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  1. Water in the fuel tank? 15%. Is getting quite low, and if the tank hasn’t been checked it could have a few litres sloshing about.
  2. I had a similar arrangement on a previous boat with a plain bearing. The tiller used to shake a lot and water spurted up. Fitted a proper tiller bearing and it made a world of difference. If you do it, fit the bearing with a nylon ball rather than the square ones with a ball bearing as the latter invariably rust, especially as the angle means the grease doesn’t stay in the bearing.
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  4. You need to take the window trim off to find where it is coming from. It could be condensation getting between the frame and trim, or it could be a leak between the window and the panel. If the latter. Capt Tolley's Leaking Crack Cure might fix it (it did mine, once I had found the leak).
  5. How does this account of stoves compare to burning logs on an open fire?
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  10. Problem these days is, if they didn’t warn people, and someone slipped on some ice, they would get sued.
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    DC-DC Converter

    Yes of course! My mistake, 12.5V is my personal "minimum voltage" although it sometimes goes down to 12.3 at the end of an evening if I haven't run the engine for a day, in winter, but usually recovers a bit by the morning. Thank you for pointing out my silly error (I've edited the original).
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    DC-DC Converter

    I had a fancy Sterling digital controller, but found that despite the blueb saying it detected the charge state initially and charged accordingly, it always dropped into float after the same time (and too early). I replaced the Iskra 14.0V regulator with a 14 6V one (£15 on ebay) and reckon I get a better charge than with the Sterling. I've got a fairly good idea of what is going on, with various ammeters and voltmeters. Although I don't always leave the boat with the batteries fully charged, I reckon to get about three years out of 4 x 110 basic batteries. I could probably go anot
  13. I’ve used a ring of rope to centre the flue, then ht silicone. No problems,just don’t let it get red hot.
  14. This. I often wonder "If it means so much to you, why did you leave it in a leaking shed for thirty years?"
  15. I've got a small LED light on the front, angled well up. However my main light in a tunnel is a LED torch (from Screwfix). This has a remarkable output from its 5mm square lamp, and is brighter than a good car headlamp; - how LED lamps have come on in the last couple of years. This I keep at the back just sitting on the roof, but easily picked up to highlight anything. The battery lasts for ages - just as bright after an hour, but I have a 12V outlet on the back (semi-trad) which I could plug it into if I had to. ETA: I only come across narrow tunnels in my crusing range, so d
  16. Was that Will Self? 😏 He seemed to play a lot of parts ...
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  18. Is it not so much the size of the interconnects (provided they are large enough), but the cleanliness and number of connections? As I understood it, only very small resistances could influence how the volts are shared.
  19. Well it certainly is going to be different this year! A very happy holiday to everyone. For the first time we will have no family visits this season. Nearly a year since I last saw no 2 family grandchildren (and their parents) in the flesh. Thank goodness for Skype and Zoom. It wasn’t long ago that we were saying the same thing about email; nearly instant compared to the post which could take several days. When my wife’s grand parents went to Australia in the ‘30s a letter took 6 weeks to three months! We should be very grateful for modern communication technology. What wi
  20. I used to really like this programme when it was first showing, in its half hour format. It showed some remarkably talented people doing some exceptional repairs. However lately it has just become a maudlin tear-fest. Very little of the tricky restoration work is shown and it is all about extracting the maximum amount of tears and emotion. Not what I watched it for. However it is by all accounts now extremely popular so not much chance of getting back to the real restoration.
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    Hero or fool

    I am surprised that the jet ski had enough fuel to run for over four hours. I wonder what went through his mind after a couple of hours or so.
  22. I was tempted by the idea, but put off by the fuel consumption. Seems a lot compared to SF if running 24/7.
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  24. The fillers will still shut off when the level of fuel reaches the spout. What has changed is that you can’t put the spout in the filling pipe with it locked open. You have to hold the spout handle open, rather than locking it on and leaving the spout in the filling hose.
  25. One of th first things I did with my boat keys was check they floated. I added a second cork float.
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