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dor last won the day on January 20 2014

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  1. vetus batteries

    I had some last year. Despite the Vetus badging, actual price was not too bad for 110AHr batteries (ignore the prices on the Vetus website!), four for £270. The supplier reckoned he got through a pallet in a couple of weeks so they were fresh. Voltage was 12.64. However I can't say I am that impressed by them. They don't seem to have the capacity I would expect. Having said that they are no worse than other batteries I have bought, but I have had better. I did get them for a reasonable price for standard 110AHr batteries, but will go back to buying from a reputable dealer online next time and hope for the best. Interestingly for sealed batteries, they label gives a charging voltage of 14.2 - 14.8 volts. I have previously been charging them off an alternator regulated at 14.4V. I have just swapped over to another alternator with a Sterling digital regulator which charges at 14.8V during the bulk and absorption phase, but as it is done by a timer (which allegedly works out how long by how low it thinks the batteries are), it always goes into float after 60 minutes. So although I gain at the start of the charging, I lose out after an hour when it drops to 14.0V float (unless I restart the engine). ETA: I should have summed this up as: they are ok, but I don't think they are any better or worse than run-of-the-mill 110AHr batteries (unless you really really want grey batteries). Probably more to do with how long they have sat on a shelf.
  2. Engine Power Loss Issues - Any advice?

    Many years ago I has a similar experience. It was caused by water in the diesel.
  3. Sailaway

    The distance and working full time is why you see so many unfinished projects. It just drags on and on. I, and others posting here, worked almost full time on their fitout, and had the boat close at hand (mine was 15 minutes away), and yet still took many, many months to complete. If you are not lucky enough to be in that position, fitting out a sailaway will turn into a slog. Especially if you don't get a buzz out of doing all the designing and building. You are right to be looking now for a used boat that "nearly" fits your requirements.
  4. Portable radios

    I have a separate live feed from the battery, via an in-line fuse, to the radio/CD player as well as a normal switched supply. At first I ran a small wire, thinking it only needed to supply the memory so would draw very little current. However I found that although the radio would work ok when the main supply was on, the CD player didn't. It appears that the main supply feeds the radio and electronics, the unswitched feed supplies the memory and the CD motor. Replaced unswitched feed with thicker wire (4mm^2) and all is well. Cable runs from battery at the stern to radio at the front and is probably about 16 metres.
  5. Sailaway

    I did mine starting from a lined out sailaway, painted before collection. I planned the wiring and that was installed before the lining (take lots of photos before the lining so you know what cables go where). I didn't have 230V on site, but rigged up my 1800W inverter temporarily and used this for all the power tools. I didn't have storage on site, but most of the 8x4 sheets were put on the boat when I collected it. I did all the plumbin, gas and electrics, but I had a surveyor overseeing the build to do the RCD documentation, and he provided advice where needed. He signed off the gas when doing the RCD. It took me about nine months working "9-5", but actually a lot shorter in the winter. I installed the stove fairly early on so I could heat the boat while working. If I had done another it would have taken half the time, as much of the time was spent working out how to do things and make stuff, and finding the best source for materials.
  6. Modern "old" engines

    Thanks for the clarification. I hadn't appreciated that there were two different base engines; I am only (vaguely) familiar with the John Deere base.
  7. Modern "old" engines

    It should have read "BD3", but it seems even Beta refer to it as a "JD3" in some of their stuff. Not sure now if they still supply it (emissions?).
  8. Shut Yer Gob!

    I remember from many years ago, in something like the I-Spy books, this being referred to as 'pub sign cricket'. Your 'innings' continued until your opponent spotted a sign with no legs, then you were out and then your opponent was 'in'.
  9. Modern "old" engines

    Or how about a Beta JD3? A bit big for a narrowboat perhaps, but would sit happily under a semi-trad deck and is fairly slow revving.
  10. BBC last night

    I agree. I thought the presenter did a good job and, rightly or not, gave the impression she knew her subject. Just a little bit of "hands-on", rather than the "can I have a go" bits you see in so many documentaries. I can watch any number of programmes like this, also Mark Williams' programmes on industrial history, as mentioned above, are also well worth watching, as opposed to most 'celebrity'-led stuff.
  11. Loss of coolant

    On my Vetus, the expansion tank needs to be nearly empty when cold, otherwise it will push out excess when hot. The expansion tanks have nothing to do with the engine - mine is a Renault! So you can ignore any Min/Max levels. When the engine is cold, the level should be about a centimeter below the bottom of the filler on top of the exhaust manifold. Try the header tank with just a little water, then check that the bottle is filling up when the engine gets hot. Cross-posted with Tony's. Also, try spreading paper under the engine when cold, then run the engine. The paper getting wet might make it easier to identify where water is leaking from.
  12. Shut Yer Gob!

    That wriggled and tickled and tickled inside her...
  13. Shut Yer Gob!

    No I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die.
  14. Counterfeit stamp

    Since any old shop can apply and get a Post Office franchise, there has been a significant increase in cases where the Post Office have shut down the franchise alleging fraud. Many of these are contested and blamed on PO computers, but it wouldn't be beyond someone in a Post Office selling fake stamp books if the fakes looked good. Especially as there is no vetting of staff that work in the shops.
  15. Shut Yer Gob!

    I know an old woman who swallowed a fly ...