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Trevor Lyons

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    Retired university lecturer
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    Cordelia
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    Longport

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  6. There is now a Wikipedia page on Sabb engines at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabb_Motor on which I have been a contributing editor.
  7. This is my river barge (here shown as an immobile live-aboard on the Trent & Mersey at Longport Wharf). She's now out off the water being prepared for a road trip to Reading, and thence via the Thames to France. Note the very fine signwriting showing her new name, the artist being Mick from "A-Z sign writing", Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent (07973 193320‬).
  8. Ten goslings on the Trent & Mersey Canal by Westport Lake. Last week there were a full dozen.
  9. My river barge is currently out of the water awaiting the end of lockdown before I take her to France via the Thames. I removed the prop, which was undamaged but grubby, as I proposed to fit the pictured rope cutter. As the prop was off, I chose to have it polished by "AmianJ", (sic) a metal polisher in Fenton, Stoke on Trent, who did a great job fat a very reasonable cost, and it's almost a shame to hide it underwater. Anyway, a clean prop is an efficient prop, and is less likely to gather growths. (Note both the anti-cavitation plate and the Schilling rudder, which is said to be particularly efficient at low speeds).
  10. There are a number of propeller size calculators on line which can be easily found, but I remember about25 years ago PBO published a chart that worked very well for me. I was skippering a 60-tonne 72' schooner with a 112 bhp Mercedes straight-six engine, which seemed a bit gutless, although it would eventually reach a cruising speed. The PBO chart recommended a larger engine, and I fitted a Vetus-Deutz DT65 straight six of around 180bhp. Super result; using the same prop, the boat accelerated and decelerated promptly, and cruised on a whiff of throttle. The DT65 was turbocharged, but without an intercooler, which would have taken the power up to 231bhp. So why not contact PBO and ask for the chart?
  11. I agree entirely, and having had experience of 12v fridges, I'm pleased that my fridge/freezer is 240v. I also agree that a gas fridge is better than a 12v item, except that gas can leak into the bilges, from whence it is hard to eradicate. I'm glad my boat is entirely gas free, which has the added benefit of my not having to lug gas bottles about, nor waste space on a gas locker.
  12. Trevor Lyons

    bukh dv 24

    Bruntons, who make the superb Autoprop, also make the SigmaDrive, an excellent device on the prop shaft to take account of misalignment and vibration. They say: "What makes SigmaDrives different is their ability to resist propeller thrust when installed as a standalone coupling, directly from the shaft to the output flange on the engine’s transmission. It reduces and even eliminates vibrations that originate from an imperfect alignment between the propeller shaft and the engine, compensating for up to 3 degrees in all directions. This system can also be installed using thrust bearings so that the engine can be placed utilising the space available ergonomically. SigmaDrives are designed to fit virtually all boats from yachts to workboats, canal narrow boats ... They are extremely easy to fit, requiring no modifications to the craft, which can usually be equipped with the drive unit whilst still in the water. Together with its anti-noise and vibration abilities having a SigmaDrive on your vessel also ensure that seals and bearings are always perfectly aligned, reducing wear and guaranteeing a longer trouble-free life for all associated components." https://www.bruntonspropellers.com/sigmadrive
  13. Indeed, funny that! I see the 600W kit is no longer available on eBay!
  14. The CPK-X controller was well-reviewed on You Tube: Also, I see someone's selling a system with an 80amp version of this controller on eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153926162874
  15. Having taken people's comments on board, my fuel polisher system will now have just a water separator/filter (and no DeBug). The engine system already has two filters, but I'll go for belt & braces and add a further pair of Dual Guard filters. My barge has a day tank, and I'll put the DeBug between the day tank and the engine. I think the testimonials show that there have been a lot of happy guinea pigs already!
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