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About RichLech

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    Alice Springs
  • Boat Location
    River Wey
  1. Talking engines

    The hour meter on my Barrus Shire control panel rev counter doesn't work either, except very, very occasionally on very hot days! Can't recall it displaying at all this year but it has in the past so I do know total hours since new. I have subsequently fitted an independent hour meter so that I can be sure of servicing needs etc.
  2. Talking engines

    I have a Barrus Shire 45. No experience of anything else but very pleased with the Shire. Always starts well (no heater plugs) and fairly easy to work on. Done about 2000 hrs without any issues. Based on a Yanmar engine that is also used in many tractors, mini-diggers etc. I was shocked when I looked into the price of Barrus alternators that I wanted to carry as spares, but managed to find suitable alternatives at sensible prices.
  3. Car Insurance Question (Not Boat)

    I would tell your insurance company for "information only" and then continue with the arrangement direct with the other party. Some-one backed into my Defender couple of years ago. His insurance company arranged to have it repaired so mine was not involved, but I did not want to risk not informing them. It does not seem to have affected my policy in any way.
  4. Ideal Pram Hood design

    We've had one made for our semi-trad. Wouldn't be without it. Gives us an extra room when we moor up for the night and with two dogs that is important. Couple of things that we specified to make it convenient. Firstly, front screen can be completely zipped out so that with side screens removed as well, it just provides a canopy for shade or shelter from showers. On wet days on the Thames (where bridges are higher) we can cruise with the canopy up. Secondly, to ensure that the stainless steel hoops do not obstruct access to the boat, the hoops are on sliding rails on the sides of the semi-trad. Hence when the canopy is laid down the hoops slide forward, keeping the whole thing clear of the access hatch. Ours in canvas. more flexible for folding down. When we moor I can have the whole thing up, screen and sides fitted and water-tight in about 5 minutes. Ours was made by Tim at AM Marine Trim, based at Windsor Marina.
  5. Wet bilge (engine bay)

    Athy, this water may have been coming in through the bilge pump outlet (and hence back through the bilge pump). See my post above. I had the same puzzle for a year after I bought my boat, until I twigged that the bilge pump outlet skin fitting was only just above the water line. h
  6. Wet bilge (engine bay)

    I used to have this problem with my semi-trad. Not Liverpool boats but built by some-one who used to work for them so very similar. Eventually realised the outlet from the bilge pump was only just above water line and inside the boat, the outlet pipe immediately went down to bilge pump. Turns out that when water covered the bilge pump outlet, water back-siphoned into the bilge. Sorted by re-running pipe so that it ran up from the outlet fitting before turning down towards the bilge pump. Also fitted one way vale to be doubly sure. Lovely dry engine bilge now.
  7. shopping in tamworth?

    Many thanks.
  8. shopping in tamworth?

    Cruising through tamworth in a couple of days. Anyone know a supermarket near the Coventry canal?
  9. A A renewal time again

    I left the AA simply because I couldn't be bothered to go through this ritual every year. I can only assume that most customers just renew without question and so they don't care about losing a few. I have personal cover with Green Flag now.
  10. Thames

    It is because this outfit Thames Visitor Moorings has placed themselves between the boaters and EA. Seems they managed to convince EA that if they took over running of the EA moorings they would collect enough money to pay EA more than they were getting before AND pay their own costs. Can't see it myself. I use Thames EA moorings extensively during the summer, just for an overnight while cruising. I find this system of logging on and giving card numbers a totally unnecesary, cumbersome intrusion into my leisurely cruising. I will not be logging on anyway; I will have to use a mobile. I hope the phone will be manned whenever I call.
  11. Thames EA pump out cost & availability

    They were £10 last year. They are good value. I always pump out at Abingdon before I leave the Thames at Oxford. As far as I know a card you buy will work in them all - but I haven't tried it myself. It seems there are always one or two out of order but there is usually advance notice at nearby locks so you can plan ahead. Even with allowance for out of order machines, there are enough as long as you think ahead.
  12. Shower Tiles or Panels

    I used panels from IPSL. Brilliant. Available in various designs. https://www.ipsluk.co.uk/
  13. In the previous version of the Forum there was a list of the latest topics on the right hand side. I can't see this now. The list on the right looks like it might be the "busiest" topics. Am I misinterpreting something?
  14. Thames visitor licences-2 weeks?

    I've never had a problem buying a licence for two weeks. Done it at least once a year for the last four years. Last year got caught on red boards for 4 days during May. When we got going again the next lock extended the licence for the four days lost. Shouldn't have any problems with moorings in March/April. Not sure about the new mooring regime. You were always meant to contact someone when you arrived at EA visitor moorings but I don't think anyone bothered. Now you are meant to contact outfit called Thames Visitor Moorings who will supposably police the use of moorings.
  15. basic knowledge ....

    I can recommend RCR courses.