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MikeHing

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About MikeHing

  • Birthday 25/05/51

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    Lechlade, Glos

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    VIENNA
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    Lechlade

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    http://www.stickonsigns.co.uk

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  1. Sign writing/Vinyls ?

    Good to hear that the graphics are still OK Dylan. We are still in business producing vinyl graphics or paint stencils to individual customer requirements. We like to think that we provide a custom job to individual requirements - no online order forms. We like to discuss the job with the customer to be able to supply exact requirements. If we have a photo of the boat then we can produce a draft image of the final graphics. Paint stencils are a good alternative to vinyl and can include shading on a single stencil. Mike Stick on Signs
  2. EA & canal windlass sizes

    Thanks all, that is exactly the information am looking for. I am a little annoyed that I have gone and spent £20 on a so called Ouse windlass only to find out it is the same as the numerous canal windlass' I already have. I have joined GOBA.
  3. EA & canal windlass sizes

    Hoping to cruise the rivers Nene, Great Ouse & Middle Levels this summer. I am having difficulty getting details of the lock windlass' we will need. I have read somewhere that the Ouse windlass is special in that the lock spindles have a shroud that makes the use of a canal type windlass impossible. I have got a Middle Level windlass now and also bought what was sold as a Nene & Great Ouse short throw windlass. However this Nene & Great Ouse windlass has identical cut outs to my standard canal windlass! I also now have an EA Abloy key for the control boxes. Any other keys needed? Any information on this would be gratefully received.
  4. Insulation for new build

    Thanks for your inputs on this. II will go for sprayfoam.done by someone who knows what they are doing.
  5. What type of insulation do forum members recommend for a new build shell? My first feeling is to go for sprayfoam but I know that there are other materials, ie sheet polystyrene, Rockwool & 3M Thinsulate. Is sprayfoam fire retardant? I would have thought that it should be to comply with BSS
  6. Our 43ft boat lives on the Thames at Lechlade. The huill was 2 pack epoxied about 6 years ago and this coating is still in excellent condition. However, there is now quite a thick lime scale deposit on the underwater surfaces which will not jet wash off. Maybe this is a side effect of being on the Thames as the water must have quite a high calcium content with some of the water coming off the Cotswolds. I have googled lime scale remover and there seems to be a few acid type products that may be suitable without causing damage to the epoxy coating. Does anyone have any experience of lime scale removal on this scale? The boat is currently out of the water until Spring so now is the time to try something.
  7. 'Ship's Cat' ...how to acclimatise?

    Our cat has been cruising with us for her whole 7 year life. She first came on board as a kitten of about 7 weeks old. I am sure this had the effect of imprinting the boat as a second home. We do not live aboard but live within about 30m of the boat, so whenever I go down to the boat she normally follows me on and is very reluctant to then leave. All has been OK up till now until our 3 week cruise this summer. The planned route was down the Thames and then visit the River Wey. After a week we got to Coxes Lock on the Wey and the cat went for her normal evening hunt but did not return. We stayed at Coxes Lock for a week looking for her without success. Eventually we had to leave for home. Two weeks later we got a call on a Sunday evening from some dog walkers out on Chertsey Mead who thought they had seen our cat. We had flooded the area with lost cat posters. My wife travelled down to where the cat had been seen and within half an hour of searching she was found safe and well but very skinny. This is a bit of a long drawn out story showing that cats will always do what they want, when they want to and cannot be relied upon to always return for one reason or another. We still do not know why our cat wandered of, she had never done so before.(she was found 1½ miles from where she went missing)but something out of the ordinary must have happened,ie been chased by something. In an attempt to make finding her easier should anything like this happen again, when on the boat she now wears a collar with a Loc8tor radio tracking device. It has a limited range of about 120m, but had she been wearing one at the time she went missing during the summer it would have made the task of finding here a lot easier. You can walk within a meter or so of a cat hiding in a hedge and you would never see it. This has now been trialed for a week in early September and although the cat never strayed too far away, I could always detect where she was. Cats are great fun to have on a boat but you must be aware of the potential problems should the animal be allowed to roam. Mooring locations have also to be chosen with care. We were concerned last year about our stay in Limehouse marina but the cat took it all in here stride much to the amusement of other moorers. She wasn't impressed with the lumpy ride down the Tideway though.
  8. Double R&D Coupling

