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About gbclive

  • Birthday 06/02/1955

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    Warlingham, Surrey.
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    Kelvin engines

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    Pilot - update now retired :-)
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    Kings Orchard Marina for the winter

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  1. Due to personal circumstances, Peter did stop working for a while, but he was then able to restart his work. I’m not sure of his situation now, but I have his contact details if you PM me.
  2. 5 steps above the water line and 3 steps below the waterline. To be fair, I did finish with “Or am I missing something?”😏 Thanks for explaining what the something was, so succinctly😊
  3. That’s a neat design, but I don’t think it helps with the problem of your feet disappearing under the hull as you start to climb, so that you end up with most of your weight taken by your arms? Unless of course, you have a very deep draught with a vertical hull surface to rest the ladder against😏 Or am I missing something?
  4. Thanks - I can see that would be useful and I have used such a knife in the past to deal with a mooring line from a buoy on a lumpy water boat. Our trouble was not being able to make any progress between each clearing and not knowing if and when it would improve, so I was a bit reluctant to try and push ever deeper for fear of making any retreat even more difficult😏. Re you photo, is that hair algae? Interestingly, our hair algae had tough stems of perhaps a mm or so diameter which rapped tightly like thin string, with an abundance of fine filament hair growing off it.
  5. Thanks for that!😏 I’m having a hard time recognising what sounds like an occasional casual intervention with a boat hook. Each time I had to dive down the weed-hatch, it required quite a few minutes of winding the prop around whilst gradually loosening and unwinding long strands of tightly packed weed algae from around the shaft between the stern gland and the prop. as well as from the prop itself. I must have been in some sort of parallel universe😏
  6. Thanks. So perhaps a little sympathy for my little J2?😏
  7. That’s good to know😊. What engine does it have?
  8. Thanks - all points added to my notes. It’s amazing how soon a “never again” nightmare experience turns into perhaps a challenge to consider for the future😏. I think I would still take into account any feedback from deeper draught boats though.
  9. I can understand what you mean but having a deeper draught, I think we were hoovering up more weed than we could cope with. We really were stuck! Quite how much this was down to the weed or perhaps also being aground, I will probably never know. I shall file all this useful info away for the next time!😏 Glad you made it all the way without any major dramas. i think I will replan to visit another year, but somewhat earlier in the season before the hair algae has a chance to feed on sunlight for so long.
  10. Thanks for that Simon. I think that is sound advice, especially as @BEngo who has a similar engine and clutch to Duke also recommended the technique. Unfortunately, at least in this context, sprinting in not one of Dukes party pieces😏 A combination of a heavy boat and a relatively small engine that is somewhat over-propped, results in low acceleration (and braking) rates compared to other boats I have experienced. Normally I really enjoy the challenge of managing the inertia, but in this case I believe it compounded the problem. I’m having difficulty in visualising how I could have achieved any significant sprint like speed as once we finally came to a standstill, both the prop and the shaft ahead of it fouled up massively and almost immediately in both forward and reverse, so we literally unable to move using the engine. I don’t think I would have been brave enough to have repeatedly poled astern then rammed into the weed without some confidence that things would improve reasonably quickly. Also, I must confess that on reflection, I think it’s possible that we were aground without realising it!😏. Incidentally, this is the Google maps ref. of the furthest we managed to get: WP3F+8Q Long Eaton, Nottingham
  11. Thanks @Captain Pegg and @Cheshire cat for comparing notes etc. For completeness, Dukes prop is now 20” x 13” (I’ve had the pitch reduced from 16” but its probably still a tad too much). So looking for any obvious stand out differences that may be relevant: ▪️Duke has the deepest draught by 6” or so (and is probably the heaviest). ▪️Duke has a conical clutch (and 1:1 reverser box) which becomes difficult or inoperable if anything jams between the stern gland and the prop. ▪️Otherwise it just leaves myself / technique as a factor?😏 The conical clutch was definitely a significant part of my problem, but so too was the weed rapping around the prop to the extent that propulsion was effectively lost. I hope that between us we have provided enough of a picture to help others make their own judgement. Glad you both had a much better experience than we did - any thoughts?
  12. That’s excellent news. It will be interesting to compare notes sometime.
  13. As does Matty40s rather clever “Little weed” 😏 May the force be with you tomorrow - good luck.
  14. I think that’s duck weed which was not a problem for us - it petered out after a mile or so to be replaced by hair algae which proved to be our nemesis☹️ Description Lemnoideae is a subfamily of flowering aquatic plants, known as duckweeds, water lentils, or water lenses. They float on or just beneath the surface of still or slow-moving bodies of fresh water and wetlands. Wikipedia
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