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Bobbybass

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  2. My boat is on the K&A in Newbury. Did the run to Bristol this year...and then a month later, through Reading and Thames to Letchlade. My previous boat was stationed in the Midlands and I must say that the K&A locks seem a lot slower and leak a bit more making them difficult to open. There are one or two swing bridges that take a lot of heaving. Anticipate slow progress. There are a couple of the preserved 'skeleton locks' with earth sides which are interesting ..but very slow. There are also HUGE locks that take ages to fill. You need to check the status of the Caen Hill flight as water supply can sometimes mean travel restrictions. The Crofton pump was causing restricted opening this year, but I think that is now solved. Mooring on this canal is less readily available as much of the bank is shallow or covered by reeds. If you want a popular spot near a pub then we found that in June we needed to be moored up by about 3pm. That applied to towns like Hungerford and Bradford on Avon. You can find places on the bank but (as has been said) you may need to clamber down a gang plank. Don't expect any of the CART pump out stations to work. We didn't find any that did. That being said, the canal offers some wonderful scenery and countryside. Bath is such a wonderful place to explore and you can take your boat right into the weir below the town...an adventure. Bristol is a great place to stay but you need to pay for a navigation license and don't expect much sleep. The moorings are in the city centre; one site being opposite the Wetherspoons etc and noisy and the other being a bit short in length. My boat is 42 feet so was just about practical for that. It faces out to the S.S.Great Britain and is in a little circle of cafes. We stayed two nights and had no 'agro' from the cafes, but people chuck out of there on a nice evening and sit chatting at the end of your boat for hours. Being in the centre of Bristol it is a great place to moor and sight see. It's a good thing to leave earlier in the day and do a trip around the harbour. You can do this later but there are large fast moving trip boats. All in all I'd say...go and do it...but if you run out of time you can always see the great countryside....explore Bath...and then turn there.
  3. No... I've never normally paid...?.... Is this a new 'thing' ?
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  10. Spray can and a stencil for that ' nothing worth nicking on this boat' look.....
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  12. The fans are Eberspacher and match the heater. They'll be left on ..low blow..setting all the time as it will only be run to heat for an hour or so in the morning. The radiators are to act as a " heat sink"..to give some consistency.. I had a 60 foot boat last time as opposed to my current 42 footer...used 15mm pipe...and only stripped and rebuilt the Eber once in 6 years..
  13. Yeah..as someone who gave it lots of thought.. I knew people wouldn't think or understand.. Thanks all. Subject closed. Thanks for your input..
  14. Oh boy...I wish people would read posts !!!
  15. Hi all.... Here's a question about running my central heating pipes....so no " off topic".. about Brexit or pump out toilets please ? When I have installed central heating pipes in a house....I run a feed and return and then connect radiators into it with 'T' fittings. That is so that when you turn off a radiator. .the whole lot doesn't block up. Bathroom radiators are locked on all the time. I am fitting an Eber on my boat...into a small calorifier.. then a radiator which I never intend to turn off ..so it will have locked valves...then into 2 heat exchanger fan heaters. Looking at that circuit I see no reason for 'T' connectors..... .just run them (like an electrical circuit) as series.....one to the other...rather than the 'parallel ' system .. like at home. Does this sound feasible.....or is there a reason for not doing this ? Thanks all.
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  18. I have a diverter valve on my system. That is NOT a system like yours..... .but I thought if you had a change over valve on the hot outlets of your tanks...you could set it so that when the water temperature coming out of one tank drops.....it switches over to the other tank. Maybe a little Raspberry pie board and a simple program to compare the tank temperatures … and operate the valve to draw water from the hottest one. My system is not like yours. My boat has a large tank with only a single coil from the engine. That meant engine running in marinas.. I already had a small 3 gallon tank in my garage from another project...with single coil and a 1kw immersion. I installed that...so that when the immersion is powered from a land hookup, the diverter draws water from that tank. I Siamese the cold inlets...and the pressure relief outlets...and fed the hot outlets through the diverter. I'm amazed that the little tank heats really hot in 20 minutes and despite running off water for showers etc...the immersion keeps up with it. Not like your system, but you can see where I'm going with my idea above.
  19. I recommend the Craftmaster Canauba... I bought some for my last boat as it had a wonderful paint job....and it was excellent. My current boat paint...is a load of cack….which I like as I no longer have to polish it...(no brass on it either..GREAT !! ) I now use up that Canauba on my 14 year old Mercedes...and it gets many admiring comments. I leave the car in marina for months and when I come back ..its as glossy as when I left it.
  20. Speak for yourself !. I stick my head out of the hatch and it's dry in two minutes!
  21. Going back to my last post. Energy saving bulbs...TV etc... A hair dryer...is a short 'hit'...so not a great power discharge. The main use of this immense battery bank and charging regime seems to be the washing machine ?. Huge amounts of engine running ( maybe half a gallon ? ).. solar ..filling the water tank..and discharging plastic particles into our canals. Is this really worth it ?. This is a general question rather than criticism. PS... I get plenty of run time for fridge...lights...and TV out of two 110 amp batteries..and they don't drop below 12.2 volts.
  22. We had a Travelpower on our last boat...for washing machine..hair dryer etc...plus running the battery charger from it. We still gave up on the washing machine on most occasions...and used a laundry.
  23. I recently bought an old D5W that was from a BT van. I hacked the wiring and fitted a couple of fuses ..one for the switch and one for the heater. Stuck the water inlet and outlet hoses into a bucket and a short length of fuel hose into a jam jar of diesel. It fires up just fine.. doesn't need any pressure on the fuel line. Once the switch is activated..it goes into the correct start up...water pump..air fan...and finally the tick tick fuel pump. Conversely..it does the correct shut down. I'll fit that in the coming months.
  24. I like my diesel.. I like the sound of it..the smell of it...the sheer mechanics of it..and by the time it all goes tits up..I would have given up boating anyway..
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