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  1. An interesting study Paul. I have often wondered about proper test of the MPG difference between regular and premium fuels. I have used our 'Norfolk Run' of 450miles with my 2004 Rover 75 diesel automatic (BMW lump) with both cheap and premium fuel several times and found essentially no difference that could not be explained by traffic density or lighter / heavier right foot. Over the past 7 years I have had two 75 diesels, the first was written of by a white van man reversing into it in a line of stationary traffic, but as they are considered as a 'modern classic' the insurance pay out was very good. The current one I have had 4 years and on the Norfolk run consistently returns between 48 - 51 Mpg and local runs of between 34 & 39 Mpg whatever fuel I have used. As far as zoom goes the isn't much even in sport mode so that is not a consideration. Regards Bob
  2. Hi Pumpmedic. Thanks for the links. That is the plastic moulding that houses the diaphragm which mates to the pump housing and switch assembly, the picture shows how little land there is on the mating surfaces. As the pump works ok and holds its pressure (the leak at the joint is very small) I'm assuming that the diaphragm and valves are OK and that there is just a small distortion of either / both of the mouldings possibly due to old age or the hot and cold of the engine bay where it is situated. In fact the combined cost of both parts comes to more than a new pump so hardly cost effective soI will try the disassembly and rebuild with some sealer but if that doesn't work I'll just replace with the 7Lpm new version and take a chance on the flow rate. Regards Bob
  3. Hi. Thanks for the reply's. We will be back to the boat after Easter for a week and since the water leak is very small and is easily collected we will live with it. When we come back I will bring the pump home and dismantle with a view to checking / lapping the surfaces on a glass plate and re assembling with a trace of sealer on the surfaces. Regards Bob
  4. Hi. We have a Shurflow 2095-423-342 water pump which was fitted 10 years ago. Last spring when dewinterizing there was a big leak at the joint at the bottom of the pressure chamber and I found that some of the screws were quite loose and when tightened the leak stopped. We have just dewinterized this year and once again there is a leak at the pump in the same place although it is only an occasional drip this time, maybe 1/4 pint per day, in all other respects the pump works perfectly. As the pump is ten years old I thought I would just replace it however it seems that the model numbers and specs have changed over there years. My pump has a rating of 20psi (1.4 bar) with a flow rate of 10.5 L/m and a power usage of 7.5 amps however from what I can see the latest version 20psi pump has a flow rate of only 7 L/m and a power usage of 4.5amps. There is a version that will deliver 10 L/m but the pressure is 30 psi and I do not want to increase the line pressure by a third in case it causes problems such a leaks that are not in obvious or accessible places. On looking at the web it seems that a leak at this joint is a common problem caused by some distortion of the flanges since there is no jointing gasket. The common fix appears to be striping and rebuilding with the application of some flexible jointing compound such a Hylomar however whilst in my experience this is great for car head gaskets etc. I'm not so sure about using it where it will be in contact with fresh water. So I am thinking about using something non toxic like aquarium sealer. Has anyone else had this problem or can offer any thoughts or fixes ? Regards Bob
  5. Both Coots and Moorhens are migratory however they both migrate from Europe for the winter months increasing the local population not the other way round. Egyptian Geese were introduced in the 17 century and have increased in both Norfolk & Suffolk over the years, they are now moving further east and south. Opps Kingfisher666 crossed can obviously type faster than me. Regards Bob
  6. I had some slides to scan and didn't want to fork out for a pro scanner so I just bought a cheapy. I wasn't expecting much but for what it was it is actually quite good although I do have to play with the settings. https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Del-Digital-35mm-Film-Scanner-Black/11007524196?iid=323398881461 Regards Bob
  7. If you buy the impeller in a kit with the gaskets you get the proper grease included.. Regards Bob
  8. We have an 800watt microwave that is normally used when we are on shore power but we do have a 2Kw Quasi sine wave inverter that is permanently wired in via a switch and fuse to the two domestic batteries. It is not connected to the 240 volt system but on the odd occasion when we want to use it we have a cable that plugs into the socket on the front of the inverter and the other end plugs into the shore power socket, this ensures that you can't have the shore power and inverter on at the same time. Someone once told me that as a rule of thumb you can expect to draw 10amps from the battery for each 100watts pull on the inverter which means that our microwave/ inverter set up draws around 80 amps which is probably about right and does clobber the batteries. You should also remember that the amount of charge that you can take out of a battery is dependent not only on its rated capacity but the age and state of charge of it at the time. The hire boats that have no gas have a huge number of batteries and big alternators to charge them.
