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Captain Fizz

What have you fettled for the boat today?

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2 hours ago, Sea Dog said:

We could split this topic in two: this one for canal boats and another one called "What has Naughty Cal fettled today" - I reckon the two would have similar numbers of posts! There's always something needs doing on a Narrowboat, but seagoing cruisers take it to another level! :D

Its nice to see someone proud of their boat; nice change from some of the hideous shacks with specimen plants growing out of fenders. ;)

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3 minutes ago, mark99 said:

Its nice to see someone proud of their boat; nice change from some of the hideous shacks with specimen plants growing out of fenders. ;)

I agree. I'm surprised no one has posted here "I trimmed the budlea growing in my button"! Or maybe I'm not ;)

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Put new batteries in the weather station, now it says the sun will shine tomorrow, I wish I had changed them yesterday :-)

 

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49 minutes ago, ditchcrawler said:

Put new batteries in the weather station, now it says the sun will shine tomorrow, I wish I had changed them yesterday :-)

 

I've just popped 2 sets of rechargeables in the post to you. I'm now looking forward to 1976 all over again! :D

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11 hours ago, Sea Dog said:

I've just popped 2 sets of rechargeables in the post to you. I'm now looking forward to 1976 all over again! :D

What,  the Leicester Line of the GU from Foxton to Norton Junction drained to keep the main line open? :(

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2 hours ago, cuthound said:

What,  the Leicester Line of the GU from Foxton to Norton Junction drained to keep the main line open? :(

Well, maybe not the whole of 1976 then...! :D

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I needed some occupational therapy after recent events, so built a boombox for me boat out of some scrap. The radio/cd and speakers were in a scrap VW so I took pity on them and re-homed them. The cabinet was made from scrap plywood form another project. Cost me a fiver or so for some bits and pieces and works extremely well with the telly aerial. The sound is far better than I imagined, and contrary to stuff I have read, the radio only consumes 0.5 amps, and 0.6 amps when playing a CD (rounded up and at a sensible volume.) The radio failed to work to begin with, which is presumably why the previous owner left  it in the scrapper, but it was just a poor connection on the blade fuse at the rear. Works well in the house off a 12V TV mains adaptor. Much  better than my DAB radio, and I can use it for MP3 players etc. too, and feed the DAB radio in, but sadly no headphone socket.

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Now the house batteries have been moved over to the starboard side of the engine it is tempting to use them as a step down in to the engine room. To discourage this I've today added this sticker to the battery clamp and terminal cover.

Jenny

 

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Very professional :)

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On 12/04/2017 at 13:40, catweasel said:

Nice one! Will give that a go ;)

I second that.  Bookmarked. Cheers WotEver.

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My thoughts are still on ''a portable''.

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On 12/04/2017 at 13:14, catweasel said:

I needed some occupational therapy after recent events, so built a boombox for me boat out of some scrap. The radio/cd and speakers were in a scrap VW so I took pity on them and re-homed them. The cabinet was made from scrap plywood form another project. Cost me a fiver or so for some bits and pieces and works extremely well with the telly aerial. The sound is far better than I imagined, and contrary to stuff I have read, the radio only consumes 0.5 amps, and 0.6 amps when playing a CD (rounded up and at a sensible volume.) The radio failed to work to begin with, which is presumably why the previous owner left  it in the scrapper, but it was just a poor connection on the blade fuse at the rear. Works well in the house off a 12V TV mains adaptor. Much  better than my DAB radio, and I can use it for MP3 players etc. too, and feed the DAB radio in, but sadly no headphone socket.

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What a great idea!

Now thoughts are drifting to the DAB head unit sitting around looking for a new home - that would be nice in the boat. (I took it out of the car as the USB navigation was a pain if you used subfolders e.g. 5 cd compilation, wouldn't make any difference in the boat as not travelling at a speed where briefly looking at what you are doing would make too much difference (except that a second not looking where the sharp end is means it heads straight for the canal bank / approaching boat!)

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Finally got round to make a new fender ( cover only ) I wanted something different to the usual black or natural rope colour so I bought some multi coloured rope and made this nowhere near perfect  but looks ok and does it's job , the bow  one will need do be done shortly a bit more challenging but I have a better idea now

 

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