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Grace and Favour

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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.

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  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. Things have changed with us, i am in a good job and now thinking of not retiring as early, we are thinking of buying a narrowboat in a matter of months, and to use as often as possible weekends and holidays, been looking for information but cant find much ,plenty on price etc but nothing on time allowed on boat, we would be looking at two weekends a month, and general holidays over 12 month period. Cant wait much longer, been a long time to get this far, and now so close can almost feel the boat rocking.

    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.

  5. 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

  6. So do you mean that when it is switched off it still rotates with the engine but sort of freewheels so it does not slow the engine down and draw any power.

    - - - Aye. (well, it uses a minimum amount of energy from the engine, but it provides much less resistance than when it's generating)

  7. We have a 3.5Kw Travel Power, and find it an excellent piece of kit, perfect for operating heavy draw electrical equipment.


    Although (as already said) it runs off a permanent belt from the engine (the power source is a 340v alternator), the separate control box is switched on or off as required, so there is minimal loading on the engine when it's not required.


    Ideal inasmuch as it can be used when both cruising or moored, we run a sensitive washing machine, laptops, vacuum cleaner etc from it.

  8. "That is a funny post, You say that there is too much offence taking then agree with someone who is taking offence."


    That's a good point !rolleyes.gif


    What I really mean't though was people getting offended at what people SAY and then banning or reporting them. I ride a bike pretty much every day, but I do it on the road and on dedicated bike paths. Riding for a day out in the fresh air on the canal is kind of different than doing it as a high speed, lycra clad, hobby or as a work day rush to work. There is a river not far from my house and these buggers are travelling along the bank there at 35 to 40kmph whipping past children on their three wheelers out for a ride with mummy and daddy!!

    Although the forum has a fairly light touch with it's approach to content and opinion, and we enjoy a divers range of debates, discussions, rants and reports.

    However, as we aim to be a family forum, and have children also read our pages, we will not tolerate foul language, (amongst other unacceptable behaviour), and will warn members and, for repeated offences, will suspend/ban them.

  9. Is there any advantage having a 10ltr accumulator tank over a 5?


    The only advantage I'm aware of is that the water pump will have to start n stop less frequently, which will probably allow it to live a little longer.


    Mind you - - we have a 5Ltr accumulator - - tho' will probably be replaced by a larger one when it expires!

  10. Thank you for all of your replies. I especially appreciate Site Crew for being straight with me as now I am clear.


    Although our intentions are honest and innocuous, I fully understand the reason needed for caution. Feel free to cast aspersions on me, as my ex wife and ex mother in law did it all the time.


    For added information, we are Americans writing from the United States. As such, you'll probably see many more daft questions that I post.


    By the by, it is 5:30pm where I am, shouldn't you all be at pub quiz now???

    I would be at the pub quiz - but most of them here are held during the quieter business nights (Monday thro' Wednesday) in an attempt to drum up business .


    It's such a struggle to sup good beer and tax the grey matter - - - - but we manage thanks!



    (And we'll happily answer (some of) the daft questions! ;)

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