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  1. True but being cautious in a glider doesn’t mean you can make a safe landing. Being “cautious” (aka nervous) can cause high workload and overload. An overloaded human is extremely dysfunctional. And there is a direct corollary with narrowboating. The old cautious incompetent boater will keep going into neutral or even reverse and be quite unable to steer the thing as a consequence, bouncing off the lock entry walls etc, albeit relatively slowly. Being old, they don’t analyse the cause and effect, don’t learn from the consequences of their actions and continue to repeat the behaviour wondering why they get the same outcome. Whereas the youngster will quickly realise that faster is better because although you are going faster, you don’t hit anything because you can actually steer the thing. Yes, however bearing in mind the number of modern boats vs historic boats there do seem to be a disproportionate number of a***holes on the latter. But I will say it again, by no means all historic boat operators.
  2. Maybe no harder to steer, but as you say harder to stop in a hurry and more ability to cause damage due to the extra weight. And perhaps a converted camping boat is not quite the same a large woolwich - I don't know, never steered one. One of the arguments used by some historic boat owners to justify their actions is "Oh well you try steering a 70' deep drafted boat and see how you get on", so one can't have the argument both ways! Plus I would assume that you were quite young when you did this - young people learn 20 times faster than grey beardy types who have spent a lifetime doing something else not involving co-ordination and prediction of trajectories, and then decide they might like to try steering a monster boat. We get this in gliding - if a 15 year old joins the club, he will learn to fly in a few months. If a 65 year old joins, it's quite likely they will never go solo.
  3. This surely is the key point. It is accepted that some steerers of historic boats (this is the correct term IMO, not working, work or ex working boats) may be novices and consequently incompetent. As said, we all have to learn! Although it also has to be said that putting an incompetent steerer in charge of a very large and heavy boat if they have never steered a boat before, might not be the best idea. One generally doesn’t learn to drive an articulated lorry before learning to drive a car. But back to the key point which is that it is less the competence of the steerer that offends, more the entitled attitude displayed by some. But not all, of course. It is thus demonstrably not necessary to be an a***hole in order to own or steer a historic boat, so those that are do so out of their own choice. And probably it is the other way round, an a***hole is attracted to a great big monster-bowed f-off boat so they can shove it in the face of the plebs and make everyone get out of the way, in order to make themselves feel better.
  4. Jolly good, we never had a problem on the Curly (including Rushall & Daw End). I rather like the Rushall flight. We did have some bad weed on the Tame Valley near Perry Barr top, but it was tolerable. This was a few years ago though! Edit: No, not THAT sort of weed!
  5. Perhaps if you told us what was on the list we could advise? This is the problem with gas, as MtB is often heard to say, is "which regulations do you want to comply with?" THe RCD / ISOs, the PD, the GSIUR, the BSS? I would have thought that if the boat complies with the BSS requirements then it can be deemed to be "safe" for the purposes of CRT and an insurance company. Perhaps the GS chap is looking for work? Does he have the specific ticket for LPG on boats? Rules and common practices for houses are quite different in some areas.
  6. Im not quite sure what the question is but certainly BSS can have more stringent rules than GSIUR - which doesn’t go into great specifics- but of course BSS can’t over-rule some restriction imposed by GSIUR. There is also the ISO specifically about LPG on boats, and the BSS adds more restrictions to that eg the ISO allows soldered joints whereas BSS doesn’t.
  7. Yes but in 1968, people actually knew how to steer boats!
  8. Lady M is correct. The GSIUR specifically exempts leisure (non-residential) boats from itself.
  9. The only surprising thing about that story is that you omitted to accidentally spill the contents of your cassette on his boat. Or maybe you did but don't like to admit it?😁 Obviously some historic boaters are nice people and some are not. It is hard to know if the balance is worse for HBs than for boats in general, but I think the sheer bulk and slightly intimidating appearance of eg a Large Woolwich means that any transgressions are more memorable. There is perhaps a tendency for HB owners to think it is clever to act like it is 100 years ago in terms of how they treat the infrastructure, but often this goes wrong so it is a good source of amusement!