  9. Re my previous post this is the helm seat and how it was fitted to a standard base, not very elegant but it works well.
  10. All this talk of old engines and boats takes me back. When I was at school in the early 60's a classmate's uncle had an MTB at Newhaven. the story was that he had bought it from someone who had started to convert it into a live aboard but having 'remodelled' some of the superstructure and interior abandoned the project. My friends uncle and father changed it about again with the intention of using it for fishing trips. They fitted or more likely had fitted two huge diesel ex lorry engines which I seem to remember were 6 cylinder, I don't know about the drive train. The things that I do remember was the sudden disappearance of Newhaven in a cloud of smoke when the engines were started up and the wonderful exhaust sound that accompanied it. In fact when the engines had warmed up and stopped smoking it had a fair turn of speed but regrettably the size of the engines was not matched by their reliability, and although you went out on two engines you often came back on one. The creature comforts were primitive to say the least there were a couple of camping type cookers in a gimbal mounted box to heat water for a brew and galvanised iron bucket type Elsen type toilet with a wooden seat which was fixed to the floor with a couple of wing nuts which were undone when it requiring emptying. This was later replaced with a proper sea toilet, possibly the original which was regarded as great luxury and certainly appreciated by its users. In the days before elf and safety it was a terrific and eagerly awaited adventure to go out for a days sea fishing on it and bring back a few fish for mum. I have often wondered what those engines actually were an indeed what happened to the boat. A question for Vaughan: Did Freeman make a rear cockpit cruiser with two Cortina engines ?. I ask because in the early seventies I knew someone who having hired for many years bought a brand new boat that as I recall looked like a Freeman 26.
  11. The BMC 1800 cc diesel was a marinised Sherpa van engine many of which were built under licence in Turkey. Ours is still running well after nearly 40 years of use in France, on the Thames and now the Broads.
  12. We have car seats, very comfy. We did not fit them, they came with the boat but they are quite small and in their car incarnation have had the backs capable of tipping forward to allow back seat passengers out of a two door car. Since the boat spent much of its life on the French canals I suspect that they were fitted there and came form a small French car. Sorry the photo doesn't show them very clearly but you get the idea.
  13. Its getting to be more newsworthy when it is able to operate !
  14. We used Horning Taxis 01692 630856 on Saturday and found them very helpful.
  15. Thanks for your help. Yes the control is as you describe. We have had the boat some years and on thinking about it the lever movement both forward and reverse and the sideways disconnect have been getting tighter over the past couple of years to the point that this year you have to put some force on the lever for the forward / reverse and it is almost a two person job to pull it sideways for the disconnect. As the boat is currently in a yard for some other work (for some time) I think I will ask them to have a look at it.
  16. Hi Vaughan. Its a Morse control. Both the cables and runs are probably the originals (38 years old) and it is quite possible that they have dried out a bit over the years and could do with some oil dribbled down them or are they plastic lined in which case that is probably not a good idea. The side sliding arrangement to disconnect the drive to give throttle only is what is puzzling me. I have never taken one apart before is it just a sliding shaft with some form of dog clutch ? Regards Bob
  17. Hi. We have a Morse Teleflex MT3 that is getting very stiff to operate especially to disengage the drive to the point where you have to pull the lever sidewise very hard instead of just gripping the shaped part at the bottom. Are these 'user serviceable' i.e. a dollop of grease or oil somewhere or am I looking at a new unit ?
  18. Meant 'Recent Posts' rather than 'Top Ten'.
  19. Mmmmm I remember it well. We had Benmore that year. Judging by the clothes it must have been before the summer really heated up. I also remember filling up my MG with petrol and later in the day an alarmed neighbour knocked on the door to tell me that there was fuel coming out of the filler when it had expanded in the heat. I had to go and pick up the girl friend then drive to the pub just to reduce the level in the tank, a right hardship !
