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Alan de Enfield

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  3. Why guess - get a 20 litre container and see how long it takes to fill it. Simple maths will give you the 'actual' flow rate rather than a theoretical one.
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  5. With the mass migration of folks onto the water looking for 'floating flats' many hull builders and fitting out companies have sprung up, the problem is that the new builders want to meet the aspirations of their 'new' customers by maximising the living space, at the detriment to the capabilities of the boat when used as a boat. Unfortunately some of the traditional builders have seen the market opportunity and moved to the 'modern boats' as well. The three key areas of difference are : 1) The sides of the cabin are vertical - this gives more space at shoulder height but means that the 'original tumblehome' is lost. Tumblehome (or sloping sides), developed over 100s of years to help the boat pass thru a tunnel or bridge without hitting the corners of the boat. 2) Bow shape - no longer do we see boat shaped boats with nice flowing lines on the bow, today these are very short, stumpy and give a 'squareness' to the bow area. 3) Stern 'swims' - these are the long tapering underwater shapes that ensure a good clean flow of water over the propellor, and, ensure the boat goes in a 'straight line'. Short, squat 'swims' give much more room in the cabin at the expense of handling. If you want to 'go boating' then you need to work with a hull builder who is building to the traditional shapes - if you want to stay tied up and have a floating flat then go for one of the 'square boxes'.
  6. We had a few bangs and bruises and damaged gliders, but only 1 fatality. It was a home built V-Tail GRP and was fully tested and signed off by a BGA licenced 'test pilot' (Brian Spreckley who was CFI of our club) but the owner got into a low spin and ended up in a heap just outside of the peri-track.
  7. The RCD does not differentiate between a liveaboard and a non-liveboard. There are simply UK GSIUR regulation regs applied for liveaboards, but both a liveabord and non-liveaboard should be RCD compliant.
  8. MtB has pointed out that the RCD does not allow the fitting of 'open flued' waterheaters so if it is a post 1998 boat then the gas fitters could be (legally) correct.
  9. Keep up at the back - there was a suggestion that the OP could employ a (suitable) surveyor to monitor the build on behalf of the 'buyer'. Discussion then revolved around 1) the Surveyors liability if he did not notice an inbuilt fault, & 2) the likelyhood that the builder would allow anyone to oversee their work.
  10. Most of the keys I have seen have a 'flat' side and a 'curved' side, the curved side fits into the curve cut into the shaft - the smooth (flat) side stands proud of the shaft and holds the pulley (or whatever)
  11. Caravan sites with Planning Permission for 'residential' can remain open 12 months of the year. Ones with 'leisure' Planning Permission will generally have to close for (depending on the LA requirements) 1 month - our site has to close, & have the water and electricity switched off from 4th Jan to 4th Feb. You (we) are allowed to choose which month we wished to be closed.
  12. Again - we disagee - the Legislation is just the headline requirements. There are then documents written by the EU / RCD that are "how to comply", explanations of the teminology etc, the one I think the information you requested is a 247 page booklet published by the EU as : INFORMATION FROM EUROPEAN UNION INSTITUTIONS, BODIES, OFFICES AND AGENCIES EUROPEAN COMMISSION COMMISSION NOTICE The ‘Blue Guide’ on the implementation of EU product rules 2022 (Text with EEA relevance) (2022/C 247/01) As our own legislation states that our RCR is (basically) the RCD with a different cover, and confirms that we will implement any future RCD changes. This document is relevant. If you decide that it is not than there is no point me quoting the information from it.
  13. One day I'll learn not to close down documents until all potential questions have been exhausted - It is somehwere in the self-certification requirements. I'll try and find it again.
  14. Yes, we are takling a bout a new boat being built & NO - it can go either way. It is not uncommon (well it probably is for narrowboats) for a surveyor to be involved in monitioring stage builds. 1) The manufacturer can retain responsibility and the Surveyor just 'keeps an eye' on what the manufacturer does at each stage, but begs the question as to what authority does he have if he sees non-compliances ?, or 2) The Notified body Surveyor can take over the full responsibility ensure the build is correctly built and he 'signs it off' as compliant.
