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huami

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  1. Hi everyone, Sorry I disappeared for a while but I have been out cruising. Since departing 29th May I have been to York, Torksey Lock, Lincoln, Ripon, Selby, Newark on Trent, Cowley, Shireoaks, Doncaster, Long Eaton, Nottingham, etc. etc. At the moment I am alone as my traveling companions have gone back home for a few weeks and won't be returning to their boat until the end of August, so I am moored up after moving the boat from the entrance to the Erewash canal to Sawley Marina. Only a few days ago I had 6 new batteries fitted by Malone Electrical who also installed new solar panels for my traveling companions. It certainly was the good answer to my "lack of storage space" and everything is now running 100%. The controller is also fitted with an equalizer to assure that all six batteries get an equal full charge every so often. Kindest regards to everyone who advised me. Have a lovely day, Neil
  2. Thanks for the thumbs up .... I look forward to his reply as I am so close to his location.
  3. On the Erewash now and have sent you a private message. Thanks for replying Neil
  4. I'm thanking everyone for their contributions but I'm now even more confused than I was before I posted my question. The solution... , I have decided to get the professionals in (a marine electrician). I will keep everyone informed how things turn out ... Thanks Neil
  5. Hi WotEver, I read your reply with interest and also discussed it with a friend who seems to know a lot more than me (I'm not the most technical person!). You gave me lots to think about and I am very pleased that you took the time to explain to me. Whatever the outcome, I have decided to buy 5 new batteries as I think this will certainly help, and as a friend explained to me if you have a lot of clothes then you should invest in some good storage. Thanks again for your very comprehensive explanation. Have a great day Neil
  6. Hi Blackrose, An interesting thought. I have someone advising me at the moment and he also mentioned that if he switched it off for a short while it may reset it'self. Thanks for the suggestion Neil
  7. Hi Brian .... From what you say "Your batteries have gone into float before they are charged" then should I get in touch with an electrician or the guy that installed the solar? Thanks for your comments Neil
  8. Hi Dave, Very interesting reading and philosophy. I will certainly take everything on board of your knowledge. I love this site as it has many views and opinions from many people with different levels of knowledge. Thanks for your reply Have a nice day Neil
  9. Hi Kevin, I just checked out that website and it looks very interesting. Thanks for the link Have a lovely day Neil
  10. Hi Rob, Thanks for the reaction. I just took a photo and I seem to have two of these:- Thanks again Neil Hi, and thanks for your reply (amazing that I was on the right track!). Winters I am planning to return to Whilton Marina and will use shoreline most of the time. Thanks, Neil
  11. Hi Everyone, This is a question from someone who is not the most technical person around so if anyone can give me some basics (keep it simple please!) it would be great to hear from you. On a decent weather day my Solar (2 x 175 watt) will show it has filled the batteries by about 2pm. I have 2 x 12-volt leisure batteries. My thinking is that if I ditch these two batteries and buy 5 new 12-volt batteries (I have been told I have space for 5) then the solar (or my engine) can keep working, pumping in power until they are all full, giving me far more reserve storage. Am I thinking this right? (Or not understanding this good?). I have a Victron Inverter (Phoenix Multiplus 12-volt 1600 Va – 70 Amp, and a Smart Solar App that I took these screen shots from. Any help or advice would be most appreciated. Thanks, Neil
  12. I just changed my Profile Name from Gayzingalone to huami (Who am I?) the name of my boat.

    Thanks to all the followers who followed me as Gayzingalone and I look forward to hearing from you in the future as huami.

     

    Still Gay! - Still Cruising! - Still Alone! - Just a new Profile name.

