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Kev's Halcyon

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About Kev's Halcyon

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    Blue Water Marina, Thorne

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  1. Which Computer anti Virus programme?

    I also have 'Bullguard' installed. I paid up a couple of months back and paid a reduced price, think it was £26. As the program can be used on 3 'puters for that price, I'm quite happy to keep paying and keeping them secure. As an aside, before Bullguard, I was using 'AVG free' also. Kevin
  2. Shower basin level with floor boards?

    Possibly the same way I found out (and forgot to mention). Kevin
  3. Chromebook opinions

    I'm sure you'll find it very useful. If you've not used a touchpad before, look at the instructions to see which fingers to use for different actions. It uses 2 finger scrolling, which often confuses me when I get home and start to use a Windows laptop again! Kevin
  4. Chromebook opinions

    You don't have to save everything to the cloud, there is enough space for saving to the computer itself and these files can be accessed without an internet connection. You can also expand the storage with either an SD card, or an external hard drive. The Google suite of 'Office' tools also do a good job replicating the Microsoft suite, however, these programs aren't available without an internet connection. Kevin
  5. Chromebook opinions

    I have one of these on boat and find it excellent https://www.asus.com/uk/Commercial-Laptops/ASUS_Chromebook_C300/ I don't use Skype, but if you are able to do a bit of fiddling, you can install and use it, see here http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-install-skype-on-a-chromebook-the-ultimate-guide/ The Chromebook boots up in a few seconds, runs everything I want to, battery life is brilliant, upwards of 12 hours and can be purchased for under £200. Kevin
  6. Shower basin level with floor boards?

    My shower tray is level with the floor, I use a gulper pump. When it's been used there is always a small amount of water left in the shower tray, which I clean out with a cloth. This leaves water in plug hole. I can check for leaks very easily, as long as there is water in the plug hole, there is no leak. Kevin
  7. Bespoke mattress advice please

    Seconded http://www.edbed.com/ Kevin
  8. Stern deck cover - taking down for cruising

    A pic would help us to visualise what you're asking. On Halcyon, the pram cover stays connected to the frame which folds down behind the tiller. Kevin
  9. Diesel fuel consumption

    Just a quick re-calculation on mine, 100 litres in 65 hours, almost exactly 1.5 litres an hour also. Kevin
  10. Diesel fuel consumption

    I've been keeping a close eye on fuel used. Halcyon has a Perkins 4108 and is 36' in length. Recently I've been managing almost 2 miles to the litre. On the recent trips, first to Leeds, second to Boston. I filled up before the Leeds trip and again in Burton Waters marina, I'd used 103 litres and covered 197 miles. Kevin
  11. Many have their stoves burning yet?

    Back in Thorne, I didn't succumb, but my next door neighbour did! Luckily, the rain stopped here about 7-00 this morning after 36 hours and it's quite pleasant now. Kevin
  12. Speeding boats, Fossdyke and Witham

    Nope, Bardney is a good centre for cycling and the Trent holds no fears :-) Kevin
  13. Speeding boats, Fossdyke and Witham

    Thanks Cal, I'll get the engine suped up before I return :-) Kevin
  14. Speeding boats, Fossdyke and Witham

    Thanks for all the comments, just had another interesting solo journey from Torksey To Keadby, where I managed to run aground making my turn into the lock!! A quick 360 degree pirouette, followed by a 180 and I was straight in, without running aground, it almost looked like I knew what I was doing!! Anyway, nice to be back in Thorne. Back to the Witham and Fossdyke, I did wonder if some of the larger cruisers were actually going as slow as they could! However, is the speed limit really 6mph? I saw a sign asking for 3mph as I left Lincoln, then another asking for 6kph outside Burton Waters marina (very friendly people in there when I stopped for diesel) and then a 4mph one between Saxilby and Torksey, but never anything with 6mph on it. Anyway, it's a nice stretch of water with some interesting places along the route. I'm sure I'll be back, but will probably only go down as far as Bardney, the long straights and the weed after there did do my ead in a bit!! Kevin
  15. Speeding boats, Fossdyke and Witham

    Are you sure? :-) It was nice getting the Brompton out this morning, first day without strong wind for a couple of weeks! Enjoy the rest of the trip, see you in Thorne if you're ever passing again. Thanks Cal, think it will be slower on the Chesterfield, which is my next trip :-) Kevin