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  1. You need to clarify the usage, for example I am betting that "using the boat" doesn't coincide with "running the engine", eg there will be periods of using the boat when electrical items are on (for example, the fridge) when the engine is not running (for example, overnight). Also things like lighting, TV, etc etc into the evening once the engine is off. And the morning usage before the engine is started. True, a typical leisure use (with the boat being used as a boat, ie travelling daily) will obviously not tax batteries as much as not moving/not running the engine but using electrical devices, but there's obviously still a time period in which electrical devices are drawing load, while the motor isn't running. And unfortunately, these don't coincide with the time period solar is best at (for example, an overnight stay with evening use of lighting and telly, will draw down on the batteries and the solar won't have had much chance to recharge before setting off for cruising the next day). Then we must consider how much time it takes for the batteries to properly recharge. Its not so much the power of the alternator, but the degree of discharge which dictates a time requirement. It may well be that lightly-discharged batteries can be adequately recharged in 6 hours, from the engine alone, thus negating any need at all for solar; or that the usage is actually quite high in the evening and a late start to the day means that they are more deeply discharged and there simply isn't enough available cruising time to recharge batteries. Without actual numbers to flesh out the above, all anyone can do is guess - so how about, between 0W and 400W of solar power will do it?
  2. If you were going up and about to go from the lower chamber to middle (or, middle to top) then the gates would be open and you'd not see those markers because they would be against the wall. The markers are there to set the level of the middle chamber to "normal empty" when going down the locks.
  3. Its not unusual for secondhand things, or projects, to be missing items. I dare say there's evidence of a battery bank installed somewhere, but with the extra batteries gone you'd be looking for wiring including battery terminals, and of course its possible to remove this too. Once wiring is removed, I can't see how anyone could tell what WAS there. Its usual - for good reason - for canal boats with a 'living'/'accommodation' part to have 2 separate battery banks, one for the engine/start and one for domestics. Of course, if a boat had little/no domestic electrics, its perfectly possible that it wouldn't do this and could suffice with one battery (bank), just like, for example, a car has one battery, even though someone might sit in it and listen to the radio without the engine running etc etc.
  4. Sounds like you've not tried it by hand, only by using the starter motor? I had an engine which would be difficult to start, and crank slowly, when hot. When it was cold/not-too-hot it was alright. Its basically down to the tolerances in the engine being not quite right, meaning that it starts to seize up at one or other end of the extremes of temperature it operates in. In other words, the initial moments of an engine beginning to seize up. I solved the issue by selling it.
  5. Try turning over the genny by hand, ie using a suitable tool on the bolt on the end of its crankshaft. A lack of oil would/could cause a part-seizure, but there's many other possibilities too.
  6. Good question, but I think they own it by virtue of the boundary being defined as the water-land edge of the canal, erosion occuring, then CRUICIALLY the other landowner not makng a claim of ownership of it. Thus while its true to say that historically a long time ago (before the subsidance) they didn't own it, nearer-in-time, after the subsidence occurred but before the marina was proposed to be built, they did own it based on the interpretation of the boundary (water's edge) and the non-claiming by anyone else (probably the salt mines at the time?) That's my simplified understanding of it and I don't know the historical details, maybe there is evidence of something else occurring. But even if there's evidence it would have (need to have been) acted on without timing out etc etc
  7. Its nothing to do with CCing this case is about mooring on a river, outside the main navigable channel.
  8. Could you murder the horse, then draw a chalk line around its body before removal? (It would save the police doing this later, too).
  9. Grounded not far from Selby canal - perhaps if you had your boat ON the canal, instead of just a little bit away to it to one side......
  10. Its not like there isn't an alternate route
  11. None of the editions so far have outlawed predecessors though, thus many houses are wired to previous standards; and additions have been additions to this, rather than a complete rewire or complete replacement of the consumer unit.
  12. Link leads to an error message for me, do you need to be in a group or something? Can you copy & paste its contents for this forum?
  13. Don't be so sure the system is as "dumb" as that. It will probably "flag" the account as vulnerable and the flag is cleared by a card delivered to a good known address then positively verified, and/or used in a normal way. So, losing your card then changing address will be caught, whatever the order of these is reported to the bank. The operator is unlikely to know the algorithms used within Falcon (or whatever other fraud managment software the bank uses).
  14. Also its quite a spread out flight (over 2 miles in distance from top to bottom lock) so they'd need some kind of transport such as bikes or quads to be useful at more than just the top (or bottom) few locks. Or like walking a lot.
  15. You don't need a painted line, because 1) the gates are right behind you and 2) the bankside is directly beside you, which would clearly indicate (if you looked at them and compared the water level) the level of the lock. No extra lines needed - in any case that line would be well forwards of where you are on the boat and probably shadowed by the boat, or lock wall structure except a limited viewing range, so not much use anyway. As I said before....think about it....you're ascending the lock(s).