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  1. Looks like an interesting product, I'm due to redo soon, what colour does it dry? Black like bitumen?
  2. Just a few questions, maybe there isn't a done way of doing things but thought I'd ask. Do you always close the lock gates once you're done or leave them open so another boat can just cruise in? Or do you only close the bottom locks when going down so the leaky gates fill it up to save water. Seems pointless to close the top gates afterwards when going up? No? Also when breasting up to other boats. Do people take offence to it, ever get told to sod off? Do you try to ask them first? Be going down London way soon so good to know how 'it's done'. Did have more questions but have forgotten them. Will post them when they pop back into my head.
  3. If I'm within walking distance of the water point and the boats facing the wrong way I'll fill up 2 x 20 litre containers and lug them back, might make several trips. Saves paying for the gym and is quicker than going to a turning point. People keep telling me to get a trolley but where's the fun in that 🤪
  4. Thanks, I was thinking of going down the lithium route but have put it off for now. Maybe when the current batteries give up the ghost I'll look into it again.
  5. Thanks, I was leaning towards that but wasn't sure. I'll just add another 200 watts of solar on the current controller and do some plumbing then
  6. Hello, I've been thinking about upgrading the solar (300 watts with 30A controller at present) to try and save engine running time whilst moored up. I've got room to either make it 500w total on the 30A controller or at a push 700w and change the controller to a 60A (Not sure if worth the cost). Anyway my question is about water heating. I need hot water daily. The calorifier has a 2kw immersion heater that the inverter will run (have tested briefly) off of battery power. Is planning to use this with solar foolish? A quick way to kill the batteries? I also have a webasto that I guess I could change the plumbing so it can select and only heat the hot water as don't want the radiators on wasting diesel in summer. Is this a better option? Or all rubbish and just run the engine for half hour etc. If I need to run it anyway for the hot water then maxing the solar out is pointless. Just looking for experienced opinions before I venture further. Thanks
  7. Does anyone know if they used to dump sewage in the canals when they were first built? Just interested to know
  8. Turns out it was never even shut, or damaged at all. The stoppage was for a lock in a different region and applied to this one for... reasons unknown. Nice work CRT 👍
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  12. Anyone know what's going on with this? Still no update on CRT website
  13. Running diesel stove pretty much 24/7 over winter and not cruising far. Its a fair assessment. Now the better weathers coming along with more cruising opportunities I'm sure I'll calculate the split to be less
  14. This thread has confused me, I usually just declare 90% domestic, the place I usually fill up (moved away though so no longer) said to me the change means from April 1st it will basically all be 100% domestic rate. This thread seems to imply its all going to get more expensive? So who is right?
  15. I think it was because they thought it was cruel, animal abuse etc etc
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