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  1. Might have worked, yes. But might not be insured, operating when the scheme is suspended. Worth checking as you might not have any future recourse via his insurer should a problem arise.
  2. just a thought, but if these are parallel female fittings screwed on to the “stubs” which are the ends of the compression fittings usually fitted, you have connected 2 parallel threaded fittings together. While this won’t fail BSS, correvt practice for marine LPG threaded fittings is to use BSPT fittings, the T being taper. So best this is not replicated ?
  3. Hi The '4mm' minimum thickness is a complete misnomer. Insurers do not stipulate any thickness, they just go on what the surveyor says, and there are no guidelines on steel thicknesses for narrowboats anywhere. The 4mm idea has just gained momentum when it has no foundation in truth. There's even a YouTube vid somewhere of a surveyor giving a guided tour of a "pre-purchase" survey of a conventional narrowboat, at a brokerage, 6mm sided, some pitting around 2.0mmm and he says overplate the lot - everything - even the swims where there's no pitting. Total nonsense. The better approach is sand blast all plating. Backfill deeper pits (those deeper than 2.0mm) and maybe reinforce aft shoulders etc with doubled plates if worn. Maybe dress and re-weld vertical seams where worn. Epoxy coat. Boat will last. Sure, overplating has it's place when someone wants to rescue one that's gone too far, and Martin does a good job too, but this 4.0mm thing is total bollocks. If you don't believe me call your insurer and ask them. Ask them what they consider is satisfactory for a minimum steel thickness for a steel boat. They don't know. Boats are all kinds of thicknesses for various reasons. Many 3mm Springers are still fine now if they have been cared for, and they don't fail surveys (or shouldn't be...)...
  4. The Northwich hire boat isn't that great. For a start the counter's all wrong. The bow just looks like a standard clonecraft (love that term by the way). With regards to the elite list, there is one builder on there who goes to great pains to add fake rivets to his washer joshers, which are of a dis-similar material to the hull, a consequence of this is galvanic corrosion in the areas adjacent to the fake rivet seams. In addition, they use 5mm plates to form the bow, which on a 12 year old boat I know of, were found to be pitted to 2.5mm. The people buying didn't survey and parted with £82,000 for that. Really really not worth it, and really really not elite at all. Just cos it looks fancy or 'authentic' doesn't make it elite. Just my opinions of course.
  5. Bubble testers have a maximum allowable capacity of 12kw - most cookers are below that these days eg Stoves 500 DIT = 10.4kw so no worries. If you install one where there is a greater demand from appliances then you should fit the tester in a bypass section of pipework with isolators either side apparently. Ask the Boat Safety Scheme Tech people.
  6. Interesting considering the response came after the owner of amber himself posted in this thread. Shame it occurs only after public complaint and the fear of a tarnished reputation. I'm pleased it's being sorted for you.
  7. I would be cautious when choosing a surveyor. For example, Bill McMurray is no longer an examiner? Why? Also if you look at his companies house listing it returns the following: AVON MARINE GROUP LIMITED CORNER CHAMBERS, 590A KINGSBURY ROAD, ERDINGTON BIRMINGHAM B24 9ND Company No. 05392164 Status: Active - Proposal to Strike off I looked at this cos towpath talk rumours had inferred all was not well! I'm sure there are many reputable surveyors out there so you shouldn't have any trouble finding one!
  8. Firstly - I bet any money that the genny does not have 'Suitable for Marine Use' anywhere on it or in documentation. So CORGI/RCD wouldn't permit it. Secondly, it probably won't have a flame failure device. Thirdly, these units are not designed to be left running on boats, there will be no manufacturer's exhaust components etc. It will not comply with the RCD for sure. BSS is doubtful. To be truely safe you will have to run it off the craft as a remote power source.
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