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Graham and Jo

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About Graham and Jo

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Alton, Hants
  • Interests
    Railways, Environmental Issues, Wild West!

Previous Fields

  • Occupation
    Vice Chairman Accessible Boating
  • Boat Name
    Dotterel
  • Boat Location
    Calcutt

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  1. Graham and Jo

    BCN Challenge 2018

    As I mentioned Dotterel had to pull out of the challenge. We moored Friday night at Perry Barr top lock and were intending to set off at some point to head back to Calcutt via the Fazeley Junction route. Tawny Owl passed us and offered to help us down the locks. We weren't quite ready to go but appreciated the offer very much. So we finally set off and went to Salford Junction. I informed the organisers of course. John has told me to submit my log showing that we did do a bit of the BCN during the challenge, with the comment 'you never know' Do you think Laurie's wooden spoon is threatened for the second year running? Cheers Graham
  2. Graham and Jo

    BCN Challenge 2018

    Bad news, Dotterel had had to withdraw owing to a health issue. Shame because we are once again in front of Tawny Owl although facing the other way. Graham.
  3. Graham and Jo

    BCN Challenge 2018

    Dotterel is Infront of Tawny Owl, now we just need to stay there. Cheers Graham
  4. Graham and Jo

    BCN Challenge 2018

    We have completed our first positioning move. Dotterel is still moored at Calcutt but at least it is facing on the right direction. Cheers Graham
  5. Graham and Jo

    BCN Challenge 2018

    I saw our first challenge boat heading down Calcutt locks. I think it was North Star. Steered by someone I last saw steering the pair that won the 2016 challenge. Cheers Graham. Ps Dotterel still isn't ready but is more ready than she was.
  6. Graham and Jo

    Annoying alarm.

    Sorry for the slight delay in my normal prompt service but I had to put the tonneau cover back on to make it dark enough to be sure. The charge light is dark! Yes! Don't worry I have checked that the light comes on when the engine is stopped and that the alarm does function. So they are both working properly for the first time in years. Cheers Graham
  7. Graham and Jo

    Annoying alarm.

    Problem solved, I don't have much time to fix this so just got a new alternator from Calcutt. The alarm is silent when running. Thanks for all the advice, I really appreciate it. Cheers Graham
  8. Graham and Jo

    Annoying alarm.

    Yes I have got about 2.5 volts between the two. I think it is dead well dying anyway. Cheers Graham
  9. Graham and Jo

    Annoying alarm.

    I tried the test in this video. https://youtu.be/dhf6IdBbE3Y The alternator is putting out 14.45 volts, the diode test passes but it seems to be putting out a lot of AC according to my meter 30 volts. I wonder if I am measuring the right thing. The excitor wire has 12.2 volts at the alternator end when running. I am on the boat until I get back home from the challenge now so can quickly try anything people suggest. Cheers Graham
  10. Graham and Jo

    BCN Challenge 2018

    Dotterel is no where near ready. I haven't finished the routine maintenance yet, or flushed the water tank after the repaint, or sorted out the alternator issue, or cleaned it yet ( no water you see). Whiskey supplies are good though. Cheers Graham
  11. Graham and Jo

    Annoying alarm.

    It is a one alternator system with a split charge relay. There is one starter battery and 3 household batteries. We don't use a lot of power with a very low current TV (less than 1 amp), led lights and a new fridge. Cheers Graham
  12. Graham and Jo

    Annoying alarm.

    Ok I'll do that. I'm fairly surprised too! The batteries seem to be Ok though, I have had to change them once in the 11 year period. They ist on one of those charger systems that conditions them most of the time. Cheers Graham
  13. Graham and Jo

    Annoying alarm.

    I'm not at the boat at the moment so pics will have to wait until the weekend. Thanks I will have a look and let everyone know. Looking at the wiring diagram for the Barrus engine am I right in thinking low voltage on the wire feeding the light would also cause the alarm to have volts across it? Cheers Graham
  14. Graham and Jo

    Annoying alarm.

    Thanks, I'm going to check all the circuits if they are ok, test the alternator diodes. I hope to find the diodes that should be in the lines to the alarm. I just need to follow the purple wire I hope. Cheers Graham
  15. Graham and Jo

    Annoying alarm.

    I've just been watching a video on how to test for dodgy diodes, I'll let you know in a few days. Cheers Graham
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