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  1. I was thinking that myself, as white metal fragments would not be apparent when dipping the oil level, and probably not when changing the oil by sucking it out, as we tend to do in boats. You would probably only know about this if you had removed the sump drain plug.
  2. Just by the way, my father could confirm the truth of that story, as he took the "Pacific route" home from Hong Kong in 1937 and needed a visa to cross the U.S. by rail from San Francisco to New York. He often told the story of having to fill in an application form of several pages with bizarre questions, one of which was "Do you intend overthrowing the United States Government? Answer yes or no." The last two questions, on the last page of the form, were "Can you read?" and "Can you write?"
  3. Excuse me Grendel, for picking on one little sentence from your post, but this is exactly what Hoseasons have not done! If they are actually trying to say that they will not accept homophobic or racist actions from their customers whilst on one of their holidays, that is a public order matter which should be dealt with by the forces of law and order, not by a travel agent.
  4. I think any good human rights lawyer would immediately identify Hoseasons' statement as discriminatory itself, not to say racist as well. How can they possibly refuse a customer on the grounds of a personal opinion, if that opinion has probably never even been expressed? What will be next? We will only hire boats to members of the Liberal Party? Or Guardian readers? I would think of this a silly joke if I did not resent the clear suggestion that rural areas are homophobic or racist. I also know how fragile the world of marketing can be, if someone gets the wrong idea. Businesses have collapsed for less. A comment below the EDP article asks if this might be a Ratner moment. Let us hope not.
  5. A manager from Hoseasons has announced that they will no longer be taking bookings from homophobic or racist customers and there is a long article about it on the EDP website this morning. I don't know quite what to say, except to wonder how they think they are going to identify such persons, especially if they book on line. Or will there be a questionnaire, with boxes to tick? For decades, marketing has always targeted certain classes, ages, sexes or races of customers, but I wonder how on earth they think they can insist on this? Puts the idea of "all male or all female parties" in a different light, anyway!
  6. Remember them well!
  7. I agree it is quite safe, so long as it was installed properly in the first place and has been properly maintained. Chimneys need cleaning every spring with a wire brush and ideally jets should also be changed annually. If the pilot light is burning with a blue flame it will be an efficient and safe fridge. If the flame is burning yellow, then the CO can kill you overnight. It has been known. As you say it's your choice.
  8. Short breaks are nothing new either. They have been discussed, and tried out, for donkey's years. The price is normally around 60% of the weekly price, so if you let two short breaks in the same week, Fri to Mon and then Mon to Thurs, you are getting 120% of the weekly price. They are also a good way of introducing beginners to a boating holiday. Those are the only advantages, however! This only works if you let the boat for two short breaks in the same week. If not, you have all the usual costs of servicing and preparing the boat, with a trial run, for only 60% of the hire price. And if you let two short breaks, you have all the same costs of preparing it twice. A short break means the boat is blocked off on the chart for the whole week, when it might have got a week's booking. You also tend to get a lot more damage and a lot more interior cleaning to do. I don't think they are worth it, except perhaps in the low season. While I am at it, the same applies to day launches. They are no good unless they are out all the days of the week. You will never make money out of a day launch if it only goes out on a Saturday and Sunday.
  9. I am not up to date with current rules but I suggest the difference is the term "defaced". The blue ensign un-defaced is the most senior ensign after the white ensign. The defaced blue ensign is junior to it, and is "defaced" by having the badge or emblem of the yacht club in the "fly". So I would guess those yacht clubs who wear the blue ensign defaced are possibly ex service, but don't have to be. Remember the old adage : The RNR are seamen but not necessarily gentlemen. The RNVR are gentlemen but not necessarily seamen. The RN are occasionally both but most often, neither.
  10. Well, we live and learn! I don't think I have seen anything like that before. In the first photo the starter has been mounted (if that is the word) not on the "wrong side" but back to front! Surely that would crank the engine the wrong way? Unless they have somehow changed the polarity. The other one looks like a Perkins starter from what I can see of it but the flywheel faceplate and bell housing are strange. I can't quite see what the gearboxes are, (maybe Parsons?) but the two boxes on the back of them are pinion gears to take the propulsion sideways (inwards) to line up with the prop shafts. You can see that one is longer than the other as it has 3 gears, not two. This is to effect the "handing" of the propellors. Was this why there was no room for one of the starters to be mounted normally? Again, we can't see all from these photos but it seems that the propshafts are mounted to the engines by a solid flange coupling, and yet the engines are on flexible mounting feet. Not a good combination, especially as this boat probably has very short shafts. In the last photo, the terminal of the main battery lead to the starter solenoid looks to be almost touching the engine mounting foot, which is probably why it has been wrapped with black tape! If that G clamp were to slip, at any time when the engine is running, the terminal would touch the engine and you would have a serious fire on your hands. That battery lead is live at all times and is not normally fused. It is up to you of course, but if you have another boat to consider buying, I would consider carefully.