     

    Love to hear from you,

    Neil

  13. Retired Gay Guy with 45ft narrow boat seeks male companion to help on short and longer trips. Experience is not necessary, just a helping hand at the locks etc. You have your own sleeping quarters on board and there would be all facilities (WiFi, shower, good food and no costs). Possibly nice for someone who would like to try Narrowboat life before taking the plunge themselves? Or just as a "No Cost" holiday in these financially tight times? Contact me if you would like more details: Neil
  14. WoW! That would be great. So you live in an beautiful location on the canal. I look forward to hearing you shout hello Neil ... Have a lovely day Neil
  15. Thanks Haggis, As I always say "I'm learning as I go along" and I didn't know that (but I do now). As for "damage to your paintwork" .. Ohh I manage that without any help! Anyway, thanks for your constructive comments and I wish you a lovely day. Neil
  16. Hi Doratheeexplorer, WoW! Nice to see you again. Possibly it was a short break in the rain that my traveling companion in the other boat manged to take a quick photo. One thing I did need to leave down was my new Parasol or I might have taken to flight! Have a lovely day Neil
  17. Hi Restlessnomad, Nice to see you again and I'm sure you must also be looking forward to the future after our confinement. Your profile name comes across as someone who just likes to move at your pace and possibly without any specific destination (?) After buying the boat at least I had plenty of time to do all the things I wanted to do before setting off. Have a great day, Neil This photo was taken in the middle of a torrential rain storm on the Trent.
  18. Hi Jen, Your profile picture reminds me of my hair when I look in the mirror. 21 weeks since I had a haircut (but think of the money I have saved!). 34 locks were quite an initiation and then to realize that you have to turn around and do it all again! It certainly is a beautiful stretch of canal and I'm sure once a few boats start moving again the weed problem will get better. Have a great day, Neil
  19. Hi Kevin, Lovely to read your reply and Yes, Yorkshire … where I was born hundreds of years ago in Scarborough. Unfortunately, they haven’t dug a canal to Scarborough yet but who knows? I thought it funny when you said “At the moment there is a problem with Selby lock having silted up, so you might not get out to York” … Hey, I have just swam through millions of litres of slimy green “Ambrosia Creamed Rice pudding” here in the Chesterfield canal. Four times cleaning the propeller in the weed hatch and lots of reverse thrust blow backs to be able to proceed another few meters. It’s amazing how nature reclaims the waterways within a few weeks. Have fun and I look forward to saying hello sometime. Neil
  20. Hi Rob, You see what I mean! ... People just say "Hi Neil" ... It's amazing! I don't know how they know it's me! I hope you are well and having a great day now that we have been allowed out again.
  21. Hi everyone (again!), It’s me, Neil (the Gay guy!) who registered on here as “Gayzingalone” and then disappeared a while back. The basic reason for my disappearance was a combination of losing my mobile (Yes, of course in the canal!), and the “Lock down” that prevented me trying to get everything sorted. Even little things like getting a replacement SIM card was a case of “Press 1 for this and 2 for that etc, etc. and eventually being disconnected and asked to call back later, and later, and later. After one journey before lock down to the “Narrowboat Pub” at Weedon I returned to Whilton Marina where I stayed for the duration before leaving there on Friday 29th May. My stay at Whilton was a time to do many things within and on my boat, re-painting, etc. and meeting a lot of new friends in the “Lockdown community”. We all stayed safe, yet were able to have some social distancing events like concerts on the water provided by some very talented musicians. I also re-named my boat to “huami” (think about it!) … Yes, it says “Who am I” and under the name as you will see in the attached photo’s is the text “It’s.me.Neil”. I was very fortunate being a complete “newbie” to have been invited to follow and travel with some very good friends who were my neighbours at the marina. It has been a steep learning curve yet in quite a short period of time I have managed to get through upwards of 100 locks, under bridges without demolishing them, navigated the River Trent (anchor and life jacket!), traveled the full length of the Chesterfield Canal (inclusive the obligatory photo of the bricked-up Norwood Tunnel entrance), and many more adventures. At the moment I am onboard having a week’s “holiday” as my traveling companions have left their boat next to mine near Shireoaks Marina on the Chesterfield and have returned home for a break. Next week