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harrybsmith

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  1. harrybsmith

    Highbridge Crusader- Free Spirit

    Crikey, didn't realise it was almost a year ago that I bought the boat, how time flies! Prompted by a thread encouraging the use of this section, here's the boat's journey so far. Point 1) " Do something about the paint and blacking, hopefully stripping it off to reveal a pristine, undamaged gelcoat underneath" Well we all knew that wasn't ever going to go to plan... Ah, the perks of a GRP boat- easy road transport (by an insured haulier, not me) I then started to crack on removing the old blacking, carefully using the blade from an old plane to scrape it off. It had become brittle from the UV (I assume) so scraped off quite easily, nevertheless it wasn't exactly pleasant, especially with no functioning shower on the boat or in the yard. It was upon washing my hands at the end of the day that I discovered that swarfega does absolute wonders for removing the blacking, so the following day (much to the amusement of other yard users) i slathered the hull in Swarfega, left it for a couple of hours and pressure washed it off. This did largely remove all of the remaining blacking. It became clear that she has had a fair few coats of paint in her lifetime, so getting it back to gelcoat was going to be an impossible task. Instead, the hull was primed with Tekaloid and painted. At this point i feel the need to add that the colour choice was somewhat accidental, I intended for it to be in the classic Highbridge colours of brown and cream, instead it's closer to sickly yellow and safety orange, but i stuck with it. I don't think it turned out too bad really ! Shame it rained on my gunwhale paint though. Next time i'll move on to updating you all on the outdrive work. Thanks for reading!
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    Idea for a low power dehumidifier

    I like that a lot, however a quick back of the envelope calculation seems to reveal that you'd need to be going 383mph to get a constant flow through a 10mm tube at window height (planning to run the inlet and outlet through the window, saves hull hole drilling). Maybe requires further thought...
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    Idea for a low power dehumidifier

    I have a couple of those onboard, and I'd concur with you in that they do work, as a consequence I don't have too many issues with condensation. As for the "why bother" point, it can be said about a lot of things, but its human nature to make stuff and try to improve existing designs to make our lives easier. And anyway, I'll enjoy the project
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    Idea for a low power dehumidifier

    Hello all, I've had a bit of an idea for a low powered dehumidifier and I'd appreciate your thoughts. It would work by having a low power computer fan blow ambient air over a series of coils of microbore copper pipe, that is fed with canal/ river/sea water from outside. So long as the water is cooler than ambient (if it isn't then I'd say you've got bigger issues) then condensation should form on the coiled tubes and fall into a receptacle below. Small 5w pumps can be had off eBay for not very much, and should mean that the whole thing consumes not a fat lot of electricity. Before I start tinkering, is there anything blindingly obvious that I've missed? Thanks
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    Excalibur No.1 sunk.

    Pm'd
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    Excalibur No.1 sunk.

    Did anyone have the owners contact details? Looks like there potentially could have been another incident with it.
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    Diesel heating 5kw new for £163

    Thanks for being a guinea pig! My boat is now yellow (accidental, one of the perils of buying paint off the internet..) and is in Barrow upon Soar, although there is an almost perfect lookalike to its former self moored at Charity Dock.
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    Diesel heating 5kw new for £163

    Hi Col, If the heater turns out to be a complete faff to return and absolutely no good to you then as I was looking to buy one anyway (should only see about 100hrs use per year) then I would probably be interested in buying yours for somewhere close to what you bought it for, so you shouldn't lose out either way. Equally I hope that all works out fine and you've got yourself a bargain boat heater. Harry
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    Cruiser heads design ?

    Crikey, I'm flattered! Symmetry is a bit of a non-argument, I'll concede to that. Another reason potentially is to make it somewhat less obvious to gongoozlers / interested parties on the towpath as to where the shower is? (I'm really clutching at straws now)
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    Cruiser heads design ?

    Mine does (Highbridge 32). Assumed it's for symmetry from the outside as well, as it might've looked odd to have different sized windows either side. (Also allows them to only use 2 different sizes of side window)
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    Diesel heating 5kw new for £163

    Not sure I want one of those on fuel delivery though...
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    Diesel heating 5kw new for £163

    I've been looking at these too, the stats are actually quite impressive, but as others have said the lack of safety approval is slightly concerning, as is this article: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.sailmagazine.com/.amp/cruising/voe-a-faulty-heater-nearly-leads-to-tragedy Although the cause of their issues was largely poor installation rather than an inherent fault.
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    How to tackle the damp???? Any ideas??? Thanx

    Sounds pretty grim! Insulation helps, as a short term fix if you don't have shore power the moisture traps you can get will absorb some, as will bowls of table salt. Perhaps you could try as a temporary measure stapling a blanket to the roof trim? What's your method of heating? Gas heaters can produce lots of condensation
  14. If the boat had some form of drive in place then I'd potentially consider having a crack a transplanting the engine out of a small diesel car into it. I met a guy with a Freeman 22 with a 2 litre Passat engine with the turbo blanked off, seemed like a reasonable boat and apparently wasn't too much work. If it didn't have a drive then I'd bulk up the transom and bang an outboard on it.
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    Very wet and a bit pi€€ed off

    Sorry for leading the thread astray with that quibble on Winter Moorings... I've been to the boat this morning, given it a good check over and it's safe and sound. Massive thanks to whoever has loosened/re tied my lines, if you're on this forum PM me with what your favourite tipple is.
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