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  1. DaveP

    Talk to me about compost toilets

    Please don't! Double bag the solids (preferably mark the bag as such) and put in the bin - that's CRT's advice. Elsan disposal will block the elsan. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/boating-blogs-and-features/boating-team/game-of-thrones-boat-toilet-waste-disposal
  2. DaveP

    washing machine on board

    I think I paid about £430 - Appliances Direct. Yes, just tell it to do a cold wash, no issues. Yes, it only takes about 200w peak (spin) w/o the heater. I am using a pure sine wave inverter(1kw); even the old machine objected to modified sine (one would run it a double speed).
  3. DaveP

    washing machine on board

    The hot water is provided via a Morco geyser, so that's adjusted to give lukewarm water. At some point, the roundtuit will fit a thermostatic mixer to the feed....
  4. DaveP

    washing machine on board

    I had a Candy Aquamatic 100F (the little 3.5kg load one) which lasted for 14 years. Fabulously small and would run off a 1kw Genny (just) or the engine and inverter. It chewed up the bearings last year and I replaced it with the Aquamatic 104D1. Only has a cold-water inlet - which I've connected to the hot water line. The heater was more powerful than the 100F so wouldnt run off the Genny - it needs about 1.5kw. But with the Morco supplying hot water, it only uses about 10ah for a 1hour wash. It also uses about half the water of the old machine (20 litres-ish). Wouldn't be without a washing machine onboard as a cc'ing liveaboard....
  5. DaveP

    Organic Food Is Bad For The Environment

    As ever, it's externalities which haven't been considered that need further examination (what's the point of research? Next year's grant money!). The study relates to changes in land use, claiming that because organic agriculture has lower areal yields than conventional farming for the same crop, more area is needed for the same production quantity and thus more forested land will be converted to farming those crops, releasing co2. No account is taken of other environmental impacts such as fertiliser production costs or run-off effects. It is focussed on producing a metric to measure change of land use, and doesn't predict anything else other than changes in co2 production relating to changes in land use - not changes in consumption levels, not changes in production methods. It's a classic scientific study - hold everything except one aspect the same, and see what the change in outcome is. In this respect, it produces (or rather the clickbait headline does) a Malthusian outcome....
  6. DaveP

    Wind turbine

    As Tony says; you need a clean stream of wind, if it's moving around the turbine spends most of its time twirling around trying to catch it rather than actually catching it. The output is proportional to the cube of the air velocity - so if it's quoted @400w, find out what windspeed that's at - usually 10-12m/s (22mph - Beaufort force 5) - the cut-in speed is normally about 3-4m/s (8 mph - Beaufort force 3). Winds don't usually reach much higher than the cut-in speed and certainly very little of the rated speed is seen especially inland on non-exposed sites. Producing 24Ah in a day is beyond these units capabilities except for fairly insignificant periods of time.
  7. DaveP

    2018 - Small Puter?

    Yep - but even more so - Gallium as a complete Linux install (still dual-boot if you want it). https://wiki.galliumos.org/Installing/Preparing
  8. DaveP

    DEFRA Working Party into Boats Used As Accommodation.

    But that's not true; there are plenty of 'off-road' places to hide from CRT. Essentially, waterways controlled by someone else such as EA, NT, MLC, Peel... So, once you're spotted w/o a licence - make a run for the border. For London, the Thames is within 8 hours of Black Jack's lock, Broxbourne and all points in-between. (Mind you, they are pretty secure border points.)
  9. DaveP

    DEFRA Working Party into Boats Used As Accommodation.

    I suspect it also needs to be make clear that no other such plates may be displayed. Nothing like hiding in plain sight....
  10. DaveP

    Please sir, can we have some diesel?

    If you've got cans and can get there BSB in Normanton (2 miles east of you) sell about the cheapest red diesel around (147 bus).
  11. DaveP

    Click & Collect

    I've not found any problem changing the 'find pickups near' to where I am at the moment. Below the 'post to address' is the 'click & collect' selection button, this brings up a popup window with a search box that can be cleared and a new location/postcode entered to then select a nearby pickup point.
  12. DaveP

    Satellite co-axial cable connectivity

    This is an interesting summary of the different types of cables available, and the issues with getting a signal through from one end to the other... http://www.wrightsaerials.co.uk/articles/coax-cable-quality.shtml
  13. That's the address for the local connection. Depending on the individual council, they'll accept just about anything. I've used a boatyard, a museum and a lock number in the past - including the hostname...
  14. See https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/with-no-fixed-address - the local connection requirement is fairly lax; I suspect your main hurdle (at least for the first time) will be establishing that you are now resident in the UK.
  15. DaveP

    Southern Oxford Summit.

    Pound below cropredy is down 20cm. Peewit farm moorers are sat on the bottom. It's been dropping over the last three days.

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