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  1. I tend to be a 'bit over cautious', but years of sea-going boats has taught me that if it can go wrong, it probably will do.


    Take a jerry can of clean diesel (from another source to your main tank - petrol station if necessary) and sort out a way of running a pipe from it to your engine (after the filters) so if the worst happens you can jury-rig something to give you another 10 + hours to get out of trouble.


    You can buy jerry-can fittings that have pipe running from them down into the can, and another that runs outwards from the can to enable easy (no-spill) siphoning.

    If you make this outlet pipe the same size as you engine fuel pipe you can attach it / slide it over and clamp it with a jubilee clip.


    It may not meet BSS requirements but they don't apply on the sea anyway.




    Hi Alan, hope you don't mind me adding a bit to your post with a little story-----------


    In a former life I used to deliver yachts all over the place on the salty stuff and I too always carried several cans of clean diesel and an asortment of pipes "just in case". Well the "just in case" happened one dark night on passage through the Straights of Bonifacio. We had been under sail all day in blustery conditions and the fuel in the main tank had been shaken around quite a bit. As darkness fell the wind died and the sea became flat calm so being in a busy shipping lane I started the engine to clear the Straights. After a few minutes motoring the engine died and would not restart. Looking at the fuel filter and inside the main tank the cause was very obvious, fuel bug everywhere and the main tank full of the stuff so I decided to rig up one of the clean fuel cans (20 ltrs) and connected a pipe from the can to the filter inlet after fitting a new filter. The engine started fine and off we went. Twenty minutes later the engine stopped again but this time the filter was clean but I discovered the 20 ltr can was empty and also noticed that the contaminated main fuel tank level had increased by about 20 ltrs. Then the penny dropped. In a diesel engine most of the fuel going to the injectors is used for cooling them and then passes back to the main tank, only a small portion is actually injected into the engine and thats where my 20 ltrs had gone. I connected a second 20 ltr can as before but ALSO diverted the injector return pipe into the SAME can and bingo, ran all night like that till the wind picked up next morning and only used about 5 or 6 litrs of fuel. Sorry if I bored you all with the story but I enjoyed re-living it.

  2. Recently after 9 years in service I thought it about time I did something with the antifreeze in my engine and central heating. I decided to replace the lot with like for like blue glycol. I drained 30 Ltrs from the engine cooling system and 12 Ltrs central heating. Having mixed the new antifreeze to refill the systems I compared it with the old I had removed and could not tell the slightest difference between them. The colour and clarity were just the same. The old mixture had passed the freezer test earlier with no problem so I think next time I will just add new inhibitor & save a lot of work.

  3. Do you really mean 36000 hours? That 3600 hours per year or 10 hours each and every day? We manage 1200 hours per year and thats a lot more than most.


    I would take the regulator out and fit an Adverc.



    Sorry, had a senoir moment and slipped one too many zero's in. Should of course be 3600 hours. I was hoping someone with an Izusu 42 with a 110amp Alternator might check theirs and give me a clue. Thanks for all your help anyway. Cheers.

  4. Help please. one of the two alternators (70amp &110amp) on my Izusu 42 engine is overcharging up to 15.3 volts causing the Alternator to Battery charger to trip out on "High input Voltage" . I have removed the 110 amp alternator and everything works ok with normal voltages. I want to change the regulator (or fit a new alternator) on this one but cannot find any manufacturer or model details on it to be able to source a new one. Could anyone help with identification or an alternative 110amp alternator that fits. The alternators came new with the engine 10 years and 36000 hours ago.post-3067-0-87841100-1477932751_thumb.jpgpost-3067-0-50670700-1477932885_thumb.jpgpost-3067-0-71943900-1477933017_thumb.jpgpost-3067-0-42099800-1477933725_thumb.jpg

  5. We were moored at Dunham Massey on the Bridgewater last week when we were approached by the said Sonny Smith who said he was the "enforcement officer of the Bridgewater canal". He knocked on the side of our boat and informed us he was taking our details and went on to give us a long speel about the time we could spend on the Bridgewater and payments after our allotted time was up. No photo's were involved as far as I am aware. He was reasonably polite but quite forceful and very definately anti CART boats. He had a chip on his shoulder the size of a football which seemed to match his ego. Prior to arriving on the Bridgewater we moored on Billinge Green flash next to a Bridgewater boat who told me about this chap and he said he was the manager of Preston Brook Marina where he kept his boat. His opion was that he was doing a really good job!!!!!

  6. On my 9 year old model which looks a bit different to yours (mine has only four brushes) I just undo the four Allen screws in the lower flange and the motor just lifts off. It is connected to the gearbox by a rubber coupling which is splined onto the gearbox shaft and the coupling just comes off the spines with the motor, it's not fastened in any way it just lifts off. I disconnect the motor cables first and beware the motor is very heavy. I have done this many times to service the motor.

  7. Has anyone purchased new brushers for a Vetus 55KG thruster motor recently? I think they are BP1132 according to the installation manual. I need a set of 4 brushes each one being 9x 20x 28mm tall and have two tails going into opposite sides of a connector. I have tried a search but only get posts several years old. I will not pay silly money and wondered if any one had found a good cheap supplier. Here's hoping. Thanks

  8. My Numax 644 engine start battery has finally died after 9 years. I was thinking of replacing it with another Numax or Varta but Tayna Batteries seem to be promoting Enduroline at the moment. It is a little cheaper and slightly better specification than Numax or Varta. Never having heard of Enduroline batteries has anyone any experience of them to recommend or otherwise. Thanks.

  9. A boat a few spaces down from me has one fitted, and I'm sure it's louder than my generator!! Ban 'spachers between 8 and 8, that's what I say! (and get a proper heating system that you put coal onto)


    Couldn't agree more. Two boats near our marina berth sound like jet engines, one exhaust is only 5 feet from our bedroom window and wakes us up most mornings at 7am. Most inconsiderate and anti-social III

  10. Our tv has broken & needs replacing. "Cello" have a new model on the market that apparently is specially made for caravans, boats, HGV's etc. It is a 12v all singing all dancing set that seems just the job (model C22EFF) but how does it perform? I would be very grateful for anyone experiences with these TV's. Thanks

  11. From memory I'm pretty sure that the official consumption is 0.6 ltrs/hr on full load when heating the water to 72 deg C. Once there it throttles back and controls the water temp between 72 and 60 deg and uses 0.3 ltrs/hr. when throttled back. If the water temp falls to 56 deg C it throttles up to full load again and so on. This is for the Webasto Thermtop C 5KW. Hope that helps.

  12. Its like ours and I think it is called a "Warstock" bearing. There is a rubber "O" ring inside the nylon bush which wears out and can be easily replaced with a new one for a few pence. Once you have removed the tiller of course. The nylon bush can be replaced as well but getting the old one out and the new one in is a bit tricky.

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