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Quattrodave

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  1. Hmmm that sound like a lot of work, I don't know of anyone that wouldn't want to see the job, quote and then book it in....
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  3. Thanks for that, i never though of that, being on a river all our pontoons are floating... Agreed, terrible for the owners & makes me think twice about how safe the marina actually is....
  4. I'm trying to work out how on earth some boats sank and others didn't??
  5. 'Landrover engines' & 'Bullet proof' arn't usually found in the same sentence...
  6. This is the omni directional I now use: https://www.sacelectronics.co.uk/sac-digital-tv-caravan-truck-aerial-_ae0250 Done a fair amount of cruising this year and has worked perfectly...
  7. I'd guess the mounts are too stiff. I've been looking at doing mine and trying to size them correctly for the weight of the engine...
  8. As others have said, buy a test meter / digital multi meter and learn how to use it. In the log run it will save you a lot if time and a lot of cash. I have a 'Unit' one (decent and very reasonably priced) and a 'Fluke' one (expensive and complete over kill most of the time).
  9. Evening all, I currently have a Phoenix Smart Charger 50 1+1 to charge domestic & engine batteries, Victron BMW 712 Smart to monitor & a Victron battery disconnect on the domestic battery bank. I am looking to add solar into the mix, Ive been looking at the Victron Smart Solar MPPT 100-20 but am a little confused how I’d charge both battery banks? Will the Phoenix charger, BMV 712 & Smart Solar play well together if all on the same VE network?
  10. Speak to Dave at DPC Engineering just down the road in Bourne End, he's usually up for doing something a bit different. Also ask him about metals that zip discs don't like cutting through, IIRC there are some 'softer' metals that clag up zip discs... Reference security, my take is make it difficult and they'll look for an easier target. What about some sort of alarm linked to a smoke bomb... ok not literally a bomb, not sure what else to call it... https://www.setik.biz/en/smoke-fogs/4549-smoke-100b-indoor-anti-theft-smoke-alarm-system-battery-union-smoke-100b-ur.html
  11. Interesting, my guess was about 100kg less 🙄
  12. Evening all, I'm looking to replace some old engine mounts but I don't know how much the engine weighs so I can select the best ones... Any ideas?? Thanks Dave
  13. During lockdown my marina kept sending emails saying if you wanted them to check on your boat just get in touch... as it turned out they didn't answer the phone and couldn't be bothered to answer emails. I guess they just sat and watched boats get lower in the water. Typically when confronted the replys were BS and shrugs...
  14. Try Tier1 https://www.tier1online.com/ We buy lots from them, very few problems...
  15. Reference the leaking bull nose, it's also possible that it's the seat on the gas bottle that's damaged, perhaps previous person had some dirt on the seal and wound it really tight... I had one a while back I couldn't get to seal, swapped to my second bottle & it sealed first time. I took the leaky one back and the supplier swapped it no questions...
  16. Don't know, i'll double check at the weekend. Yes, coolant is in the rather large driptray under the engine. No the bilge pump doesn't run unexpectedly . Boat is a 2005, not sure what the hull spec is. Thats a good thought but, as you say, a lot of coolant is ending up in the large driptray under the engine. I think i've found all the core plugs but will double check at the weekend. Yes, i've had leaky water pumps before, i'll double check there...
  17. Hang on, i'll ask... No it wasn't topped up before we left on day 1.
  18. Ha, good thought, i like your thinking there... Its fine, we've been eating and drinking & showering on that boat most of the week. I would assume we'd have noticed if the calorifier had an internal leak. I'm pretty sure the coolant is ending up under the engine...
  19. Afternoon all, I've recienntly been away with a friend, he had a bit of a problem with his engine that i'm struggeling to get my head around... For the first few days his engine ran absolutly fine, as it had done for the past few years. All of a sudden, whilst appraochng a lock, the high temperature alarm went off, & engine was turned off within about 30 seconds. Pulled the engine hatch, steam everywhere... A few mugs of tea later we saw that a coolant pipe had popped off the gearbox oil cooler. Examined the pipe, all looked good, re attached with its hose clamp, refilled the coolant, bled the skin tank using the bleed screw, got the engine to temperature, gave all the pipes a good squeee looking to any more air, it all looked good so carried on. It ran perfectly for the rest of the day, probably another 4 hours of running..... The next day it ran for a few mins before the high temp alarm went off again, opened the engine hatch, steam everywhere, a few cups of tea later, examined the engine.... No pipes had come off but there was no water in the engine... Again filled the coolant, bled the skin tank, got engine up to temp, squeezed pipes, engine ran perfectly for the rest of the day.... The following morning, we check the coolant before starting, it was empty again.... refilled and bled, ran perfctly for the rest of the day... this repeated for the next 6 days... It looks like all the coolant is ending up below the engine, I've been all over the engine but alas, cannot find a leak... Does this sound fimilar to anyone, am i being really stupid and missing something simple...? My current thinking is the headgaskget is leaking pressurising the coolant and forcing it out of the overflow...?? Thanks Dave Setup is: Isuzu 55 Marine Diesel circa 2000 / 2005, skin tank & calorifier...
  20. Check your socket at home is wired the right way round (live is live & neutral is neutral), a few years ago my charger refused to work at a friend's place I plugged into (he lives next to the river), his socket was wired backwards...
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  22. Not sure i fully understand the question, the shape of the mating surfaces should be a big clue... post a pic of the joint in question, might be easier to identify...
  23. Thank you, I have just purchased the Waeco CRX 65 (the 85 wouldn't quite fit) I'll make sure the cable is of the correct guage.
  24. Can you actually see it leaking oil anywhere? The reason I ask is the 1.5 bmc doesnt like the oil filled to the max. In a boat the engine is tilted backwards slightly and gives an incorrect reading. IIRC the rear engine oil seal is a scroll seal and will leak oil if the level is too high.... I fill our 1.5 bmc to the minimum only and she runs just fine... and doesnt leak oil...
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