    When we first had our boat it was built with a single R & D coupling and I was unhappy with the amount of vibration transmitted to the hull. This single type of coupling is pretty useless when combined with an engine fitted to flexible engine mounts. Very soon after I fitted a second R & D coupling pretty well exactly as shown in the photo. This creates a rudiomentary universal joint assembley allowing a small degree of parallel motion of the drive shaft. The reduction in transmitted vibration was noticeable. I used this set up for several years before finally fitting an Aquadrive unit.
  9. SmartBank Advanced installation

    OK,I have installed the relay after the battery isolator switches and all seems to work fine although when the relay is energised and the contacts are closed, the coil sings/buzzes. Is this normal? I was surprised to hear this assuming the Smartbank puts out a DC energising voltage to the coil.
  10. SmartBank Advanced installation

    Just fitted a SmartGauge - no problems. Now about to fit the SmartBank Advanced battery control & relay. Is this relay usually fitted on the battery side or the load side of the battery isolator switches? The relay is being used to parallel a start battert (batt 2) and a bank of three domestic batteries (batt 1) I also currently have a Sterling 3 stage battery charger fitted which charges both the engine & domestic batteries via separate cables from the charger to the individual battery banks. These cables are wired to the battery side of the isolator switches so that the batteries will charge when all circuits are switched off. If the Smartbank relay is fitted on the battery side of the isolator switches then it would seem correct to then feed a single cable from the battery charger to the relay and let Smartbank sort out whether the batteries should be paralled and hence both charged. If, however, the relay is fitted on the load side of the battery isolators then the charger would need to be left connected as it is at present, ie separate leads to both battery banks. Any advise on this please?
  11. LED lights

    This thread caught my attention as I too have a radio interference issue which I think must be LED derived. Not by LED lighting but I believe it comes from a battery monitor which has red LED digits. It is a Link 10 unit originally bought from Merlin many years ago. I use a battery powered radio in the bedroom which has an external aerial. With the boat domestic power turned off the radio works perfectly with no hint of interference, but with the power on there is lots of pulsing interference. I proceeded to isolate electrical circuits one at a time to attempt to find the source of this interference. Disconnecting the power supply to the battery monitor (which is fed directly from the battery switch terminals also in the engine room) stopped the interference completely. This battery monitor is in the engine room and about 6’ away from the radio. The aerial is located on the roof at the front of the boat. I can only imagine then that the interference is somehow being transmitted by this monitor but am at a loss to know how or even if it is possible to stop it.
  12. pets on narrow boats

    This is the first time I have tried to put a photo on the forum. Hope it works. The cat's called Flossie and accompanies us whenever we go out on the boat.
  13. Applying Vinyl Stripe

    Would recomend lap joints at corners. Calenderised self adhesive vinyl (as opossed to cast vinyl) is made by stretching vinyl out into sheet form and as a consequence of this the vinyl has a tendancy to shink back a little over a period of time. Butt joints would thefefore show a thin line of the base paint after a period of time as the vinyl shrinks a little. When I applied the stripes to our boat I just placed small pieces of masking tape at about 1m spacing to act as a guide. Try not to stretch the tape as you apply it though. Mike Stick on Signs
  14. Hull blacking

    Try Oxford Cruisers at Eynesham. They haul boats out on a trolley up an inclined plane/slipway
  15. Shower tray's that don't cost the earth...

    Have a look at the Cirencester plastics range at www.cirencesterplastics.co.uk I have one of their 585 x 585mm trays fitted to our boat. It is small but useable. I wouldn't want one any smaller though.
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