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  1. We've been trapped by reversed locks on the Nene and Ouse several times but the only 2 relevant things I can think of from my own experiences on the Nene were (1) going upstream when it was in flood so far over the top gates that getting into the lock was quite a challenge, and there was no need for top paddles because the lock had filled before I had finished winding down the lower guillotine and (2) going downstream through Ditchford lock which has a radial bottom gate when an EA rep opened all the top paddles fully behind us and said "Just open the lower gate all the way up and you'll still be able to get under it ok"; he was right but we really shot out of the lock when I untied the rope (we had to use the rope to hold usback while we opened the gate). On most rivers, of course, including those from a canal to a river, the rule is to leave gates open behind you. On the GU, for years after the introduction of the rule to close all gates behind you, there was an exception that it was normal to leave the top gates open behind you between London and Berkhamstead - ie the section which was designated as a broad canal, unlike from there northwards which is still officially a narrow canal.
  2. Yes indeed, thanks. Original now edited.
  3. Both of the Huawei tablets that I mentioned above, will happily take a SIM SD card which can be used for the storage of pictures, music, etc; however there is no facility to enable the transfer of any apps to it.
  4. How old is it, or which model? I have a Huawei T3-10 which, since last year's updates, is almost completely filled up by its own operating system and the "essential" apps that cannot be uninstalled. Nothing can sensibly be done with it. I made the mistake of replacing it with a more modern Huawei, forgetting that they are no longer allowed to access the Google Play Store so their range of apps is very limited.
  5. I won't tell the whole story again, it's easy to find several tellings of it by searching if you really want to. However I can say that I have photos that I took for myself at the time of the first survey, showing hardly any pitting, and then 2 years later showing massive pitting. So the phenomenon was real, and is still unexplained.
  6. Yes it went from 6mm to 2mm in about 18 months (quote from the surveyor, "at this rate you'll soon be the proud owner of a 70ft submarine" but we never established the true cause. It may have been other boats electric worms, or an electrical supply fault (they did admit to putting 30v down the earth line for a while), or stray electrical currents possibly through the exhaust system to the engine block, or something non-electrical such as pollution in the water, or something else entirely. We will never know - we re-wired the boat, put an isolating transformer in the supply, etc etc, and had no more problems after the re-plating.
  7. Sounds promising. Fingers crossed that it works OK for you.
  8. They are a bit of a nuisance too, they have a habit of cutting off the supply at times when they shouldn't, such as if you turn on the tap on the gas bottle too quickly instead of just a little bit at a time.
  9. Another vote for the Nasa BM2. It uses voltage to estimate SoC when discharging, and counts amp-hours when charging. Provided that you remember to reset the Ah counter to zero after charging and to regularly recalibrate the nominal capacity at least monthly (for example by setting it to show 100% when you know from the charge current that the batteries are genuinely fully charged) then it will actually give remarkably accurate displays of all parameters including SoC the whole time - as well as showing you what is the actual battery capacity. Add to that the ease of reading the display from a distance, it really is very good.
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  11. Back in the late 1960s we were on a hire boat and arrived at Foxton locks to find the side-ponds empty. We opened some paddles then heard a shout and saw a man standing on a bulldozer in the middle of the now-flooded pond. He had been digging out the silt from the side-ponds, and now we had stranded him. Getting the boat through the locks as quickly as possible, we then drained the side-pond for him again and he came over to 'discuss' with us the benefits of keeping our eyes open while locking.
  12. The underwater profile is also different north of Berkhamstead. The width from bank to bank is the same but the deep channel is narrower and would have needed re-profiling before any significant usage by widebeam boats could have been implemented. Maybe they built bridges and tunnels wider because subsequent modification would have been more difficult than merely digging out the earth channel?
  13. But only from London to Berkhamstead
  14. Indeed. If you cut away all the steelwork for the full length of the boat, and take away the internal fit out, then remove the engine and gearbox, there is really not a lot left. The quoted article is scaremongering at its best, designed to promote the self-interests of various interested groups. Overplating, when carried out by an experienced and capable professional repairer, is a perfectly good technique. But there are also quite a few bodgers out there. The problem is, how do you tell which is which?
  15. I'd be very happy to help you. Highly experienced (over 50 years) and willing to drive up and do a car shuffle first. I'll send you a PM.
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