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Kev's Halcyon

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    Blue Water Marina, Thorne

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  1. Standedge tunnel.

    Not easy for us single handed boaters.
  2. Height of a narrowboat

    Exterior height is usually 6 foot 10 inch. Possibly 2 foot to 2 foot 10 below the waterline, so you generally have 4 to 4 foot 10 above the water line. This will increase with any external fitting standing above the roof. Kevin
  3. should I start with a shorter narrowboat ?

    Just my opinion, check what you want inside, so, a place to sit and relax, a galley to cook your meals, a shower/toilet room and a bedroom. On Halcyon all that is fitted into about 23 foot, then there's 13 foot outside space, so a 36 foot boat. Some people want a dinette also, so more internal space needed. I've only owned the one boat, so 36 foot is perfect for me as a single handed boater. Best advice, go out and look at as many boats as you can, then buy the one which suits you best. Kevin
  4. Standedge tunnel.

    If I remember right, the last diesel was on the Peak Forest, or the Ashton. From memory there's no place to fill up on the Huddersfield, but somebody may know better than me. Water is easier, there's plenty and the last tap is at the tunnel entrance. Don't put things back on your roof after you exit the tunnel, there's a couple of bridges which are lower than the tunnel, the lowest being at Slaithwaite. Be prepared also for the lack of mooring places, at times it is very shallow. I went up in 2 days, 1 day for the tunnel, then 2 days down, good fun when you're single handed!!
  5. Standedge tunnel.

    Your boat will be measured very carefully before setting off, if the CRT people think there is any chance of you not getting through, they won't let you set off. Check this out. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/standedge-tunnel-and-visitor-centre/boating-through-standedge-tunnel
  6. Standedge tunnel.

    Actually, it comes out of Yorkshire and lets these less fortunate than us come in Back to the point, everyone should do the Huddersfield, lovely canal with some excellent views. I got Halcyon through with no damage, but she is only 36 foot in length. Try to arrive with a full diesel tank, then fill up the water tank before you set off and remove everything possible from the outside. Then, smile and enjoy it.
  7. Perkins 4108 oil temperature for oil change

    That's where I was going wrong!!
  8. Perkins 4108 oil temperature for oil change

    The filter is vertical, when looking down onto the part with the threaded hole in, I expected to unscrew it anti-clockwise, but it came off clockwise. Unfortunately, pics I've got at home don't show the filter as it's obscured. The image shows the conversion I've had fitted and the filter screws on in the orientation it is on the pic.
  9. Perkins 4108 oil temperature for oil change

    Oil change done, all nice and easy. Managed to suck a full 5L out of the engine, plus the bit that came out with the filter. Ahhh, the filter!! A few years ago I had a conversion fitted which changes the old paper filter to a screw on. I only buy genuine Perkins filters. If anyone else has a similar set-up, be aware that the filter unscrews in a clockwise direction!! I managed to tighten it up so much by trying to unscrew it anti-clockwise that I had to borrow a filter removal strap, and even then, it took some doing.
  10. Perkins 4108 oil temperature for oil change

    Thanks folks, the Pella it will be, that's the job for tomorrow.
  11. Perkins 4108 oil temperature for oil change

    The pump is one of these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-Diesel-Fluid-Extractor-Self-priming-Fuel-Transfer-Electric-Pump-Motor-Oil/322994848467?_trkparms=aid%3D555019%26algo%3DPL.BANDIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20151005190540%26meid%3Dc311bc0a47da44f9a333918a191407b3%26pid%3D100505%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D322994848467&_trksid=p2045573.c100505.m3226 I have got a Pella pump which I used last year, bit it's very slow, I was lent the electric one and told it would be much quicker, maybe I'll stick to the manual one! Thanks again Kevin
  12. Perkins 4108 oil temperature for oil change

    Thanks folks. I had been told to get oil as hot as possible, but the instructions state - 'Oil pump operate only within the temperature range of 0 - 40 C' It also states not to pump hot oil and the engine must cool completely. Later they say to only operate when the engine is warm as hot oil can melt the hose. As I've borrowed the pump, I'd prefer to give it back in good condition!! Kevin
  13. Time to do an oil change on my 4108. I've borrowed an oil pump which says the oil should be 40 C maximum. Can anyone tell me how long I should run the engine for to get the oil thin enough to pump out, but not above 40 C? Also, should I remove the filter as I start, or after the engine has been drained? Thanks, Kevin
  14. I have to hit the mute button!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SAbJjktk7E But, they don't make them like they used to!
  15. That Nationwide advert with the 2 girls 'singing a song'!!! It's awful!