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Trevor Lyons

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  7. Thanks for your helpful comments. Of course, I don't have sleepless nights about bugs, but I once had difficulties with dirty fuel sailing back from Dublin to Holyhead, when after very rough weather in Dublin Bay, I had to spent hours changing filters. I am currently buying parts to make my own polishing system with a filter/water separator, a magnetic bug killer, 24v pump and switch gear. I may post a photo once it's done. I've just got to find a way of getting a low-down access point into the tank. Since it's full of diesel, I may have to drill from the top and put a pipe down to the bottom. My boat is a widebeam river barge that I'm going to take across the Channel to France, so I don't want it to break down at sea.
  8. I agree with those points. (Where would I find BSS rules on glass bowl sedimentors, please?) Thanks for this!
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  12. I have no objection to anyone trying to make an honest buck, although the Racor item (pictured) seems pretty basic for the £500. Rather, my point was that if one is to install an on-boat fuel polisher & water separator, a better system could be put together relatively easily for a fraction of the price. I posted to see if any others had comments, similar thoughts, or had even made such a system.
  13. Like all boaters with a diesel engine, I live in dread of the diesel bug and other fuel contaminants such as water, dirt and rust. I see that the US firm Racor make a fuel polisher the "Racor P510MAM Multipass Fuel Polisher Diesel 10M 12V-24V Filter Marine Engine LC", which is available on eBay for around £500. While it seems a good idea to have an on-boat polisher that (while it is switched on) constantly filters the fuel and separates contaminants and then returns the cleaned fuel to the tank, £500 seems rather a lot for a fairly basic device. It seems that it should be possible to make a similar and better device for a lesser sum. It would need one or more good quality filters with a large glass water separator sump, and a 12v or 24v fuel pump. The device could then operate whenever the engine or generator was on (or whenever one's solar panel was charging above a certain level), and also have simple timer that would limit how long it operated for (if on shore power). A deluxe system, could have two filters in parallel, allowing one to be cleaned while the polisher continued running. Also, there could be an inline magnetic filter (see image) that supposedly kills bugs. I reckon a heavy-duty system like this could be put together from off the shelf parts for somewhat less than £500. Any comments?
  14. Since I already have a Garmin EchoMap, I may as well use it, and I'm sufficientIy old fashioned to like to have charts "hard-wired" into the gps system. (I still buy CDs & DVDs, much to my children's incredulity!) I note that Garmin are now linked with Navionics, and "BlueChart g3 Regular" map chips are available for the four main areas of European waterways that I'm ever likely to use, as follows: S/E England & Benelux Inland Waters Code: 010-C0761-20/UKP https://www.navionics.com/gbr/garmin-bluechart-g3-s-e-england-belux-inland-waters-4.html Alborg-Amsterdam Code: 010-C0776-20/UKP https://www.navionics.com/gbr/garmin-bluechart-g3-alborg-amsterdam-4.html France Inland Waters Code: 010-C1104-20/UKP https://www.navionics.com/gbr/garmin-bluechart-g3-france-inland-waters-4.html Germany Inland Waters Code: 010-C1103-20/UKP https://www.navionics.com/gbr/garmin-bluechart-g3-germany-inland-waters-4.html
  15. Discussed from post #4 onwards - awful stuff. Gets mucky and you cannot shift it, My recently acquired barge has Protectakote on, and for the most part it's stayed clean. I had a recommendation to keep using it, so I'll put another coat on where it's gone a bit worn or mucky. I'll reserve judgement on how easy it is to keep clean, but it is certainly non slip.
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