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Alan de Enfield

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  1. "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire !!!!"
  2. You have posted your question in an area that cannot be replied to (FAQ) so do not think you are being ignored. Maybe a Mod can move it ? (Done - Dave_P) The water level in the tunnel varies quite considerably - I have gone thru' being able to stand, and I have gone thru where I needed to be on my knees and 'peeping' over the top of the cabin and still hit my head. The only definite way to ensure you will clear the roof is to approach the tunnel very slowly, if you hit the 'height marker chains' then back up and take the roof boxes off - if you clear the chains you are 'good to go'. You may be advised you'll get thru' today, but in a couple of days you may rip-off your boxes. It might be difficult to remove them but it will be better than either smashing them, or, getting stuck,
  3. This may be an indication as to how much solar you need - or - it may not be. The question is why are your batteries knackered ? The boat lived in a marina, with the batteries on charge all week and 'maxed out', you couldn't get another amp into them if you wanted to. You go away for the weekend / week and gradually flatten the batteries because you are taking out more than you are putting in by just running the engine a couple of hours a day. Back to the marina and the batteries get back to full-charge but with a reduced capacity because of your mistreatment. You now no longer have this 'fall-back' lifeline and will have to generate all your own electricity, so, the question is how will you be using the boat, will you expect the solar to replace (daily) the amount you have used, are you prepared to replace the batteries again in a couple of weeks, 6 months, 12 months ? What is your daily consumption ? It is obviously greater than your historical daily 'replacement method', will you be changing your engine running hours (longer cruises) or do you expect the Solar to replace everything you use (ie when you moor up for a couple of days without running the engine) Without knowing how you use the boat, what your electrical audit would show, what you plan to do in the future, and what you want to achieve, it is impossible to suggest suitably sized solar panels.
  4. Its called 'Buyers Remorse', should I really have bought that ?, I paid too much for it, I didn't need it, ec etc. It 'hits' us all but the trigger point will vary - I rarely regret buying things from Poundland, but often wonder, when having gone into Aldi for some cheese, I leave with a Pizza oven and an angle grinder. Did I really need them ? Buying a boat (and the cost involved) will tend to trigger the effect in most people - but - don't worry, It rarely 'goes wrong'.
  5. Not boated there this year, but from the 'towpath' and bridges there is no evidence of weed on the Witham in the area around Woodhall Spa. Always 2 or 3 (different) boats moored up there.
  6. http://www.tonytugboats.com/
  7. Send me a PM with your email & I'll pass it onto him to give you pics and more details.
  8. Below that deck is a double bed - standard practice on 'tug-deck' boats.
  9. It won't be long before C&RTs figures show that 110% fo those questioned are totally satisfied with the way C&RT are managing the waterways., and 600% of those questioned think that C&RT are spending their income in the correct areas. The 640,000,000 daily visitors are 'over the moon' with the improvements to the towpaths since boating has been reduced. So, out of some 30,000 licence holders, some 10,000 (1/3 rd) have been contacted and the 'Charity' received 1100 (10%) responses Of that (about 3% of all boaters), only 65% of that 3% Trust the Charity to look after the Waterways. Hardly a resounding vote.
  10. So, you have never singehanded thru' ANY lock, and yet you are giving advice to a person who has never before even helmed a boat, never mind operated a lock.
  11. So, how does a single-handed boater raise the paddles and open the gates ?
  12. Absolutely correct - but just shows your ignorance of the reality of the 'narrow' canal locks. Giving advice without at least some knowledge is dangerous. Starcoaster is 'spot on' - any advice from you should be ignored - stick to asking questions.
  13. There is just a 'wee bit of difference' between Stenson lock (on the T&M) and those on the Crinan / Caledonian canals.
  14. Personally I would put up with some complexity of systems to ensure(at least) one system will function. When living in 'bricks & mortar' you are a phone call away from a repair-man in virtually any discipline, and, they will be 'with you' in a matter of minutes or hours. On a boat YOU are that repair-man be it, engine mechanicals, fuel, water, gas, electrical or whatever, you are unlikely to get an 'engineer' out to you on a Sunday night, over Christmas when your heating beaks down. It is advisable to have alternative methods for as much as possible. Heating - Solid fuel stove AND eberspacher Hot water - Solid fuel stove with back boiler, AND eberspacher, AND calorifier heated by engine. Cooking - Keep a spare gas bottle at all times AND a couple of disposable BBQs Fuel - Keep a 20 litre Jerry can of known clean fuel and piping to attach to the engine (bypassing fuel tank filters etc) Carry tools & spares for everything that is specific to that engine / boat even if fitting them is beyond your abilities - if you do 'get a man in' and you need a left handed thread widget you have one and are not waiting for him to order one. Learn how to replace / repair as much as possible on your boat - you are the '1st responder' mechanic, plumber and electrician
  15. Good point - but - being as he is over 6 foot + length of arms etc he was the nearest thing to a tape measure we had. He is mobile and removable.