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Moley

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  7. I was told, at a speed awareness course after being nicked for doing 38 in a 30 zone, that the lowest speed limit which was legally enforceable was 20 mph. Is this why he got a ticking off but not a ticket?
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    NB 'Talpidae'

    Thanks folks, and especially to Keith for the link. Damn, that's a shame, so it's back to being floor mounted under the bed. Peter, carpets front and back and vinyl in the middle might have the occasional tack where necessary but aren't fully fixed and can be easily lifted. Previously, carpets were nailed every six inches and ceramic tiles were glued down in the galley and bathroom. That was a real PITA as I had used a very good tile adhesive and they had to be smashed off in tiny pieces with a hammer and chisel. All flooring panels can be lifted after removing one or two stainless M6 bolt
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    NB 'Talpidae'

    Re-refit is coming along quite nicely, and further to another topic where I asked about a product called Ecosheet (link), I've even got rid of the 'temporary' OSB cruiser deck (which has been down for about the last 3 years). This stuff is 100% recycled and 100% waterproof. It doesn't seem to get slippy when wet and although there's a bit of bounce to it, one cross brace under the largest panel seems to be more than adequate. I will be very interested to see how this stuff stands the test of time. Inside, mostly new flooring has been laid. It has been cut back so that it doesn't meet the
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    NB 'Talpidae'

    Sorry Tony, I saw your PM on this question but couldn't reply at the time .... and then forgot Yes, I would still recommend Vactan plus one or two coats of some kind of paint, but with perfect 20:20 hindsight I would ensure that there was some ventilation going on below the flooring. That is precisely what I've done this time around, except that I've used red oxide instead of the bitumen coating I applied before. I will try to get around to updating this build blog shortly.
  13. Your post seems to imply that Stourbridge dry dock doesn't ? Other than that, there's a dry dock at Stourport, phone Limekiln chandlers to enquire about that, or try Ashwood Marina for a crane-out, I'll PM a contact number. Ashwood definitely allows DIY and I'm pretty sure Stourport do too.
  14. That tutorial has a life of its own now, over 30k hits so far and has introduced many people to home wine making. My favoutrite is white grape with a mix of orange and pineapple, or I use red grape and cranberry to make a pleasant vino pinko.
  15. Thanks folks, I don't even begin to understand "flexural modulus" but that was my only slight concern with the product, it does seem to be a bit "more pliable than plywood". However, I have previously used phenolic ply for deck boards and although I initially treated the cut edges I didn't keep up any regular re-treatment, and when the water started getting in to the boards they deteriorated and needed replacing after about 5 years. The 'temporary' replacement was cut from 18mm OSB board which now soaks up water like a sponge and looks absolutely dreadful. It does get hidden under an inter
  16. Has anybody on the forum used Ecosheet? A search brought up nothing. It's stated as an alternative to plywood but it's a plastic material, 100% recycled and 100% waterproof. It's also available from my local timber merchant. I'm thinking of using it for a new cruiser stern deck, and possibly for new front and back doors. Price comparison:(8ft x 4ft x 18mm) Hardwood ply, £45.24 Phenolic ply, £67.50 Ecosheet, £58.68 There's a data sheet (pdf file) here: www.ecosheet.com/files/8513/6681/5676/Ecosheet_Specification_Sheet_v5.pdf
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  18. This problem has reduced considerably since both Tesco and Sainsbury started chaining their trolleys up, you have to insert a pound coin or a token to release one and then you chain it up again when you've unloaded to your car. If I recall correctly, Tesco's also have wheel locks which trip if you cross a red painted line and try to take the trolley beyond the car park, while Sainsbury's have metal plates at the access points from car park to towpath into which the wheels engage so you can't push the trolley across (and which is a PITA when you actually want to off-load directly to the boa
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    NB 'Talpidae'

    Cheeky sod, I know that I was attempting to fit her out on a fairly tight budget (and that's not going to change this time around), and I know that I made good use of some free hardwoods donated by my father-in-law (a builder and carpenter winding down towards retirement), but I don't think that much actually came out of skips, apart from the solid beech worktops which were being thrown out by a kitchen company. Any time you need any single malts assessing, I'm your man. I can't make whisky but I've been doing quite a bit of brewing in the last few years, so I would be interested in yo
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    NB 'Talpidae'

    Well I thought I had almost finished, except that Steve ground bits out of my fresh blacking to attach some chunky rubbing strips at the front. It has always concerned or niggled at me that our floor has never been flat. There's a 3x2 inch angle iron welded the full length of the boat along the centre line, and then half members are welded to that every 30" or so. Over time, many of the welds where these cross members join what I think Steve called the keelson have broken, with the result that when the boat is afloat the water pressure underneath the hull pushes the base plate up
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    NB 'Talpidae'

    One side is finished: The other side, not quite there yet: The front end of the back plate still needs lifting and welding: And all of the bungs have got to go back in: But I'm beginning to wish I had shares in a red oxide paint factory: But while I've been cleaning base sections, chipping off rust and treating with Vactan (and then more red oxide) I've punched another hole through the side, thereby proving that our survey wasn't worth the paper it was printed on, and as Alan said, we've made the only sensible decision we could have. This one's about 2cm wide and ag
  22. Take a look at NB Talpidae, page 13, half way down. Currently being overplated with 6mm base and sides, almost finished now and I need to upload a few more photos. The base has been done in three sections, the first being tacked all the way around and then properly welded at both ends before the other base sections were offered into position. Each section also has two small (2-3" dia) holes cut out on the centre line where that is also tacked to the old baseplate before the bungs are welded back in. Side plates were chamfered on their lower back edges to clear the base plate tacks
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    NB 'Talpidae'

    Hi Peter, Yes, I have a definite case of deja vu here, the front end of the boat seems to be exactly as I left it when I screwed the flooring down but the middle to back is exactly as I found it 8 years ago. I would still recommend that rust converter and am using the same product this time around, but I don't believe it was guaranteed against and has certainly not stood up to 8 years of permadamp. Lessons learned: My new flooring will not go right up to the sides, there will be provisions made for ventilation and I may even fit a couple of computer fans to get some air circulation
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    NB 'Talpidae'

    So to recap, we had the options of either spending a few hundred pounds having the worst pits filled with weld, some new shoes attaching and re-launching on the first Monday in July, but wouldn't know how long those repairs would last before we were back in the same situation, or we could spend a few thousand on the full overplating job but were told from the outset that wouldn't be possible for a few weeks. However, the marina's July crane-out wasn't fully booked so the boat could stay out until the first Monday in August. As I removed side panelling and lifted or cut out the flooring I
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