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magnetman

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  1. All these gauges they attach to engines don't really do anything. At the end of the day the eyes, ears and nose can work out what is happening with a boat and the engine installed therein. If boat is moving then you are going along. Use eyes for this. Engine running? Use ears. Smells a bit like burning then could overheating. Nose. Back in the day certain engine makers were clever enough to paint parts of the engine with a type of paint which would start to smell at the point where the engine was beginning to exceed it's designed operating temperature. I wonder if there was an app for it.
  2. I remember Ernie Kendall. Could talk the hind legs off a donkey and was the original magnet man nice chatting with him at his mooring by the bridge. I thought he died there before his old man. Could have got that detail wrong.
  3. I think the woman behind the till at the shop by Braunston bottom lock where I used to buy pints of milk in 1994 was a Ward. Not sure of her first name. She was quite an elderly lady so might not be around now. Handy little shop that one I've not been through there for about 15 years maybe it's still there.
  4. Water tank level buzzer seems possible. Maybe to indicate the tank is full rather than empty. That would be useful for when filling up the water and doing other things at same time.. Seems quite a technical device with all those dip switches.
  5. Buzzer to warn that the ignition is on with engine not running? One of my boats needs this setup because the engine stop is manual and the coolant pump is a 12v pump running off the start battery. Fine when engine running but turn it off and forget to turn the key back and you get a flat battery overnight. Very good setup in the event of the drive belt breaking as one still has cooling at least for a few hours even if the alternator is lost.
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  9. I assume this is a humorous comment. It's just a few 13s sitting on top of a diesel tank. No raised edges or containment. Fair play !
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  11. Yes I had a few of the old screw-on calor gas bottle valve protector tops out with magnet back in the day. I'm sure that's why Calor stopped doing them because narrow boat owners were constantly nicking them for capping off the exhausts. Still got three of them actually but gave away several others.
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  13. I last saw it in the "Engineers Wharf" basin somewhere on the Paddington Arm. Not sure what unit the RUSSIA has in it but I think a JP3.
  14. Similarly the CRT seem to have issues around getting watertight locks
  15. Shurflo pump motor magnets.
  16. Unmanned pleasure boats is an interesting solution for keen gongoozlers.
  17. Worth considering hardwood frames and sealed units for those window cutouts rather than the more ordinary aluminium frame things. Or plates with large portholes in the middle.
  18. The raft would be brilliant for a floating garden. I didn't know they were heavy though. Perhaps the foam core is waterlogged. Thanks for the offer to investigate. As for the boat the curved T stud on the front deck and the angled chines on the sides are Harborough Marine features. Hancock and Lane didn't have those chines and their T studs were flat not curved. They do swim nicely the old Harborough Marine hulls so it should be economical on diesel. "SR3 with a few twists" Are you thinking of boxing it in and using an air to water heat exchanger or something? Maybe additional forced ventilation. That would be pretty cool. I had a SR2 under me for my first two years boating in a Hancock and Lane cruiser stern and hells teeth was it loud ! I reckon with some clever design work you could get a calorifier warmed up somehow which would be useful.
  19. Harborough Marine or Fernie. Definitely not H&L. I want the orange liferaft.
  20. Bagging dog shit was originally invented by dogs as a way of ensuring that their DNA is protected in the event of a silly end-of-world scenario which would probably be caused by humans. Dogs are clever. They realise that some humans would survive and they would probably have the technology available and seek ways to recreate canine companions. It's entirely probable that this can be done from waste products. Preservation is key here.
  21. There is still a small power station in slough but I think they burn wood products rather than waste. https://www.ssethermal.com/energy-from-waste/slough-multifuel/ Probably the same place and apparently they are going to do a JV and start doing waste burning for power again.
  22. Barney boats are excellent. Great underwater shape so very economical. If I were to do widespread canal cruising again one of them would be near the top of the list as the ideal boat. Getting a bit old now and I think they were built in 3/16 plate so not all that thick but very nice anyway.
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