  20. Hell Fire Norfolk Nog is Mrs N related to Imelda Marcos ?
  21. Wyndam. Well I suppose somebody had to ask, when it went in the mud weight was naked save for a coat of blue paint. Hylander. They did have a lead, at the time we getting ready to go to the pub and believed that the dog was on board, what they hadn't realised was that when they shut the front door the slide bolt had stopped it shutting property and it started to open enough for the dog to escape unnoticed. We both love dogs and we used to take our Doberman on the boat but with the wisdom of the years ours was always tethered if the canopy was open or on a lead when ashore. In the end he became to arthritic that we could not get on and off or handle the internal stairs and his boating days were over (at 60Kg I couldn't lift him), sadly he died 18 months later. On the up side we do have a bit more room in the bed now.
  22. To my mind the responsibility entirely lay with Railtrack. Like many structures of similar vintage the bridges were massively over engineered and took a lot more and heavier loads than they do today. The problem is that because they were so well built in the first place they have not had sufficient maintenance and we have now ended up with the problems that require large amounts of money to fix and provide a reliable service to both train and river users as they did in the past.
  23. I don’t usually do ‘Holiday Tales’ but we are just back from a few days afloat which included an ‘interesting’ stop at Ranworth. We arrived around mid afternoon and there was only one space left at the end of the front moorings, the wind was blowing across and after three attempts at stern mooring with the wind blowing the bow round we were successful on the fourth attempt and were grateful for the assistance of two gents that took our lines and tied off whilst I dropped the mud weight. With us squared up there was one mooring post and about three feet of key heading visible from the water. During the rest of the afternoon there was a steady stream of boats cruising along the moorings in the hope that someone might be leaving and saw that although there was not enough room at the end to more a boat of any size especially with the side wind blowing. Eventually up turn a party of middle aged blokes on Tobago 2 and decide to have a go at mooring their 12ft wide boat on a 3ft key heading with one post. After a lot of revving and shouting of directions from their crew together with the effect of the wind they managed to crunch into us and took a chunk out of the side of Evesham Light moored on the first of the side moorings in the process. One of the blokes then got ashore and tried to pull it in which was never going to happen, I asked the bloke on the rope what make then think that they could moor a 12ft boat in a 3ft space (think car park scene at the start of Police Academy 1) and was told in no uncertain terms that it was my fault and that I should have moved over to let them in, a bit tricky when we were fender to fender with the next boat. After a lot of moaning they eventually gave up and moored where there was now a space down the side. The wind started to drop and a small hired Bounty type bathtub with a young couple and a dog tried to more and were successful in getting in square to the key heading so that they had a least part of the stern against it and we gave them some advice about the use of the mud weigh to hold the front which was politely accepted. It turned out the their dog was only six month old and was shall I say adventurous, not only running round they decks but ours as well !. This was not a problem until it obviously caught the smell of food from our oven and literally dived through the open window onto swimbos lap ! . I picked up the dog and asked the couple if they had lost something, they were mortified but we all had a good laugh about it and they went off to The Maltsters. During the later part of the afternoon we say a two Richos boats with youngsters onboard which were obviously together had cruised the moorings but eventually rafted together out in the broad. However one of them together with the crew of the other returned later obviously intent on mooring and came up with the bright idea of mooring stern to Evesham Light as you can imagine this was not well received by those on board but as luck would have it the couple with the Bounty just returned and were going to leave. The crew told us that they were going to the Maltsters and were not stopping all night but did we think it was possible to moor next to us in place of the now departed Bounty. Even though the wind had stopped it was a tricky manoeuvre with a large boat but the helm made a pretty decent job of it and willingly took advice on roping up and mud weighting. They returned later from the pub, thanked us for our help and apart from nearly leaving one girl behind, left without incident to re-raft up in the broad. The rest of the night was uneventful but in the morning when we were leaving we had to get the now very stuck in mud weight up. The dammed thing defied all the tugging that I could muster (which wasn’t much) so we decided to ‘drive it out’, swimbo selected forward and with a few revs we were off. After about 40 ft to be clear of other boats she dropped the throttle and I stated to pull in the rope, not my most favourite job I have to say. After a lot of heaving (and swearing) the mud weight came into sight but somehow it looked totally different to when I chucked it in, not because it was covered in disgusting slimy goo but because it was wearing a pair of red checked underpants !. Over the years of broads boating I have dragged many things from the water but never a pair of pants in the event they were returned to the watery depths. Thus ended our stay at Ranworth meeting some thoroughly nice and by their own admission ‘complete novice’ young holidaymakers and a brief encounter with a dog.
  24. Didn't they replace the bearings a few years back, I'm sure that I have a photo of the bridge being opened and closed by a boat permanently stationed at the end of the moorings.
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