  15. Correct - as long as the manufacturers has a conformity department whose sole function is conformity and has no invlvement of any other aspec of the business. But in the case where the manufacturer does not take responsibility then the PCA system comes ito play and the notified body becomes involved they are responsible for checking conformance and issuing the required documents. My 'bold' 1. Conformity based on post-construction assessment is the procedure to assess the equivalent conform-ity of a product for which the manufacturer has not assumed the responsibility for the product’s conformity with the Directive, and whereby a natural or legal person referred to in section 19(2), (3) or (4) who is plac-ing the product on the market or putting it into service under his own responsibility is assuming the respons-ibility for the equivalent conformity of the product. This person shall fulfil the obligations laid down in points 2 and 4 and ensure and declare on his sole responsibility that the product concerned, which has been subject to the provisions of point 3, is in conformity with the applicable requirements of the Directive. 2. The person who is placing the product on the market or putting it into service shall lodge an applica-tion for a post-construction assessment of the product with a notified body and must provide the notified body with the documents and technical file enabling the notified body to assess the conformity of the product with the requirements of the Directive and any available information on the use of the product after its first putting into service. The person who is placing such a product on the market or putting it into service shall keep these documents and information at the disposal of the relevant national authorities for 10 years after the product has been assessed on its equivalent conformity in accordance with the post-construction assessment pro-cedure. 3. The notified body shall examine the individual product and carry out calculations, tests and other assessments, to the extent necessary to ensure that the equivalent conformity of the product with the relevant requirements of the Directive is demonstrated. The notified body shall draw up and issue a certificate and a related report of conformity concerning the assessment carried out and shall keep a copy of the certificate and related report of conformity at the disposal of the national authorities for 10 years after it has issued these documents. The notified body shall affix its identification number next to the CE marking on the approved product or have it affixed under its responsibility. In case the assessed product is a watercraft, the notified body shall also have affixed, under his responsibility, the watercraft identification number as referred to in point 2.1 of Part A of Annex I, whereby the field for the country code of the manufacturer shall be used to indicate the country of establishment of the notified body and the fields for the unique code of the manufacturer assigned by the national authority of the Member State to indicate the post-construction assessment identification code assigned to the notified body, followed by the serial number of the post-construction assessment certificate. The fields in the watercraft identification number for the month and year of production and for the model year shall be used to indicate the month and year of the post-construction assessment. Effectively the notified body become the builder - in the same way that someone fitting out a 'sailaway' takes over the 'builder' responsibility from the hull manufacturer.
  16. I think that is incorrect, and, that upon signing that the boat is compliant the surveyor becomes the 'responsible person', otherwise there would be no need for him to even visit the boat - just sign to say it is compliant and when found not to be he just says, "read the small print, I am not responsible for anything I have missed" I'd be interested to see any evidence to support your assertion ?
  17. You misunderstand (deliberately ?) It needs two because it is a long boat. A narrowboat could be only 23 feet long and would only need one scarer, but a long boat - narrowboat or not - (say 70 feet) could require two or even three scarers.
  18. No idea but if you are interested I'm sure its easy enough for you to find out. A surveyor is simply signing to say that a boat is RCR compliant so is removing all responsibility from the builder so it doesn't matter. The builder has no worries / responsibility. Notified bodies are appointed at the national level by EU Member States to carry out conformity assessments on boats and engines according to the requirements of the Directive. List of Notified Bodies: RCD-notified-bodies-at-15-05-2012.pdf
  19. Bird scarer Because it's a long boat/
  20. The question is that no one would use the 'basic surveyor' to do that sort of job so why mention it ? You use the correctly skilled/qualified person for each job - you wouldn't use a heart surgeon to set a broken leg (would you ?)
  21. You are digging yourself another hole. A surveyor who is monitioring a build and ensuring RCR compliance is a very different 'breed' to a guy with a hammer tapping the side of a boat. There are a list of RCR approved PCA surveyors. The thing to remember s that ANYONE can print a business card and claim to be a boat surveyor, there is no legal requirements - they can even 'buy' membership of an 'Association', but indeed there are also 'proper' associations that require experience, qualifications and Continuous training, the problem is knowing which are which. The RCR approved surveyors are actually fully qualified and are signing that the boat is fully compliant and are taking all of the responsibility of RCR for the life of the boat.
  22. If they refuse, that would be a red-flag as to the quality and reliability of the declarations. If they have nothing to hide then there should be no problem with a buyers representative looking over the boat. As you say, and should try and keep up with : And a 'mans word is considered worthless' - it would seem particularly relevant when an inland waterway constructor is making RCR declarations.
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