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  1. Anyone had any experience of using a Sterling Pro Charge Ultra 12v 30Amp? We are considering fitting one, but not sure of how effective one would be with 3 domestic and 1 starter battery. The other option is to go with a combined inverter/charger.
  2. Whilst browsing, I came across this thread and was most interested to read of the variety of badges. I don't suppose any one reading this knows where I might be able to obtain a Ripplecraft badge? This photo was taken of the badge worn by a family member of a funeral I conducted. (Will tell the full story on another thread)
  3. We also keep our boat on the Southern Broads (Somerleyton). I have been pondering the anti-foul and anode question for a couple of years. It seems to depend on who you ask as to what answer you will get. Up to now, we have put a coat of anti foul on every year, we use Broads anti-foul and it is a nasty job to do. Being as the boat spends the winter out of the water, I am still not sure if it is best to do yearly or two yearly. The previous owners seem to have occasionally used tar varnish which, although still available, is no longer the same quality that it used to be. Like Griff says, it is probably a a case of personal choice, rather than received wisdom. A trawl on the internet provides as many different answers as you have time to read.
  4. We also used to hire from Silverline before we bought our own boat. I concur with what others have said about their boats, always well looked after and clean even at the end of the season. The only downside was having to encounter a somewhat ferocious woman at reception and the regimental parking system. I suppose it was part of the efficiency of the whole operation and provided a certain about of amusement, once we were underway. Would recommend them without hesitation.
  5. We are out on Broadland Grebe every summer, so we would love to meet up with other restored boats. This year, we spent 14 weeks on the boat which makes all the hard work and expense worthwhile. We intend to be afloat again during the first week of April.
  6. Will be a while until the next one, letting the boat dry out a bit before putting on the new deck and roof. I will be back in January to sand and prep for painting. Thanks for your kind comments, it is one of the reasons why I started posting again.
  7. Just returned from a week of work on Broadland Grebe - cold and damp in the shed, and a dose of "man flu" didn't help. Fortified by hot coffee and the dry humour of fellow shed workers, work began on the ever expanding list on Monday. The first task was to sort out the heater. I lowered the heater unit by a few inches, so it was at a lower point than the highest matrix, this was easy to do. I then fitted a bleed valve to the matrix in the centre cabin so any air in the system will vent. Running the system up in the shed was interesting, but the system worked - problem solved and the first tick on the list before lunch. The next task proved somewhat more difficult and took considerably longer. Removing the old track mark from the front deck and preparing it for glassing. It is funny how the track mark lifts when you don't want i to lift, but sticks when you don't want it to stick. The easiest way was to go at it with a multi-tool tile removal blade. A slow and laborious process whilst listening to Radio 4, nothing for it but to put the headphones on and blast my ears with some good old punk. Even with such delights as Transvision Vamp and the Sex Pistols, the day dragged on and the track mark fought a battle worthy of General Custer's last stand. It was close of play on Tuesday before the nasty track mark had been removed and it was time to tackle the toe rails. One thing I don't like doing is removing pellets and screws, I centre pop, drill, prod and scratch to find the elusive screw head and then fight a battle to remove the screw. It is strange how, even greased screws fight every turn before they eventually yield. Am I the only person who has this problem? I suspect so. I am now looking forward (once again) to the prospect of making new pellets during the dark winter days to come. The track mark had been stuck down with what looks like a combination of Evo Stick and a rather dubious fibreglass substance. This amalgam of chemical sticky stuff had to be scrapped off before the deck could be prepared for glassing. The easiest solution was to attack it with a belt sander whilst avoiding being dragged across the deck and catapulted to the concrete floor of the shed several feet below. Avoiding becoming a name on the list of industrial accidents, I succeeded in getting a reasonable result. I removed the deck skylight for the front cabin cupboard which will be replaced with a brass mushroom vent, and carefully avoided stepping back to admire my work on Tuesday afternoon. The rotten plank on the starboard side was easy to remove (under supervision), and we inspected the wood underneath. We found that the seam was where the problem is and this will be easier than we first thought to solve. Once the joint is re-sealed and treated, a new plank will be fitted on the waterline. A fairly easy job, the boatyard are making the plank and I will fit it in the Spring when the boat has dried out a bit. The other small bit of rot on the starboard side was also removed and it will be a simple enough job to scarf in a piece of wood as it is above the waterline. During the summer, our back roof began to detach itself from the boat, the result was that by October, there was an almost constant flurry of white paint flakes on the cabin sides and inside the boat. Not a good look! We decided to glass the roof this year and re-paint. The trusty multi-tool was deployed and the shed soon filled with a snow storm of white paint flecks. In order to avoid becoming as popular as a fart in a space suit, I covered the neighbouring boats with sheets. The old roof was covered in scrim and layers of white paint, most of it came off fairly easily, but some remained stubborn and had to be scrapped off bit by bit. This task was almost as bad as the front deck but with perseverance and nautical language, the task was completed by Thursday. The wood of the roof seems to be generally free of rot, but it is a little damp in patches. I suspect if we had left it any longer the plywood planks which make up the roof would have started to rot. This will be left to dry out for a few weeks and the glass work will be done in Jan/Feb. The intention is to use mat and then paint over it. The other task was to remove the galley floor boards in preparation for sanding and varnish, this was done and the boards cleaned ready for sanding. All in all a productive but hard week.
