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DaveR

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About DaveR

  • Birthday 02/25/1952

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    Burton upon Trent
  • Interests
    Finding time to be onboard.
    DIY
    The 'Boro'

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    Master Mariner
  • Boat Name
    Legacy
  • Boat Location
    Shobnall

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  1. So how many local helicopters have under slung load ability and the pilots with experience to do it? Flight time from aberdeen needs to be factored into the cost as well as the time to make the delivery runs. £20k as previously mentioned probably less than the cost of moving the stuff by land.
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    Some thoughts on fire extinguishers.

    I thought the idea of any fire extinguisher was to kill the flames by removing the oxygen. So how is this good for the person using it? I think foam is the only medium which does not involve this danger to life, but as they are designed for oil fires then the danger comes from the smoke of the fire itself. The idea of an extinguisher is to aid escape and not encourage you to stay in a place of danger. As the OP said, using a fire extinguisher without breathing apparatus is not a great idea. As just about everyone has mentioned the best fire extinguisher is person who takes care not to have a fire in the first place. Can I throw in a curve ball here? What about having smoke escape hoods as part of the safety equipment onboard? about £20 each, same as a good extinguisher.
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    Hillmorton

    As previously noted the one lock operation is to allow the back pumps to keep up during the 24 hours., they can with one lock in operation but not two. I must admit I do struggle with how two locks use more water than one - maybe the draw in a short time is the problem. Anyway, they are trying to keep the levels up above the locks as other flights are also drawing water from that pound to pump up to higher levels. One was the Napton flight - I forget the other. The long term moorers on the lock flights were two boats & as noted there is not much room for lock moorings and when a couple of inconsiderate boaters moor where they are not supposed to then it makes life more difficult for others. The Lady Volockie said they tried to prevent this happening but obviously they are not successful.
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    Hillmorton

    Just through Hillmorton, absolute mayhem at the top end. Too many boats long term moored on the lock moorings. We were stacked back to bridge 72 in any available mooring space. One boater at the bridge to stop anyone trying to move up the line towards the lock. Took some organising to have 3 boats at a time move onto the available lock moorings but it worked fine. The Lady Volockie was great, Helpful, chatty and full of information for other boaters who did not appreciate why one of the two locks was locked up. Just took a while to get through but all done in good spirit.
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    LED headlights.

    I thought tunnel lights were to show the tunnel wall not the way ahead. We are not doing a massive speed - why do you need to see so far ahead? I have 2 of these LED lights fitted both are turned 60 degrees outwards to the tunnel walls as well as 45 degrees up, The one at the stern with me is at 45 degrees up on the centre line. I have asked boaters coming towards me in the tunnels when we finally pass slowly and all have said no problem. If I do need to travel at night, although why is beyond me, it is a moment to adjust the angles.
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    sound deadening

    Have had TW Marine fit both hospital silencer and sound deadening. The effect is sooooo good. The silencer is the bigest part of the effect. Where as many places have one or two silencers available these guys have a load which meant that the result is very neat. I have no links to them but I can recomend their services.
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    More hot water?

    I use a hand operated stirup air pump and push the water out through the cold connection. The cylinder has domed ends at both ends so can not stand up
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    More hot water?

    Thank you for the thoughts. The connections on the tank are all on the top-side of the tank - somewhat different from the SureCal ones. Should have included this information in the original post. The line up is Hot water out 22mm CH input 22mm CH outlet Immersion heater boss ( 1kw unit fitted) 15mm input from engine 15mm outlet from engine Pressure relief valve Cold water in. Regards Dave R
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    More hot water?

    Good morning. On Legacy we have a twin coil calorifier, 55 ltr manufactured in about 2007. The second coil is not used & is blanked off as the central heating unit has been removed. I have fitted temperature sensors to the skin of the calorifier and, after a few hours cruising, get the results : top 60C mid level 40C and lowest level 30C. Not knowing the internal layout of the tank, I don't know if the two coils are at the same level. I believe in vertical calorifiers they are but have no knowledge of horizontal ones. I would like to generate more hot water and ask if it would be practical to connect the second coil (22mm) in line with the first coil (15mm) - with the usual adaptors. Questions : could the coils in a horizontal calorifier be at different vertical levels? I have been unable to find any diagrams of possible internal layout. Made more difficult by not knowing the manufacturer. Will the engine jacket water pump be powerful enough to push the water around a second coil? Calorifier is located under the bed with 3m of pipework to the engine. Thank you Dave R
  10. DaveR

    Fire extinguishers

    Now I thought that the fire extinguisher had to be pressure tested after 10 years. If & when that new pressure test has ben done then it becomes due every 5 yars. This is why extinguishers should be replaced every 10 years as it is not ecconomic to do this retesting.
  11. The erosion of the steel is known as "explosive pitting" caused as previously mentioned by the speed of the propeller and the proximity of the pipe steel. We used to see it a lot in the enclosed prepellers on ghe ships. I would not call bow thrusters on ships "cissy buttons" they help to control the vessel. I will agree that too many boaters mis-use them as they do not understand how to get the best from them. A lot of bank erosion is down to inexperinced boaters using them to push off the bow having unmoored. Just walk forward and give a good shove, however in the middle of the canal or river when manoeuvering that is not so easy. In the same disparaging vein I suppose hot water tanks could be classed as a bit cissy. Old sea dogs and canal boaters used to get bathed from a kettle of hot water off the stove. Some things just make life easier and better. Now that's going to be fun . . . .
  12. DaveR

    Have Diesel Cars Had Their Day ?

    For interest please read this article. Rather long and the real information is in the last quarter of the piece. Article on emissions testing.
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    Beta 43 temp sender

    On mine it is on the aft starboard side of the engine alongside the cylinder head.
  14. DaveR

    Sourcing Lamp Oil

    B & Q have loads as it is the same as used in the garden "candles" that they sell. Major supermarkets also have stocks during the barbecue season.
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    keelblack

    Legacy was docked earlier this year to check how the Keel Black was performing. At the waists there were extensive failures of the coating in round spots which resulted in a significant amount of corrosion. It is thought that the positive ion paint has been affected by the lower cathodic current at the distant point from the anodes. These areas of paint failure were pressure washed and standard blacking applied. The usual mechanical damage at the bow section from my careless lock entries were also cleaned and re-blacked. In the areas where there had been no failure the results are looking good but the increased costs of the Keel Black do not justify my using this product again.
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