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  1. Coolant leak

    Obvious starting point is all the jubilee clips , particularly as it happens when the engine is run hard it could point towards the connections to the skin tank/s and or the calorifier pipes as until its up to 85 degrees the thermostat will still be closed, like you say a bit of kithchen roll is a good indicator.... also check the water pump as most have a tell tale hole that weeps when the bearing starts to wear out. Rick
  2. Questions, Advice and Discussio boating Adventure.

    Having cut my teeth on grp cruisers i have repaired several sonic and enfield outdrives over the years had one do exactly the same and that turned out to be a sheared gear selector shaft ... i made a replacement at a mates engineering shop ... the only other thing i can think it could be is a siezed dog clutch ... the shaft doesnt necessarily have to come out the water as they can be "wound up" ... the last one i repaired was on a nauticus 27 and i did that in the water at sawley just pulled it backwards up their slipway and paddled! I am just down the road at Willington and more than happy to give you an hour or two to take a look if you wish ... i also have a car with a towbar and can think of one or two people to call for a trailer should it be required. Rick
  3. I totally refurbished a 27' dawncraft a few years ago including filling 108 holes in the hull (i counted them) where the rubbing strakes had been and the screws had rusted out... i used fibreglass to fill, a small detail sander and sanding blocks to key the hull then used Toplac to paint it and it came up like a new hull with a deep gloss white finish then used navy blue anti foul to just above the water line ... the topsides were covered in green moss and bought them back up to a good finish with scouring pads and the 20p a bottle cif type cream cleaner from the local supermarket ... did the canvas canopys with a scrubbing brush and washing powder and they too came out like new ... hope this helps Rick
  4. Maid of Oak for Sale....

    Pleased you typed the above! i saw a "maid of oak" last year on my travels not 100% sure of where but it looked rough as buggery and certainly not anything like a 2006 build or a £60k boat ! ... thinking back it could have een the Ashy or Coventry so charity dock makes sense. Rick
  5. Heating boat while not on board

    before i was a liveaboard i used 3 of the greenhouse heating tubes rated at 150 watts each spread equally down the boat ...just to keep the frost off as they are designed to survive being left on all winter Rick
  6. Keeping warm while winter cruising

    +one for the ski trousers fantastic for the depths of winter otherwise normal lightweight waterproof trousers all my fleeces jackets and beanies are wierd fish , brill in this weather for really cold i have a mountaineering coat which is lightweight but has a fleece lined quilted jacket which clips inside it the hood wraps round above my nose and with a scarf under and a light base layer is every bit as warm if not warmer than the kit we used in norway when i did my cold weather survival training in the forces. for hands i have thinsulate gloves with belstaff waterproof bike mitts over the top. Rick
  7. Overheating

    All that money and someone skimped and left off the outboard bracket with the spare/trolling motor even the smallest sea going boats tend to carry! Rick
  8. Need advice

    I hate to say this, i bought a boat that had water damage due to a failed sea cock on the raw water cooling pick up, but it didnt bother me as my intention was a full refit anyway, i moved it back home as it was as it had been thouroughly dried out , but the musty smell would never go ... when i go to the refit and took the floor up there was still water under there and the sub floor itself was sodden as it had a plastic membrane under trapping moisture ... also all the metal parts ad wiring were totally unuseable as they develped rust (metal parts such as the fridge, cooker rads etc.) In my case it was a complete refit from the bare shell even renewed the insulation as it was polystyrene and water damaged and pressure washed the ballast bricks as they were covered in gungy water ... so if there is any kind of smell it certainly isnt going to get any better! .... also make sure the floor is solid and try and find out what the floor is made from, my sub floor was chipboard so came out like soggy weetabix! Best of luck Rick
  9. Repositioning of Stern Tube Greaser

    No reason at all not to move it its on my to do list on my boat ... my last boat was like yours and i moved the greaser as you desribed and was also a good few feet away but on that one i used copper tubing rather than the plastic as i had some kicking about, and fixed using compression fittings, as the fittings both ends are threaded ... primed the pipe before connecting to the sterntube and it worked fine.... also was much easier to shape the copper and keep it neat, ... so long as you prime it first though dont see any problem with plastic if it is well fitted and secure. Hope this helps Rick
  10. Coventry Victor cooling options

    Hi i had the same TMP gearbox coupled to a BMC1500 fitted in a 38' narrowboat a few years back and am sure i still have a lot of technical info so will try and search it out if its of use to you ... i must say though mine was superb and ultra reliable so hopefully you wont be in need of parts. Rick
  11. My mum had the same 1/2 tonne sharp for many years... when hers went pop last year i found an identical one at the local "tip" shop ... paid 12 quid for it with a 3 month guarantee and it had even been P.A.T tested , 12 months on its fine , so if you have anything similar i your area take a look you would be surprised ! ... at the same time bought a normal digital one for my nieces flat and that was 6 quid! although used both are like new ..... Rick..
  12. Painting Locations

    that was my other thought the L+L ..... was just thinking though coming up from saul to gloucester .... especially as he said close to the black country?
  13. Painting Locations

    2nd one looks familiar .... just racking my brains before i commit! Rick with the hills in the background thinking the g+s Rick
  14. Heard on the cut

    Whenever i have had a lady friend on my boat i have taught them to steer and we have shared it out between us, i personally think it is important that both people should be capable of moving and mooring a boat and be confident in all tasks and also to know what to do in an emergency ....for instance should either have an accident or fall overboard, i met one lady who's ex had always steered and she didnt have the first clue how to start the boat let alone steer it or operate the controls which in my opinion is madness. Rick
  15. Unreserved Apology To GoodGurl

    couldnt have put it better Rog Rick