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  1. 4 hours ago, Captain Pegg said:

    A nautical mile is internationally acknowledged as being exactly 1852 metres having been standardised to the SI unit for length. Therefore a knot is 1.852 km/hour.

    So there you go... 65kph sounds much better than 40mph

  2. 2 minutes ago, Richard10002 said:

    I’d get it covered with Vactan, keep it out of the water until March/April, and see how it looks. If bits have rusted again, localised Vactan, the 3 coats of blacking, plus a 4th coat at the waterline.

    Sounds like a good plan to me. 

  3. 3 hours ago, Paul Gwilliams said:

    remember as Oscar Wilde is quoted as saying “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”

    Actually, that quote is generally attributed to Voltaire.  He never actually said it though; it was invented by his biographer, Evelyn Beatrice Hall.

  4. 2 hours ago, cuthound said:


    I think you have made a mistake with the units of time.


    It should read "Is this the five month argument or the full decade?

    I blame the dark energy.  Or is it dark matter? Perhaps the matter possesses energy?  Just off back to my black hole now...

  5. 20 hours ago, PeterScott said:

    All those aerials in Rugby as they used to be

    I've told this story before but a mate of mine, when he was quite little, was travelling in the car with his dad as they passed those aerials.  He asked what they were.

    "That's where all the TV and radio shows are transmitted from son." 

    "Oh...  What are the little aerials for?"

    A short pause, then... "They're for Children's Television"


    He was perfectly happy with that explanation.

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  6. 5 hours ago, mark99 said:

    Not sure if this belongs in here but poss more footfall/mousefall in this General forum.


    Is anyone running a Godiva Engine in their boat?  (Coventry Climax marine diesel I vaguely think?).


    Gentleman on the cut has a lovely example and not sure if it's a rare example or not. Any info welcome.



    Our very first narrowboat had a single-thumper diesel which I was told was the predecessor to the Climax - a Coventry Victor.


    Raw water cooled and when stopping it if you let go of the little bit of string while it still had one revolution left stored in the flywheel then it'd start straight back up again... bang.... wait.... bang... wait... bang... bang... bang... bangbangbang...

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  7. 1 minute ago, cuthound said:


    Yes, perhaps better to say that providing the charging source is matched to the battery capacity, all lead acid batteries take the same time to charge for a given SoC.

    Yes, it fits in well with the second of my oft-repeated three step process of...

    1. Do a power audit

    2. Work out how you will replace that usage daily

    3. Buy 3x or more the result in (1) of battery capacity. 

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