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DandV

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  2. Surely in that state it should now justify the erection of a very substantial CART Danger Sign. Insecure Structure Do not use for mooring. Keep Off.
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  11. You do realise this the origin of the term "going to the loo" Sailing ships of yore, had the sit down toilets around the bow sprit, at the head of the ship, hence "the heads" But for less serious business by males you just excused yourself for a trip to the leeward rail. "off to the lee", pronounced loo. The windward rail would not be a good choice for such a task.
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  15. On almost all boats the fuel tank is the primary water settling chamber, by virtue of the take off being a distance above the bottom of the tank. So any water that leaks in around the fill cap, plus any water that splashes up into the tank vent, plus the atmospheric moisture in the make up air that condenses into the fuel, and occasionally, plus moisture delivered from imperfect retail storage, will settle in the bottom of the tank until eventually this water level will coincide with the fuel outlet to the engine. Splutter die scenario. This is unless you do something regularily to get rid of that water. Some narrow boat tanks have a second outlet right on tank bottom, valved and capped, to drain the tank bottom, ours did. But getting the cap off and a container under the outlet was difficult in the confined engine hole. It was hugely easier to use a very cheap plastic bulb pump and an extended suction tube to pump the tank bottoms from the fill point into a soft drink bottle to leave to settle and return clear fuel into the tank and discard the crud. We got ours from Wilcos I think. On the veteran yacht I am associated with we bought a much more expensive brass lift pump and fitted a length of detachable 5/16" copper tube to accomplish the same task. Some fuel additives contain an emulsifier to emulsify and entrain the water to take it right through the engine. This actually defeats the separator component of the fuel filter that should be installed in the fuel line.
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