  10. Well to be fair to Lady M the “lock landing” outside the Greyhound is very recent. There is plenty of scope for getting off a boat elsewhere in the vicinity. So if someone wanted to moor there it wouldn’t exercise me too much. I wouldn’t moor there myself, but mainly due to the risk of incompetent boaters T boning me as they fail to negotiate the corner!
  11. I answered that in the second post! If the cables are inside trunking etc then there is no minimum proximity to gas pipe. And actually a since it is artic flex ie each conductor is insulated, and then it overall sheathed, this is probably good enough even if not in trunking (but I would still run it inside trunking).
  12. I think motorway service stations are a bit different because the catering is provided by other businesses and the seating is often not particularly linked to any one business. Anyway, the point of a motorway service station is to provide a service, eg it is quite OK to use the toilet without buying anything. This will be enshrined in the original permission to build the service station. Your addition of the £35 suggests this happened to you, but I think that is abnormal for a UK motorway service station
  13. You may well be right in the case of a proper posh restaurant, however most “restaurants” are chains, and I bet the the computer says no if the minimum wage staff ask it.
  14. I suppose it is a little bit like going into a pub but taking in your own beer to drink. It wouldn't seem unreasonable for the publican to object.
  15. 12v and 240 ohms is 0.05A so I think 1.5mm^2 will be fine.
  16. If it ain't broke... As you say, the problem really only arises if you try to bend the cable. Left alone it will probably be OK. And if not, provided the circuits are properly fused, the worst that can happen is that some service stops working.
  17. Unfortunately it is their land and their marina, they can say who is allowed to enter their property and under what terms. So there is no legal recourse. The recourse is to cough up, moor elsewhere, or as said take the boat out of the marina for the work to be done. That latter could be a bit of a problem if mains power is needed I suppose. But anyway, if there is lots of hammering, grinding, drilling, sawing etc then it is only courteous to other marina users to take it out of earshot.
  18. …A view from quite a while ago! It looks like this now. Surely the stables is just a shell with nothing of interest inside? The round house was well worth preserving but this doesn’t seem to me to have much merit. I think it is important to preserve some heritage, but also that one should pick one’s battles carefully. If every change is objected to, that voice becomes meaningless.
  19. It stopped because the surface charge effect kept the battery voltage higher than the float voltage for a short time. When a charger is disconnected, the battery voltage doesn’t instantly drop to the rested fully charged voltage of around 12.8v, it subsides slowly as the surface charge effect dissipates. When the natural voltage of the battery is above float voltage, it won’t charge. Charging will resume once the surface charge effect dissipates and the natural voltage falls below the set float voltage.
  20. Yes try 15A for now. Adaptive is definitely a fudge, “fixed with tail current” is a fudge if the system is not measuring actual battery current. As I said, the ideal way is fixed with tail current using battery current, but I appreciate the world is not always ideal!
  21. Therein is the difficulty with not actually using battery current to trigger float, you have to fudge it! If that is going to be your regime every day, then it is OK, but presumably this won’t be the situation every day? You need a day off / go shopping etc! I would look at the permanent drains which would exclude the fridge, since that is sometimes on and sometimes off. It could only prolong the absorption time by the time the fridge is on until the thermostat clicks off which is probably no more than 15 mins or so. Your drain into the boat is 11A at the moment. If the fridge is running then I’d take off 3A for that. And add 4A for the tail current (rather than 2A, see above) making it 15A if fridge not running or 12 if it is. But if you are not working from home the system is going to go to float early because most of the 11A boat drain will be turned off.
  22. This presumes that everyone only cruises during “office hours” which is incorrect. Especially in winter when it gets dark very early, just because it is dark doesn’t mean it’s ok to moor on services/lock landings etc. At night it is even more problematic to find such things blocked by moored boats. Anyway, it is contrary to the “rules” so why do historic boat owners think they are exempt? What would happen if everyone did it?
  23. Looking back at what you said earlier - 450Ah battery - I think 2A tail current is rather low as it corresponds to 0.5% of capacity. The current will eventually get that low but it will take a long time and maybe not within the available solar charge time. You will have a long absorption duration at 14.8v and it will use more water. I would suggest around 1 % of capacity, ie say 4A tail current setting. But you can suck it and see of course.
  24. So you think it is ok to moor on a water point/services/lock landing, and people shouldn’t object to it? Are you a historic boat owner by any chance?
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