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BilgePump

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  1. The stuff inside nappies is also incredible slippy like snow/ice if it breaks open. On plywood, GRP or steel it's bloomin' lethal and they're still an environmental nightmare even if just soaking up clean rainwater. Felt guilty going through hundreds of them on a flat roof as I was putting on new boards but probably should have been more concerned about the thoughts of the young lady at the Aldi checkout one day when the trolley had in it just 3x96 nappies, a compressor and welding mask!
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    Mud weights

    That was what the Avery weights on our boat were primarily used for. One 56lb on back deck and one in the bow well. On a couple of occasions when the bank was overgrown or unreachable just tied a rope on each and used them as mud weights. Only shallow, narrow canals but they were effective enough for a few hours at a time on a 60' boat.
  3. The back deck of our old cruiser stern NB used to drain down the steps into the engine. Along with drips from the stern gland and condensation, it was always some inches deep when we went to it. Would pump it out but always an inch of water and crud left in the bottom. Every now and then we'd dry it out using nappies etc, clean it and give it a repaint.
  4. Is this 5" in an engine bilge or along the full length of the boat? 5" of water throughout would be near to the floorboards and a couple of tons of water in a 15m x 1.5m ish bilge Sorry, just seen the mention of oily water so assume just under the engine?
  5. No, but they do look great back to brass. The two are functioning with a donor in bits. Have used them on a tender or as aux on little trailer sailer but now use a more modern 3.3hp for same. Love the Seagulls though and keep as backups. Forgot about a couple of Ailsa Craig (Tomos) 4hps that I've got. At the time they were like the Skoda of outboards but they're dead simple and kept going. Paid £10.50 for the short shaft one only a few years ago. It ran with a bit of cleaning.
  6. Sometimes, when you see boats with hatches open showing off something beautiful and functional, it's fantastic. I wasn't meaning to denigrate anything that isn't perfect. Put into context, I keep a couple of old Seagull outboards on a stand in the fireplace and a Petter A1 stationary in the kitchen. They would get cold in the shed!
  7. If it was a real trad, historic with a gleaming Bollinder or ilk, and if I had the knowledge to keep it in tip-top running condition (which is a no), then yes, I would want a bunk right by just to admire it instead of watching the idiotbox. Anything less and it's just an oily means of propulsion and could think of better places to kip. On the other hand I had a marina neighbour once who had put an inboard engine right in the middle of his 27' self-made steel yacht. No cover, nowt, easy access. He'd eat on his chart table.
  8. If it's not explicitly covered then check the policy is worth the paper... About five years ago we decided to check that the insurance was valid on the family boat (dad's name) if I was single handing and had to go through locks. Yes, I'd spent a lot of time on my own on the boat and single handed locks over twenty years but had never really bothered to check. Could have been like a car where my dad was covered for one thing but family members for a lesser cover (in the way I have leisure/business cover on a car but my sis as a named driver can only use it for leisure). They asked what experience, answered truthfully. They said, yes, in e-writing, covered. Happy days. In the end, I didn't even need to bother. My dad was available again and we did the trip together. But it was good to know on subsequent occasions that from then on it was a certainty and not an assumption.
  9. I'm assuming that a lot of us on here have few or no formal boating qualifications. Only got anything for salty water like competent crew many years ago and DSC VHF about 2015. The question of experience has come up even on my third party insurance policies for little GRPs and was always a stipulation when family had the narrowboat on fully comp. They were happy with a statement to the effect of 'I've been boating since I was a kid' for my own boats (and could find old policy numbers if they asked) or 'we've owned and been using this boat for twenty years' for the NB. Without being able to prove any of these statements I'm guessing an insurance company would have more than a lot of wriggle room. Like others have said, don't lie or you're paying for nothing. Just like car insurance, all your statements must be demonstrably true. Try and find a course they would accept asap and find some suitably experienced new friends to move it in the meantime. The strange voyage of Donald Crowhurst is a fascinating, scary and desperately sad book. Teignmouth Electron ended up decaying on some beach eventually
  10. Did the reverse once. Embarrassing rather than dangerous. Was launching a little GRP cruiser, trailer backed down slipway, stern has plenty of water. Start outboard and engage reverse. We're going nowhere, think bow must still be resting on the bunks and snubber thing, reverse car a bit further down, then realise the problem as the bow is now dipping down towards the water. I'd released the main winch clip but not the emergency rope. Muttering about being a complete tool, I released it and went to the cockpit and merrily backed out into open water. A far more dangerous and cautionary tale was years ago. Was towing an empty boat trailer fifty miles to the boatyard to collect my other trailer for repair. Had completely forgotten that one wheel had the nuts only finger tight from months before after I'd cleaned it up. With impatient youth I didn't bother checking over the trailer properly before hitching up and getting on the road. By the time I reached the yard, I'd just begun to notice an ever slight wobble on it for the last couple of miles. When I looked, it was obvious the studs had been destroyed, worn down to less than 5mm. It would have only been a few miles more and the wheel would have come off. Reader, I nearly cr@pped myself. Since then, I've checked and double checked a trailer setting off, and then again after a few miles.
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  12. I see what you did there. Virtual greenie 😃
  13. At least if you put Deep Heat on a toothbrush, you realise by the smell before it gets to your mouth. Done that, scout campsite in Switzerland.
  14. Yep, way too easy to forget. I normally wear a baseball cap and often rest my safety specs above the rim. Number of times I've taken the cap off and flirted a pair of specs into something rather unpleasant.
  15. Pure gold. Don't have a cat but have the company of all the neighbours' cats. Three sets of twins and then a few randoms arrived recently. It took a while of WTF? to realise that some had identical siblings and they weren't teleporting across the garden.
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