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Neil2 last won the day on April 7

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  1. To be honest if you want the low down on instant water heaters you'd be better off going to a motorhome or caravan show, as that's what most modern instant heaters were designed for.
  2. I don't think Mr Rusty meant to be rude, it's just that most of us on here have formulated our opinions after maybe thousands of hours/miles on the canals, and though some of these opinions are strongly defended, they are just opinions. I don't like calorifiers but that's based on my preference for keeping things as simple as possible and in particular having as little pipework on the boat as I can get away with. When you have done a few months boating you will find,almost certainly, that your own views change, especially when things start to go wrong. However, what I will say is remember the current generation of instant water heaters has been developed largely to satisfy the expanding caravan and motorhome market where folk demand ever higher standards of home comforts, and this is why we narrowboat owners are really spoilt these days. There was a time when the calorifier was a much more straightforward choice but now it's not so clear cut.
  3. Bukh engines are notorious for smoking especially when lightly loaded, one of the reasons being the low exhaust temperature, the fumes just don't get burned off. I reckon that by insulating the entire exhaust from the manifold will help to raise the temperature and reduce the smoke. I don't think it's a bad idea to reduce the heat dissipated in the engine room either.
  4. Yes I find the bit just beyond the Northern portal of Wast Hill a bit grim but once you turn on to the Northern Stratford at King's Norton it's fine, and no air draught issues I can think of. Lyon's boat yard about a mile after the junction is a friendly place and the diesel is reasonably priced just watch out for flying golf balls, I'm not joking. If you are in no hurry having got to King's Norton it really is worth heading into Gas Street - if you haven't been before.
  5. It's 25mm thick - and either 300mm or 600mm wide, IIRC. A roll of this stuff costs about £500. Obviously aimed at big seafaring boats but the 600mm would just fit snugly around my big silencer between the supports. I think I may have to trawl (sorry) round the bigger boatyards to find an offcut.
  6. I want to beef up the lagging of my exhaust system in particular the hospital silencer. I know you can get rolls of 25mm lagging but ASAP eg only seem to sell it in minimum 7m lengths. I'll hunt around the boatyards if need be but does anyone know if/where you could get a short length of this stuff?
  7. I can't remember where it is but just last year just before one of the locks there was a narrowboat that looked as though it had been pile driven into the river bed. Someone told us it happened during a flood and at the time several attempts had been made to remove it without success. i wonder if it is still there. It was a useful illustration of what the river can do.
  8. There was a thread some time ago, maybe a couple of years, where someone mentioned the G11E which is very similar to the D61 but has a much higher flow rate. Modern thermostatic showers are terrific aren't they, the old mixer valve I had would never work properly but even with the weedy pressure from my Rinnai the thermo mixer works perfectly. The only drawback with instant water heaters is the gas consumption but I've tried all sorts of systems and I just prefer the simplicity of the instant heater.
  9. I don't have a back boiler or calorifier just an instant water heater and it works great - despite what people say about them not working with showers. Makes life much simpler plumbing wise. IIRC, the BSS has hitherto allowed them to be installed on boats until a room sealed equivalent becomes widely available. I don't know enough about the BSS or the market to comment on whether this situation has changed. The Morco G11E was about the best of this type last time I looked.
  10. That's a wise decision. It's astonishing how the character of the Avon changes with only a bit of rain it's comparable with the Aire & Calder in that respect but I think the Avon is more volatile.
  11. I have a mate who's addicted to brake fluid but he reckons he can stop any time he wants to.
  12. People fit an extension rudder on their o/b primarily so you have some control when not under power, that being one of the drawbacks of an outboard. As the rudder swivels with the prop I can't see how it would affect handling, our first boat had one and when I removed it I couldn't detect any difference. Very light grp boats with o/b's are skittish but as others have said it's worth experimenting with ballast up front.
  13. As I was writing that I was thinking a photo would be useful, but the few pictures of the boat I looked at none of them show the cradle it's always hidden behind something. I'll have a proper look tomorrow. I'm ashamed to say the paint on the cradle is deteriorating and number 1001 on the to do list this year is to repaint it but I fear it might be too far gone. If so I'll use the old one as a template to replace it
  14. You are right up to a point, if you are au fait with boats and boating then it shouldn't be too difficult to get the hang of a narrowboat. But, and I'm surprised someone else hasn't pointed this out, the problem with handling these things is that as soon as you become confident, just when you reckon you've really got the hang of it, the next day day the boat goes and does it's own thing and makes you look like a complete novice. Which is one reason why Timothy West even after 40 years is still crashing into things. I'm occasionally asked have you ever lost anything in the canal and I reply yes, my dignity, many times.
  15. I'm sure there is a good reason but just wondered why you have to have the solar panels in the same location as the pole cradle. It sounds a clumsy arrangement to leave it where it is, but I'm not a fan of having any more holes in the roof than absolutely necessary if you decide to move it. My pole/boarding plank rack is a wooden affair that just sits in the centre of the roof I'm sure others have a similar set up. It has no fixings at all and has been subjected to storm force winds yet it never moves. It is basically a long shallow box contoured to fit the roof though it sits on those little nylon "feet" you get for under the legs of chairs. It holds a pole either side and the box is really useful for storing the mop, boathook and mooring pins, the boarding plank is the "lid". I suspect it was custom made but it seems to me it wouldn't be that difficult to fashion something out of wood to fit the ubiquitous brass/chrome cradles to or you might even be able to rework your existing cradle to mount on a wooden frame. Just a thought.