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keith.

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  1. Which Emergency Knife?

    http://moraknives.eu/Companion_MG Mora also make carbon steel blades if you can keep them protected from rust.
  2. Will We Kill These Batteries?

    Does this show badge engineering is alive and well? I cannot see a great difference between Bison and Numax https://www.tayna.co.uk/Numax-CXV31MF-P3694.html On paper they look like a damn good battery, particularly at that price. Are they available to everyone at £150 for the pair NC or is that mate's rates?
  3. Simple TV. Is it possible?

    I use a Shakespeare aerial https://www.asap-supplies.com/vtronix-sa-hdtv-mar8-hdtv-antenna-716575?cid=746042791&adgpid=44765993211&itemid=&targid=pla-18283950120&mt=&loc=9046244&ntwk=g&dev=c&dmod=&adp=1o2&gclid=CjwKEAjwtJzLBRC7z43vr63nr3wSJABjJDgJvxpKQQlKYoLoG0qAlRuxVI_AmvfCocc5qv1X0kbivhoCdmDw_wcB fitted to the old cratch cover bracket. I retune the Aldi TV after moving the boat and we either get reliable signals or we don't. If we don't there are DVDs or the radio. I couldn't recommend the Aldi TV because of poor sound and poor screen viewing angles.
  4. Amazon Prime Day

    It is a bit of a come on in my opinion, just like most sales. The stuff that I actually want either isn't in the sale, is sold out or isn't yet available.
  5. Towpath mooring south of Loughborough

    The section just North of Pillings Flood Lock always has a few boats moored on the armco. Nice countryside within earshot of the railway and not much else.
  6. Cromwell to Torksey

    I have completed this route twice in a 43 HP 45 foot boat. Left both times at high tide Cromwell and it took 3 hrs 20 and 3 hrs the second time. The first time I left with other boats and definitely wasn't the fastest.
  7. Changing moorings

    Problems begin with poor communications. So I would modify your actions slightly. When going to pay, verbally thank them for the past 4 years moorings and explain that with effect from 31 July you will be moving your boat. Obviously you then back that up with the letter.
  8. Replacement Starter Battery

    I'll stick my neck out here and say that there are only 2 types of battery currently worth fitting to a boat. If you are using it a lot and don't mind a bit of maintenance then Trojans are your battery. If you are not going to use the battery much and don't want hassle then Varta LFD. Tayna are quick and cheap. See A and N Caravan Services for a well researched piece about Varta and Bosch batteries.
  9. EA v CRT

    IMO the CaRT don't actually won't you to move your boat. The whole system is biased towards 'commercial' operations and on line moorings. I have yet to pass a lock on the Calder & Kebble with all its paddles and gates working properly. Weir booms broken, secret facilities at Horbury Bridge for the long term residents etc etc. It might be an own goal but I'm off to EA waters.
  10. Synthetic Hemp. Black Pig Fenders worked for me.
  11. Medical oxygen on boats.

    In order to answer the question we need to know your prescription. It sounds like you need it during walking or exertion and you need 2/3 lpm I am assuming through a nasal cannula. MGS probably can supply your needs better as their cylinders operate at a higher pressure. For example: http://www.medicalgassolutions.co.uk/prod/emergency-services-gases/1-litre-carbon-wrap-oxygen This is a 305 litre capacity which even at your high setting would give 100 minutes. Obviously there are larger cylinders. BOC's standard cylinder the CD weighs 3.5kgs and contains 460 litres or about 150 minutes supply. The person to see is your long term conditions nurse in the first instance. The aim of the health service is to try and give you a decent quality of life and they are usually happy to prescribe portable cylinders. An average Emergency Ambulance carries up to 6000 litres of oxygen and is not fitted with any oxygen meter nor have I ever seen one in a patients house.
  12. I have navigated the Trent from Trentlock to Torksey and return and from Trentlock to Keadby in a narrowboat. I had an anchor, life-jackets and VHF. I also had the Boating Association publications and Nicholson guide. VHF is a luxury that to contact the lock keepers with is not necessary, however Nicholson states that below Gainsborough the Trent is controlled by ABP who require craft to have 2 crew and a VHF radio. The first journey was only to Torksey and we booked our passage through Cromwell Lock by telephone. The lock keeper agreed with my plan and let us through the lock at or just before high tide at Cromwell so that we travelled to Torksey with the ebb. The Boating Association booklets were OK but when you really needed their advice (such as which arch to go under) I found the information about grafitti of little help. The river is sign posted (take binoculars to read well in advance) and the navigational notes in Nicholson are invaluable. The second journey to Keadby we planned to stop at Gainsborough pontoon. The lock keeper at Cromwell advised against it because of high spring tides. A man in the pub at Torksey advised that sometimes stones were thrown at boats moored at Gainsborough. We left Cromwell again at Cromwell high tide and made an uneventful journey to Torksey. We left Torksey the next day an hour before high tide Torksey and pushed the incoming tide for just under an hour. The lock keeper at Keadby telephoned and asked about progress. He advised us to speed up. We had an uneventful journey until we got to Keadby. Passing Keadby bridge I stayed too close to the right hand bank and ran aground on a sand bank just before the lock entrance. We reversed off and entered Keadby lock with perhaps a little too much power but stayed clear of the lock walls. The Keadby lock keeper was surprised at the advice not to moor at Gainsborough and reckoned that with good mooring ropes there would have been no problem. The non tidal locks were not manned at that time of the year. Observe the amber traffic lights and do go into the lock approaches fully to moor up. Don't hang around on the trip from Torksey to Keadby and I am sure that you will have a great day. This video gives some idea of how big the Trent is against a narrowboat and encourages you to wear life jackets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTzyAoAuBV4
  13. Advice sought re. battery replacement

    I think this might be the manual. It suggests that it is adjustable. https://www.victronenergy.com/Manuals/atlas combi/atlas combi uni/Ac10001e.PDF
  14. Best CD/Radio for a boat?

    The O/P merely wanted to know if any member could recommend a radio/CD player that didn't need an always live lead for their boat. They received one recommendation for specialist marine equipment without the clarity of whether Fusion needed an always live lead or not. They also received the comment that one member was going to replace a Sony unit for something else. Since then it has degenerated into one poster trying to demonstrate how much money they must have with a gardener and Wharfdale speakers that they now no longer use and another poster explaining that bit rate is all important to audio quality. The O/P still doesn't have an answer to his question. I have learnt a fair bit from this site in general terms but like the whole internet it is difficult to get specific facts without fronting up with cash.
  15. River Soar Moorings

    I personally think that the Soar through and around Leicester is disgusting. Stay in Leicester at Castle Gardens or Friars Mill VM. Bishops Meadow is OK but if you stop before Loughborough Town Lock you will have all the usual services. The Loughborough Basin is OK if a trifle noisy.
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