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  1. 1) Make sure you buy the correct licence before going boating. 2) Try not to fall in.
  2. If you sandpapered all the rivet heads off, the model would fall to bits! Obviously...
  3. No home moorers exempt obviously. This would make it very cheap to collect. Do you have a home mooring? No? So you must be towpath mooring 365 nights a year. Here's your bill.
  4. The practical solution is to charge all boats on the water £20 a night to moor anywhere out on the towpath.
  5. With the current level of enforcement effort (or lack of) they don't have to move, at all, ever. Enforcement seemed to vanish during Covid, and never got going again after.
  6. I've seen in passing several riveted iron dutch barges out on the hard standing and being worked on at the boatyard at Eynsham on the Thames. Oxford Cruisers Ltd. So there is probably a degree of expertise to be found there. Worth investigating at least.
  7. The thing is, you'll find all the facts you'll need to know on the CRT website. And none of the divisive personal opinions. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/ Good luck with your project, I'm sure you'll be delighted with boating. Its not like this out on the real cut!
  8. 600W is LOADS! I had 560W when I lived aboard and it kept me going without running the engine at all for nine months of the year. But this is to confuse the domestic battery bank with the engine starter battery. Mine charged the domestic bank as yours prolly does too!
  9. A brief update to this thread. It's leaking now! Only when ON, and still leaks whilst running. It seems to be leaking from the fuel isolator valve spindle itself, as well as from a split in the hose behind. Given it is now eight years old and the chances of getting a new isolator valve are slim AND its a bit under-powered, maybe time for a new one. Shockingly the tiny 700W Impax is now £260. Amazon is flogging this 2000W inverter genny for £179, if anyone is interested. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diamond-Portable-Inverter-Generator-Jobsites/dp/B0CX3JFGKH/ref=pd_ci_mcx_pspc_dp_d_2_i_0?pd_rd_w=HyjOl&content-id=amzn1.sym.8db49f41-2d78-4c1c-bc3b-fb9e44b9efb4&pf_rd_p=8db49f41-2d78-4c1c-bc3b-fb9e44b9efb4&pf_rd_r=YNEF73VVJ1MBP9HF2PZH&pd_rd_wg=7l5l0&pd_rd_r=ee38ac3a-83b3-491b-8010-25985116ea9f
  10. I puzzled about that too, then realised its probably "solar panel".
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  12. Carry out the tests suggested by Tony Brooks and post the results here?!
  13. And more particularly, a boat not moving was a bloody nuisance to all those that were.
  14. True. And curiously, doing a bit of pop philosophy reading up on why Occam's Razor is not as much help as one might first expect regarding whether God exists, or not, It came up with almost exactly the starter motor scenario we've been discussing!! "But some caution is needed. If Ockham’s razor is used properly it can be a very helpful tool, but if used incorrectly it can become a dangerous instrument. First, consider a scenario where Ockham’s razor works. Suppose your car won’t start. Two possible explanations are a) that the battery is faulty and b) that the starter motor is faulty. You call a mechanic who quickly determines that there is indeed a problem with the battery. Since this would explain why the car didn’t start, there is no longer any reason to think that there is a problem with the starter motor. Ockham’s razor removes the need for the further explanation. Or to put it another way, the truth of the faulty battery hypothesis has explained away the faulty starter motor hypothesis. Of course, it is possible that there is a problem with both the battery and the starter motor. That cannot be ruled out until the car starts, but it would be really unlucky; based on the evidence so far and the application of Ockham’s razor, one explanation is sufficient." https://philosophynow.org/issues/115/Science_Ockhams_Razor_and_God P.S. Ockham and Occam are interchangeable spellings apparently, for the village near Guildford where the chap lived.
  15. Threads like this where the OP ignores the responses also help future visitors with the same problem, however. So they are not actually a waste of effort. Yes Occam's Razor wins again, I bet! https://www.newscientist.com/definition/occams-razor/
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  17. More fool you (and me!) then for paying for a mooring when CRT will let you moor on the towpath for free. (Subject to the trivial requirement not enforced, to move a few hundred yards once a fortnight.)
  18. Disagree. Being allowed to moor for free on the public towpath for two week stretches at a time separated by one hour of cruising is legitimate CCing according to CRT, and is MUCH cheaper than living in a house.
  19. It's an excellent idea. "Ankersol" by Morris Lubricants is an excellent inhibitor and costs only £18.90. https://www.premierlubricants.co.uk/vintage-and-classic-cars/ancillary-products/morris-ankorsol-anti-corrosion-fluid.html Oh, a thought though. Might need more than one.
  20. Yes. Band "A" council tax is probably well over £1,000 in most areas now and in many, over £1,500 a year. This is in addition to the (probable) £3k-£4k a year mooring charge and £1k a year CRT boat licence. I've an idea some of the marinas with legitimate residential moorings pay a lump sum council tax fee themselves and divide it up amongst the residential moorers, whixh works out cheaper for the moorers. CCers only pay the CRT boat licence, so you can see why so many liveaboards prefer to moor out on the towpath, which is free.
  21. As a Home Moorer I'd be entirely happy to pay the same surcharge as CCers and CMers. Provided it made the NBTA STFU.
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  23. Indeed it is, and their website is an interesting place to visit and look at all their specialist boats https://rothenworkboats.co.uk/our-work-boats/
  24. I was curious about the CRT licence, rather than the mooring permit. A similar question crosses my mind about the sunken hulks on the Coventry and in the disused/private winding 'ole at Cropredy. CRT eventually Section-8 s and removes unlicenced boats usually, but not these. Why not?
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