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Neil2 last won the day on August 26 2018

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  • Birthday 05/23/1956

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    self employed/semi retired
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    Chrissie and Dragonfly
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  1. Yes it's easy when you have a large boat with plenty of storage. I don't. I'd be very grateful if you could you let me know of any marinas that let you dispose of old oil and filters FOC, have to admit I've never found one.
  2. My geologist friend is an expert in his field. He tells me we actually know very little about the pattern of glacier formation and no-one is doing that much to further our knowledge. If you take the simple matter of whether there were glaciers in Scotland during the 17th century - despite this being virtually yesterday in historical terms, we still don't know for certain. I am suspicious when highly qualified people claim to be certain about anything. All the really clever people I know tend to be pretty circumspect most of the time.
  3. Changing the oil and filter might be a 20 minute job, but you have the aggravation of where to put the old oil and then how/where to dispose of it, and the filter of course you shouldn't just throw it in the nearest bin. IMHO an engine that needs changes every 100 hours will be a right PITA unless you never go anywhere. Doug, and I mean this with the greatest respect, until you have done a bit of boating I'm afraid you don't know what your specification is yet. Some people are lucky and get it right first time, or just learn to live with the boat, but most of us end up completely revising what we thought we wanted after spending a year or two cruising. The most important thing with the first boat is that you must be able to sell it if/when you realise you want something different, without taking a big financial hit. That's really all that matters at this stage.
  4. I know a guy who has spent the last three years studying glacial geology up here in the Highlands. This was funded on the back of some findings a few years back that suggested we had active glaciers in this area until quite recently, maybe 400 years ago. Understanding the pattern of climate change depends quite heavily on research such as this but when you talk to such people you realise that it's all very piecemeal, under funded, and relies heavily on the enthusiasm of individuals like my friend who seems to enjoy spending days on end getting soaked to the skin and living in a tent. I don't like being pigeonholed with the likes of Donald Trump but I'm sceptical about the way in which the so called scientific community are of one voice on this when it seems to me we don't have nearly enough evidence to make proper conclusions..
  5. Ok. as everyone else seems to be encouraging I'll be the devil's advocate. The chances of you finding the "right" boat by chance and almost immediately are extremely slim. More likely you have been seduced by an apparently charming little boat that ticks the few boxes you have at the moment and all you can think of is long summer days gently pottering down the cut not a care in the world. The harsh reality is that you could just get fleeced here. By your own admission you are not the most hands on, practical person. You are looking at a boat that hasn't been docked for five years and has an engine that could, if it hasn't been meticulously maintained, be on its last legs. Personally I wouldn't buy a boat with an indirect injection Lister especially not a three cylinder version but that is just my opinion. Frankly, if this was me, what I've heard so far about the boat would have me walking away, unless there is something absolutely compelling about it.
  6. Yes, I passed on a boat that had a LPWS4 as there was no record of oil changes so I had the oil tested and the results indicated a high percentage of copper suggesting bearing wear. IIRC you should also use a detergent oil in these engines.
  7. I think the most ridiculous name I've come across for a boat is "No Problem".
  8. Up here in the Spey Valley there is a strong tradition of using them to build houses, the typical sleeper dimension being a nice building block for a single storey dwelling. When the railway came to this area in the mid 19th century the locals would recycle the cast off sleepers which I think used to be replaced every 15 years or so. We have friends who live in one of these "sleeper houses" as they are known. Quite why the practice was so widespread in this small corner of Scotland no-one knows but as some of these buildings are now over 100 years old (and we get some weather up here) it was certainly sound thinking.
  9. I applied for the 60/40 blue card but the one they sent is actually the green one. The reason I ask is our boat is stuck on the Lancaster canal at present where there was until recently no (canalside) diesel available. However, there is now an automated pump at the BWML Marina at Galgate with the instruction that you need a BWML card to operate it. I've used these self service pumps in the past with a debit card but I presumed there must now be an additional process to go through with the blue/green cards..? I'm back home at the moment so I can't see for myself.
  10. I've just received one of these in the post. I understood they are issued so you can use the automated diesel dispensers at BWML marinas yet the instructions tell you to contact a member of staff who will authorise/dispense fuel and collect payment. Who has used one of these cards and how do they work?
  11. I'd suggest that if we were an automotive forum we wouldn't be having this debate. The issue of steel quality and "modern" steel being inferior was settled long ago when car manufacturers started properly rustproofing their products. The issue is kept on the boil in boating (narrowboating) circles simply because of the inconsistent nature of hull and cabin protection.
  12. For those stubborn rainwater streaks and other staining I have something called ABEX surface cleaner it's gel based and claims to be fully biodegradeable. Unfortunately I can't remember where I got it and googling the company Rainbow Care products doesn't help so it may be out of production which is a shame as it really works. International do a similar cleaner but I don't know how environmentally friendly it is.
  13. Interestingly, up here on the Lancaster canal no-one seems to bother about slowing for moored boats and I have yet to see a "tickover" sticker. This could be because there is a high percentage of grp cruiser owners who don't wet their pants every time the boat rocks a bit, but there are an awful lot of narrowboats on the lanky these days yet it doesn't seem to be an issue at all.
  14. Some years ago when we had a towpath mooring a similar thing happened to our boat, someone notified BW as it was then and they were straight on to me. The police OTOH could not have cared less "it's low level crime sir" is all I got when I asked them to investigate. I don't know what the police in Barnoldswick were, or are, so busy with that damage to, and theft of, property is so low on their list of priorities but it made me realise how vulnerable we are leaving boats unattended on the canal network. I wouldn't do it again.
  15. On a small narrowboat under 30 foot a petrol o/b makes a lot of sense, especially if it is tiller steered which apart from being more positive is actually a lot of fun. You save a lot of space by hanging the engine off the back and of course on a little boat a quiet engine is nice if anyone has to be in the cabin whilst you are on the move. You don't have to worry about engine alignment, couplings, prop shaft seals etc as well. You say you are not the handiest person so again an easy to maintain o/b makes a lot of sense. At this stage I would keep all your options open.
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