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OldGoat last won the day on March 20 2016

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  • Birthday May 12

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    Me -Devil's Dyke Sussex
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    Moving on
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    (a visual pun on the logo..
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    For sale at Shepperton Marina

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  1. When we hired boats many decades ago, I learned from Teddesley (under the tutilage of Peter Milward (much missed) that the easiest way for quiet boating was a watercooled exhaust. When we built our-very-much-missed boat, I ordered a watercooled exhaust manifold and freshwater pump as part of the beta marine setup for our first and only boat. Some 30 years later I doubt whether the new / next owner apreciates the quetmess of the boat that she has bought....
  2. The only problem with the Thames locks was (as inevitable with most electrical systems ) is the user - in this case RTFM and this applies mostor to the open gates procedure. If you HOLD the open gates butting the system will see that as a malfunction and disconnect all power. The magic tric is to press the button and wait for a click from the pedestal. It's never more than 2-3 seconds delay. As mentioned thaty all may have been fixed, but it did cost EA a lot of money to make the changes - so there may be th odd lock that's not been upgraded - so be warned.
  3. Please Sir - mine does (or did when I fitted it out years ago ) AND the forward pair were mounted in a position similar to the boat under discussion / asassination..... I did break the RHS nav light on a sticky-out-bit in a short tunnel on the BCN many years ago so the other comment earlier in this thread is relevant. Never mind the boat is sold / being sold and we've given up boating after nearly 50 years ( ! yikes !)
  4. From my jaundiced view boats are sold on the quality of trim and not the very foundations of a boat which are (IMHO) - The steel Steelwork Engine and transmission quality of other services. As in a new car, the shuny bits look great - but if the mechanics are rubbish..... ps: there are plenty of boatbuilders around in the midlands and moving a boat is not difficult or expensive - so widen your search areea.
  5. I wonder / suspect / wouldn't be surprised - if water is getting into your fuel tank from 'the environment' and not necessarily from dodgy fuel?? The obvious culprit is the fuel filler and its rubber washer. Another source is the breather commonly fitted on the rear deck (well mine is), immediately behind the rudder bearing - an easy place for water to get in. (I solved the issue by turning the vent inboard and rasing it a little. That was 20+ years ago and we've not suffered it since! In addition I have a primary fuel filter and water separator which helps.
  6. If not already done so - there are lots of videos on youtube to get a general idea of the area and possibly wher it might be possoble to moor (which I guess is your prime concren - or it should be...
  7. C'mon _ Lunnon is 'where it's at'; must ne as anywhere that's moorable has two or three boats abreast.... Look at (any) videos on the U-tube and you'll see there's a buzz around. Not only that, but there are jobs to be had (may be) and few out in the sticks. It's very difficult for seasoned boaters to offer caution (after all experienced boaters are over the hill and completely out-of-touch) 'We' can make measured sugestions based on experience - but who listens?
  8. THere's always some dead space where you step down into the cabin -so I used that to fit an airing cupboard with the largest tank I coud find / have one made. Convection draws stale air from the underfloor bilge (keeping that dry) and there's sufficient height above for three slatted shelves to dry clothes / defrost the Sunday Joint (meat). Damp air rises by convection and exits through a mushroom vent in the roof. Works for us for some 20+ years......
  9. Ours is a drop-through - so I made a graduated stick to measure the contents (also used to dispersethe contents ro aid aeration. If the OP's tank is remote - usually under the bed then taping the tank should give an aproxinmation of the height of the contents.....
  10. ? Large capacitror in the circuit betwixt the main batteries and the bow thruster unit? OR A smaller battery mounted mear the thruster to allow for voltage drop between the main bank and the thruster?
  11. It's all on the web - Chas Newens Marine Company Limited The Boathouse Embankment Putney London SW15 1LB Email: customerservices@chastheboat.co.uk
  12. Having spent my youth in Putney and near the Tideway - I always thought their market was for Thames wooden type boats and dinghies. Methinks there aren't many on here who are local to that area or use. Well respected in my day - but that was a generation (or mog ago). What was your query?
  13. A sideways thought - (It seems daft to me that folks mount a large screen TV under the gunnel and watch from dead opposite - less than six feet away - bad for your eyesight) On our boat I mounted a 27" TV on a tilting bracket, pull the TV outat an angle and watch programmes from the comfort of the pullman setee with the correct viewing distance and angle. when boating the TV is folded back (nearly) flat against the wall and we can get on with boating.... edit: Loads on ebay - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/353127544093?hash=item52380ab51d:g:V2wAAOSwqQpeCrr9&amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAA4LEoTS6sFTc9Vd14ohLo%2B16R64KFiaXV3s2OM9pQru42iWfxebVpJwq4COjgj8UyKXyowCg0ELP2yXCTC%2F%2Fi%2F5L6k1ZwmbVAJCsC1Ja6TSBeHGNmv7Aw943DCaQeiYwvQgaWyfQhg%2FDqqL%2FCDuUb7RlpZdrX5BEhHMxuaiEPKcf7LNtN7fWKohqGbN9CNrS1JmG4L3zzhqtrOxPbl%2FFqXJDAxJPuTWsJ5%2BcmGfKqfJsw%2BoZ8dvzLyymUhF%2BgtQd4fQPNVaGOE6J1wmhfkl3j1fbrq13T%2BbkW6uE1KSFZHkHz|tkp%3ABk9SR7qM6uXvYA
  14. Not all that long ago - at least in geological time. I asked our long experienced builder for an attachment - and he fitted a gi-normous D-ring a nd equally large reinforcement, sufficient to lift the boat out of the water... (methinks he felt affronted that I - as a southern customer who (by definition knows nothing about prper boating etc - so we'll give him something solid.) Over the years it's been very usefull....
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