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Rick-n-Jo last won the day on August 2 2018

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  1. Rick-n-Jo

    Bike on a cruiser deck?

    Or indeed even a horse! Driving one consists of walking behind controlling it with long reins, possibly even while towing a boat. You need the boards permission to do that nowadays. Now I'm not sure where you'd be legally if you were instead leading the horse, after all if leading an animal on the towpath is not allowed that would rather compromise dog walking........? Back on topic, I looked hard at the motorcycle options, even going so far as to design in a nice long 10' well deck, looked at hoists, scissor lift table, ramps etc. You have to bear in mind that you plus a heavy bike on a ramp resting on one gunwhale is going to make even a well ballasted deep drafted boat tilt alarmingly. In the end the cost and complexity of the engineering didn't justify the limited use so I shelved the idea. (The 10' deck is lovely though) I'm looking again now at really small 125s - think monkey bike, or maybe wait until lightweight electrics become practical. The idea being to commute back to wherever a larger vehicle is, or just for shopping etc.
  2. Rick-n-Jo

    Noisy drive shaft

    I have had a thrust bearing, actually a Plummer block type being used to take axial loads as yours, show the same symptoms. Quiet at low speed but noisy above a certain load. On dismantling I found that due to slight misalignment the bearing had been locking up under load and the prop shaft then spun in the inner race, causing the noise. Check soon or you may be looking at prop shaft replacement.
  3. Rick-n-Jo

    swan drama

    We were dead chuffed to come home to this sight tonight. Yay!!!
  4. Rick-n-Jo

    swan drama

    Didn't think we were going to manage for a while tbh, impressed by how calm they all were though, like they knew we were trying to help. Ended up covered in blood and swan poop though, they void their bowels when stressed.......
  5. Rick-n-Jo

    swan drama

    We're not far from the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge, who we've called on in the past. Mum and five offspring returned to boat just before midnight. Hope that the two casualties were just resting and recovering somewhere.
  6. Rick-n-Jo

    swan drama

    Returning to the boat this evening, we were enthusiastically greeted by our resident swan family, mum and this years seven nearly grown cygnets, wheep wheeping away. A couple of hours later I was head down in the stern working on the new propulsion system when hearing a commotion, Jo looked out of the side hatch. Two of the youngsters were tangled and tied together with a horrible mess of fishing line, hook and lure. We grabbed a bath towel and some bread crusts and took to the towpath (Jo in her pajamas) to try and get them close enough to grab. Saul moorings are deep with piling edges, but eventually managed to catch the worst injured by its neck, then get hands under and lift it on to the bank and wrap it in the towel. We then had to haul it's sibling in by the line wrapped tightly around it's leg and body and get that one ashore too. Swan one was sitting quietly under the towel so we set about untangling swan two with kitchen scissors - and fending off mum and the rest of the family. With two freed and back in the water we turned to the blood stained number one, still waiting patiently. Under a mass of line, blood and feather it had one of those horrible rubber fish shaped lures with a three pronged barbed hook, two points right through its leg and one hooked around the tendon. The poor thing was being brave, but we must have been hurting it trying to cut away the mess and remove the hooks. Getting nowhere Jo fetched pliers and cutters from the boat and after a struggle we cut the barbed points off and got the hook out. TCP applied. Relieved to see it swim vigorously away using both legs, now we just have to hope for no serious infection. I don't suppose I have to describe our rage at the b****** who left that evil mess in the water. A criminal fish thief, we know the legitimate anglers don't use that kind of tackle. Dammit, those swans are like friends.
  7. Rick-n-Jo

    CRT License discount

    My interpretation of this, and I stress it's only mine, is that if the boat can be propelled by a diesel engine OR an electric motor(a parallel hybrid) then the electric is not the sole means of propulsion. Our boat has a diesel generator that charges a battery bank. The battery can also be charged by solar or shore power. The electric drive moves the boat, with or without the generator running (a series hybrid) so the electric is the sole means of propulsion, the Genny is just one possible charging source. On that basis we claim the discount.
  8. Rick-n-Jo

    Lengthways trim

    Our Mel Davis too. I wonder if it's because they build them with the base plate level, but they're hardly ever trimmed that way? Seems like too simplistic an error for experienced boat builders. I suspect the position is more for appearance. Also, once into the upsweep of the cabin, without knowing the final trim it would be very hard to guess exactly the lowest point of the curve. The end of the flat roof run would be a sensible compromise? I might try some bow down trim, see how she swims (no gas locker)
  9. Rick-n-Jo

    GU Leicester currently unavigable

    No, because it's not a fair comparison. More local preventatives maintenance could mean fewer emergencies to respond to, and less overall cost.
  10. Rick-n-Jo

    GU Leicester currently unavigable

    It can't be cost effective to have people drive halfway across the country and then not be able to do anything useful when they get there though can it?.
  11. Rick-n-Jo

    "orse harness

    I realise that you're not offering it for sale, but if you did, or wanted it sensitively restored we have the tools and ability to do the job. If the surviving leather is not too far gone we could put it on an 'oss and use it too..
  12. Rick-n-Jo

    A new problem at Minworth second lock

    Selfish gits?
  13. Rick-n-Jo

    Battery Isolator Switch

    I've taken apart a BEP Marine one, supposedly rated at 500A
  14. Rick-n-Jo

    Battery Isolator Switch

    Not if the inverter is switched off first (which you should) so that no current is flowing. Which is the short version of what Nick said!
  15. Rick-n-Jo

    Battery Isolator Switch

    Try just flicking the mains socket off and on. It remembers where it was in the programme.

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