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    Boden, and a bit of L'Héritage
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    Oxford on Thames and somewhere on the mainland

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  1. If it's getting to the point of starting to warm up it's probably not battery related. Peak current is in the first minute or so, about 20 A, thereafter it won't go much over 10 A. Any clouds of white smoke?
  2. I serviced mine before Christmas, symptoms lots of white smoke and diesel smells. Decoked it and all was well. Took a couple of hours but saved a lot and was satisfying. Hardest bit was getting the olive off the fuel feed pipe where it goes into the burner assembly. There's another post somewhere from I guess around October last with details of a download with illustrated step by step instructions. Martin/ edit: here: https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/108552-webasto-service-repair/
  3. Rather than anodes, I might be tempted to place a piece of mild steel chain under the boat along its length and connect a small solar panel between it and the hull to give active protection. Make sure the panel is connected the right way round! It won't stop it rotting from the inside though.
  4. I've had one for a few years (Screwfix) and very sturdy it is. I'd not realised until I saw the photo above that the clamps are supposed to slide into the slots!!!
  5. Very good drill. I've had mine for at least six years now, no obvious loss of battery capacity, used regularly. A bit lightweight for hammer drilling into masonry but unless you're creating a mooring that shouldn't be an issue. My previous battery drills lasted just a few months.
  6. MS Amlin / Haven Knox Johnson or whatever they're called this week didn't require a pilot for the Bristol leg a few years ago. Ask them specifically though as their policy wasn't tightly worded around tidal journeys in a NB.
  7. Feasible, but everything is geared up to wider boats. A lot of moorings (in France, Belgium and the Netherlands) are restricted to boats of less than 12 m or 15 m. In locks, rising bollards may be harder to reach from the low level of a NB, and without a longish deck you may find it harder to put a rope to bollards front and back.
  8. I bow to your knowledge. The one on my 1.8 took ten minutes to dismantle for a contact clean. I did it without a manual on a fuelling pontoon!
  9. If it's burnt or dirty contacts, the solenoid on the BMC is easy to remove and dismantle. A gentle rub with a small file might sort you out in a few minutes. Don't forget to disconnect the battery before trying!
  10. I've used silicone sealant. Seems to work.
  11. Depending on specifics, flexible tap connectors might not be very flexible!
  12. It's surprising how much noise can be transmitted through the pipes. If it bothers you, try connecting via a short length of flexible hose on both sides.
  13. We've just had a fridge-freezer delivered. Big, heavy thing. It was moved with a pair of those by a bloke and a girl. Good, but not much use for shopping.
  14. The contract from which I retired only yesterday was to put them into a 170 mm thick steel box!
  15. Having had a few different trollies for boat use, I'd say avoid the ones where the wheels fold inwards. They do it at inconvenient times.
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