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blackrose

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  1. I recently bought a reconditioned eBay webasto for about £375 which I haven't fitted yet. Some people here have had good results but there's a forum member (IMEA ?) who's a service engineer and he doesn't recommend them and won't fit them because as far as I can remember there may be a part that's not quite right. Anyway, I thought it was worth a punt.
  2. Assuming your calorifier is also heated by your engine then this will be a more reliable hot water source for a liveaboard than any diesel heater. Most calorifiers can also be fitted with an immersion heater which you could use of you're moored up connected to shore power. Another option is an instant gas water heater which many people have in addition to their calorifier. If you want to fit a new diesel water heater then I think webastos are generally thought to be the most user-serviceable, and all these heaters do need servicing. They are the least reliable forms of heating, so I hope you have an alternative method of heating the boat such as a solid fuel stove.
  3. All I'm saying is that it's not CRT who throw full black bags of rubbish into the canal.
  4. Should we really blame CRT when it's the local residents who treat the canal as a rubbish dump?
  5. I don't know the builder but some vents are small pipes which are bent over at the top located on the bow deck. The easiest way to check whether a blocked or rusted tank vent is the issue is just to take the filler cap off the tank and try opening a tap. My tank vent pipe was badly rusted inside and partially blocked. I ended up cutting the top off with an angle grinder so that I could get a drill through the vertical bit that I'd left on the deck. That's where the real blockage was. I cleaned out the curved bit with some wire and then just put it back together with a couple of inches of hose pipe. The OD of the vent pipe was a perfect tight fit with the ID of the hose. It means I can easily take it apart again next time it gets blocked.
  6. Quite. A thread consisting largely of posts moaning about bow thrusters which was sparked off by a story about a boat without a bow thruster...
  7. Can't help thinking that some of these posts are rather missing the point. One may be able to use solid core cabling or hard copper gas pipes because the BSS doesn't specifically prohibit them, but surely the point is why would you want to if you know that the recommended alternatives are safer? Finding legal loopholes might be ok when talking about things like taxation for example, but surely not when it comes to the safety of one's family and friends? Some contributors on here seem to prefer to discuss the cheapest or bodgiest way to do things while just staying on the right side of the BSS, rather than the right way to do things properly and safely.
  8. Yes I still haven't fitted solar. One day I'll get around to it. Me too. I have a washer, dryer, etc. I haven't given up anything. I don't like dishwashers and wouldn't even have one in a house. I run the washing machine straight from the generator.
  9. I can understand not wanting to take to ground on a GRP boat, but on the other hand anchoring is not entirely risk-free, especially on a big heavy steel boat.
  10. Do you beach your GRP boat NC?
  11. Surely flat bottomed boats are designed to take to ground? I've beached mine several times on the Thames tideway at isleworth where the ground is a lot rougher than the sand shown in the OP's blog. I've come down unevenly on rocks but I think it's going to take something pretty sharp to puncture a 10mm baseplate. The greatest danger in taking to ground is coming down onto something really big like a sunken car that might tip the boat over. However the chance of that happening seems pretty unlikely. I've also heard about the possibility of "mud suction" preventing the boat from rising on the next tide but I'm not sure if this is a real or imagined risk? It would need to be very strong suction to overcome the boat's buoyancy. Anyway, I would have no problem at all beaching my boat on the sand where the OP did it. Plenty of boats do it. I seem to remember seeing pictures of Julian (Loddon) beaching his barge, but that may have been in the Thames estuary or Medway.
  12. That looks well strong. Most modern narrowboats don't have the long fore-aft stiffener. Most of the strain in that axis is taken by the sides of the boat and gunwales. My widebeam has 2 sets of fore-aft stiffeners because all other things being equal, the wider a boat gets the weaker it becomes from bow to stern and the less reliant it should be on the sides to stiffen it.
  13. Ok, sounds like ALL the assumptions about you were correct then! 😂
  14. Yes my boat has a couple of emaciated cables.
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