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  • Birthday 05/13/1949

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  1. NBDensie

    MIFI anyone?

    We have a Huawei mifi with an aerial and an EE SIM. It works brilliantly. An aerial is essential in my experience. We almost never fail to get a good connection, typical speeds are around 15Mb. A lot more expensive than £24 though.
  2. The deepest lock in Europe at 115 foot.
  3. I am not sure a few youths could match a 40hp engine. The key word is "gently". IHow long would gates survive if only a few boaters pushed them open too early with far too much force? And I doubt it would be only a few. Even if the damage was not catastrophic the edges of the gates would soon get worn. A few over enthustiastic youths are far less likely to do a lot of harm pushing the gates by hand than pushing them with the help of an engine..
  4. And staff costs including pensions etc, office space, equipment.
  5. Cost of collecting subscriptions and enforcement.
  6. The private licence fee income is about £20M and I believe that figure is gross, not net. The total spend on what is defined as CRTs "charitable activities" is £153M covering works on the canal system, customer support and the museums. So there is a long way to go before the license fee justifies boaters having a predominant say in how the money is spent.
  7. I would agree. However this does lead on to other things.... There are about 34000 boats registered. If the canals were to be maintained primarily for the benefit of boaters, a very small % of the population, it would not in my view be unreasonable to expect boaters to pay for them - say £3K-£4k or more for the average annual license fee. This is why it is essential that as many people as possible are involved in the canals, be it cyclists, dog walkers, volunteers who enjoy working and painting locks, nature enthusiasts etc etc and why we as boaters should welcome them.
  8. Is this your actual experience or is it all hearsay? My own experience of travelling widely across the system is that the canals are in a far better condition than 30-40 years ago. Lock gates and paddles are easier to operate and I have had no problems from the canals silting up.. People generally dont let paddles drop except through carelessness nor do they often leave paddles up, I have only very rarely seen anyone trying to open the gates under power. Maintenance seems much better organised than in the past and I see no evidence of deterioration.
  9. NBDensie

    Andy Russell Gunwale paint

    Yes they do, but sadly they dont deliver. Thanks.
  10. NBDensie

    Andy Russell Gunwale paint

    After talking to 3P Paints... They do supply it, but delivery to where we live (Cambridgeshire) would cost £38 for a £10 1L tin. Apparently it may be available from some chandleries in the Northwich area.
  11. NBDensie

    Andy Russell Gunwale paint

    Under "Paint Sales" it says Sorry, service no longer available
  12. Our gunwales were painted with Andy Russell Gunwale Black paint. We need to do a few touch-ups. Andy Russell's website says that it is no longer available from there. Is it available anywhere else? If not, can anyone suggest a suitable alternative? Many thanks.
  13. NBDensie

    Wireless Router with decent aerial & battery?

    We have a Huawei E5577. It is fast with a reasonable battery life and twin external aerial ports. We stick a magnetic aerial on the roof and pass the cable through a mushroom vent down to the galley worktop so that the router can stay permanently connected avoiding any damage or wear to the aerial connector.
  14. NBDensie

    Angled stove flue roof collar

    To complete the thread - the old wooden wedge has been replaced by a new hardwood one to the same design.
  15. NBDensie

    Is it time for a new National Waterways Festival

    That is very much the policy now - hence Northampton, Pelsall, Ilkeston and next year's St Neots. The problem in the less favoured areas is finding a location with enough usable canal bank to moor 100+ boats and the space for an event attracting 1000's of people close enough to the transport/carparking/towns to ensure sufficient visitors. Another important requirement is the support of councils and other local organisations.

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