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Bobbybass

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  3. When I leave my boat for a period of time...with only solar....I link both battery banks with some jump leads.
  4. I would have thought that running thrusters continually while in a lock...some being very slow....the batteries would be out before the boat 😄
  5. I had this with my pump out pipes and also the vent pipe that never got touched by anything. I argued with Leesan that the dry vent pipe had gone porous and stank with a strange sweet odour...they said it couldn't. I cut a six inch section and posted it to them to smell.. They never replied.
  6. What you have to bear in mind about Vactan is that it's a rust converter. It converts the rust into a surface suitable for painting over. If you paint it over bare shiny metal it has no grip and will just form a skin which will flake off. I've used it really successfully in the past by applying over rust...then lightly wire brushing the treated area before painting. I don't use it on non-rusty bare metal. That needs an acid primer. Bob
  7. I have these...but I'm going to remove them when I do a repaint. They're not for me...
  8. I liked mine.......but had a second satellite tuner...... for when I couldn't get onto Astra for Sky. Used to tune Atlantasat.....Eutelsat and six other satellites.... I once watched the Eurovision song contest in Albanian. ! How sad was that !!!!
  9. I had oil in the coolant on my Beta 43. In my case the cooling for the PRM160 gearbox fluid (oil)..went into a brass tank which was inside the top coolant tank on the engine...a common situation. What happens is that your engine coolant tank is only half full and thus there is a ',tide line' on the brass gearbox coolant tank. Over time..it corrodes along that line. My engineer did source another tank. On more recent models..you can blank that off and have external cooling.
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  11. Easy water level gauge. If it goes up my nose....it's full. ??
  12. There's a very low level fuse (1 amp) up near the on off switch. I should check that..
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  15. I use a plastic collader....glued some magnets around the side...and put it inside one of those net filter bags that you use for making wine I then dropped this into the tank over the outlet hose so that all the larger fragments don't get drawn through the pump. The magnets hold it in place.
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  17. You need a barometer. You can then tap it repeatedly and annoy the wife.....who says " if you want to know the weather..just look out the Bloody window !.?
  18. ?? It is a surface vessel. He wouldn't get far if he tried to "dive...dive...dive".. I think......he went bankrupt....? I saw it for real some years back...moored at Botany mills . Very sinister.
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  20. Couldn't you just buy one for a tenner,?
  21. I like that reply ? I've often wondered why people on this site...do stuff like that ? After all...in my opinion ( warning... Bob's opinions may vary from description)... It's all about cruising along looking at beautiful scenery. Having said that...blokes always like to tinker and change/Invent stuff. Often when you view boats they have some daft but "essential" thing strapped onto them..the product of much boredom and winter blues. A book full of graphs about how much sun the solar panels gathered on Christmas day...or some weird and wonderful combination of "must haves" strapped onto the alternator... For me....I don't do anything other than change oil and filters and cruise through some of the most beautiful parts of England. My gadget-less boat won't be worth any less than the one with its own spreadsheet ???
  22. Maybe contact Steve Hand ..BSS and engineer...Burton area....he may explain better than me... I have no idea of the ins and outs other than the original travel power instructions were for vehicles and not boats and that's where he said the problem lay.
  23. Don't shoot me...I'm just passing on what I heard I had a travel power on my boat which was about 15 years old when I sold it. It was a Reeves hull..and the base plate had a lot of nasty shiny deep pits When I sold it...it had been surveyed by Steve Hand at Burton on Trent. I went to do the hand over... and he was rewiring the Travel power. I asked him why...and he said the original installation instructions had been wrong and as such the hull was in danger of corrosion. He also said that there had been some cases where a boater had moored next to another travel power user...and suffered serious electric shock. That is what he told me...and he said he was reversing connections.
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