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Keeping Up

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Keeping Up last won the day on February 7

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  • Birthday 10/06/1949

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    Milton Keynes
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    Electronics, computers, music (60s/70s rock), drink (wine whisky and beer)

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    Stoke Hammond

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  1. When my boat was 23 years old there was no pitting anywhere that was greater than 1mm, but just over a year later when the insurance company demanded a new survey there were thousands of pits up to 5.5mm deep which is bad news on 6mm steel. Their cause is still unexplained. We had the boat overplated by an extremely good company and are totally confident in its ability to outlast us. It now sits about 1.5" lower in the water (IIRC) which has improved its handling - but this meant we had to have the floors of our gas lockers (at the stern) raised to keep them above the waterline. As we had recently had a new engine fitted and also a repaint and several other repairs, costing about £25k in total which we wanted to make use of, plus we love our boat, we didn't think twice about having the overplating done at a cost of about £7k. Overall though, it is sobering to contemplate that because of the difficulty in selling an overplated boat (even when the plating is of the highest quality) on a boat that was valued at £50k just 5 years ago we have since spent £32k to end up with a boat that is now valued at £46k.
  2. Isn't that where it leaked when they first re-opened it so they dumped a load of clay there to seal it (which made a shallow spot that we ran aground on)
  3. We have Flotex in our boat - still the original since the boat was built in 1991 - and they fitted it by simply trimming to size with a Stanley knife and then putting a strip of double-sided sticky tape around all the edges of the floor. After all that time it's still good.
  4. If only everyone used them like you use yours Mike. Sadly, however, the majority of BT owners seem to get rapidly into the habit of relying on it excessively by lining up the stern with their intended endpoint and then using the BT to bring the bows into line. But nowhere have I "had a go at others who have them".
  5. Common but not universal. My installation, for example, has the non-return valve on the outlet of the calorifier, which is just as effective at preventing back-syphoning but which eliminates the need for an expansion vessel on the hor side (there is the usual accumulator in the cold supply, which effectively absorbs the expansion). I agree, the first step is to play with the knob for a bit.
  6. When I once reported a major diesel spill on the Coventry Canal to CRT they just said "that's the EA's problem, report it to them". So I phoned the EA and they just said "that's CRT's problem, report it to them". So I phoned CRT again; they assured me the EA were wrong and were responsible. So I phoned the EA again; they assured me CRT were wrong and were responsible. At that point I gave up!
  7. Just a personal opinion, but I wouldn't have a BT even if it was a gift; I have seen them let people down so many times (blocked, jammed, electrical problems etc). In any situation that requires manoeuvring you can either position yourself for rudder steering or for BT steering, they require the boat to be in different places &/or to be differently angled, and if your thruster lets you down at the wrong moment the position can be irrecoverable. My most dangerous moment came on a motorised 80-ton 19th century Dutch Barge, one with a huge propeller that was half-way out of the water to act like a sideways paddle-wheel and guaranteed to turn the boat 45 degrees to port whenever you selected reverse. Travelling down the Thames, the owner positioned the stern in line with a lock and then pressed the BT button; the shear-pin broke and we had no BT! The bow was already pointing partly towards the weir, and to engage reverse would have swung the bow straight over it. The only option was to engage full throttle forwards, put the wheel hard over, and hope we could manage the U-turn in the limited space of the lock cut. We made it round ok (scattering GRP cruisers in all directions) and on that day I swore never to touch a BT again.
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  11. I'm not sure about the advice here re the air control settings. Wood burns with air from above, coal burns with air from beneath which passes up through it. Hence the advice in my stove's manual to close the top vent completely when burning coal and to use the bottom vent as the air supply (and vice-versa for wood); additionally it says to get the stove burning well on coal and then for a short while open the top vent to send a wash of air down inside the front door to clean the glass.
  12. No, the gas cylinders are at the stern of the boat.
  13. A sad incident, but I hope they don't use this as an excuse to bring in more "safety" legislation. I use my bbq on the boat (during the summer) in a manner that is totally safe - it sits on a custom-built removable shelf that hangs out over the front foredeck - and the last thing I need is another occurrence of someone telling me I must move it to somewhere less safe such as in the long dry grass on the bank next to the boat.
  14. Another vote for the BM2. It is clear and easy to read, and if you set it up carefully it is really quite accurate and informative.
  15. Yes, sort of. It's fairly low on the priority list because it doesn't matter if I miss a few days so as long as I remember at least once a month during the summer or once every 2-3 days during the winter. But I try to remember daily because then I don't have to remember how many days I've forgotten it for.
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