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  4. To eliminate the risk of CO poisoning from the very small candle, couldn't you power the Ecofan from a battery powered LED flickering candle tealight? I'm sure the Ecofan would be just as effective... 🤣😂
  5. Well after just 3 "Puppy" classes, Sam has graduated and is now working towards his "Junior" award. Seems like I have a clever pup.
  6. If the yard has a crane you could move within the arc of the jib... 🤣
  7. Not according to this site. https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/fuses-guide-uses.html They say 12 volt fuses are marked at the continuous rating and quickly blow at about twice their marked rating.
  8. Worcester, who have gone out of business. I have seen a few other boats with flaking powder coating. It just doesn't seem to adhere as well to aluminium as well as it does to brass. If you just wipe the anodising with a damp cloth it lasts forever. If however you try to polish it with metal polish, as someone did on my first shareboat, then it is quickly polished through...
  9. Flares could be a disaster given the number of boats that carry combustibles like coal on wood on the top.
  10. The aluminium windows and aluminium mushroom vents on my boat were powder coated in gold paint from new. After about seven years it began to flake off in small patches. The same has happened to my aluminium garden furniture after a similar time span. It then becomes a maintence problem as the finish only comes off in certain areas, leaving a lumpy finish after painting and the still attached powder coat is almost impossible to remove without damaging the aluminium. I wish the original owner of the boat had specified anodising.
  11. Then it becomes economic to fit power correction capacitors.
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    Indeed, and miniature circuit breakers perform even worse than fuses. As a rough rule of thumb, encapsulated fuses take over twice their rated current to blow reasonably quickly and miniature circuit breakers 3-5 times their rated current.
  13. Last year I came across a boat moored overnight on the only working Great Hayward water point at 7:00am, after I had specifically got up early to get water. They weren't impressed when I woke them up by breasting up and running my hose over their boat. I merely pointed out that if you don't want to.be woken early, then you shouldn't moor on a service point and carried on filling my tank.
  14. Very sad indeed. If my old dog hadn't alerted me by his barking, the chap I rescued back in 2020 would probably have drowned.
  15. About 30 years ago I had a friend (sadly now deceased) who took extended cruises on his narrowboat from April to October. He had a heart transplant. However he always cruised with someone and only steered the boat, so that his companion always did the heavy tasks such as locking and mooring. When he needed to attend hospital he got there by public transport or taxi.
  16. Sounds like you are steering whilst standing on the counter outside of the stern doors. This is potentially dangerous, especially when reversing as you are within the arc of the tiller, which can sweep you overboard if the rudder hits an underwater obstruction. There have been a couple of fatalities due to steering from the counter. Far safer to steer from the inside of the hatch, so the stern doors are behind you.
  17. A trad with an oversize hatch (or even better a normal size hatch in an oversize hatch) allows two or 3 (at a push people to travel at the stern of a trad (without standing on the gunwales) without losing the other benefits of a trad stern (warm and dry for winter cruising, more interior space etc).
  18. Haggis isn't too bad if you douse it in whisky before eating it.
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  20. Here are the links to the posts of mine that @Ex Brummie mentioned. In the first instance vigorously pull and push the fuel inlet scraper in and out, to ensure the fuel inlet isn't blocked and make sure all of the holes in the burner pot are clear. Then check the fuel filters for cleanliness.
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