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  1. I thought that was Michael Jackson?


    And you call yourself a conspiracy theorist?


    In actual fact, the Bahamian island was originally purchased by Howard Hughes who let the US NASA use it to fake the moon landings. Hughes thought that the government would ultimately move all of their atomic bomb testing from Nevada to his island, but Nixon had problems of his own and was unable to deliver so Hughes had some cryo-tanks installed and then gave the island to Elvis on the condition that he keep the electrical system for the cryo-tanks up and running. Elvis retired to the island when he decided it was time to get out of the public eye, and he has invited a number of celebrities to join him when they decided they had had enough of the paparazzi.


    All of this is very well documented, if you are willing to do the research.

  2. Depends which you mean by no system I guess. There's an inverter and batteries so there's clearly some kind of 12v system. Many boats cruise with the inverter on 24/7 so what electrical work is actually needed?



    That does make a difference! I was going by what the OP said, along with my own experience of boats as money pits.


    "Electrical systems set up for using only shore power. No systems in place for power generation at all whilst cruising. 240v fridge, water heater etc."

  3. Are the boat owners aware of the situation? If the stranded Yanks need a call placed to the boat owners in the US, I'd be happy to make a call for them if someone would pm the number to me.


    ETA, I'm assuming there is either a land line in the Colorado condo or that the Americans have a friend that could go to their condo and either talk to the boat owners or leave a note on the door.


    I know of a 40' wooden top which was in far worse nick than this one and needed a completely new cabin top and internal fit out almost straight away. It sold for 10k. The new owner must have spend around the same again to get it usable. So that's 20k for a 40' boat to be usable. I'd estimate the work needed on Redshank to get it ready for living and cruising would be around £1000 for the DIYer (2-3k if you get someone else to do it) if it doesn't need any overplating, and more of course if it does.


    Good luck with the continued search.




    Seriously? Just for starters, according to the OP, the boat has no electrical system other than shore power. The needed electrical system alone would cost more than £1000 for the parts.

  5. I wish I could train ours to do that. We did however train him to do some mixing


    You know how kids are, they all express their talents in different ways.

    I don't want to cast "blame" on anything or anyone but if the cat is feeling electricity that makes it jumpy then it's time to look where it's coming from. On a boat it's less easy for a cat to go and look next door, so maybe a little look around would be good.


    Birds sit on 20,000 Volt power lines and live to tell about it. Rats and possums frequently walk across those same high power lines with no adverse effects.


    I think you need to brush up on electrical theory before you put too much more of your cred on the line.

  6. Ours is also scared of the floor today, although he has managed to get on and off once.



    This is one of my babies, Nengwe, hard at work at the keyboard. She actually does most of the posting for me here. Otherwise, left to my own devises, I'd surely have been banned long ago.

  7. On two occasions my house got real bad flea infestations. When this happened, two different cats displayed the same behavior you are describing.


    Try walking around the boat whilst wearing white socks, no shoes, and see what jumps on your feet and ankles. If it is fleas and they get on you, a cotton ball wet with rubbing alcohol kills the little critters right quick.

  8. An update on the original post.


    While CRT have said they will grant me another licence for Tadworth i havent actually got it yet, i called the person responsible today but the phone was hung up on me as soon as the call was transfered to the enforcement office, so we are up to 86 days since they cancelled, revoked, or withheld ( they are not sure which ) my legally valid licence on the 17th March.


    I may be a wrong as can be, but I'm going to hazard a guess about what is going to happen next. Nothing!


    If CRT sends you a new license now, it would be an admission that they somehow cocked-up in regards to the first license they sent you. If they just now take the position, "We already sent you a license, it's valid, use it and quit being a thorn in our side.", then they can just pretend like the last three months never happened.


    I can see CRT saying something like, "Tadworth had a license. There was a misunderstanding about the license issue but we never prevented Tadworth from navigating. We tried to resolve the issue as quickly and amicably as we could, but it was difficult because Tadworth's owner was uncooperative."


    Time will tell.....

