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  1. Buying over the counter is the best way at 3P. I highly recommend them, not just for the black paint, but also they will mix marine enamel in whatever colour you need, in whatever quantity. I had them colour match based on a sample I took in and they were spot on. A great business to deal with. I suggest ringing ahead to let them know what you want in case it needs mixing.
  2. Thanks all, some good pointers here. Swanley Bridge/Danny has been recommended separately to me too. I’ll follow up with some calls and report back. Good to hear good reports on aqueduct too. DMR - I know what you mean re the guarantee, but it does feel wrong that a premium product carries so little confidence from the seller. I didn’t expect them to cover me scraping it off, but it would be good to know they were confident it wouldn’t flake off after 12 months...
  3. I was wondering if anyone had any recent experiences of yards within a day or so of the Middlewich branch for blasting and 2 pack epoxy application to the hull? I’ve spoken to Aqueduct, but their pricing is a bit eye watering and they only offer a 12month guarantee. To put it into context Debdale offer a 10 year guarantee and are approx half the price - but unfortunately are too far away. Of course price isn’t the same as quality of job, so I thought I’d ask here.
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    Mikuni MX40

    I have had my Mikuni MX40 in bits twice now hunting faults indicated by the lights. Both times I couldn’t find anything wrong, but got it going again by disconnecting and reconnecting all the plastic push fit wiring connectors. Mine at least seesms to be susceptible to oxudation on the electrical contacts. On top of the unit is a black box, inside of which are 5 or 6 separate connectors. Worth a try. Good luck.
  5. A thought, is the mastervolt panel, getting a reading that is only coresponding to part of the output of the alternator? Not sure how it is all wired up, but could some of the amps be bypassing the shunt (assuming that is how the Mastervolt works) to go to say bowthruster batteries?
  6. I have a DM2 with Neihoff alternator driven from flywheel too. Mine does very little at idle, but happily puts out 50amps into batteries first thing in the morning at say 400rpm upwards. Voltage at that stage is 13 point something. After a 3-4 hours voltage is up to 14.1 and say 8 amps. I’m not sure which model Neihoff it is, but I have in my head it is rated at 60amp. Battery bank is 675ah. A second alternator does the engine battery. Oh and it whines like a teenager.
  7. This is a nice route. The Montgomery canal is an interesting diversion if you have time, like canals used to be. Check opening times for the locks though, not sure if you might need to book. Wrenbury has nice but popular moorings and choice of pubs. Willeymoor lock pub is one of my favourites. Proper traditional canalside pub, food as well but nothing fancy. Superb beers. Nantwich another interesting diversion. Barbridge Inn always popular and good food beers etc. Slowest water point in the world at Barbridge junction. At Chester a walk around the walls is well worth doing. gabble
  8. Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Clarence dock sounds like it might be a challenge then, but I'll look out for the pontoons outside that Joe mentions. Good to hear that Woodlesford is a nice stop, that is my plan B if we can't find somewhere suitable in Leeds. Also the junction onto the New junction canal looks a fantastic peaceful spot based on google maps. Any tips for dealing with the big locks on the Aire and Calder? Is the usual practice to rope up or not? We don't typically bother in normal broad locks. gabble
  9. Just wondering if anyone has any recent experience of the visitor moorings at Clarence/Leeds dock? We are contemplating a stop there for a night over the bank holiday weekend at the end of August but are a but concerned that we won't get a space. Also we'll be heading off onto the Aire and Calder. Any essential advice or recommended moorings? gabble
  10. Lots more info, thanks all. Quinafloat - just when I was starting to think it would be ok you post a video of getting stuck oddly reassuring nevertheless. Scholar Gypsy - still working through your blog, really useful stuff and great to see so many pictures Gabble
  11. Thanks guys, I can't believe how quick the responses are coming in. Quinafloat - good thought re a cruiser, I think I'm just defaulting to a narrowboat because that is what we normally do. I'll look into this. Nothing booked yet. Ditchcrawler - The Crown looks good.... And good point re the tide times. Meggers - thanks for the reassurance, and yes the smaller rivers are definately intriguing to me. Which are your favourites? Moominpapa - not got a dog to empty, but do have kids to exercise... How difficult is it to come by bankside moorings? Are there any restrictions, or is anywhere fair game if you can get into the side as per the canal? Gabble
  12. After a lifetime of narrow boating in the canals of the Midlands and the North, I'm contemplating hiring a boat from Fox boats and taking on the Middle level, Great Ouse and adjoining rivers. The reports I've read of taking a narrow boat through Salters Lode etc sound a little daunting, and get me to wondering if the laid back lifestyle I appreciate when boating might be a little more strained. Has anyone got any advice? I'm particularly interested in experience of out of the way moorings, we really like mooring in remote spots on the canals and wonder if this means the river experience perhaps isn't for us. we don't really want to spend every night nose to tail with other boats. Any thoughts or recommendations? Anybody got experience of how busy it is likely to be down there in say August? Gabble
  13. Just wanted to say thanks for all the suggestions, it is really good to get the personal recommendations. gabble
  14. Hello everyone, I've been reading this forum for over a year now, but this is my first post. We are heading up the Llangollen at the end of May, in no particular rush and after some expert advice on when to time arriving at the town to avoid it being too busy. I think I've seen it said Saturday is a good day? Also planning to take in the Monty. Any top mooring spots, we like peaceful and remote over popular bow to stern moorings ideally. gabble
  15. Hi all I've been reading these forums for quite some time, but only just got around to registering, basically because I'm so taken with the photographs on this thread. I'd love to get hold of a high quality print of a couple of those on Tigger's original post. Does anybody have any ideas for how to acheve this? Is Jack Haddock still around? Thanks to everybody for hours of enjoyment. gabble
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