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Sea Dog

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  1. Box or rail

    It's a very nice dog, but I'm not surprised it looks a bit sheepish - it hasn't made much of a job of coiling those ropes! He'd be better off with.... A Stringer Spaniel
  2. Box or rail

    My last 'boat' had a row of 4' high aluminium stanchions with 3 x rubber covered steel wires running through them, tightened by stainless turnbuckles. You could walk up and down the gunwales all day (weather permitting), but it was a bit further to fall and the water was a bit deeper. You've had some like that too, haven't you Tim? Surely they were best?
  3. Box or rail

    This is exactly what I understood to be the reason raised handrails were no longer in vogue. If your feet slip off the gunwale, you're probably going in anyway but you are going to retain a grip on a raised rail right up to the point your wrists break against the roof edge. You end up in the canal with either option, but now you have to get out of the water with broken wrists...
  4. Turtles/ Terripins

    Is one of them Aramis?
  5. AB Tuckey

    Well, either they thought the pram cover was good for 56mph down the M40 and probably thought the wine glasses would be ok too... or they didn't give anything much thought!
  6. AB Tuckey

    So, our day got off to an nteresting start when a mobile crane and a low loader turned up to take away a 70 footer moored adjacent to us. Crikey, these blokes have the job weighed off! The boat came in yesterday and was left with no-one aboard - the roof furniture in place, catch cover and pram cover erected, satellite dish still mounted. The Tuckey team sorted all that out in a jiffy, although it was clear that is not how they expect to find a boat ready to be transported by road. Once prepared, the strops were on, the boat in the air and carefully secured on the low loader in minutes. I've ofter seen AB Tuckey recommended on here and, whilst I don't expect they're the cheapest boat moving outfit, I'd be surprised if there's anyone better. I was certainly impressed and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them from what I saw.
  7. Turtles/ Terripins

    It's not just the same as, it's actually the same one. They're plastic and they sell them in garden centres and naughty folk tour the canals propping them on logs on the far bank. (I made that up)
  8. Twin pack or Bitumen

    I'd be a bit worried if he's going to "go all over" with a grinder, frankly. Blackrose is right, a grinder isn't the right prep for two-pack, so it won't help either preparation for that or in the decision imho. When I black my boat (with the Rylards products mentioned as it happens) the object is to preserve as much metal as I can. A grinder takes metal off. They serve a purpose, but need to be used only where necessary and very sparingly at that. Old blacking also tends to melt and clog power tools that produce heat due to friction so, when conventional blacking, hand tools are certainly my preference where possible. I'm blacking my boat at the moment, just about to start coat No3, and guess how much I used a grinder in the preparation? (Not at all). Whoever is doing the job for you may be absolutely excellent and I wouldn't wish to knock a professional's technique. Do be careful though, cos they all look pretty good once the blacking is on as the key bit, the preparation, is then unseen. The proof is in how long the stuff stays on, which is bad enough at 2-3 years even if very well done! Do your research before you commit - a search here will reveal some lesser caring companies having them out and back in a day or two, whereas it needs at least that just to harden off between final coat and relaunch.
  9. Turtles/ Terripins

    No problem believing it - the damned things are everywhere! They had a mini population explosion after the first Ninja Turtles phase in the late 80s, so those biggies were probably little Damien's - his mum popped them in the canal to be kind to them once the novelty wore off.
  10. Dunhampstead or Droitwich?

    The barge canal is a bit rural once you're clear of Droitwich and the locks are double and a bit on the hard work side. There's not much in the way of stopping places til you reach the Severn either so, if you're going that way, it probably works best if you've overnighted in Droitwich so you aren't left looking for moorings. Everything you need to top up with is in Droitwich, so it's not a bad stop. If you're heading down the Dunhampstead route, there's no good mooring places between Tibberton and Worcester. I don't rate the pubs at Tibberton, but the moorings are fine, as are those at Dunhampstead where there is the First Tree, a slightly upscale pub restaurant.
  11. Blacking the hull

    Click on the search button above and search blacking - you'll get lots of good info there. I'm just doing mine at the moment and I'm using Rylards premium and Rytex, which I think are about as good as conventional bituminous blacking products get. Four years between blackings is pushing things - conventional wisdom suggests every 2-3 years. Hope that helps get you off the mark.
  12. The Long Game

    Oh-oh! There's not just an elephant in the room, there's an excited elephant in the room! Look out everyone, things could get, err... Exciting!
  13. No external symptoms on mine, no smoke or smell, just the fault. I think you're probably right about what might be wrong, but from PMs and phone calls I believe we're at the stage where UK diagnosis ends and a Dutch repair begins. I'll have a shufti in the back when I take it off the bulkhead in case there's anything obvious or resettable but, as it stands, I have jury rigged shore power available whilst I'm working on the boat and later I can reconfigure to use the inverter without charger when we go out and about again. I'm thinking of living with it for a bit so we don't end up with an unusable boat once the school summer holidays are over and we're back into the proper cruising season! I'll probably send it into the repair loop when we have a slot where other stuff has us needing to be home for a bit. Thanks to all who took time to suggest stuff. If I can find the thread again(!) I'll post an update with the final result.
  14. I'm gonna be sinking soon.

    Ah, I see now that this, being structurally sound as revealed by copious hammering that is, is indeed a good thing. I fear, however, that it may not bode well for tiddles!
  15. Thanks Frangar. Mine's 8 so I'm not sure where that leaves me! At the price, I'd expect solid state kit like this to go on for donkey's years. 1agos unit with exactly the same symptoms a mine came back with a rather less specific report of an "AC auxiliary supply defect", otherwise a willy-nilly capacitor change might have been an attractive thing to try first! Maybe once I have it off the bulkhead I'll have a look-see at the internals just in case there's anything obviously amiss, but I'm mindful that 'tampering' might boot me out of their flat rate repair scheme. Thanks again for sharing your experience. Most helpful.