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Iain_S

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  3. Outboard fuel priming pump?
  4. That’s a bit off. If neglected, that’s the one that blocks and causes a drastic loss of engine power. It is usually a standard service item, if there’s an electric pump fitted.
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  8. Hmmm, : so if I'm out on the boat, use a bike for lock wheeling, take the dog, walk round the lock to set it, stand about for a bit while waiting for the boat, does that count as 5 visits?
  9. Going back to the original post, the symptoms of pump running, but nothing much happening apart from some water disturbance, could be the impeller in the pump getting stuff stuck on it. When our one did the same, I found that this could be cleared by reversing the power to the pump. As it's a centrifugal pump, it won't pump backwards, so no danger of turning the loo into a fountain . Since the first occurrence, I have fitted a reversing switch to the pump, which makes switching to "reverse" much easier, saving fiddling around with a screwdriver.
  10. Sorry, no. Gamebird's got a Vetus M2
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  17. The 10mm spanner seems particularly popular.
  18. Very similar to what we did, except I made them from strip aluminium. They are clear of the cabin side when in use, and so don't mark the paintwork!
  19. I particularly like the links to other articles in the London Economic. Not sure if that's an approved investigation technique!
  20. I'd guess that less than 5% of canal boaters know the common horn signals.
  21. (to the bit in bold) Not really. On recovery, the length of chain being lifted at one time is just a bit more than the depth of water, i.e. in 10 foot water depth, you'd only be lifting about 12 foot of chain, and its weight is reduced by its buoyancy. "Dropping" the anchor is probably a bit of a misnomer : thinking of the process as lowering might be better. The thing to avoid is chucking an anchor and a heap of chain over the side, which is a recipe for an anchor fouled by its chain. 3 times water depth is very much a bare minimum, and remember that "water depth" includes the height of the gunwale above water level. A turn of the rope around the T stud is a good method of retaining control of the anchor rope, and avoiding a sudden jerk when (if!) the anchor bites. A rope that will happily hold a boat stationary against full engine power will easily snap if used to bring a boat to a sudden stop.
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