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Keeping Up

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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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  1. Many BPs had a separate battery for the Eberspatcher heating system, maybe it's from that?
  2. Isolator switches, especially the cheaper ones with the removable red plastic key, are notorious for causing exactly these symptoms. Often switching them on and off multiple times (with the engine NOT running) will cure the problem for a few days. If there are any doubts, change the switch (they are cheap enough) as a complete failure can damage the alternator.
  3. I assume these are measured directly at the alternator itself. If so they are typical of a wiring issue, and especially of a problem with the isolator switch.
  4. Commonly known as an "Italian tune-up"
  5. Of course one big difference between dogs and cats is that the owner of a dog is legally responsible for clearing up its poo, but the owner of a cat has no responsibility for its actions. This was brought home to me when my neighbour took me to court on two counts. Firstly, when I was at home our dog pooped in our back garden and, when I was working long hours and particularly if the weather was bad, it was sometimes 2 or occasionally 3 days before I cleared it from the lawn; our neighbour (successfully) claimed this was a public health issue. Then secondly, while I was away cruising, her cats pooped on our lawn and nobody cleared it up until I returned which could be 2 or 3 weeks; again she successfully claimed that it was a public health issue and was my responsibility.
  6. Our stove originally (1991) had no fireproof board behind the tiles, and a couple of years ago I asked a boat-fitters (who specialised in narrowboats) if they could add some. After a couple of weeks they contacted me to say (incorrectly) that they had to abide by the latest "rules" and that the only way to do so would be by completely redesigning and rebuilding the boat at a cost of thousands. When I declined they had the nerve to send me a bill for £150 as a consultancy fee. They have since ceased trading. Another boatyard nearby did the job brilliantly at a sensible price.
  7. This post cannot be displayed because it is in a forum which requires at least 10 posts to view.
  8. Interesting to see the towpath still in place on the Barton Swing Aqueduct, also to be reminded of the charge for the Anderton Lift.
  9. Ah yes, of course what I would really like is a wine save inverter!
  10. Make sure your chosen inverter can handle the power surge when the fridge motor kicks in. It may well be over 1kW for a fraction of a second, but you won't find the figure quoted in the fridge's spec sheet; an inverter that only just manages the quoted power figure will almost certainly not be able to start it. Getting a decent wine wave inverter also gives you a better choice of other equipment too, such as a better TV.
  11. The control board that they fit is relatively complex too. Supposedly to reduce battery consumption as well as make it tolerant of variations in battery voltage. Whether or not that is necessary is debatable. Cheaper than a 12v fridge could be a mains fridge plus an inverter. This gives you the advantage that if it fails while you are travelling, a quick trip to the nearest electrical store provides a quick cheap replacement.
  12. At least one manufacturer buys them complete as mains fridges, then you pay for the labour cost of removing the 240v motor and disposing of it as well as fitting all the 12v bits.
  13. I grounded there while sailing in the early 1970s, here is the account (copied from my website) In the gales we had an unfortunate incident on Breydon Water, which is a tidal lake about 6 miles long and one mile wide. It dries out completely at low tide, apart from a narrow central channel between two rows of marker posts. Heading towards Yarmouth on a falling tide, and carrying a bit too much sail for the conditions, we gybed badly and lost control of the boat which sailed itself out of the main channel and into the mud where it stuck fast. Another boat alerted the authorities, who soon arrived with a strange-looking tugboat. They were worried that with the keel of our boat stuck in the mud, and the boat now lying well over to one side, it might not re-float when the tide came back up. We waited, high-and-dry with mud all around us, for the tide to come in again just a little so they could steer their tugboat on to the mud on the other side of the channel - and sink it! Yes, they just opened some valves and sunk it, driving a set of underwater hydraulic legs deep into the mud. They then stretched a steel hawser across to us, and as the tide rose further they winched us bodily out of the mud and into the main channel. We sailed off leaving them where they were - apparently they would now wait another 12 hours for the tide to go out again, draining the water out of the tugboat, before closing the valves and waiting for the next tide to refloat them.
  14. I had a Sterling Inverter (not a charger) whose fan came on according to the load current and not according to temperature. In theory it came on when the load on the inverter reached 2/3 capacity and went off again when it dropped to 1/3 capacity; at least that was the theory. The inverter came in a range of different sizes, ours was a 1.5kW version and sure enough the fan came on when the power consumption exceeded 1kW (even if only for a fraction of a second), but it didn't turn off again until the load dropped below 50 watts because the smallest unit in the range had a capacity of 150W and the switch-off figure had been set not as 1/3 rated capacity but as "1/3 of the rated capacity of the smallest unit in the range". The result was that the fan ran for most of the time; the spike when the fridge turned on was enough to trigger it, and it didn't stop again until the fridge, TV, VCR, phone chargers, etc were all off. The trouble was that the fan was quite noisy, and the unit was positioned underneath our daughter's bed so it kept her awake. Sterling exchanged the unit for another which performed identically, then admitted that I'd apparently found a software fault but they weren't going to fix it because I was the only person complaining. After much arguing, CS agreed to exchange it for a more powerful quasi-sine inverter of the same value; after it destroyed out TV, phone chargers, and the control unit of our gas-oven, I sold it on eBay.
  15. The entrance to Milton Keynes Marina is pretty tight too. I occasionally used to steer the restaurant boat "Captain Toby" from there. The boat was 72ft long (and handled very badly) so there was no point in taking things gently as you would only get wedged between the entrance and the opposite bank - which necessitated getting somebody off the bow to walk it around. The only way, especially on a windy day, was to pick your moment and use full throttle as you put the tiller over; it was impossible to see the bank over the bow so you just had to pray that it came around OK without hitting the bank, because inside the boat were maybe a couple of dozen seated diners who had just had a full plate of soup placed in the table in front of them!
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