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About DaveR

  • Birthday 02/25/1952

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    Burton upon Trent
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    Finding time to be onboard.
    The 'Boro'

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  1. Thank you one and all, some more things to try and test.
  2. OK, I am one of those boaters with a "girlie button" but after using one for over 40 years at sea I appreciate how useful they are. Legacy came with one fitted and she is from 2004. It is a BCN 55kgf unit (now taken over by Twin Disc as a BT 55) Yesterday whilst winding at Tarleton it worked, then stopped working part way through the manoeuvre. I thought I had picked up weed and so today I have been down the weed hatch. My findings are :- Propeller is clear, turns easily in both directions. The solenoid is clicking away when the control down aft is pressed. Voltage at the motor is 12.8 with the engine running. Is there anything else I can check to track down what has gone wrong? The manual only suggests that the solenoid has given up. Thank you Dave R
  3. There is a length of Armco just North of the 24 hour moorings at Rufford (just south of the winding hole) for a 14 day mooring. Dead handy as the station is but a few hundred yards away.
  4. OK, last year we went out from Limehouse at 9.30 on a Wednesday. Belting sunny day and absolutely no problems. As we were leaving Limehouse there was one of those huge gravel barges went passed and created some wash, after that it is just a case of keeping your eyes open and not hogging the main channel. Most of the commercial boats are mindful of the smaller craft and, as I found, don't play silly sods. I took the car Sat-nav with me but hardly referred to it - the Nicholson's that covers the Thames is so good. There is a lot of reading to be done before planning the journey. Just do it, it is one of the best boating memories I now have, to the point that I am thinking of doing it again in a couple of years.
  5. The canals are natural litter collectors. Any trash blown from roads/estates/playing fields close by the canals has a good chance of ending up in the cut. CaRT idea that in a year the problem would be solved is rather fanciful as litter is dropped every day of the year, the supply is never ending until there are more bins provided. Collecting trash, as I do, at every opportunity just means that there is a black bag on the roof of the boat until I get to somewhere to dispose of it correctly. It is not rocket science at all. Dog walkers are some of the offenders to tackle. At one time there was dog poo on the cut which degraded in a few days/weeks. Now they put it into plastic bags and hang it on trees, throw into the hedge row or launch it in the cut where the plastic bag preserves the contents for a lot longer time. The long journey starts with a small step of everyone doing their bit where and when they can.
  6. On my Beta 43, the fuse is located to the left of the rocker cover aft end as you look from astern. As previously mentioned bit difficult to spot. What I found more difficult was the 40A fuse for sale on the cut. Even the local car parts place didn't have them, finally found on flea-bay and had them delivered at home.
  7. Would these be any good? https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/264141571212?chn=ps Dave
  8. https://www.midlandchandlers.co.uk/store/product/ws-001.aspx further up the line towards the tank. Dave
  9. The pump lives under the sink unit with a wood box ontop with some sound proofing installed. Your boat is looking superb. Regards Dave R
  10. I just drilled, used rawl plugs and gently screwed the pump down. Oh yes, I also added some felt pad feet under the slab - just because I have them. I made the mistake of fixing the cold water pipe to the bulkhead using standard pipe fixers. Big mistake as the bulkhead was just one loud sounding board. Took them all off. The other thing I have done is to use standard pipe insulation where the cold pipe goes through the bathroom bulkheads on the way to the calorifier. I am off to the boat next week and can take photos if you wish. Dave
  11. On Legacy we have the system you wish to go onto. It works without a problem as we have learned to say when going for a shower and the others onboard know not to open a tap wide. Slowly to fill a kettle is fine. Because, like me, you have a dislike of the pump running whilst the other half is in bed I have fitted a second accumulator (only because I was offered it for free) and so have about 4 litres available before the pump cuts in. I have just mounted the pump onto a solid concrete base (old thin paving slab) and connected said pump to the pipework with long flex hoses. Big reduction in noise but can still be heard throughout the boat. Pump fitted is a Jabsco Par Max 31620-0292 4.3/16.3 Dave
  12. I would agree if the canal boat were a dead weight, but it is not. Even the use of rope as the anchor line produces enough stretch to, relatively quickly, slow the eate of drift down. Again it is all relative. Having successfully used the anchor on a ship in an emergency. Scaling down the 48000 tonnes ship, 15 tonne anchor on 3" anchor chain (breaking strain 600,000 lbs) and weighing in at 110lbs per foot. For my 27 tonne narrow boat with a 15kg Danforth on 28mm polyprop after 10m of half inch chain. The narrow boat has more stopping power with the anchor. Anchors do not bite in a dead stop.
  13. Just to go back a bit to the original question. In towing (and as such anchoring) professionally we used 50% of the breaking load as the guide to safe load for tow wires and anchor equipment. The 1/6 rule for lifting gear SWL is because the shock loading is greater with a "dead load" where as an object in the water (barge, ship, drilling rig) moves as the load comes on in a much easier way.
  14. My Beta 43 has a fuse located on the left hand side of the engine as viewed from the tiller. This, having failed, took some time to locate and replace. It is a 40 map blade fuse which is not too easy to source on the canal.
  15. OK, 25% of your "pot" is tax free. As you take this 25% (can be in any amounts of cash) the other 75% goes into what is called a crystallised account. So take 1,000 tax free then 3,000 goes into this crystallised account. This is where you take your draw down from. You should always keep money in this crystallised account from which to take your draw down. It is more tax efficient. Don't forget any state pension or any other income has to be taken into account for your personal allowance/tax free income. As mentioned the more you leave in your fund the more it has the chance of growing. If you have 10,000 in your fund you can take 2,500 tax free. If you take only 1,000 tax free that leaves 5,000 in the tax free fund (as opposed to 7,500) which if the tax free fund grows by £500 in the next year then you will have 5,500 available to take the 25% tax free cash. The £500 earned is also available for you to take 25% of tax fee. If you take all the 25% in one go there is no more earnings on the account that are available for 25% tax free. Do talk to Pensionwise about this and get their free advice.
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