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    Electronics, gliding, motorbikes

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    helicopter pilot - retired
  • Boat Name
    Telemachus
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    Fazeley Mill Marina, Tamworth

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  1. We have quite a deep drafted boat but rarely cannot achieve 3mph, more like 3.5mph unless it's a very shallow canal. And this is at 1300rpm without any breaking wash, or even much in the way of wash. Seems likely to me the OP has something on the prop, or just a very small prop.
  2. However, the threatened “act of vandalism” resulted in the volockie backing down, which goes to show that he knew perfectly well he was on dodgy ground and making it up. This is the point really. With amateur volockies, some are great and some are on a power trip, and typically incompetent with it. It is just pot luck which sort you get. It shouldn’t be like that!
  3. So just to be clear, with the warning light connected to D+, the relay coil disconnected, the engine running fast, the warning light is still on? If so, this points to an alternator fault. The fault is likely to be that the field diodes have blown. This could have happened due to a fault with the relay / relay wiring which has damaged the diodes. But the first step is to get the alternator working - it will need to be repaired or replaced. Then have a look at the relay circuit to make sure it isn’t shorted to ground BEFORE you reconnect it! The relay coil will probably have a few 1
  4. The circuit is from battery + via the warning light, to both the alternator D+ and the split charge relay coil. So if either or both is connected and ignition on engine not running, one would expect the warning light to be on (maybe at different brightnesses). So having disconnected the alternator and then the relay, one would expect the light to go out after the second disconnection - this is normal behaviour for an alternator that isn’t rotating. So I think it is necessary to reconnect the wire to D+ but leave the relay disconnected. With ignition on, is the light on or off? If o
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  10. I have always suspected it, but now I know it for certain. That you are an arsehole. Or worse, but apparently this is a family forum.
  11. No sorry, there is no compulsion for any Marina to provide any services to passing boats, except if there is a specific published agreement between Marina and CRT, eg Fazeley Mill Marina rubbish and elsan disposal. If you are on the KandA there are CRT pumpouts and fuel boats I think?
  12. no probs. I suppose a consideration is that our boat is quite deep drafted, about 32.5”, which means the engine is set low relative to the waterline, which allows just about enough space between top of engine and top of roof to make it work. If the boat had 6” less draft and same height cabin, that would be 6” off the space above the engine which would make it rather tight for getting humans past without crawling!
  13. Although the hydraulic gear system tends to servo itself on, I would check that you are getting the correct travel on the gear lever (the one on the side of the gearbox). Maybe disconnect the cable at the gearbox end and see what happens when you manually move it into gear. Presumably you have already checked the gearbox oil level? There is a bit more load from the prop in fwds vs reverse, so as Tony says could it just be that the idle revs are too slow? Not certain of the minimum idle figure for an Isuzu but it’s probably around 850rpm.
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