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  1. Update 2 Today I got back to the boat with the new gasket - it came from the Netherlands. Put the manifold and air silencer back on and started her up, after initial lumpiness (5 seconds) the engine smoothed out. I will leave her running for an hour or two as suggested above. Lesson learnt i will use an empty can to cover the inlet in future. Thanks again for all the helpful comments
  2. Thanks for your input guys. Update.... the inlet manifold came of without disturbing the fuel lines, filter housing had to come of to slide the manifold out. Been busy with a hook for a few hours to get almost all the glove out from a valve. so will put back together and give it a good run to burn of the rest of the debris after I have sourced a new gasket, the old one was damaged when removed. Cheers all.
  3. Thanks Tony, I'll take the manifold off to take a look first. Do I have to remove injector lines first to remove it.
  4. It's a Vetus 42 engine, I tried to have a look down the intake with a endoscope to no avail. Would the glove go into the fuel pump at all. If not I may do the run it and burn it approach. I looked on line and a suggestion was use acetone which would disolve the glove but that was on a petrol engine.
  5. I put a nitrile glove over the intake to stop debris when I removed the air filter while I did the fan belts. Started the engine and realised after it started getting lumpy which was almost immediately that the glove had sucked into the intake. I know, I'm a numpty...but what is the best way to remove it from the engine. Thanks in advance to anyone who has experience of this problem
  6. I was once convinced I needed a new gearbox because of the noise, turned out to be the drive plate.
  7. This guy is having trouble with the hull of his Springer. Will give you an insight to whats needed to repair a hull on a V bottom boat.
  8. I repainted our trad engine floor over a couple of years. It is a pig of a job especially for us pensioners. I found that doing it in stages helped to keep focused on doing a decent job while helping my creaking joints to recover in between. My friends and I had engine bay envy at the Crick boat show a couple of years ago when three of us sat in the pristine engine room of a dutch barge, we were so jealous of all the space down there.
  9. Not sure how withholding funds from C&RT is going to improve the lot of boaters or maintenance of the system.
  10. I doubt it. Maybe try and get your cash back from the seller.
  11. I just remove any water from the bottom of the tank in the spring. I always brim the tank in winter and remove any any water from the bottom of the tank in spring. I have never got more than an egg cup full out.
  12. We have a trad stern with an extra wide hatch so two people can stand at the tiller end while cruising.. There is enough room to service the engine and gearbox easily enough, I still get engine room envy with some cruiser sterns boats. I haven't seen many cruiser stern boats where rain water hasn't got into the bilge. I'm not a fan of pram hoods, when on the move, up or folded they look unsightly but the dry space they afford when stationary during winter would be useful.
  13. Our vetus 2008 has 6500 on the clock. It doesn't smoke or use oil between it's 200 hour services. So 6000 is no problem as long as you say the servicing has been done.
  14. We have a Mastervolt combi , it went back to Holland for repair because the charger side had failed it took 8 weeks to get it back(their website states 10day turnaround). If they were separate I could of just replaced the charger easily myself and saved myself £400
  15. The Brushmate is a great bit of kit for keeping paint and varnish brushes from drying out. I have saved a fortune in white spirit since I've been using one.
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