they will return and we will continue our journey with a new direction of York where we will also hang about for a week or so. If I feel confident enough to ditch my “L Plates” I will possibly drift off alone and after conveying my appreciation for all their help I will leave them to get on with their life. We have all said we will be heading back to Whilton Marina when things get colder where we will hang around for the winter, and I will look forward to meeting them again. Since recently I have full mobile broadband on board with an amazing omnidirectional antenna which has given me more freedom to communicate so I look forward to saying hello again on this forum. Ideally, I would love to meet some (male! Hey, I’m gay!) traveling companion who might like to share some of the work and at the same time enjoy a free holiday. (He doesn’t have to be gay, just open minded!). The boat has plenty of sleeping accommodation and after this “Virus time” that has been very expensive for many people it might be a nice break for someone without costs. If anyone on this forum knows of anyone who might like to cruise along for a while, they are more than welcome to get in touch with me. So, I might like to change my forum name to “huami” (but I don’t know how!), and please if you see me in passing do say hello. It’s been amazing how many people have said “Hi Neil” ….
  22. Well .... Tom from Malone Electrical Solar Services contacted me, we agreed on a fantastic system and it is already installed and working. I am so pleased with everything, the workmanship, the neatness of the installation, the price and (already with very little sun) the rendament. I decided on 2 x 275 watt Polycrystalline panels which should help with my energy needs for me alone. I also mentioned I was looking for a new mobile and a couple of members advised looking at the Samsung A90. Anyway I mentioned this to my boyfriend and he has bought one for me. I haven't got it yet but I will see him next week then hopefully I can start to make some decent photo's ..... so, once again thanks to this forum I managed to get Solar and a new phone! Thanks to everyone, stay safe ... neil
  23. Hi everyone. Someone mentioned that I may have disappeared so I apologize for my silence but I'm still here and have been quite busy with many things. I have even managed to register for NHS and a doctor (always handy!). Tomorrow I am having solar fitted on my boat by Tom Malone with thanks for the recommendation to a valued member on here "Dyertribe". I have also been painting (half of the boat) but will have to wait for the other side until I turn the boat around. I also ordered and received a great vinyl letters boat sign with my new name "huami" (lower case lettering) from "Funkymonkey" Boat-names and I am very pleased with it. At the moment I don't have a decent camera on my phone but I am hoping to get the Samsung Galaxy 10+ very soon, in the meantime I will (try!) to post a photo with this post (if I can find out how to do it!). 12th and 13th (OMG it's a Friday!) (I'm not superstitious!) I will be taking the Helmsman's Course from "Willow Wren" and after that I look forward to passing and saying hello to anyone who would like to give me a wave .... or come and have a coffee! Now, before anyone says this is a duplicate post, I have reposted because I unfortunately posted in someone else’s thread and I do apologize. Now to try and post a photo (????) Thank you to everyone so far and I look forward to taking to the water, neil
  24. Is it possible for someone from admin to move my post to my postings as I seem to have hijacked someone else's post (Sorry!)
  25. Hi Lady G, (and everyone else), I apologize for my silence but I'm still here and have been quite busy with many things. I have even managed to register for NHS and a doctor (always handy!). Tomorrow I am having solar fitted on my boat by Tom Malone with thanks for the recommendation to a valued member on here "Dyertribe". I have also been painting (half of the boat) but will have to wait for the other side until I turn the boat around. I also ordered and received a great vinyl letters boat sign with my new name "huami" (lower case lettering) from "Funkymonkey" Boat-names and I am very pleased with it. At the moment I don't have a decent camera on my phone but I am hoping to get the Samsung Galaxy 10+ very soon, in the meantime I will (try!) to post a photo with this post (if I can find out how to do it!). 12th and 13th (OMG it's a Friday!) (I'm not superstitious!) I will be taking the Helmsman's Course from "Willow Wren" and after that I look forward to passing and saying hello to anyone who would like to give me a wave .... or come and have a coffee! Now to try and post a photo (????) Thank you to everyone so far and I look forward to taking to the water, neil
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