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RichLech

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About RichLech

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    West Sussex

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  • Boat Name
    Alice Springs
  • Boat Location
    River Wey
  1. Anyone Based at Pyrford Marina on the Wey?

    I'll be checking ours in the next week or two so I will have a look then if you haven't had a better offer in the meantime. Where is Jam No6 moored ?
  2. Semi trad pram hood

    I've sent you some pictures of my pram hood. For better visibility I really recommend having a front screen you can completely remove rather than roll up. I think roll-up sides would make it difficult to fold the "roof" section up and down easily. Mine is canvas and cost just over £1500.
  3. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-CARAMAST-JOCKEY-WHEEL-KIT-TO-FIT-ALL-1-CARAVAN-TV-AERIAL-POLES/252610596078?epid=1239300054&hash=item3ad0c3ccee:g:jOIAAOSwR5dXSB4e The caramast comes with a couple of clamps like these. Obviously you don't use the U bolts to fix to the jockey wheel as you would on a caravan. You just fix the black plastic clamps to the boat. When you need to put the aerial through the clamps, simply tighten up with the butterfly bolts.
  4. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Caramast-Telescopic-3m-Satellite-Dish-TV-Aerial-Mounting-Mast-Pole-With-Wheel/152661773978?hash=item238b59ce9a:g:tTsAAOSwtTVZj~qf I've got this aerial and fixings. Fixings are obviously permanent (on the cratch in my case) and aerial pole just slides in whenever required.
  5. Semi trad pram hood

    You need to ensure that when folded down towards the front of the boat the hoops do not obstruct the hatch. On ours that is achieved by having the fixing points on the sides of the semi trad mounted on sliding rails. Hence as you fold it down you also slide the hoops forward to clear the hatch. I would also recommend a front screen that has a top zip and is completely removable. This avoids restricting visibility with a rolled up screen and also facilitates use as a simple canopy to provide shade or shower protection. I find it very easy to fold down/up once you have done it a few times. If it would help I am going to the boat next Friday and could take pictures. Ours was made by AM Marine Trim of Windsor Marina.
  6. Boating Crew Experience Needed

    Personally, if I was in your position I would try to keep both options open ie. house and boat. Having taken the plunge and bought a house I would do everything I could to hang onto it because once you let it go, with the state of UK housing market you will find it very difficult to get back to ownership if the boating life doesn't work out so well for whatever reason. Is there any way you could let your house and buy a boat, at least for a couple of years until you are 100% sure you want to give up your bricks & mortar for good? I stress this is a personal view. We have a boat that we spend 2 or 3 months a year on but we also like our house - particularly in the winter months!
  7. Talking engines

    The hour meter on my Barrus Shire control panel rev counter doesn't work either, except very, very occasionally on very hot days! Can't recall it displaying at all this year but it has in the past so I do know total hours since new. I have subsequently fitted an independent hour meter so that I can be sure of servicing needs etc.
  8. Talking engines

    I have a Barrus Shire 45. No experience of anything else but very pleased with the Shire. Always starts well (no heater plugs) and fairly easy to work on. Done about 2000 hrs without any issues. Based on a Yanmar engine that is also used in many tractors, mini-diggers etc. I was shocked when I looked into the price of Barrus alternators that I wanted to carry as spares, but managed to find suitable alternatives at sensible prices.
  9. Car Insurance Question (Not Boat)

    I would tell your insurance company for "information only" and then continue with the arrangement direct with the other party. Some-one backed into my Defender couple of years ago. His insurance company arranged to have it repaired so mine was not involved, but I did not want to risk not informing them. It does not seem to have affected my policy in any way.
  10. Ideal Pram Hood design

    We've had one made for our semi-trad. Wouldn't be without it. Gives us an extra room when we moor up for the night and with two dogs that is important. Couple of things that we specified to make it convenient. Firstly, front screen can be completely zipped out so that with side screens removed as well, it just provides a canopy for shade or shelter from showers. On wet days on the Thames (where bridges are higher) we can cruise with the canopy up. Secondly, to ensure that the stainless steel hoops do not obstruct access to the boat, the hoops are on sliding rails on the sides of the semi-trad. Hence when the canopy is laid down the hoops slide forward, keeping the whole thing clear of the access hatch. Ours in canvas. more flexible for folding down. When we moor I can have the whole thing up, screen and sides fitted and water-tight in about 5 minutes. Ours was made by Tim at AM Marine Trim, based at Windsor Marina.
  11. Wet bilge (engine bay)

    Athy, this water may have been coming in through the bilge pump outlet (and hence back through the bilge pump). See my post above. I had the same puzzle for a year after I bought my boat, until I twigged that the bilge pump outlet skin fitting was only just above the water line. h
  12. Wet bilge (engine bay)

    I used to have this problem with my semi-trad. Not Liverpool boats but built by some-one who used to work for them so very similar. Eventually realised the outlet from the bilge pump was only just above water line and inside the boat, the outlet pipe immediately went down to bilge pump. Turns out that when water covered the bilge pump outlet, water back-siphoned into the bilge. Sorted by re-running pipe so that it ran up from the outlet fitting before turning down towards the bilge pump. Also fitted one way vale to be doubly sure. Lovely dry engine bilge now.
  13. shopping in tamworth?

    Many thanks.
  14. shopping in tamworth?

    Cruising through tamworth in a couple of days. Anyone know a supermarket near the Coventry canal?
  15. A A renewal time again

    I left the AA simply because I couldn't be bothered to go through this ritual every year. I can only assume that most customers just renew without question and so they don't care about losing a few. I have personal cover with Green Flag now.
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