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  1. 17 minutes ago, Scholar Gypsy said:

    Thanks! They didn't do this when we were there, but it was raining most of the time...

    What I couldn't work out was whether / how the cassion was held tight against the connecting channel when at the top or the bottom- as this structure could not obviously resist forces along the line of the cassion.  You could definitely feel the whole structure sway a bit, ditto with the monster modern lift, once the seal was broken.

    I assumed there was some sort of lock device as there was a delay between arriving and gate openning?

    The old lifts do break down often and there was the alarming accident 20 years ago when a barge broke its back as the lift tried to go up before the boat had exited at the bottom! Belgian attitudes to health and safety are not confidence inspiring!

    We thought the large lift was very smooth only the ground outside receeding showing movement. The inclined plane on the other hand rattled rather alarmingly.

    There is a small museum at the large lift.

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    The base of one of the rams about 2m across - these are full of water which is transfered from one side to the other with the first tank descending and pushing the other up. As the ram takes the weight the surrounding structure is rather lighter than our own lif t at Anderton which was converted from hydraulic long ago and  uses cables pulled up by electric motors (as does the new giant lift in Belgium)

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  3. On 17/03/2022 at 09:46, MtB said:





    On 17/03/2022 at 09:46, MtB said:



    I suspect this happens quite a lot. If a slight (or big) mis-measure gets noticed once the shell construction is under way, adjusting the length is a big undertaking and the shell builder is likely to want to persuade/pressure the customer to accept it the length it is, with perhaps a cash adjustment rather than change it. IF it gets noticed in the first place.


    I have to admit I never measured the only new shell I ever had built, I just accepted that having ordered 58ft, that this was what they delivered. I just ordered the longest bare shell I could afford! It certainly looked about right but I guess it could have been anything from 56ft to 60ft and I probably wouldn't have noticed. 



    it is quite common for boats to shrink when paying for a mooring or licence

  4. 12 hours ago, Chris Taylor said:




    We're only looking at a return because Brexit is slowly introducing challenges; the uncertainty that I'm even going to be able to live in my own home with a visa renewal every 5 years isn't fun.  Plus, an increasing number of jobs in my line of work are starting to ask for EU27 only.


    Leaving the Netherlands now might affect your ability to return later tho?

  5. https://focusonbelgium.be/en/business/autonomous-vessel-being-tested-european-first


    As far as I can tell these are semi autonomous being linked by radio to a remote control centre, presumably manned -  there is a crew member on board whose main occupation seems to be reading his mobile phone and lowering the mast for the one low bridge.


    A push tug operates the other barge used on  the Ijzer in the normal way with a crew of just 2, apparently husband and wife so the saving is not that apparent.

  6. 3 hours ago, Athy said:

    Well, it's from 1958, at which time n/bs were still being built, so I'd say that it qualifies.

    It isa pity that it's for sale becuse the company operating it has gone into liquidation.

    There is a smaller one (38m) built in 1952  moored   in Thuin (Belgium) which has been turned into a museum. The cabin is a symphony in polished dark wood. 2 bedrooms and saloon but no bathroom definitely historic.








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  7. I am thinking of upgrading to one of these (B535) on the assumption that 5g units are going to be out of my price range for some time? Just wondering what size the plug is for when a 12v converter is added I have seen 2.1mm and 2.5mm mentioned?

  8. 6 minutes ago, blackrose said:


    Because it stinks? It really depends on whether you like the smell of your own festering sh*t I suppose. Each to their own. 


    However well vented a dump through toilet tank is, passive venting is unlikely to prevent tank headspace gases coming straight up through the a big hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl and into the bathroom, because the majority of the displaced gases will always take the path of least resistance, and that isn't usually via a smaller size vent. 

    trouble is, after a while people get used to their own smell  don't notice it and think it has gone away, visitors do though

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  9. 1 hour ago, MtB said:



    Curious. The headline on the advert says its 220V but the body of the advert says its 12V.  Then in the Q & A bit, the manu tells an enquirer they can use a 220V solar panel to power it!

    mine (20L) came with a 12 v cigar plug and a 230v adapter I assume they all do, just noticed actually these are listed in the advert.

    Package Content
      1 x Car Refrigerator
      1 x DC power cord
      1 x Adapter for AC power
      1 x User Manua
  10. As our fridges don't last long (2 Shorelines in 10 years) I have bought one of these (smaller version) to act as back up. Now its a chinese compressor (but then Danfoss are made in China now) and Vevor don't get good reviews for customer service but it arrived earlier than expected and more or less does what it says on the tin , the thermostat is not that accurate (but nor is Shoreline) and though you can use it as either a fridge or a freezer it struggles to get down to minus 18, the insulation is a bit thin but could probably be added to externally.

    Overall though good value as long as it lasts a few years. I will report back hopefully more than 5 years from now.



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  11. On 09/03/2022 at 19:49, David Mack said:

    But the presence of moored boats will force rowers to use a narrower channel in the middle, which must increase the risk of rowers travelling in opposite directions having "safety incidents".

    They (the rowing club) already operate a tidal system on the river at Broxbourne (which is really too narrow for rowing seriously with or without moored boats) so no not an argument that holds any water.

  12. 2 hours ago, Tracy D'arth said:

    Painting the inside before spray foaming I think is a good idea but I would use a zinc phosphate primer with 50% gloss enamel paint mixed in rather than waste money on epoxy.


    If I ever get to do another new shell, highly unlikely, I would do the outside of the whole cabin and hull in epoxy, would save a lot of repainting, but the colour choice may be a bit restricted.

    Or a 2 pack (epoxy) primer but that assumes the surface has been properly prepped.

    For the exterior cabin epoxy base coats but 2 pack polyurethene on top gives all the colours you want and is as tough as possible.

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  13. 7 hours ago, blackrose said:

    I never was a big drinker, I'd only ever drink a couple of pints, but I've completely gone off beer these days. It just seems to bloat me out. I ordered a pint in a pub with a meal last week and couldn't even finish it. Just gone off the whole idea of drinking large amounts of low alcohol liquid. I'd rather have a G&T. The only problem with that is a double G&T is so expensive in a pub.

    Belgian beer is rather nice, often (even though in a bottle) "real ale" i.e. unpasteurised and around 8%

  14. 34 minutes ago, Movin' on said:


    meaning canals are physically too much for us but a recent foray into "plastic" river/offshore boats has been a disaster hence "interesting" steel wanted as we do want/need to keep afloat!


    There are some nice canals in Northern France and Belgium where the locks are electric

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