  9. It's part of the new Lend Lease program. Obama sent it over in case Brexit passes and the predicted invasion happens. When you unfurl the mizzen sail there's big letters that say "This is all you get!"


    Not that Obama wants to influence the vote or anything....

  10. Hi - thanks for your offer of help.

    I was getting resigned to doing the job myself.

    I was going to use one of these flexible connectors as a work round for my lack of plumbing skills:

    Screwfix are open until 4pm and I'll go and get one if you think it's a good idea.




    Hi - thanks for your offer of help.

    I was getting resigned to doing the job myself.

    I was going to use one of these flexible connectors as a work round for my lack of plumbing skills:

    Screwfix are open until 4pm and I'll go and get one if you think it's a good idea.



    Those flex lines aren't real good at making 90 degree bends. If you can find a cap to screw on the existing T fitting and then install a new T fitting on the other side, that would probably be the best and easiest thing to do.


    True I believe if they are indivual insulated cables, but if a sheathed cable like those depicted is used the sheath counts as an extra layer of insulation, and it is OK to run 12V and 240V through the dame ducting.


    So cable like that shown for 12v could share the same routing as 240V if that were done in sheathed Arctic cable.


    If by "ducting" you mean "conduit" then you are completely wrong. What you are calling sheathed cable should not be used inside conduit. The only wires you want inside conduit are individual, insulated cables. It's a heat dissipation thing.


    240V and 12V should not be run in the same conduit, if for no other reason than to avoid confusion.


    The simple solution I guess is .... Hire an electrician


    I spent many years working as an electrician on residential and commercial buildings. If I were going to wire a boat, I'd hire a marine electrician to do the wiring. If you want to skimp on the fitout, skimp on stuff that doesn't have the potential to burn your boat down.

  12. Thanks for that.


    It's a pukka marine one that has been maintained regardless of cost and was rebuilt just before it came out of service last year.


    My fear is that the engine's value outweighs the boat's and yet another nice wooden boat will be cut up for a quick profit.


    Unfortunately the OH is expressing legitimate concerns about my health and its compatibility with wooden boats and is attempting to turn my head with a rather nice Mk1 Freeman 30 that she knows I lust after.


    Carl, I'm in the same boat as you, no pun intended. The day comes that we all have to admit that we simply aren't capable of the exertion we were 20 or even 5 or 10 years ago. So here's my take. Get something like:




    Then put some davits on the stern of your Freeman 30 and hang your wooden boat restoration project from them.


    That's my two pence worth.

  13. The only clock I have to adjust is the one on my oven; I stopped wearing a watch about two years ago because I always carry my mobile.


    Automatic adjustment for daylight saving is fine so long as a clock knows its time zone and has a connection to a computer which knows the rules, but I wonder how well these cars cope when driven around into different time zones. Do they use GPS to detect that, e.g. going back an hour when driven across the border from Spain into Portugal, and can they handle all the bizarre local rules which exist in some parts of the world? In Mexico they have some individual towns which are on a different time to the rest of the same state.


    Mexico also seems to have some kind thing about having the same time as the US. The divide between the countries is latitudinal, so there's no reason for time to change at the border, but it always does.


    On the other extreme, China, which is geographically similar to the US size wise, has only one time zone.

  14. Put a cat in it.


    Make sure it can't get out.


    Bang the sides with a cricket bat.


    Repeat with new cat until inside is gleaming clean.


    There is absolutely nothing funny about animal cruelty jokes. But posting this kind of garbage says a lot about you, none of it good!

  15. It can be difficult along that stretch.

    One word, Dark.

    Sometimes such mooring is inevitable though, so we use flashiing LED'S atop a smoke alarm battery. Easily made for the price of a pint.


    Young whippersnappers - Don't you know a transistor radio battery when you see one? frusty.gif


    smoke alarm battery indeed.........

  16. From your local "hydroponic grow shop"





    Sounds like a good place to go!


    Why would a hydroponic grow shop sell DE? I used to grow plants for the pharmaceutical industry using hydroponics and I can't recall DE having any part in the process.

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