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Paul C

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  1. Is this cable OK for a VSR?

    In answer: yes; not necessarily; maybe.
  2. Caldon canal

    You need to remember that, basically, Laurie.Booth is allergic to cruising.
  3. ..........which is why they appointed the "marina elf" as the director....
  4. Anyone seen this before re continuous crusing

    The Mersey Ferry: 1) has a home mooring 2) doesn't shuttle back and forth, but does a trip A-->B-->C Apart from that, feel free to continue the use of the analogy.
  5. CRT disgruntled staff

    There's probably a worthwhile debate to be had surrounding the moderation/rules, but in the middle of another thread on another topic isn't the place for it. I would suggest some comments are split off and placed in a thread in the "suggestions" sub-forum. The original moderator input is valid within the subject thread.
  6. Going through tunnels

    Bizarrely, its known in some circles as "the canal effect".
  7. CRT disgruntled staff

    Good, about time too! (I mean the transparency of publically acknowledging moderator action is taken). Its the same as courts - unless in exceptional circumstances, courts are accessible to the public to observe.
  8. Is this cable OK for a VSR?

    I think it would be okay - its not a battery interconnect cable in the traditional sense of those used to join multiple batteries in one bank.
  9. Caldon canal

    It really is a delightful canal. We've moored in Milton with no issues. Well worth doing both branches, also if its your one and only trip, or if you're not from around the area its also worthwhile timing your trip to coincide with a trip on the Churnet Valley Railway (it runs on Sundays and occasional other days), we were able to time it to moor up, take the train up and down the line, then later on in the afternoon cruise down the canal and pass the train in the narrowest valley section. The Froghall Tunnel is not really worth going through unless you definitely know you won't get stuck, you can turn and moor then walk down to the "end" of the canal and see everything there is to see. The Leek branch is definitely worth doing, its not too long (so not a big amount of time) but also great.
  10. Is this cable OK for a VSR?

    10mm2 cable will be fine (assuming you don't have a million amps of solar....), just try to be as "efficient" as possible in minimising its length, so that you don't have too great a voltage drop.
  11. Is this cable OK for a VSR?

    Ok no worries, I think I'd like to know the alternator and solar power's ratings, to answer properly. Also, the conventional "wisdom" is to have the domestic set of batteries as the bank connected to the charging sources, but this assumes the domestics are constantly cycling ie are significantly discharged compared to the starter battery. Yes, the starter battery should be the priority one for keeping a store of energy so it can be used for starting, but in fact the discharge on one start isn't that great, thus its charging requirement isn't great either. This means that if all the charger(s) are connected to it, its "the long way round" to charge the domestics, when in fact there's normally no bother connecting the domestics directly, then having the engine/start battery connected via a relay. Of course, it gets more complicated if you have 2 alternators but then it opens up additional options, like paralleling them, etc. so don't worry about this. BUT - big but - in your case, it might well be your domestic demand is so low that in fact the engine/start will need more energy, so the way you have things currently connected would be better. This is easily resolved by doing a power audit - which needn't be overly complicated if you have few demands, ie just a few LED lights. In fact....worth asking....no fridge?
  12. Is this cable OK for a VSR?

    1) How many charging sources (eg mains powered battery charger, solar, alternator(s)) do you have? 2) Where are they connected to?
  13. I'm not sure if you actually want to engage in proper debate or are determined to stick your head in the proverbial sand, and stick with "solid fuel stoves are best" for the forseeable. I shall give the benefit of the doubt - perhaps others are more willing to have a reasonable debate - and we have to accept that (certain) boaters haven't done a brilliant job of being good neighbours, by operating solid fuel stoves with disregard to their immediate neighbours. We all know that its possible to burn dry wood of certain species and produce quite acceptable emissions without a displeasing smell or dense smoke. And that some boaters, for whatever reasons of their own - possibly ignorance - burn unseasoned wood, chemically treated wood, etc which do produce a vastly different type of emissions. So it could be as simple as a proportionate tightening of the regulations regarding the smoke density, ie still allowing solid fuels to be used, just responsibly. As for other means, it really depends how you define "best", since there is more than one criteria to be factored.
  14. You need to look forwards, not backwards.
  15. The main advantage with NOx is that people can't see or smell it, so its easy to hide the issue or require people to rely on generalised statistics or scientists etc to help them make their point. Smoke, as in the range of particulates (amongst other things) emitted from a solid fuel stove is much more objectionable, even if a scientific analysis of "emissions" shows it to be less so, especially if you multiply those emissions by the number of devices which emit it. But politics isn't based on science, its based on people feeling if something's done about the issues which are important to them - and if that issue is "smoke from boaters" then doing something about it scores quite highly when you consider the ratio of people who moan about it vs the amount of votes you'd lose/gain by implementing some drastic controls on it. Did boaters really think they could get away with the antisocial aspect of operating smelly, smoky stoves in a densely populated area and claim lifetime immunity? I know there's an exemption in The Clean Air Act for such stoves presently, but its easy to see this is something of an anomoly and sooner or later there would be something done. In any case, stopping dirty stoves doesn't automatically mean boaters couldn't live, there are alternates such as gas or diesel heating; or even allowing electricity to take some share, if on hookup (for example plenty of boats have immersion heater elements in their calorifiers, and some space/water heaters have a mains electric element too).