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  1. The canal width & depth will make a huge difference to how fast your boat can go. for ours (45 foot cruiser stern with fairly long swims) the max on the ashby canal was 3mph (13-1400 rpm), pushing the revs higher actually slowed us down. for contrast the same boat on deep water (thames going upstream) the same 13-1400 rpm gave 4.5mph and pushing the revs up to 2900 gave 9.5mph (we couldn't push higher on the revs as that was as fast as the engine could turn the prop, trying to push faster didnt increase revs but gave black smoke). as the flow was low on the thames at the time you
  2. I haven't read the whole thread yet but if they cannot offer different types of licence (CC & boat with mooring) then they will (on paper) just offer the one type but offer a discount to boats with a recognised home mooring
  3. you would think that most marinas would accept 2 similar boats with the same owner being swapped (never both boats on the mooring) provided they had proof that both boats were licensed / insured / valid bssc etc. But thinking about it I wonder if it may present them problems when CRT do license checks and find what appears to be an extra boat. I also wonder what the implications are of the wrong boat being on the EOG mooring
  4. I think that the avg eirp part is aimed more at data comms where even though a transmitter is in use it is only actually transmitting for tiny periods of time (i.e. transmitter active only transmits for 250ms per second) rather than voice comms (ignoring ssb) where if the transmitter is active it transmits for the entire time. I haven't done the calcs yet (as I'm not currently on the air) but I suspect that my home antenna setup needs nothing doing thanks to it being 40 foot in the air and about 30 feet away from the nearest part of the house even with my max power of 100w (legal l
  5. Just a quick note about the OP's surging (not holding steady revs) could it be as simple as it being time for an oil change? with our engine (lpws4) which was only meant to have 100 hours between changes we found that from 85 hours onwards it wouldn't hold our usual cruising rpm, started as being barely noticeable and slowly worsened as the hours went towards 100. By the 100 hours our cruising speed of 1250 rpm would vary by about 25 rpm each way (1225 - 1275)
  6. On ours (on the last boat) the only light appeared to be to indicate flame failure. ours was a 29XX (I dont remember the last 2 digits) but I do remember that the 4 switches had to be in specific positions for it to operate. Luckily I made a note of their settings before selling the boat (the new owner has asked for the settings once so far after children flicked the switches) If yours has the same bank of switches as ours did (pictured below / ignore the extra little black button by the gas knob) the settings we used were... switch positions on the boiler for
  7. I have run a couple of the chinese diesel air heaters without any major issues for the last couple of winters, I am using them in a location where carbon monoxide isn't a concern rather than on a boat, for boat use you would need to replace (at a minimum) fuel line, burner air intake pipe and exhaust / exhaust pipe. the combined water / air heaters are using the same burner & fan assembly but have added a water loop into the heat exchanger so they give out less hot air and a little bit of heat into the water, from comments of other people that have the combined versions the heat outpu
  8. On our first trip with our last boat (from brokers to mooring) we found that every time we went into gear we were getting less & less engine revs, after getting through braunston we pulled into the side and lifted the engine hatch because the full movement of the lever was barely getting us anything higher than tickover. the cable was moving, the arm on the engine was moving but was floppy. tightening the nut holding the arm onto the shaft stopped it being floppy and restored engine control. apologies for vague description but it was 6 years ago and it never needed touchin
  9. I had issues with chrome struggling with youtube videos, firefox & internet explorer (now edge) played them perfectly. after some hunting around I found that chrome & youtube try and use a new network protocol which some routers / network interfaces don't like. if you go into chrome://flags (type it into the address bar) look for "Experimental QUIC Protocol" and disable it you may find that everything works perfectly with hardware acceleration turned back on.
  10. A good source of hessian sacks if anyone is heading up the GU is one of the units that back onto the canal in Hemel (bridge 153). Smith's Coffee company obviously deal with large amounts of coffee beans and don't seem to object to passing boaters waving at them through the back door (which is usually open in nice weather) and asking for some empty sacks
  11. Not sure how I was exploiting the musicians. I had no objections to buying the original CD's I had no objections to paying PRS fees to be allowed to play the music in public (until the fees went from around £1500 to almost half a million) I did object to being charged thousands each year for the convenience of using copies of the original cd's we had already purchased in mp3 format (MCPS) Had it been permitted (even at a higher price than spotify premium) the only cost that would have been eliminated would have been the MCPS costs. instead of purchasing new cd's we
  12. By the same token, how do you know that? Spotify's terms used to specifically exclude public or commercial use (and probably still does), I know this because we wanted to use spotify when they first launched and found that we couldn't. it would have made for a simple upgrade for the music source we were using at the time. we were using a laptop loaded with mp3's backed up by a cardboard box full of the original cd's the mp3's were copied from, we had to run licenses from PRS (Performing Rights) for the honour of having music that could be heard by the pu
  13. Our house chimney went up last night (I will admit we knew it was likely as it has not been swept in years and in our defence we also know the chimney is sound and well able to withstand a fire) embers were flying well into the woods that border our land and we had a very nice cone of orange flames out the top so even though there was no risk to the house we had to put the fire out rather than letting it burn out. we ended covering the fire with ashes and spraying them with a mist of water to send steam up the chimney, this put the chimney fire out in around 10 minutes, no mes
  14. Grants lock has (or had) a sizeable garden to the rear, certainly large enough for a very well attended wedding party in the early 80's getting vehicles there was a different matter though as it involved crossing several fields as there was no official vehicle access (the tracks were nice and straight from vehicles coming in and anything but straight from vehicles that left), I note that it now has an official access route
  15. The other thing to look at with MP3's (just as important as the bitrate) is the sampling frequency. with digital sounds (including CD) a large amount are sampled at 44.1 khz meaning anything above 22.05khz cannot be accurately recorded (losing above 22khz isn't too much of a problem as it's beyond hearing for a large amount of the population) but it can produce interesting alias sounds down to around 16khz. using higher sampling rates such as 96khz doesn't remove the problem but does take any possible effect well beyond our hearing ranges (min reproducable frequency 48khz / aliases f
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