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  1. 5 points
    They both ended up in my workshop. Best preserved engines I ever saw. They sat for 55 years in the same heated facility, meticulously maintaned. One has 560 and the other 580 hours on the meter, and they start and run like new engines. I got them with clear engine oil, fresh radiator fluid, clean airfilters, and almost like they came from the factory only last month. The dieselpumps are still covered in their factory wax coating, and pristine and shiny under it. Only flaw I can find with them is that one of the generators regulate the output at a somewhat higher voltage than nominal, 250V instead of 230. Probably due to a dried up condenser or something in the 55 year old regulator. They also came with a couple of sturdy ASEA 3 phase transformers to 400V of the same vintage, but without control/instrument cabinets. As they used to be part of the UPS system for DECCA Navigators Skagerak-chain of radio beacons, and had the controls integrated in the main cabinets. They were the emergency back up for Violet Slave Årjang, to be precise. I’m going to build new cabinets and dieseltanks for them, preserve them, and keep them in my collection until I get an offer I can’t refuse. Or get old enough to find out that it’s time to downsize. They’re a joy in that state, plain and simple. Museum quality items.
  2. 5 points
    Some people do it frequently. They are called "serial off-fenders"
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  7. 4 points
    Sorry its been a while, but I now have a boat Exhire - good conversation with surveyor and doughts put to bed or sorted. Brillient and testing journey from Coventry canal to Yorkshire Calder & Hebble. Started to make it "ours", the real captain! she does know how to "change things inside" Thank you all for your advice, I have loads of questions I will bore you with later
  8. 3 points
    I found the same about ABNB, but bought my boat from GHBS, which went well despite my trepidation from what I had read about them on here. At the end of the day, it is better to buy the boat you really want from wherever it is on sale, rather than restrict yourself to the very few excellent brokers. Only if you are really lucky will the boat you really want will be available from the broker you really want to use.
  9. 3 points
    The Festival d'Orleans on the Loire last September, with one of the boats arriving, and the horses used in the demonstration of how boat horses were ferried across the river. The final photo is of the aqueduct at Maintenant, which carried an uncompleted canal for supplying water to the Palace at Versailles. The canal was designed by Vauban, who is best known for his design of fortifications, and the aqueduct dates from 1684-1688.
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    🎼 This is a sine of the times ... 🎶 (With apologies to the artist formerly known as Prince!)
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  15. 2 points
    Sorry about that, and I can't blame the spell checker. A few more photos of last September in Orleans to compensate. The locks up to the summit of the Canal d'Orleans, a disused lock on the River Cher, and a narrow lock on the Canal de la Sauldre.
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    You get 24 times as many amps, obviously!
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  22. 2 points
    And one can only guess how happy I am to see this thread resurrected with an about-face of news, and those wonderful pics! And, just to gild the lily - we are at Lemonroyd, and the visitor moorings are reserved for Commercial Traffic 22<>24th September. Deep joy
  23. 2 points
    Part of the learning curve as a new boater is coming to the understanding that a lot of people in the Inland waterways boating business hate boaters! It's difficult to think of another area where business people have such disdain for their customers.
  24. 2 points
    Some rotten boater who leaves his fenders down to get ripped off in locks and you have picked the remains up on your blade. The gland packing is at the opposite end of the shaft bearing, no way it could get out at the back end. If it ever did, boy, would you know, the water would be up to your knees.
  25. 2 points
    Delighted to see the change. It's a real phoenix from the ashes moment. Here's some pics to celebrate with:
  26. 2 points
    Left Wednesday, loaded Thursday morning and arrived back at Ocean Lock, Goole for 18.45. A strong spring tide meant that we saw 10.9 knots opposite Swineshead and for most of the return trip we were above 10 knots – and that wasn't running at full power. The trip is taking about 2hrs 50 mins each way with these decent tides. AC aggregates are already asking for 1000 tons a week at Leeds. We loaded 400 tons in Albert Dock yesterday just to be on the safe side as the depth on the A&C needs testing before 500 ton loads become the norm. This sea-dredged sand appears bulkier that the previous material from Besthorpe, taking up more room in the hold, but it is very dry at the moment. Going up the canal Monday, as you say, leaving 08.00 and tying up above Lemonroyd for the night ready for a wee bit of a shindig upon arrival in Leeds for 10.00 on Tuesday morning. After that it should be business as usual: 8 hours up the canal loaded; 6 hours to return to Goole unloaded. It's hoped that Goole – Hull – Goole can be completed on one complete tide cycle leaving on a falling tide and returning on the incoming tide. If this works in practice then the efficiency and fuel saving will be brilliant. Farndale H (Branford Barge Owners) and Fusedale H (Humber Barges) will be sharing the work in the first instance. Branford Barge Owners have Humber Renown and Fossdale H in reserve should the the tonnage become unmanageable for two vessels.
