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dm6045

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    Mr Crabtree
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    Yelvertoft

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  1. Ive seen it out and about a couple of times and in the marina with a sign on the roof but its the only one ive seen so I think they only have the one. They also do training courses on it aparently so I was told by one set of hirers i came across. It certainly looked very smart I wouldnt have noticed it was a hire boat until they told me. I seem to remember when i looked them up online before they had more information about it the boat i think it was a 4 berth (boatmans cabin and fixed double) so maybe they're updating the site? From what I was told they don't hire to first timers unless they have taken one of their full training courses first. (Probably why it looked as spotless as it did!)
  2. http://www.narrowboatescapes.co.uk Have a trad with engine room and back cabin based at Braunston marina. V smart looking boat.
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    First experience with side wind!

    At yelvertoft we have the delight of the wind turbine in the marina that you can watch turning faster and faster the closer you get to the marina when returning... best thing is just to tie up outside and wait till 4-6pm and at some point then the wind usually dies... that Plan of course doesn’t work when your mother is insisting it isn’t windy and she wants to be back in now (mother knows best after all)! And then you end up blown side onto the pontoons and she tells you not to be so careless and that it’s lucky you didn’t damage someone else’s boat... ( by this point your having a mental breakdown because you didn’t want to come in anyway)! lmao 😂
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    Mysterious 5amp drain

    Have you got a car type radio when we recently had our new batteries and monitor installed there was a constant max 2 amp current with ‘everything’ turned off it turned out it was the radio drawing to keep its memory settings. Ok max of 2 amp isn’t 5 but if your readout isn’t particularly accurate it could be offset?
  5. We did this last winter (spent every weekend at the boat) and we didn’t have any oil filled radiators so we just isolated the tank and opened the taps whenever we left. One thing to note though our fridge used to stop working as the boat would be too cold and so we would turn up to a warm and very smelly fridge! So I would advise turning the fridge off! Bit of a pain as milk tended to go off in a cool bag on a 3 hour journey each way. In fact it’s just got cold enough for the fridge to start doing it again last Friday turned up and warm fridge! We are going to get some radiators this winter
  6. We had our tank blacked last year whilst being repainted and since then we had noticed a funny smell to the hot water and a 'film' on the water, taking some advice we decided to drain the tank down and see if the blacking was still soft and it was there was a very thick soft area in one corner. Surprising as we left the tank empty for 4 weeks after it was done! Last week we scraped a lot of the thick area off to leave just a thin layer and left the tank lid slightly open the advice we were given is that it shouldn't have taken more than a few days to harden up like this but here we are a week later and its still soft. Is there anything we can do to encourage it to dry? needless to say atm i'm thank full our Buckby cans are capable of holding water! thanks
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    Solar Roof Box

    Hello all i was just wondering if anyone has Solar panels mounted onto roof boxes and if so how did you make them? Im looking at 2 large 300w ish panels about 1000mm wide so it would be one flat panel per box rather than the 2 tilted panels hinged in the middle my thinking was to have the panel mounted on the lid so that it would hinge off the lid in one direction and have the lid hinge in the other so that they can be angled either way. one thing im not sure of though is how to then secure them in the tilted position incase of wind etc. does anyone have something similar that they could share pics of please. we got a quote from the marina to have them built but they wanted £450 per box (excluding solar panel) and frankly i cant afford that for a box! so although a novice at diy im willing to have a go if only i could get some tips on how! many thanks
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    Condensation

    These look quite excellent i may have to look into making some as we only have curtains at the moment
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    Condensation

    Ahhh thought it might be we're at weltonfield at the moment and they were surprised at the new paintjob because they said it no longer looks like one of their boats
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    Condensation

    Is this a reeves hull fitted by weltonfield? The roof fittings look remarkably similar to ours exept our vents are brass mushrooms and the woodwork looks very similar too?
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    Condensation

    Thanks for the replies may have to look into some form of secondary glazing. our pidgeon boxes dont suffer from condensation because they're lined and we have covers over them its mainly just the portholes. I was just worried about possible other causes as i know that cooking etc causes it so we always have the galley window open permanently and theres never a drop of condensation anywhere before the bedroom. But then then bedroom is a good 10 degrees colder than anything forward of it and the office is even colder we do need to cut an inspection hatch in the floor aswell because i think there is probably some water in the bilge as when we brought it the windows were leaking badly up untill now that its just been painted and windows re sealed. If there is water there would thst be making the situation worse?
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    Condensation

    Hello all the last couple of nights we have noticed a lot of condensation on the porthole in our office at the stern. we have never particularly suffered from bad condensation before but it was so bad that it fully soacked two microfibre cloths that we put on the porthole liner between dinner and bedtime, im just wondering if it was caused by the weather getting colder or if it could be something else? i dont think it could be poor ventilation as trevor whiting who did our survey and bss last year said we were overly jenerously ventilated as in the office alone there are the rear doors to stern (very draughty) side hatch (again draughty) two mushrooms and a pidgeon box. And judging by the average temperature of the room i would confirm its very well ventilated. There was also quite alot of condensation in the bedroom that also has good ventilation (another 2 mushrooms and a pidgeon box). We had the stove going full out which i always understood helped with condensation and all the internal doors always open so good airflow. I have checked the drain holes on the windows and they are clear but theres so much water its running down the woodwork. I put new moisture absorber things everywhere. Is there anything else i could do or that i should be checking to help find the cause? Thanks in advance
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    School Days - Adding a mini-stove

    Thanks, ill have to check the size when we're back there next week but i would have thought so and as for it getting outside that would mean cutting a hole in the roof but it would be worth it to have a warm office. We've been looking at stoves to go there since we brought the boat but ruled out a full size one as 1, I dont think we could fit one there with enough clearance around it to satisfy bss and 2, our bedroom (just before the office) gets plenty warm enough with the main stove already and would be unbearable with 2. I actually like the fact that it goes out after a couple of hours as we would only want it whilst working although I could see how that is a negative if it is your main source of heat. the only reason I said about building a hearth is that above the swim the space is alot squarer meaning the surround would be easier to make as below the swim there is alot of different angles going on and would just generally leave more room for error.
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    School Days - Adding a mini-stove

    Im really interested in seeing how this goes as i've been looking for a tiny stove for the office in the back cabin and one of these might just do the trick. (as much as i would dearly love a little epping type range cost is somewhat prohibitive.) The main stove heats the boat nicely but as the OH objects to the smell of my paints when i'm working and I object to the sound of his music when he is we like to keep the office door closed and after a while it does get freezing a little chilly in there what with the side hatch back doors and pidgeon box. It would also give me a legitimate reason to tell the OH we need to get rid of Pram Hood (YAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!) Do you think one would fit on the right beside the steps on a hearth built up to the hight of the swims?
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    Brinklow Marina

    Thanks but i've been trying both these numbers for a couple of days now and they both just go straight to voicemail.
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