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alan_fincher last won the day on August 1 2023

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    Building a very small fleet of ex working boats!
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    "Sickle" & "Flamingo" (both built 1936, by W.J. Yarwood and Sons)
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    Grand Union (Southern)

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  1. Yes, definitely Daphne March. She was the aunt of Kathryn from Stoke Bruerne. There are lots of publicity photos featuring Daphne, often accompanied by her mother.
  2. Looks to me like the spin vent is a non original modification. This is not unusual on these stoves.
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  5. If that is correct, (and I'm not 100% certain that it is), then you would presumably need to be more cautious if you have an older or vintage engine, as I gather that rubber seals in these might be more prone to damage by biofuel.
  6. Agreed. If you have a Smartgauge it is important to understand what its stated capabilities are, and not to assume it will do more than those. It is marketed as providing a fairly accurate estimate of state of charge, (as a percentage), irrespective of original size of bank and of any subsequent loss of capacity. It does not pretend it can ascertain the current usable capacity of the bank once sulphated to some degree.
  7. I may be wrong, but don't think that is correct. It surely gives its estimate of state of charge based on voltage. If your battery bank is 50% degraded it will still come up with a state of charge - say 80% Replace it with a new battery bank, and it may also give an 80% state of charge. The difference is that the latter may represent 80% of 220Ah, whereas the former represents 80% of only 110Ah - i.e. what your batteries have degraded to. I'm sticking my neck out here, so wouldn't be surprised to hear I am wrong! If I am, I'm keen to see the corrected version! Correct.
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  9. Yes "cold cranking amps" (or "CCA") is what is most important for a starter battery. Amp Hours (or "Ah") is far less relevant. This is because you want it to supply very (very) big currents for a short period only, being quite different from a leisure battery which needs to be able only to supply very much smaller currents, but continuously over a number of hours. A starter battery ranging from (say) 700CCA to 900CCA should be far more than you need,
  10. Yes, I'm sure spud has it. I was also coming up with Mindon Marine.
  11. Great photo Ian. I don't think I have ever seen one that shows the actual tanks until now. I assume they may have been travelling empty in this photo - they look too high out of the water to be carrying a meaningful load.
  12. I'm not sure this is correct - I don't think HYDRUS was ever a Willow Wren boat. I think it was a BW boat that was sold directly by them into private ownership, then converted.
  13. Boom! boom! From memory I think not a lot of Achilles ended up in this boat.
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