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Iain_S

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  5. Scottish Canals were using the Police on the only time I had to use it "out of hours" (a Saturday morning). Gave up eventually trying to explain the problem with a lift bridge in Edinburgh to a call handler in Inverness!
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  7. Ditch the coolie hat and get a cover for the flue when stove not in use. Either a twin wall chimney or a separate inner which leads the drips to fall back down inside the flue. (Latter probably best as chimney looks in reasonable nick) Removing the cover and fitting the chimney takes seconds. The coolie hat allows drips to fall clear of the chimney, onto the roof where they mess up the paintwork. I don't know how often Tracy repaints the cabin sides, but the drips can mark it permanently in a matter of days.
  8. Not sure if they still do it, but Practical Boat Owner magazine used to run a series entitled "I learned from that". Would make for a good episode!
  9. Someone been grinding nearby and not cleared up the steel dust?
  10. I agree the fitting would still have to be visible.
  11. As far as I know, the ability to visually inspect all joints has always been a requirement. It’s a good idea in the case of bulkhead fittings; they seem more prone to minor leakage than most others. (Unless the original fitter used his head rather than the rule book and drilled through the fitting so that he could pass the pipe through it without a join 🙂)
  12. The ship should never be "under the control" of the pilot. It's "Master's Orders and Pilot's Advice". Vessel on Master’s orders and Pilot’s advice – Solent Marine Consultants (solentconsult.com)
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  14. I don't think there is a legal type of booster for use in boats. There are two (very similar) specifications for static use and mobile use, but the mobile use specifically excludes boats and static caravans. I believe the thinking is that any interference would be easily traced in the case of static installations, and of short duration in the case of mobile use. Mobile phone repeaters – what you need to know - Ofcom UK Interface Requirement 2102 (ofcom.org.uk)
  15. How are you measuring the oil level? PRM say that the dipstick should be screwed down to measure, although I find it easier to loosely replace, and then treat the bottom of the dip stick as low level and the low level mark as high.
  16. ... or a few minutes late
  17. I do hope you're joking!
  18. Are the two supplies coming from different step down transformers? I suspect that would be unlikely.
  19. How about fighting a fire on your own boat? Once an extinguisher is discharged, it is no longer BSS compliant. Does that mean the boat becomes uninsured? Tacet isn't the only one!
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  21. I used a two pole ON-ON switch. The pump connections on the two common terminals, the supply negative and positive from the flush controller each go to diagonally opposite terminals on the switch. The back of the switch looks like this : +ve from controller X X -ve supply +ve pump X X -ve pump -ve supply X X +ve from controller If the middle contacts are connected to the upper set, the pump works normally/ If the middle contacts connect to the lower set, the p[ump power connections are reversed. Switch was one of them : 15A 250VAC 6 Pin DPDT ON-ON Toggle Switch+Waterproof Cap Dashboard Boat XT-22A | eBay
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  23. Our last "overheating" problem proved to be the wire from the temperature sender having abraded insulation, after vibrating against the engine causing an intermittent low resistance path to ground. Slight giveaway was the temperature reading apparently moving rapidly up and down by 10 degrees or so
  24. I always thought "Not suitable for self pumpout" meant it went to a septic tank, and wasn't on main sewage. The problem being volume and the likely presence of Blue, which would kill a septic tank.
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