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PaulG last won the day on November 15 2016

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  1. I thought I'd see if I could find a replacement first. Obviously, the original unit was not custom-made... If I can't find the right unit, then I'll need to enlarge the hole in the steel as I think that removing 1mm of plastic will weaken the socket. The plastic is not that thick to start with.
  2. That's my problem. The original unit is 89mm and the existing hole is 90mm! Everything that I have found so far is too big...
  3. Yes, that's the problem. The cutout in my hull is 90mm round. I may have to grind away 2mm. The frustrating thing is that the original fitted OK. Thanks Alan.
  4. Hi OG - thanks for that. It just might do - I'd need to grind the hole a bit bigger or file a bit off it... Thanks again. I'll try and get more information from the seller...
  5. Hi there - the hole that it came out of is round, about 90mm, and yes, it does fit on the outside of the steel. There was a hinged cover, but it broke off - which is one of the reasons that I need a replacement. Thanks for that. I've tried a Powerpart 113, and it's too big for the hole, unfortunately.
  6. Hi there - thanks for the responses - please see these pictures of the broken unit.
  7. This one's been driving me mad! Does anyone know of a 240v inlet socket that fits in a round hole of around 90mm? My socket broke last year, and I've trying to source a straight replacement for months without success. Most seem to need an oval hole cut using a hole cutter. As the hole in my boat is already cut this is not an option. I have the remains of the original, but there is no sign of a maker's part number or any other way of ID-ing it. All help gratefully received!
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  9. Power wise the 50 is over the top for a NB. There are very few occasions where you could use the extra power. Certainly not on narrow canals, possibly on big rivers like the Trent, Severn, and Thames. Being a displacement hull, if you try to use the extra power, it will simply make more wash, consume more fuel, make more noise with very little increase in speed. You can play with this calculator if you want to: http://www.kiwiprops.co.nz/cms/index.php/resources-general/vesselspeedcalc You'll see that a 60ft, 20 tonne hull needs 18hp to drive it at 8 knots 35hp to drive it at 10 knots 61hp to drive it at 12 knots OK, the numbers are for a yacht hull which is a bit different to a NB, but the same principle applies. The extra 7hp is going to make little appreciable difference to the performance of your boat.
  10. I manage perfectly well with a Lister LPWS3 (27hp) in 55 footer, mostly on rivers. Personally I don't think you'd notice the difference between 38 and 43 hp. You'd rarely need to run the 38hp version flat out, so the extra 5hp would rarely get used.
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  12. Goes to show how wrong you can be. https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/61659/Man-seen-falling-from-Worcester-bridge
  13. Many thanks Ditchdabbler. I don't have a glowplug light on my panel. I think I'll follow your example and fit one so that at least I can see what is going on.
  14. Hi Ditchdabbler I may have a similar problem on my LPWS3. The preheat seems to have packed up resulting in difficult cold starting and a lot of smoke from unburnt fuel. I've not had a chance to investigate properly yet, but when I turn the key to the preheat position, I can hear the usual loud click as the relay engages, and, less than a second later, a fainter click which I suspect is the same relay disengaging. Does this sound familar at all?
  15. Together with another narrowboat, we located the body floating downstream just below Kempsey yesterday morning. We alerted the authorities and guided them to the location of the body, which had eventually become snagged in an overhanging tree and so was stationary. I thought the actions of the Police in closing the navigation for two whole days by calling it a "crime scene" (despite the fact that the local newspaper report stated that no foul play was suspected) was heavy handed and show little understanding of the situation that they were dealing with. The fact that the body was located *within an hour* by the first two private boats that they allowed to go downstream suggests that what they really needed was eyes on the water to save wasting the time of the search and rescue teams. Apart from the time that a diver was actually in the water on Saturday afternoon, there was no need to close the river at all. They would have been better off if they had leafletted boaters as they passed though with details of the person that they were looking for, and details of who to contact if found. I also love the way that the press reports (which are usually press releases more or less verbatim) are worded to give the impression that it was the Police and Fire Service that found the body, without actually saying so, of course.
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