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Keeping Up

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  1. Ok in that case I'll reduce my guess to 16 - and load the forward cannon to shoot anyone else out of the water.
  2. I am definitely not a duck, M'Lord (or is that Mallard?). There is ONLY ONE Keeping Up, which is me unless you count Keeping Up Too but they aren't on the forum and anyway that got sold to someone whose name isn't Jones which is disgraceful they should be forced to change it, wouldn't have been allowed in my day harrumph! Be careful in cold weather, I once made a Pot Noodle on a very very cold day, left it on the roof of the boat while I set the next lock which took a while because of the ice, when I got back it was a Pot Noodle ice lolly with the teaspoon as a stick. I guess 17 unless somebody else already has.
  3. When they advertise something as "Two times stronger than before" for example, do they mean twice as strong as it used to be, or three times as strong? The use of the term "train station" infuriates me; I assume they mean "railway station".
  4. That's exactly what I did. It's still heavy but manageable, and a lot cheaper than anything sold by the chandlers. We do use it occasionally, but I do wish we could persuade the dog to walk on it too.
  5. We had an extra anode fitted midway down each side when the boat was blacked last year. They used some super-thin ones, about 1cm only, which sit well within the overlapping lip of the baseplate. Even so, they occasionally knock against something as we enter the top end of a lock.
  6. Don't run the engine too slowly when charging the batteries. The alternator will run slightly cooler at higher engine revs because the fan will shift more air. My Beta 43 has the 175 amp alternator fitted. I hate to think how hot it could get. On start-up I've seen 185 amps for a minute or so, and it often provides over 150 amps for at least half an hour into my 4 leisure batteries. To help it keep cool under the cruiser deck, when there was a spare hole caused by having to move the exhaust outlet from one side to the other, I attached some trunking to that hole with a bilge blower fan wired to the "ignition" circuit to blow cool air straight at the alternator. At all engine speeds up to 2500 rpm you can feel the excess air coming out of the grill that used to be the only air inlet to the engine bay. The whole engine bay runs at least 10-15 degrees cooler with the fan.
  7. I was responsible for getting ISO9001 accreditation for our BT department. The Sales team (about 50 people) were extremely sceptical of the documentation requirements until at a meeting I was challenged to write their "Quality Manual" and I answered that it need be only one line long; "By any means that is legal and in line with BT policies, get all customers or potential customers to spend as much money as possible". The BSI assessors were perfectly happy with it.
  8. I found myself wondering about the shape of the cills on different waterways, looking at them while going up to Chester last summer. Unlike the curved cills described here, the Grand Union's wide locks have mainly straight cills, and I wondered if this illustrates a difference in a canal designed for wide boats as opposed to a canal whose locks were designed for pairs of narrow boats? This may perhaps also explain why bridges on some wide canals (such as going up to Chester) are much wider than the locks, to allow easy passage of a wide boat, whereas again on the GU the boats would be singled out through most of the bridges so 14ft is plenty of width.
  9. I cant find anything there to agree with, unless maybe yes they could be classed as "well known" (though maybe not always for the best reasons)
  10. Surely there must come a point where the Dee at Horseshoe Falls would be high enough to overtop the controlling sluice there.
  11. Thanks for posting that, Hudds Lad. Here's (almost) the same view yesterday, also from the Hotel's FB page. Makes an interesting comparison.
  12. For those of you who know the Chain Bridge Hotel above Llangollen; they posted this photo of the Dee, from their dining room window, on Facebook this morning. I've never seen the Dee looking even remotely like this before; I wonder what Horseshoe Falls look like, and just how much current there is on the canal right now.
  13. Back in the 70s I remember taking a boat down that stretch, when the river was not far off the level of the raised towpath. Of course there were no red boards or padlocks then. We had no problems at all, the pull from the (open) weir was not an issue, our only problems were it was VERY tight getting under that footbridge and then when we reached Wychnor lock there was so much draw from the overflow paddles (do they still use those?) that stopping for the lock was extremely difficult.
  14. Yes you are right, it would be very dangerous to override the thermocouple. If the flame went out, the boat would fill up with gas; I'm sure I don't need to describe the possible consequences.
  15. Lucky you. Mine has more than doubled (because they forgot to review it for 18 years, so I suppose I can't really complain)
  16. Merely getting rid of the contaminated diesel is not necessarily enough. Any remaining trace of bug will readily multiply in the fresh diesel. When we had our problems with bug, a boatyard who claimed to be specialists filtered it with cheap filters for 3 hours then returned it to the tank but within a week the bug had returned. The next yard tried dumping the diesel then thoroughly rinsing through with clean diesel then dumping that and refilling, which gave us only 3 days respite before it returned. Then another yard tried 3 different biocides (dumping 2 tankfuls in the process) and still failed. Finally we had the tank cleaned and sterilized with high pressure superheated steam; that cured it.
  17. I am talking about those with removable batteries; naturally I would not be talking about taking the batteries out of a sealed-for-life unit. Also, as I said, I would be replacing mine after the 10 years regardless. Surely if the life is determined by time alone, then it should be measured from the manufacturing date which is clearly written on the label upon which you are supposed to write the installation date. But on the label, as in the manual, it clearly says "10 years from the installation date". Maybe the manufacturers specify to their retailers a sort of "install by" date, similar to a "use by" date, which ensures that the 10 years will not take it beyond the end of its life. If so, I wonder if the issue around cheap eBay sales, and the supposed withdrawal of "unreliable" units, revolves around the expiry of this date.
  18. If I install a CO alarm which has a stated life of 10 years from the date of installation, but for say 6 months of the year I remove the batteries because I am not using the boat, will its life now be extended to 20 years? The manual says it will sound an "end of life" alarm after the 10 years, but can it measure the passage of time when the batteries have been removed? For the record I would actually replace it after 10 years anyway, but just wondered ...
  19. That assumes that all marinas are honest. I know of one that used to have about 3 times as many nominated boats as they had berths, for a small fee they would add anybody's name to the list and then happily confirm it to BW (as it was then).
  20. I must have been lucky, I ordered one from eBay last week for £13 and it arrived 5 days later with no problems. But that seller is not showing any more for sale now.
  21. I wonder if I will get an interesting email from CRT too, as my boat hasn't been on its home mooring for over 2 years; we own the land and we have (legally) let it out while we have been away, so of course our tenants have registered it as their own home mooring. While we have been away we have occasionally left the boat in a marina for a few weeks at a time, or even 3 months over winter, but could see no reason to change our records with CRT especially as our own mooring would still be "available" to us by simply asking our tenants to leave (not that we intend to do so, the arrangement suits us all). I wonder if CRT have been having a general purge, looking through their records for anomalies, as I did get an email from them last week saying they've just realised that they hadn't reviewed the monthly fees of my Licence to Moor for several years and that with just one month's notice they will be more than doubled!
  22. Our first boat had a shower (no bath) where the tray was made "sunken" by simply cutting a hole in the floor so it sat on the bottom plate. As the boat had a wet bilge, there was no need for a fancy drainage setup, the plug hole was simply left as an open hole, with no fitment at all, and the water just ran to the stern where the bilge pump dealt with it.
  23. I think some belts are specified by the internal dimension of the loop, and some by the external dimension, which can easily result in you getting one the wrong size. On my Beta 43 it's specified as a 13×990 Li and I assume the Li stands for Length internal. Though I see that's a lot shorter than yours.
  24. Paloma Faith, defined as the total belief that your water heater will work!
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