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The Gravy Boater

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  1. I had my first Co alarm go off the other day. Due to the nature of my stove it's pretty easy to clog up the grate and get unwanted feedback into the cabin. Hasn't happened before but it was a wakeup call (thankfully)... always over-install alarms, riddle it hard before you go to bed and make sure the air flow is unobstructed to finish burning the fuel. Be safe, people.
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  3. I would agree that there is nothing wrong or underhand about limiting the current so long as it is clearly advertised. I think you are correct about some operators not wanting to bother with metering short term mooring. However there are some that do weekly and longer term mooring that is not metered - I think for the reasons I have previously stated - because the cost is covered by a higher base rate or because the mooring is remote, noisy or lacks full facilities so they use the leccy as a lure. In this world you never get something for nothing, but if you want something in particular and are prepared to compromise on other aspects, you can find a good deal.
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  5. Dirty. I never really experienced this in my travels... the only time shoreline has tripped for me is when I've been running my desktop computer and washing machine and forgot the immersion heater was still on. Maybe 2400 watts plus whatever the immersion draws.
  6. Overnight is technically 24 hours, at least in my book... when I'm cruising my reason for going into a marina is to run my washing machine several times so... lots of leccy. But as I think is becoming clear some marinas apply different rules for short term and long stay moorers. The grey area is what constitutes short or long term, I guess. I've stopped at a number of marinas where the weekly rate includes unmetered electric and also spoken to long term moorers in the same marinas that are unmetered.
  7. Braunston is one of the Marinas I have stopped at overnight where it was unmetered but I have no information on how they meter longer term moorers.
  8. There are... but I'm keeping my powder dry until there are more responses.
  9. I should qualify my OP by stating that I have never stayed long term in a marina, so it's possible some marinas have a different approach to short stay and long term moorers. There are three that I can remember and I think more that had unmetered electric.
  10. My experience trundling around the network so far is that pre-paid card meters are very common but some marinas don't go there, either because their base mooring rate is high and covers the cost or because their location is unattractive for other reasons so they use 'free' hookup as a lure. I am unaware of any list of unmetered marinas / mooring options. So unless you can point me to one... let's make one here. If you can also comment on the general costs of the marina and any attempts to impose rules over power use, that would also be informative.
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  13. Very informative and useful replies. Cheers.
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