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cuthound last won the day on March 14

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  • Birthday 19/01/54

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  1. As far as i can see there is nothing to stop you specifying an emmissions compliant Beta 43 (for example) in its own engine room for your brand new boat, and immediately after delivery having it replaced with a Lister, Gardner or other classic engine of your choice.
  2. The whole window hinges from the bottom, giving more ventilation than the hopper type. The glass can be removed completely for even more ventilation if required. Our boat has these and came with framed mesh inserts to replace the glass, so you can have loads of ventilation without flies getting in. Great design except for the designer ignoring safe storage facilities for the removed panes glass.
  3. Newbold Tunnel is a two way tunnel, as it was the prototype for the Netherton Tunnel. However, in my experience, not all boaters know this and many don't appreciate you entering whilst they are already in it.
  4. In that case, if people mention the actual width in their comments on the planning application, as well as the visual impact on a listed structure and the small number of self inflicted deaths over its 200 year plus history, it might influence the council to refuse the application.
  5. I was last there in July 2015. The linear moorings as well as the basin also have power and water, and also cost £6 per night, for 48 hours max. We arrived on a weekday in the middle of August and took the last linear mooring, however the basin was less than 50% full.
  6. When I had my boat surveyed, the surveyor, Craig Allen, undid the gearbox dipstick, and commented on the condition of the gearbox oil, removed skirtings to check the type and condition of the insulation, removed both stern and bow thruster weed hatches, to check on the condition of the internal coatings. I guess it depends on the surveyor, but I would definately use Craig again.
  7. But changing fuel filters is an opportunity to see if you have the early stages of a diesel bug infection. It is much easier to deal with in the early stages.
  8. Log boats, isn't that what dyslexic vikings used to raid this island with?
  9. OK, point accepted, but what about a sinking in a lock? That is an occurrence that happens several times a year, and finding your way out of a flooding boat with debris floating about can be difficult as it is easy to become disorientated.
  10. Very true. However the OP was asking if it was it it was normal for small diesels to turn over by hand easily, and I was saying no it is not normal unless they have a mechanism to decompress the cylinders.
  11. Depends on whether it has decompression levers. If it has, yes, it should be easy to turn over manually. If it is a modern diesel without, then no.
  12. That is why it is, in my opinion, better to find directions a boatyard with a dry dock rather than have the boat craned out for the survey.
  13. Only if the venue has an overhead projector suited to acetates. I haven't seen one of those for years.
  14. River Canal Rescue do engine maintenance courses for £120 for a 2 day course, or £170 for a 4 hour session on your own boat, plus materials. I was in a similar situation after years of being provided with a company car, so chose the RCR course on my own boat to refresh my memory and reinstate my confidence in my abilities. Well worth it, as even after you have paid for the course and materials it is much cheaper than getting a boatyard to service it and you learn how to do it yourself. In my case we finished the service in an hour, so the RCR man spent the next 3 hours showing me how to maintain other bits on my boat.