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Jim Batty

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Jim Batty last won the day on October 30 2017

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    The Deep South
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    Photographing the inland waterways.

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    Little Wing
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  1. OK, that's reassuring. Thanks. So, technically, when I shut off the line switch to the router ... it will continue to operate for a minute or so (at 12v to 10v, say). Maybe I should shut the router off at the router, rather than at the line switch leading to it.
  2. I have finally set up this 12v line to power my router - through the above Cocar Car DC 12V 4A Voltage Stabilizer Surge Protector. I'm at that stage where I'm checking polarity. When I put my multi-meter, set to volts, onto the line immediately after the Stabiliser it immediately registers 12.0v when I turn the line's switch on. Great! Now, when I turn the line switch off again, the multi-meter slowly starts to drop from 12v to 0v over the next 3 or 4 minutes. As you all know, I am no expert in this field, but it seems there is a residual voltage in the line. Is this normal? Or is
  3. Actually, I just went online and had a look. I see you do have to choose your full time from the start, but can choose one, two or three days. Also, the position markers for the moorings are not accurate. The Wargrave moorings are firmly located on the plush properties on the Lower Shiplake side of the Thames. It seems to give you the opportunity to book a particular mooring at a particular time well in advance. For example, I can book one of four places at Wargrave at 16.45 on Saturday, 24 July 2021. What could possibly go wrong there? Yes, you're right, the latest E
  4. So, I think you are saying that you can't stay spontaneously on these moorings -- you need to decide right from the start the total time you will spend there. And even to stay for 24hrs free, you need to go online and select that. Also, even if you travel in this un-spontaneous way, you cannot select 24hrs free + 24hrs paid ... you only have the option to select 24hrs free + 48hrs paid. Have I got this right?
  5. Indeed, in the summer I think we see the an EA patrol boat about once every month or two. So no massive presence there.
  6. I have seen some inspired and impressive cabin work built onto a converted 1930s Joey boat using double-skinned marquee canvas - in-filled with sheets of expanded foam-board for insulation. As I remember, the gunwales were sacrificed in order to attach the sheeting along the edges. At ceiling level was a wide top plank with a natural hardwood frame hanging down from it outwards at about 30-degrees, covered by a separate sheet of canvas (or translucent Monotex) the full length of the boat. The canvas walls dropped down to the gunwales from the edges of this hanging frame at an ordin
  7. I hope you're right. The experience I have in mind is at the Osney moorings. Two summers ago they were plastered all over with 'parking fine' signage. You could pay the lock keeper for Day 2 and Day 3 ... or you could pay the very welcoming and sympathetic Thames Moorings either online or via a phone call. To me this latest Boater Briefing suggests they are doing away with cash payments -- and DE is who is paid online or via phone. The whole affair is much friendlier when it involves the lock keepers -- who you often already know from locking and previous cruising. I guess a good e
  8. Thanks OldGoat Yes, I believe you're right about the Tesco moorings belonging to Reading BC. When all the 'parking fine' signs went up, they either immediately disappeared or became ad hoc 'artworks' plastered with much more interesting material than the original. At least the wooden jetty moorings became clear when the CMers moved downstream from them. So, yea, it's nice to be able to pull in, shop, and leave again. We couldn't get out onto the Thames last year due to Covid and shielding, but I take it DE will be patrolling such moorings as those at Goring, Iffley, Os
  9. Precisely! Reading Tesco moorings are an excellent case in point.
  10. FYI, attached is the EA's latest Boater Briefing - V1 April 2021. In it they lay out some modifications to the 'parking lot style management' of many of its mooring on the Thames by DE (District Enforcement Ltd). This scheme has been implemented in direct opposition to many clearly articulated complaints and worries of boating organisations and Thames boaters. The tone taken by the river authority has been seen by many as overly legalistic and hostile, with fines of £150 and threats of boat removal part of the package. Ultimately, all this is being put in place to remove a tiny min
  11. Hi MDA I meant that if you have some kind of agreement that reasonably guarantees your mooring for many years, then the premium paid on the boat might be worth it -- all things being equal and it's what you want. If the mooring's not that secure, and a year or two down the road the owner decides she doesn't like the cut of your jib and you're out, then that's not financially sound. On the second quote, if you think from the beginning that you'll only live aboard for two or three years then move back on land (for whatever reasons: after having saved up a deposit for a Lo
  12. I guess I'm wondering what type of boats you're looking at. Narrowboats, wide beams, Dutch barges, steel cruisers, ... ? And how likely is it that you will want to cruise that boat to places new. Boats do have a pointy end for a reason. And the fact that they can be a comfortable, moveable feast is one of their great attractions. Paying a premium on a boat for the right to rent and enjoy its mooring will only work financially if you can retain that mooring over the long term ... and you don't leave it. Of course the minute you leave that mooring that premium you paid is lost foreve
  13. Thanks Tony. 1) The 12v system throughout the boat are what look like 17 Amp single cables -- the same size of cable I have bought at an auto factor, that says Max Load 200 watts on the pack and suitable for halogen fog lamps, battery charger clips, screen heaters. 2) Yes, in my excitement I forgot that the stabiliser wasn't a single in/single out device. So I see what you mean. You know, I'm starting to think about simply wiring the 12v circuit directly through the stabiliser to a lead with a barrel jack on the end suitable for the router (or using the lea
  14. Interesting. Are you suggesting that I could run the 12v router off, for example, my laptop using the USB5v to 12v cable? It would surely be a bit whacky to drop the 12v socket down to 5v (via one of those cigarette lighter 5v adapters) ... only to invert it to 12v via the cable? Or am I missing something here (quite likely!)? Yes, I understand you Tony. So, to have this 'two-mode' pair of sockets you describe, can I simply wire up Socket 1 (non-stabilised socket) directly to the 12v line from the batteries ... and wire the stabiliser between POS
  15. Thanks Tony. I see how the stabiliser works now. It's differently than I originally thought. We're not really planning on plugging in anything high powered. The second plug would be used for charging a phone with one of those USB cigarette lighter adapter plugs. I've got a flat blade fuse holder. So, I think you're saying I could connect this, with a 3amp fuse in it, just behind the twin socket mount, between the yellow wire from the stabiliser and the POS terminal of the first socket. Yes?
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