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NBDensie

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  • Birthday 05/13/1949

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    Cambridgeshire

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    Densie
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    Aston Marina

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  1. 4 years ago Densie was blacked with 2-pack. Since then the colour has steadily got lighter and now the hull is a white/silver colour though it's black when wet. Is this normal? Is this a problem? The coating looks solid with no signs of rust and minimal rubbing. The only downside is that I have had comments to the effect that it looks like it isnt cared-for. Do people normally cover their 2-pack with regular blacking? Many thanks for any thoughts/comments or suggestions.
  2. If it's just to keep the batteries topped up wouldn't a small solar panel with an appropriate controller be sufficient? That is what we used last winter when we could not get to the boat for about 4 months and it worked very well. Personally I would be nervous about keeping a boat powered from the mains unattended for a long period.
  3. Some hire boat companies use Isuzu 35s. I pick up filters for my Isuzu 35 when passing Anglo Welsh at Great Haywood or ABC at Gayton Marina.
  4. I bought a solar battery charger to keep the batteries going during the winter. The panel is wired into the controller which is wired to the battery terminals. To make setup and removal easier I would like to put an unpluggable connector on the cable between the panel and the charger. The right thing for the job seemed to be an Anderson connector which seems to be what caravanners use.. However I cannot see how to connect the cable to the terminals which in turn plug into the connector. They seem to be made of solid stainless steel or perhaps aluminium so there is no way they can be crimped to the cable. Any ideas? Can one buy terminals which can be crimped? Are there other connectors which will do the job? MJany thanks.
  5. Our macerator loo was pretty scaled up. The saniflo recommended descaler - phosphoric acid (IIRC) worked very well. We had previously just been using vinegar but I dont think its sufficient in the long term.
  6. Another non-boat one.... In my childhood I was very interested in science. One cold evening in my bedroom kept warm by an old fashioned single bar 1kW electric fire I decided to check whether the element was magnetic........
  7. We have a manual change over valve switching between 2 bottles. It has been working fine for the past 14 years. Today there was no supply from bottle 2, but bottle 1 worked fine. As I knew bottle 2 wasn't empty. I swapped the gas lines around so that bottle 2 was connected to the bottle 1 side of the change over valve. It worked. However bottle 1 connected to the bottle 2 side did not. So something wrong with the valve. Is there anything I can do other than getting someone with gas permissions to fix it? Is this a common problem? Thanks
  8. Thanks Tony, that is very reassuring and with the caveat of over-high voltages there should not be a problem. From Cuthound's reply I dont see that as likely. I am hoping that higher quality AGMs will suit our useage pattern rather better than Midland Chandler's special offer wet batteries, and will require less frequent replacement, especially now that we are losing the strength and confidence to manhandle 25 kg boxes into a rather confined space. It seems worth trying them. When out we run the engine every day and in the marina would hope to recharge perhaps once a month. However this year lock-down meant we were not allowed on site until July.
  9. I have not bought the AGMs yet and was hoping to resolve issues before being surprised by them. The boatyard suggested that it did not matter much, but some web pages disagree. Perhaps there are particular brands where it's a problem.
  10. I am planning to replace my knackered 3 year old domestic batteries with AGMs. I guess they are knackered from being left undercharged for 6 months during last winter and lock-down as we are careful not to allow them to allow them to drop to a low voltage in normal use . Mostly they are charged from a 120 Amp alternator but occasionally from a Victron invertor/charger. I am hoping that AGMs will suffer less whilst not in use. Do I need to change the alternator or the Victron in any way? I am getting different stories. The Victron manual states that the charger default settings are OK for their own AGM batteries but doesnt comment on other brands. However some web pages give dire warnings. Many thanks
  11. There are two different things I think. The first is what are the rules. The second is the process if the rules are broken. The proposed changes (and AFAIK the original) dont really cover the second.
  12. ISTM the proposals are very reasonable and should make the position regarding Continuous Moorers much clearer. Also the strengthening of the rules on boat safety are to be welcomed as are those on tracking the ownership of boats. OK there are a few sillies that should be cleared up - eg 70ft boats with butties cant travel on the canal system because they would not fit in a lock in that configuration. The one I picked up was that it seems you have to travel with side fenders down all the time. I think you are misreading the proposal. As long as you return to your marina after your popping out its no problem - surely that ends your journey. What would be a problem would be if you travelled up and down the same stretch of canal every day outside your marina without going back home, which would be a very strange thingto do..
  13. From memory the manufacturer's recommendations for the PRM120 were changed a few years ago. When I bought my boat in 2006 engine oil was recommended and that is all I have ever used.. The gearbox oil is changed every 1000 hours and has always been completely clean.
  14. We normally moor at Westport Lake when travelling south and Etruria just on the Caldon when travelling north - it leaves the options open should there be any shortage of moorings. Never had any problems at either.
  15. I have explicitly checked with MLC: a Gold License does cover permanent mooring on the Middle Levels. The documentation is a bit confusing .
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