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  31. 1 point
    I didnt say anything about needing to consider charge regimes supporting a larger bank. If you have 4*110Ahrs and have a routine of using and charging then increasing the bank to 5 or 6*110Ahr will have zero effect on the charge regimes. You are still going to be putting the 80Ahrs or wotever back in each day and charging with a charge source that is not that different in ratios. You will be spending less time in bulk but charging with more Amps during the reducing tail current period. There are 'rules' about the size of charge sources versus battery capacity but a lot depends on what you do. An example is on our last boat, we had 6*110Ahr 'cheapos' with a 100A victon combi charger. I wanted to go to separates so bought a 30A vicron charger and used the combi as an inverter only. Was 30A big enough as a charger for my 660Ahr bank? Yes of course it was, as I only ever charge when in the marina (dont use a genny) and as we are out and about over 50% of the time it doesnt get used much. It is turned on when we get back to the marina (when we are there) but by the time we get in, the alternator has mainly charged the batteries so I didnt need big amps going in - and we were usually there for more than 24 hrs so 30A would charge anything. Yes, if we had a genny then maybe a bigger charger would have been more efficient....but we didnt. Ignore your charge regimes if considering adding a couple of extra batteries.
  32. 1 point
    Note that a 5-battery bank becomes a 10-battery bank if you go for Trojan T105s as they’re 6V batteries. It’s easy to overlook that when you’re budgeting for space and cost.
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  37. 1 point
    You get what you pay for, the paint components include pigments, less pigment per litre mean you have to use several coats to get good coverage. The more expensive paints have more pigment. On a boat the surfaces are subject to flexing, due to heat expanding the steel shell and the wood interior not expanding in sympathy. The surfaces inside and outside a boat are subject to considerable wear and tear, constant scrubbing to remove grease, soot and grime, so I use a commercial type paint, such as would be recommended for commercial use. I think one is scrubable, ie for use in catering, and has a seven year gaurantee in light to moderate use. I bought a tin 750ml from BandQ, to paint a bathroom door and two small wall panels, the door is Ok, the other panels bleed , ie the pigment does not cover the previous coat, and that is with two or three coats, I am refurbishing my boat which was previously painted by application of gloss straight on to ply, or varnish straight on to ply, very rough, tough and difficult to redeem, Interior surfaces get grease and soot from stove and cooking, sugar soap is a minimal requirement. The best result was flattening the varnished ply with glasspaper, then zinsser primer then zinsser topcoat, the worse result was overpainting gloss, which was prepped with sugar soap and wet and dry then B and Q quck dry acryllic, even three coats of white does not cover the mid blue gloss. I now buy all my paints via Rawlins Paints, who are not (as I was told by technical), a decorators merchant, lol. My boat is 57 foot cc liveaboard, and I am refurbishing all surfaces, I never want to do the whole thing again! The first year I had to re paint the ceiling twice, that was after using two standard Crown undercoats and one topcoat. I am using Rusto,eum Combi color for outer surfaces, the hull above waterline to gunwales takes 2.5l per coat, it is a flexible paint so is ideal for the hull, above waterline, £40for 2.5l black.
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    You should fit a fuse/mcb where ever the cable size reduces so you have the correct sized fuse to protect the cable. 25 sq mm CCSA THIN WALL cable is rated at 170 amps so your 125 amp main fuse will protect it but more fuses will be needed at the front where you connect smaller cables to it.
  41. 1 point
    But you can customise the Bimble kits. So it can be quite an easy way to work out all the bits and pieces you need by starting with a kit and then adding or substituting items as you wish (or even deleting the odd item if you can get something better/cheaper elsewhere).
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    Those daft boaters that boat with their fenders down 😀
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    Hi Thats rope not gland packing. It's been picked up on the prop and has likely been there for a while. Now you have removed you can forget about it.
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    How would that help when he smashed the outer part of the skin fitting off? Wouldn't he just end up with the seacock and pipes lying inside the boat and the same hole in the hull?
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