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Ex Brummie

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  1. If you feel invaded, try taking a picture of the offenders and see their reaction.
  2. The Avon can be a most volatile river with a days rainfall around Nuneaton making a strong stream around Stratford in a few hours. If you don't want to buy an anchor, do you have a substantial mud weight? Anything is better than nothing.
  3. You can get PRV's with a pressure gauge. ( . One of these will let you know exactly what is happening.
  4. For the sake of £3-£4, it is not worth attempting a repair. If the built was built with a calorifier by a reputable fitter, I'm sure youl'll have vessel Check your expansion vessel pressure also. If too low or too high, this will produce weeping PRV's. Pressure needs to be approx. 1/2 way between pump pressure and the maxsystem pressure, usually 3 bar. To replace, switch off water pump, open a hot tap, have some cloths/bowl handy to catch drips, unscrew and replace. Before you do this, check the configuration of your valve ( usually 1/2" BSP Female inlet and 1/2" BSP female outlet).
  5. If the fuel take off is from the top, as specified in BSS, then a break in the line will empty the tank through syphoning. Metal for me also. If the agglomerator is checked regularly, like with each fill up, then you don't need to look at it. If you pick up a bad batch of fuel, you are not likely to notice it even in a glass bowl, as the problem will be immediate.
  6. How does the overflow drain back to the engine? Any overflow will during operation will occur by excess pressure lifting the cap. Once the pressure is relieved the cap will close off sealing any return. If you have a bowman heat exchanger, then the engine coolant should be minimal, being cooled by the secondary water from your skin tanks. The skin tank water would have been circulated by a Jabsco pump or similar. Unfortunately many were 'modified' by people who should know better, and the Jabsco pump was taken out with the skin tank piping adapted to circulate skin tank water round the engine. The new volume is too much for the Bowman to cater for expansion, and if only the normal BMC water pump was retained there was a real chance of it being unable to cope with the extra resistance of the circuit leading to overheating. The only CB marine conversions I have seen incorporate a Jabsco pump adapted to the BMC water pump drive. If you go the way an additional expansion vessel to cater for expansion, then you need to adapt your original cap to permanently open with a pressure cap on the new bottle. If you incorporate an open expansion vessel, then as long as there is sufficient height to maintain a 4lb static head, then that could also work.
  7. Severn Valley Cruisers built many boats, some timeshare and some hire, so I would think that at one time your boat would have had two battery systems. How old is the boat? Does your battery have two leads from the +ve terminal or one that splits elsewhere on the boat?
  8. I wallpapered the internal bulkheads in the bedroom, and have wallpapered on top of ply on sides and bulkhead in the galley. I tiled around the shower bath, but wallpapered behind the basin and toilet. The outside of the bathroom is also wallpapered in the passage. The bedroom has lasted 29 years, the passageway 22 years, and the galley has been changed 3 times and has been a b*****d to strip each time. Nothing wrong with it as long as you choose a good paper. A boat should not be any more hostile an environment than a house.
  9. Don't forget to allow for the lining at each end of the boat. As said in a previous post, 6" can be a significant shortfall. My boat is 57' cruiser stern, but with a 10' back deck, and a standardish front cockpit and bow. The internal length after lining was 40'6"
  10. It's CaRT's fault for putting the rings too close together, and the hire company's fault for providing a centre rope.
  11. You can fit car roof bars to your handrails. You can then screw the panels to them. I've seen this done on narrowboats. The bar holders can beclamped to the rail, and many incorporate a lock to prevent theft.
  12. My CAV fuel separator had a plastic thumbscrew to drain it. This passed BSC several times before it was picked up. It was easily replaced by a 1/4 BSP steel plug. Most threads on fuel systems are BSP. This incident takes us back to the BMC spill pipes which were genuine spares but non compliant. Flexible fuel lines have to have the correct spec marked on them. Glass filter bowls were also outlawed because of the possibility of breakage and spillage even though they were made for the job. In domestic oil heating systems many changes such as this have been applied. The next upset will no doubt be that oil flexies will have to be dated and replaced within a time scale. With lots of these little niggles, a bit of common sense stirs up much vitriolic rhetoric similar to 'my granddad smoked 50 woodbines a day and lived to 95' ignoring the excessivenumber of premature deaths and lung disease caused by smoking.
  13. Three dry days is worse. You don't then have the excuse to stay on your boat 'cos it's raining
  14. Make a hatch in the kitchen floor, remove the ballast, fit spacers so that the hatch can be replaced level with the floor. Fit it with a plastic tray and you have a cool compartment below the water line that will store milk, spread and the like for 2-3 days. if you have a dry bilge, and the engine is not too close, the counter may be suitable. Old boatmen of my acquaintance always used this method.
  15. Make sure the stove pipe is not 'welded' to the collar through corrosion. This inhibits the facility for expansion when the stove heats up and cracks the top plate. You may be able to repair the top plate with welding, but special rods for cast iron are needed.