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Grace and Favour

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Grace and Favour last won the day on December 27 2012

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  1. Lizzy, We 'blacked' our hull this year, - similar process to yours really - - sandblast, chemical wash, then a two-pack Jotamastic 87 primer, followed by two coats of Jotamastic 87. We'd booked a dry dock and did the job myself - (because I really wanted to discover the condition of the hull in the first place, and then make sure that the job met the process spec's of the paint). We let it cure for a week before refloating. I can say that the paint was well on it's way to being very hard indeed, and that yours really should be the same. I reckon Dr Bob's observations above are absolutely spot-on, and they would be an ideal route to start the discussions for remediation by the boatyard.
  2. I suggest that feedback is more acceptable than blowback!
  3. Matty40s is a good contender - - although don't know where he is at the mo . . maybe drop him a pm
  4. If I were you I'd make a thorough job of replacing all the coolant - and even risk an air lock on the way, but drain thoroughly. Measure the old coolant (into, say, 5Ltr containers) and replace with ethylene glycol (I understand the relevance of the taste test!), Glycol base is the mnost commonly used I understand. When replacing use between a 30/50% AntiFreeze to water ratio. It's not just the anti-freeze properties that are valuable, of course, but also the anti-corrosion, which are two darned good reasons to change the lot!
  5. Aye, I use a lighterman's hitch
  6. Your interpretation is about right . . . just like buying any engine, it's not simply about the hours, but also about how it's been used, and most importantly, whether it has been properly maintained, with regular oil and filter changes at correct intervals. Have a good look at the boat's log/receipts/maintenance schedule Edited to add: Alan de E types quickerer then me!
  7. I happen to believe that each kit uses the oil extracted from a dozen snakes. But will be happy, and surprised, to be proved wrong!!!
  8. There is not specific answer to your question Wullie, other than each Marina will have its own rules. Generally speaking though, most marinas won't mind how much time you spend on your boat in the marina.
  9. Doodle, If you minimise your ventilation you will discover that condensation becomes a problem.
  10. I've used our council waste oil recycling tank
  11. Anthracite is a beautiful coal to burn, hot, (but not like petcoke), it is smokeless, leaves very little ash. However, it will only burn with a reasonably good air supply, so you cannot keep it in overnight with the air damper closed. So we use Anthracite during the day, early evening, and an ovoid (Excel/Supertherm or similar) last thing at night (damper closed) in order to keep the stove alight. Following morning, open the air up, and refuel with anthracite. It's a cracking combination
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