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KenM

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About KenM

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  • Occupation
    Retired
  • Boat Name
    Ceilidh
  • Boat Location
    Continuous cruiser
  1. What to do if you fall in

    Midlands Chandlers. Sorry I lied - £16 https://www.midlandchandlers.co.uk/store/product/al-002.aspx It folds down very small so Annie has made an upside down bag which fastens to the hand rail (Ceilidh is a cruise stern) and can be grabbed and pulled down by someone in the water. Even without that it would be useful to keep near your throwline/lifering.
  2. What to do if you fall in

    Thanks for the link, and thanks to the RNLI. Annie has slipped in twice. She's a great swimmer (ex national level) and didn't sink but both times badly damaged her legs on the base plate as she came up. I couldnt lift her out and I'm fit. Took ages, thank heavens it wasn't winter. Newer narrowboats often have a step on the baseplate. Older boats dont. Annie found she could use the rudder plate as a step whilst holding onto the tiller stem. We have now acquired an emergency ladder that can be pulled down by someone in the water. (£19). Think about it and identify your best route out BEFORE you fall in, not start wondering about it once you are in. Even rehearse it if possible if you are in safe water on a warm day, ready for dangerous water on a cold day when seconds may count.
  3. Mppt & fan

    Am I misunderstanding my Tracer? I understood the Load connection was direct from the panels. How can it power a night light?
  4. HELP wanted

    Just spotted your missive. Me and my SWMBO can help if you still need it in return for a cuppa. We both train CCBM but more importantly it'll get me out of cutting up material for a quilt she's making. Need picking up from Fenny Compton.
  5. Is vhf radio still needed on inland waters

    I remember radioing ahead to Vale Royal locks on the Weaver a couple of years ago....Vale Royal lock this is Nb Ceilidh....no reply. Wait 30 seconds. Vale Royal lock this is Nb Ceilidh....no reply. Ho hum, dug out their number and telephoned. Locky answered straight away and said they would be ready for us. Btw I radioed just now, you mustnt have been listening. "Oh no we heard you, but noone here has a licence so we couldnt reply"!
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