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Bee

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  1. I like T studs at the fore end as you can easily throw a loop around a stud while standing on the bank, ordinary cleats are harder to catch and reaching out to a cleat is risking wet feet and more, to place a cleat at the wider part of the boat means falling over the rope every time you get in or out.
  2. Have just made som fenders out of carpet tiles (90p from E bay, pre loved) can get 4 equal width strips per tile. a stack of 6 strips seems OK cut them on a tablte saw, no bitumen in the ones I bought, 3/4" inch hole either end, splice a rope in one end and tie together with cord the other. I'll see how they get on this summer, fed up with every other fender I have made or bought, these should be rotproof, tough as old boots and are about £1.50 each.
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  4. There is no such thing as a grease gun that doesn't make a hell of a mess. I use one on the stern gear and using it is not too bad. Filling the b***** leaves me and the boat very slippery and needs a lot of parrafin to clean everything up.
  5. Quick reply from total cheapskate. We used carpet in 'bedroom' and living area. Changed it when it got muddy and horrible. Vinyl in kitchen and loo. Changed it when we got fed up with the pattern. Boats get a lot of mud / wear. One day you will need to get it up to get at leaks fron plumbing or something worse and that will suddenly become far more important than appearance. Boats are not little houses and suffer from stuff happening under the floor.
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  7. Probably just teenage kites fighting over mating rights, See the same thing outside the local nightclub every saturday night. Ah, the good old days when I were a lad.....
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  10. That could even be something as daft as the cork gasket on the rocker box. As Tony says, it seems to be running OK.
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  13. Its not a huge job, its a simple engine and easy to work on so Joe Bloggs with some rusty spanners could do it. Thing is that Joe Bloggs would just bung another gasket in and wind the head bolts down really tight and never mind the torque settings. As others have said it really needs to be checked for flatness and cracks as oil and steam escaping is a bit unusual and checking for that is not that easy and stripping the head down - valves out and so on - if it needs the head skimming is bothersome and lost collets is really bothersome. You need a real mechanic and I would reckon £ 500 would be about right but cracks or warping could add to that so fingers crossed that its all OK.
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  15. I've arrived at something like that with our vacuflush. The automatic side of it no longer works but the vacuum pump does, that is connected to a on/off switch. Use the loo, turn the vacuum pump on, build a vacuum, press the pedal down, contents of loo get sucked into the cassette, turn switch off. The stinky gasses are vented out of a skin fitting. The toilet has no permanent vacuum so the water in it does not drain away and the whole contraption is reduced to its simplest and therefore its most reliable state, like most things you can chuck half of it away and it will work better. Oh, you can tell when the cassette is getting full as the vac. pump only runs for about 10 secs so you do need that microswitch.
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