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  1. Hi, I had to do this myself recently after a bathroom leak. The large concrete slabs were tightly packed between the bearers so the only way to get them up was to break one of them using a lump hammer then there was just enough space to get the next up. During the process I found a lot of the limber holes were blocked with sprayfoam so some of the compartments between the bearers weren't actually draining back to the stern. Ive relayed the floor with easier access. Having lifted the ballast I have to say if I have to say I wouldn't bother doing it again, instead Id just ventilate it to dry it best as possible. Lifting the slabs was back breaking work. Sods law as soon as you get it all down again you'll get another leak.
  2. Hi all, I am looking at installing a modest single panel, probably about 250w solar system on the boat. I realise it won't serve all my power needs but am just looking really to offset some of the demand. I don't want a roof choc full of panels hence just a single panel. I am thinking of supplementing the panel with a single wind turbine. A company called Giga turbines were showing at Crick last year and they had some really neat and quiet little units. They quote they put out 30w at a windspeed of 13 mps so quite a stiff breeze. So the output would be quite low but ofcourse would be working when the panel is not, IE on wintry overcast days and at night. I wondered if anyone combines the two and how well it works. I presume solar and wind can both be wired through a single controller?
  3. Nice little video about a day in the life of a fuel boat.
  4. Hi, I had a Freeman with the same engine and used to lay it up for six months a year and never had a problem with the petrol going off over that sort of period. Petrol will lose it's octane level over time which makes it harder to ignite which can lead to rough running. You can buy octane booster products or top up the tank with a premium grade petrol which have a higher octane level which might freshen up old fuel. But ofcoarse the rough running could be due to something other than stale fuel.
  5. 15k for a Broom 30 sounds pretty cheap, you may find its a scruffy example. LH Jones in St Ives have one for sale at the moment although twice the price. I've always avoided twin engine boats as an unnecessary expense for inland waters.
  6. I own a narrowboat and over the last 30 years have owned a number of other types of boat and I thought it was a pretty sensible design feature, from the previous posts it seems some boat builders do too, but each to their own.
  7. A friend of mine had to attend a speed awareness course. The presenter split the attendees into small groups and showed them a point of view video of a car driving along a road, the video stops at the point a child emerges from a side turning into the path of the car. The group are given three scenarios and asked to discuss in their groups. 1. At 40 MPH the driver brakes but still hits the child who has a 20% chance of survival. 2. At 30 MPH the driver brakes but still hits the child who has an 80% chance of survival. 3. At 20 MPH the driver brakes and stops before reaching the child. After a period of time in their groups the presenter asks them for their comments and thoughts. One obviously very experienced and highly skilled driver immediately pipes up and explains with complete and unfettered authority, "if only the driver had been going at 60MPH he would have been past that junction before the kid even appeared". I think the presenter may have gone home and cried himself to sleep that night.
  8. And If you don't crash your car you won't need seatbelts.
  9. I recently saw a narrowboat with what was described as "an unsinkable weedhatch". It was a traditional style stern with the weedhatch directly under the stern deck hatch. There was a bulkhead a couple of inches forward of the hatch opening which extended down to the bottom of the weed hatch, effectively sealing off that area from the rest of the boat. I wondered how common place this design feature is. The safety advantage is obvious and I cant think of any negatives so I wonder why all narrowboats don't have them, I don't see that it would add much to the overall build costs of a new boat.
  10. Wow, what causes such significant damage, electrical erosion or plain old rusting?
  11. That's what I did when I bought my boat from a marina based brokers. My survey report was emailed to me by the surveyor within 24 hours. Some negotiation was had with the broker around some issues raised in the survey. It was agreed that they would remedy some of the issues prior to the conclusion of the sale and a price reduction was also agreed to take account of a few other issues that I would sort out post purchase. With that all agreed the boat was blacked before it was hauled back into the water. Basically if you don't have it done while it's already out then you will have to stump up again for the cranage and hardstanding fee when it comes out post purchase. You might want to ask the broker who would be liable for the cost of the blacking in the event the vendor was to withdraw from the sale at the last moment.
  12. Thanks for the recommendation. Is there an alternative to the bitumen based products? other than the two pack epoxy systems.
  13. Hello, so I'm now wondering which product to go for, Intertuff 16, SML Ballastic or Keelblack. They all seem to be in the same area pricewise give or take a few pounds. What would be the consensus on the best stuff to use?
  14. Hello, as in the post I won't have the benefit of a covered and heated area. The marina has a slipway and a large hardstanding that they can haul out onto. I was planning to do it in the spring but after the comments about temperature I will move it back to the summer. I also will be repainting the sides from the top of the blacking upto the side decks whilst the boat is out and repainting the top sides once she is back in the water. If the weather stops play it wont be possible for me to complete it all in one hit as I work full time.
  15. Hi, thanks for the advice. Is there a time period within which the second/third coats have to be applied. For example if the first coat went on and then rain stops play and I can't get the second/third coats on for a while would that cause any issues with the application.
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