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Steilsteven last won the day on August 31 2011

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  1. Whenever I read one of these threads I get a little confused by the ''experts'' that regularly pop up to say that eco fans don't work. They never explain what they actually mean by that. I suspect that what they are saying is that they aren't capable of sending heat from one end of a narrow boat to the other. This is most likely to be true if a) the boat is poorly insulated ( usually with spray foam which is next to useless ) and b) the stove is sited at the very front of the cabin which is usually the highest point and where the doors are. Heat won't travel down hill! Our 4 kw stove is sited about as centrally as it is possible to be and heats the entire interior ( except the rear cabin which is entirely separate ) perfectly adequately. The eco fan directs heat enough to be unbearable at times if you are sitting in it's ''line of fire'' at 8 feet from it. We leave the doors open through to the forward cabin and bathroom with the fan blowing towards that direction when the living area gets too warm and that evens things out. The eco fan also ensures that the 'heat bubble' around the stove is dispersed, without this the adjacent wall would get terrifically hot even though the stove is installed at the correct distances. BTW, I'm not trying to convince myself because it cost a lot of money Smelly, it did indeed cost a lot of money but when the motor stopped working five years later I replaced it ( the motor) because it does the job it's meant to. Keith
  2. Nothing wrong with calling a boat ISIS but probably better to call it TAMESIS. Keith
  3. They just show themselves up as poor boatmen. Anyone worth their salt just gets on with it and prides themselves on their ability to get around any difficulty. Keith
  4. No the trees are doing that! Keith I bet you didn't even mention the trees though. Keith
  5. It's a hotel boat! ? Keith Yes you might get something done about those trees that for some reason you are totally unconcerned about. Keith
  6. Green in the Irish Republic. https://afloat.ie/sail/cruising/item/41372-prohibition-on-use-of-marked-gas-oil-on-personal-pleasure-craft Keith
  7. Yes.Your batteries, whatever you choose, will last longer if charged via a three stage charger set at the correct voltage parameters. Keith
  8. 6 Trojan t105 6 volts or 8 if you have space. They will outlast anything else by years and years. I know of someone who was still using theirs after 13 years, mine so far have lasted 7 years and still perform well. If your batteries are accessible ( as they should be anyway ) topping up is easy and only really needed after about 3 years., I use an old squeezy sauce bottle for this to make it easier. I now top them up once a month as a matter of course. Look after them and they will look after you. Keith
  9. Well we certainly were free to abuse it without guilt or knowledge of the damage we were doing. Keith
  10. It had something to do with the narrow locks getting narrower through neglect. Keith
  11. Hudsons are recent, I'm talking about 60s/70s builders. They made boats smaller because the canals got smaller which in turn made the canals get smaller still. Modern wide beams should be able to travel a canal that was built to take vessels of those dimensions and if they do the channel will increase do it's design width eventually. The channel only gets smaller because too few large ( or loaded ) boats pass along it. It's not about ''published dimensions''. Keith
  12. Widebeams as in wide versions of narrow boats give loads of internal space to the detriment of cruising ability. If, as these two photos show, they were built with generous gunnels it would not only improve the appearance of them it would also make them safer and more pleasurable when cruising. 'Petra' is 12' beam and 9' wide above gunnel height internally. This means I can walk from the steering position quite easily without having to hold on and makes single handing easier than any narrow boat. I've seen a few of the widebeams with straight sides like those a few pages back and think they should be used solely as houseboats as they are dangerous to operate IMHO. Keith
  13. Modern widebeams only draw about 2' from what I've seen but loaded barges drew around 4'. When narrow boating started to get popular, builders made vessels with little draught and made them narrower because of the poorly maintained canals. Every time that someone says a particular vessel isn't suitable for a canal because it's no longer maintained for them anymore is one sandwich short of a pick nick and should go away and have a good long think. Keith
  14. 1 to 6 apply equally to narrow boats on narrow canals. As for tunnels, one way traffic applies to many of them in this country because two narrow boats can't pass. I have to laugh each time I see such ill thought through comments as yours. Keith
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