  11. In the 60s it was £400. I hear it has gone up rather a lot since then!
  12. Which is exactly why I went both ways, up and down, and took the mean of the two readings. As to whether speed limits should be based on boat speed or ground speed, that is a different and long-standing argument!
  13. I also find this very annoying and I am afraid the boatyards are partly to blame, as the standard Hoseasons sticker on the dashboard says that 4MPH is 1000 revs. This is not much more than tick-over and means you hardly have any steerage way at the best of times. I have one of these stickers, from my boat's hiring days, but I have tested it, up and down, on the measured quarter mile at Horning, so I know that in my case, 4MPH is 1400 revs. That makes a great difference to your steering.
  14. Short answer - not necessarily! You are right in what you say, that the captain of a British ship would wear the Blue if he was a reserve officer in the RNR but a certain number of the officers and crew also had to be reservists. The ship may also have been built to an Admiralty reserve contract which meant that the builders received a grant for the building but the ship was regarded as "in reserve" so she could be called upon to serve. This was how the Q.E. 11 and the Canberra found themselves in the Falklands war. It is also one of the main reasons why the Titanic sank, as White Star Line did not build to an Admiralty contract so the ship did not have longitudinal watertight bulkheads. Perhaps that's getting off the subject! A lot of Forces people (past and present) belong to yacht clubs, such as the RNVR sailing club and the RNSA. These clubs hold an Admiralty warrant for their members to wear the Blue ensign on their boats, as long as they are British registered. There are also lots of non-Service clubs, such as Royal Thames, Island SC, and Little Ship Club, which also have warrants for special ensigns. Nearer home, the Nobs and Snobs (RNSYC) have the warrant to wear the Red ensign defaced with a "Fleur de Lys" in the fly.
  15. Sorry folks, but there are a few misconceptions here. The number does not refer to the GY P&H Commissioners, who had their own numbers, displayed on the hull of a boat. The old herring drifters out of Yarmouth harbour all carried a number with "GY". Broads boats (if they had an engine) had numbers issued by the Bure and Waveney Commissioners. The Yare up to Norwich was part of the P&H in those days. This photo is her registration number with Lloyds Register of Yachts and if you have a copy, for the year of her build and afterwards, you will find her listed there. It identifies her as a British Registered vessel, in international law. A "yacht" meant a type of pleasure vessel and did not have to have an engine to be registered. "T.S.D.Y.", for instance, meant twin screw diesel yacht. The number has to be carved into the main deck beam and on a yacht this would be the transverse beam which supports the mast. On motor cruisers you will usually find it carved into a deck beam up forward (as we see it here) or on a beam supporting the aft deck, as these are both transverse beams. I have also seen it carved into the main (non removable) floor beam in the engine compartment. In other words, somewhere which is likely to last the life of the boat. A lot of Broads Yards used to build their hire boats on a marine mortgage, as these tended to be cheaper and could be taken out for a longer term than a bank loan. One of the conditions of a marine mortgage is British Registry, as it is definite proof of ownership as well as nationality. So this will be why we see the number here. I am out of my depth on Thames Tonnage but I think that was a formula of volume calculated by length, breadth, etc., which was used for calculating racing handicaps. A very similar system to British Registered Tonnage but not, I believe, the same. The Registered tons are her cargo carrying capacity, and there are allowances deducted for chart space, engine space, chain locker and several other things. It bears no relation to her actual deadweight or displacement weight and is just a formula. Incidentally, at over 13 Imperial tons, your boat has a lot of capacity! The registered tonnage is usually a lot less than the actual weight but in your case, I would guess they are not very different. By the way, as the boat is registered, if you are a member of a yacht club which holds an Admiralty warrant, this would allow you to wear the Blue Ensign on your boat. You would just need to re-register in your name and apply to your club for the warrant.
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