Whixall

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  1. Perhaps it's time for someone in the know to check out your electrics.
  2. The house we recently bought has a thermodynamic water heating system. It's something I'd not heard of before but I gather it basically works like a fridge in reverse. The panel is tucked away under the eaves on the permanently shady side of the house, never seees the sun, and it heats up a 180L cylinder to 55 degrees. Now I've got it I'll use it (if I can persuade the scaffolders to replace the panel they knackered). Would I buy the system from scratch? Possibly not. Anyhow it may be food for thought... https://www.greenmatch.co.uk/solar-energy/solar-thermal/thermodynamic-panels
  3. http://www.dutch-barges.net/steel_kits.html Try these guys. I realize the boats there are barges but they may be able to help.
  4. 😊 The otter had eaten all the best bits which left our collie cross.
  5. 15 years ago on the Llangollen adjacent Whixall Moss came across an otter having breakfast on the tow path. Early morning, 5.30 or so. It scooted off when the dog paid an interest leaving a half-devoured fish.
  6. When you're flying over Littleborough give us a heads-up and I'll brush my hair.
  7. Not looked in depth but there are a couple here that may help some..... http://www.european-waterways.eu/e/info/germany/rhein.php https://www.french-waterways.com/waterways/north-east/river-rhine/
  8. I used one for years to charge a 24v genny starter battery.
  9. There is a photo or two in here that show the floor and sub-floor congifuration on our old barge (1904). We could set the shower tray down about 4 inches but were restricted by the iron bearers. https://renovations.abargeatlarge.co.uk/#collection/4
  10. An interesting stretch this. This lock is one side of the canal summit? Called Rechicourt? The other side is an inclined plane at Saint-Louis-Arzviller. Both the big lock and incline plane replaced a series of original locks and were introduced to cut commercial boat journey times. It's an amazing stretch of canal and a lovely part of the world.
  11. Very interesting, good for you. Presumably you re-charge via mains / genny if there's no solar available . How does the system cost compared with a regular (50hp) engine?
  12. The (Aarow) Becton Bunny has been discontinued I believe. We bought a Dunsley for our home (not boat). Made in Holmfirth, Yorks and have a good reputation. 3 years on, no complaints. http://www.dunsleyheat.co.uk/index.html
  13. Chris, we lived in Shropshire (in a house, just before we spent 12 years living on boats) and did a house swap with a couple from Creston BC. Great experience, great trip. Cherries and beer. Just backing you up in a way, I love western Canada, somebody has the chance for a really memorable exchange.
  14. If you go for 'something like that' you've blown your (upper end) budget by £20k already. That's before you start on the internals which can easily add another £20k ++. 'Doing the interior' that you mention is not just the woodwork, the expensive bits can be the electrical, gas, heating etc. etc. installations.
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