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MartynG

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  19. My boat fettling plan for the weekend is to change the engine oil , on two engines. The oil arrived yesterday. Plus a little gardening at home as the weather looks more of the same as it has been today , bright and sunny.
  20. That should be everyone who has a boat with an engine bay. And if not the surveyor is not doing his job. I have never been present for a BSS inspection despite having at least four done . I know the surveyor I use inspects the engine bay as he found the lack of oil catch and lack of bilge filter in my friends boat. I also know of cases where no such inspection has been conducted .
  21. My motorboat can heel over in a turn if at speed - but not applicable on a canal really, at least not legally. I can think of a couple of bends on the Trent below Gainsborough where heeling over is a potential thing but if an engine has ditched its sump contents there would be insufficient power to maintain the speed to heel significantly. Sailing on a river in a powered yacht is rarely seen. At that point there is pollution in the water regardless of any provisions on the boat.
  22. I think the term 'drip tray' gives the wrong impression. The oil catch should be able to take the full oil content of the engine plus a safety margin. If the area is bunded to create the oil catch it is not then required to fit a bilge pump. I don't have a bilge pump in the oil catch. Preferably the engine should not ordinarily leak Best not to assume the BSS to be logical and sensible. In practice canal boats don't need to heel over very much . A narrowboat healed over at 45 degrees would sink.
  23. Some people are fortunate to have found a cat that owns a boat and allows a human to live on their boat. I don't agree with keeping cats locked up indoors or caged. Our neighbours cat has visited us since he was a kitten. I am sure he thinks our garden belongs to him. I agree cats can live to 20 or so. Cats are more independent than dogs. I would trust cat to return home more than a dog although there are no doubt exceptions.
  24. An oil catch sump / tray / or an area of bilge bunded off from the rest of the bilge and located under the engine which is not served by a bilge pump and with a volume capacity greater than the oil volume in the engine is acceptable. So if the engine empties its own sump the oil will not be pumped overboard. It could be easier to fit the special filter on the bilge pump outlet. The filter element need never be replaced if the bilge is clean and usually dry although I suspect this is often not the case with narrowboats. In my case the boat has the oil catch area incorporated in the design even though it is a lumpy water boat. The BSS does not apply to boats kept on the coast which seems a bit odd really . However the BSS does apply to boats kept on the river like mine. The BSS rules do not differentiate between a river or a canal boat.
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