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malp

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    Tantalus
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    Grand Union

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  1. I need to replace an old Morso Squirrel which is realistically beyond economic repair. Existing flue system is more modern and sound, so looking to go for another Morso, rather than a cheaper alternative which would most likely involve extra cost of a new flue. To save a bit of money I'm considering the Swift, as all exterior dimensions are identical to the Squirrel making it a drop in replacement. Before deciding I'd appreciates input from anyone who has experience of both who can give a comparison of performance.
  2. As a rule of thumb I reckon that's a bit optimistic for CRT facilities, there are parts of the system where you might well go a day or more, and that's assuming a good rate of progress. Boatyards will often let you use their disposal points, sometimes at a fee, but probably not on turn round days if they run a hire fleet. Many folk with cassette toilets will carry one or two spare cassettes, but you then need somewhere to store them (preferrably not on the roof).
  3. Una, hopefully you won't, but don't be too surprised if you find some rot under that shower tray.
  4. Passed a narrowboat on the southern end of the GU last year called "The Slowness of Cows". This rather amused me, so I wouldn't actually nominate it as a worst name.
  5. If you are planning to motorhome in France, then apart from France Passion, have a look at these (if you don't already know them!): A good source of guides , maps etc is Vicarious Media Also this site has info about Aires.
  6. On both the motorhomes I had the limiting factor was the amount of room on the roof. Both only had a single 120Ah service battery, one took a 100 watt panel, the other a 90 watt. That sufficed for main season usage off grid (mostly at French motorhome aires), but not sure it would have been enough for winter use. On my current boat I have 2 batteries like yours, and had room to fit 180 watts of solar panel (2 x 90). 12v is used mainly for lighting, pumps, TV and charging devices, and battery voltage always stays healthy, despite 10 year old batteries.
  7. You are right, I was thinking of the consultation, not the petition. Agreed signing it can do no harm, although I think it may be overtaken by other ongoing events. Mea Culpa., I was thinking of the consultation, not the petition. Agreed signing it can do no harm, although I think it may be overtaken by other ongoing events. See replies to cuthound et al.
  8. Maybe like me they have been put off by needing to write an email rather than fill in a form. Also a lot of the information being requested appears to be more in the nature of data trawling rather than opinion gathering. EDIT: Oops, answered wrong quetsion. I was thinking of the consultation when I wrote the above.
  9. It is PWM, I posted incorrect links which I have now corrected: Look here for MPPT versions
  10. This Victron is a PWM controller, you might want to have a look at these MPPT controllers before deciding. I have one on my narrowboat, and it has breathed new life into the 10 year old batteries that came with the boat 2 years ago. The engine start battery only needs a maintenance charge, which this provides. Edited to show CORRECT links!
  11. Yes, though I left him alone while he did the survey, He seemed happy enough to chat after. He's probably the go to surveyor for folk who keep their boats on the same mooring as mine. His main problem is that he can sometimes be a bit slow to actually write up the survey report and email it to you.
  12. There is an argument that the fuse should not be close to the battery to minimise the risk of igniting any collected hydrogen gas if the fuse fails.
  13. I had a full survey for insurance done by him last year, I thought he was pretty fair in his assessment.
  14. As a former shell builder I can tell you that 6/6/3 was pretty standard for that style of boat of that vintage. Indeed 6mm is still pretty common for hull sides, base plates have got thicker to compensate for difficulty in painting effectively. 3mm cabin plating is perfectly adequate, the move to thicker plating is to do with trying to keep a flat finish, but its not structurally necessary. As an aside a benefit of 3mm cabin plating is that it lowers slightly the boat's centre of gravity which helps a bit with stablility. I actually built some shells for Brum Boats around that time, but this was not one of them. They didn't start building shells in house until around 1983, so this one would have been bought in, possibly from either Colecraft, or more likely R & D Fabrications. You need to try and get access to the August survey and see what that says about plate thickness, as loss through rusting (often internal) and also the amount of pitting need to be understood. As matty40s points out he fact that it has just been surveyed, 5 months after listing, and it is still for sale needs looking into. Was it the seller's survey or a potential buyer's? If the former you should be able to get a sight of it.
  15. Me too, I used to spend some Saturday mornings getting the bus to Woolwich and then going back and forth across the river as a kid.
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