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NB Alnwick

Member Since 28 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Nov 24 2014 06:48 PM

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In Topic: A welcome return!

23 November 2014 - 06:56 PM

....whose skip took part in the bow-hauling duties on one occasion! (Graham didn't bump us that time at least).


Fortunately that was the only occasion! And I guess that says something about the capacity of Alnwick's fresh water tank! Although I will admit to wheeling a fully loaded lavatory cassette in a wheelbarrow on another occasion - no purple paint marks on the wheelbarrow either . . .






Well not quite three months - we did a bit of boating (on a hire boat) around the Ionian Sea in between . . .

In Topic: Any narrow boats with electric motors?

19 November 2014 - 05:17 PM

Our next door neighbour has a true "Diesel/Battery Electric" powered boat - it is moored at Cropredy but has taken more than ten years of work so far and still suffers with occasional teething problems. Economy appears to be quite good because the diesel generator can run at its most economical speed but one area of difficulty has been failure of the thrust bearing on the electric traction motor - the motor was not designed to take the amount of variation in linear prop shaft thrust that occurs when a boat is constantly changing from forward to reverse as on lock flights. Running on batteries alone appears to consume far more power than was ever expected and the range of operation on battery power is therefore so small as to be impractical.

In Topic: Is Aldi The UKIP of the Supermarket world ?

11 November 2014 - 01:16 PM

Plus as has been mentioned elswhere it's now seen as 'fashionable' to save money, rather than be overtly extravagant with it.

(Unless you are called Beckham of course)


Times really have changed and I think Athy's first post in this topic is way off the mark. In Leamington Spa you will see 2014 registered, top end, BMWs, Range Rovers and Jaguars being loaded with the owner's weekly shopping at Aldi and Lidl. These stores offer the benefits of quality, speed and efficiency - all fine qualities well practised in modern Germany.


Sadly, in my experience, it is the underprivileged and obese (not just those on benefits) of our own country who get ripped off at the established supermarkets.

In Topic: Water pump "pulsing"

02 November 2014 - 08:50 AM

Our pump did this and we ignored it (although we do not have a calorifier) then after several months we realised that we had a considerable amount of water in the cabin bilge. After pumping out the bilge, we examined to whole water system and found that a washer/seal on one of the connections between the pump and the accumulator was not sealing effectively and that there was a very small drip every ten minutes or so. It is amazing how small drips can soon become gallons of water sloshing around in the bilges.

In Topic: Weeping fuel pipe!

01 November 2014 - 11:09 AM



That messy fillet it subsequent bodging to try and stop the leak




Oi! that's my Kelvin you are insulting!


Edited to add that silver soldered joints on Kelvin high pressure fuel lines are fine and pass the BSS but a word of warning - they do need to be done properly by someone with appropriate skills and experience. We had a line that had a fragment of silver solder left inside and eventually this fragement was honed by years of vibration into a perfectly spherical ball just the right size to completely block the fuel line. The result was a broken cam on the fuel injection pump - very expensive!