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  1. Thanks everyone. We’re away from the boat at present due to imminent arrival of grand baby so will get details when back
  2. The electrics on our boat look like spaghetti junction, and we don’t understand why when we’re plugged into the landline, the sockets only work when the inverter is switched on. Is this normal? The other problem we had was when we changed a standard 12v ceiling light fitting with what looked like a very similar one, the bulb only lasted a couple of days. The wiring on the new one was a lot thinner than the old wiring coming out of the ceiling. Do we need to put thicker wire in? All advice would be greatly received
  3. At last got some photos and thanks to Peter for coming down to see the boat, and he agrees I’ve been ripped off. I’ve included one photo of the stern gland, and I got a tight hold of the propeller through the weed hatch and it was rock solid, no play whatsoever. There’s also a photo of the fabricated support brackets that the Boatyard did.
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  5. Great! We’ll get to the boat about 3pm, and we’re moored just outside the swing bridge. We haven’t painted the name on yet, but it’s a dark blue boat with an orange life buoy on the front, and I’m Chris. Look forward to seeing you Pete
  6. That’s really kind of you, we’re in Victoria Quays, and we’re going to the boat tomorrow for the weekend. Someone was parked up in our mooring last time we were there, so we’re hoping to move it back. Hopefully nothing will drop off or the water won’t stop coming in when I turn the engine on!
  7. When the boat overheated, there were a lot of blue fumes in the engine bay so the chap checked the valve clearances as the engine does clatter, but he said he couldn’t adjust them anymore, the engine is very worn. He tied the boat up and had it running in gear for a while to test if the water went down again, maybe he stood there for 5 hours? ? the yard charges £40 an hour, and with us leaving the boat with them for a week, im not sure how long he spent on it, but it does seem excessive, 19 hours. i went on a RCR course last year and learnt the basics, I’ve changed the oil, fuel and air filters, and know how to change the belts, but yes I definitely need to learn more. ?
  8. Unfortunately, he was the engineer who the River and Canal Rescue sent
  9. Sorry for late reply, I’ve been away. I put the antifreeze in separately, should I have mixed it with water first? I looked at the invoice again and they have done other things, I didn’t know the pipes had no support brackets as I didn’t know they needed any ?. The pipe to the expansion tank looked ok to me but I’m a relatively new to understanding boats. One thing I didn’t mention was when we were driving past Tully’s boatyard in Rotherham, all the nuts fell off the stuff box. Fortunately Tully’s had a slip way and I managed to reverse the back end onto it so we didn’t sink, and the Canal and River rescue bloke put it back together. From there we managed to get back to our mooring. The other thing is the boatyard put in lots of water but no antifreeze so I’m going to have to drain the damn thing again to get some in! ☹️
  10. Hmmm, this has got me thinking about my latest probs with my stern tube and propshaft. The boatyard that was sorting out overheating and leaking water said that both of these needed replacing, but they are only 2 years old and the engine was realigned at the same time. We had a large volume of thick polythene wrapped around the propeller and also hit a submerged tree before we arrived at our mooring. I wonder if this would cause damage to the stern tube and propshaft?
  11. Thanks everyone for your advice. Sorry I didn’t get photos and we’re away from the boat now for 2 weeks so I’ll get some then. They didn’t take the boat out of the water in the end because I asked him if we could black it at the same time if they did. They did change a couple of hoses and secured them better,but what you said, Neil, sounds like the answer, an airlock in the system. When we set off, the oil had recently been changed and I did add some water and antifreeze, but the boat has stood since January. When we occasionally ran it for a couple of hours tied up, it didn’t take much grease to stop a slight drip, but on route I did notice I was having to add a lot more. On the invoice they have charged for repacking, and the oil light doesn’t come on anymore ? When I’m back at the boat I’ll grab hold of the propeller as you suggest Iain to see if there’s any play. One of the lads next to our mooring whose gone tootling for a while knows a good mechanic, so we’ll grab him when he’s back.
  12. Hi everyone, we recently set off from our long term mooring in Sheffield, heading for the booked dry dock to black the boat’s bum and some other jobs, and a bit of a relaxing cruise for a few days there and back. It was not to be, we were at the beginning of the Keaby when the boat started to overheat and the oil light came on. The engineer who came out kept pouring water in but it kept disappearing. Long story short, he thought there might be a leak from the skin tank and it also needed a new oil switch. We managed to limp to his boat yard where it stayed till he came back from his hols. There wasn’t a leak from the skin tank and a new oil switch was fitted, but he said the boat needed a new stern tube and prop shaft as the water poured in when the engine had been running. We hadn’t had any problems with this before hand, and both these items had been replaced only 2 years earlier along with 4 new engine bolts. We haven’t done a lot of miles since and the work was done by a highly recommended chap. Can anyone suggest what’s happened? ps we spent a fortune at the boat yard for the repairs and can’t afford to black the boat now ☹️
  13. Eh up all, We recently left our mooring to travel to a dry dock we had hired so we could black the boat’s bum and a few other jobs, and have a bit of a jolly for a couple of weeks travelling. It was not to be as we unfortunately broke down on the first lock on the Keaby due to overheating. The call out chap thought it might be a leaking skin tank as couldn’t see water anywhere, so told us to limp to his boat yard. Due to his hols we left the boat there and picked it up this week. It wasn’t the skin tank, might have been an airlock, and he replaced a couple of hoses, new oil switch, and checked the valve clearances as the engine is noisy. This all cost a fortune so we can’t afford to get the boat out of the water for a while. One thing he did say was it needed a new stern tube and prop shaft, as a lot of water was coming in. We had both these replaced and new engine bolts only 2 years ago, and haven’t done a lot of mileage since. Any ideas why these should need replacing so soon? 


  14. Thanks everyone, I'm changing the connection with another and tightened up the boats socket with some washers as it was a bit wobbly. It's peeing down now and I'm going out for the night so will connect up in the morning ?
  15. It's a Safeshore GI I'll try to upload a photo of the burnt bit. It looks like it's the neutral peg that's burnt, and the neutral prong on the boats connection has slight damage
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