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About Farey

  • Birthday 12/17/1954

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    Strange Attractor
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    Ventnor Farm Marina

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  1. My boat's due for another BSS examination in March - has anything changed since last time? Looking at the BSS site, they seem to want a CO detector now? Seems like a good idea... Also, can anyone recommend an examiner in the Napton area?
  2. So that fact that it's passed 3 BSS inspections by 3 different examiners would seem to suggest that the flame pattern is ok.
  3. I don't have a test point in the system, just a bubble tester, but was thinking of adding one.
  4. I fitted out my 60' narrowboat myself 13 years ago. I have a 4 burner gas hob and a gas grill and oven, in the galley, and no other gas appliances. I used 3/8" (external diameter) gas pipe and fitting, and took advice and had the installation checked by a boat safety examiner. It's also passed all its subsequent BSS checks. Recently I've been thinking of replacing the hob, and looking into it, I'm now wondering if 3/8" pipe is adequate. The total KW rating is 9 (4 x 1.5 for the hob, and 1.5 each for the grill and oven). Looking at pipe sizing calculations, e.g. https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/propane-gas-pipe-sizing-d_830.html it looks as if I need pipe with a 3/8" inch internal diameter, corresponding to 1/2" external, given that my total pipe run is around 5 metres, with several 90 degree bends. Am I correct? If so, I would expect this to apply to most narrowboats to need 1/2" pipe, but 3/8" seems much more common in the chandlers, and 1/2" fittings seem few and far between. If this is the case, then my preference would be to just replace the long, 4 metre pipe run and keep the rest as 3/8".
  5. I've got a Vetus bow thruster (12 years old now). One problem I've had is the brushes sticking causing a poor contact with the commutator. You can take the brushes out and clean them up, whcih solves the problem. Or the brushes could be worn and need replacing, but even after 12 years mine don't show much sign of wear. To check the battery you could check whether the voltage drops under load.
  6. We moored up overnight by the Manor Arms pub at Daw End a couple of years ago. The moorings were very secluded, and it was a very nice pub.
  7. I had a boat safety check 18 months ago. I'd fitted a bubble test when I fitted the boat out 11 years ago. When we tried the bubble tester, all it did was cut off the gas supply. After some investigation I discovered that the problem was the liquid had congealed into a thick goo, in which bubbles could not form. Cleaning it out and putting in new fluid fixed it.
  8. Don't do what I did earlier this year. I turned of the stop cock and this disconnected the pipe without first opening a tap to drop the pressure. I got a faceful of water!
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    Coming up Stockton Flight yesterday I spotted a (sadly dead) eel floating in one of the locks halfway up the flight. It was about 4 feet long, with a body about 2 inches in diameter. Googling I found that a similar one had been found recently in West Bromwich: http://www.itv.com/news/central/2016-09-06/rare-eel-from-bermuda-discovered-in-west-bromwich-canal/ I wonder if its just coincidence, or if they're getting more common? It's amazing to think they could travel all the way up (or down) so many miles of the Grand Union canal.
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    I'll be setting out in a couple of hours, planning to arrive around midday Thursday. If its like previous years it will be busy; hopefully we'll be able to breast up against someone...
  11. Our first trip was in March 1974, on Greylag from Willow Wren in Rugby. I believe the hull was an old working boat, with a cabin built on top. The next year we went from Middlewich on Sycamore - there's some photos here: https://goo.gl/photos/CDuY11wZb4zkHBmQ6 Sadly I don't have any old brochures.
  12. So, I went to the boat yesterday. The purple wire was not live, so I fitted a Voltage Sensing Relay, with the main alternator fed going to the domestic batteries and the relay feeding the starter battery (as it was with the previous relay). I started the engine, and was surprised to get a voltage reading of over 15 volts from the voltmeter connected to the domestic bank, but a more sensible reading of around 14 volts across the starter battery, which makes no sense to me, unless there was a significant drop across the VSR. So now I'm even more puzzled? I also checked electrics come more, and found that before I connected the new relay, I still had 12.4 volts on the (disconnected) starter battery terminal. I traced it back, and found it was coming from the Victron Multiplus charger/inverter, which has a trickle charge connection for charging the starter battery. It appears that this is live even when the charger is disconnected from shore power, so that the domestic batteries are potentially charging the starter battery. I contacted Victron, and was told this was correct, and that a dud starter battery could potentially flatten the domestic batteries (but not vice versa). I think I'll add a switch, so that I can turn off the trickle charge when the boat is not on shore power.
  13. I asked about mooring in the marina for the festival a couple of years ago, and was told that all the available spaces go very early on. If you're prepared to walk a mile or so, there are usually mooring by Varney's lock - I've moored there several times, ariving on the Thursday at the start of the festival. Also, you may be able to find boats moored closer who are prepared to let you breast up against them.
  14. I found this one for £44: http://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/voltage-sensitive-relay-12v-140a.html or this more expensive one with flashing lights: http://sterling-power.com/products/pro-con-vsr-voltage-sensitive-relay-12-24-auto-select-plus-fine-adjust-1?variant=884583603 But I'll check the feed to the existing one first. Thanks for all your help.
  15. Unfortunately I'm not on the boat, and its a 2 hour drive away, but I got someone at the marina to take a look. I appears that the purple wire goes to the engine control panel, so I presume that means its controlled by the ignition switch. It does look like a Lucas relay, as suggested by Sir Nibble, so that would make sense. If I was to change to a VSR, is there a manufacturer/model you'd recommend?
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