  8. I was very impressed with Dominic Buckley, and have no hesitation in recommending him. He produces a very comprehensive and easy to read report at (what I think) is a fair price. He also takes photographs and makes realistic recommendations for repairs. Our survey came in a nice little book and a CD which can be downloaded and sent to anyone who needs it. Steve Truss was also excellent and did our original survey, I have heard he is no longer on the Broads, but I could be wrong.
  9. I meant to add, if anyone is around Somerleyton next week, please feel free to come into the boatyard and say "hello", I am down for a week from Monday and will be working on the ever expanding to do list. Madam Captain has decided/decreed that shore power and battery charging system is now on the "essential" rather than the "maybe" list for this winter. In part this is because of our impending exciting change in circumstances which well be revealed in due course. There is still the matter of the front deck to be stripped prior to resurfacing, cabin roof to be stripped, main cabin to be sanded and varnished, and all the usual winter maintenance. We have to be back in the water at the beginning of April as we have to be shipshape for an important visit. (more of that later). Hopefully, I will have tome to post some updates and pictures for those who like such things.
  10. Air draft is actually 6' 9" but more like 7' because we don't take the sliding roof back to the stops.
  11. No, but I am fitting them when I am next down. Good idea, thanks.
  12. Thanks for the diagram, I will have a closer look when I am down next week. As you say, it wouldn't take much air to stop a small pump. It may be that I could fit one of those domestic radiator vents on the matrix in the centre cabin. I would have thought they would all have vents as they do in a house.
  13. Interesting, we have a header/expansion tank and you have now got me wondering the tank is high enough in the system or I have not vented it properly. I vented with the system open at the cold matrix but no water came out. Maybe not vented it for long enough? Will try it again and open the cap on the expansion tank.
  14. Thanks Grendel, if you look closely at the bow, you can see where we had just been "bumped" by a hire boat. No major damage but it was a bit annoying having a "ding" on her for the rest of the season. Such is life.
  15. Back on track. Seeing our ride and joy being loaded on a vintage trolly and pushed down the slipway into the water is a scene of mixed emotions. There is always that nervous moment when she slips gracefully into the murky water of the dyke and I wonder how much water she will take on board. As usual a large quantity of the Broads had to be pumped out and for the next 24 hours the new planks began to take up and reduce the intervals of the bilge pump (more about this later) running. Now the fun began. I had investigated various ways of ensuring the new water system was cleaned before use. In the end I opted for a good dose of Milton fluid and left the tanks full for 24 hours. The next day I ran the taps to ensure the system was flushed through and filled up again before adding some more Milton fluid. The increase in water pressure resulted in leaking tap washers, but this was soon solved by replacing all the old tap washers. We had never had water pressure like this on the boat and it was a certain novelty to be able to fill a sink without having to wait for the header tank to refill after half a sink of water The shower was amazing, it was a like a pressure washer. We then set about filling a commission the heating system. This went well, with a mixture of anti-freeze and water added to the system. The front cabin, rear cabin and heads became positively tropical in a short space of time. However, the matrix in the centre cabin blows cold air. The lack of hot air in the front cabin remains a problem to be sorted, this is despite venting the pipes leading into the matrix- any ideas? I am thinking the matrix is too high as it is above the level of the heater unit and there is possibly a big air lock somewhere. A good internal clean of the boat and the usual sorting took place before we met up with friends for a cruise. For the first time in a couple of years, we ventured north. Due to the new planks, Broadland Grebe was still taking up which meant a slow crossing of Breydon with our good friends on the Corsican acting as escort. We spent a week on the northern rivers visiting places we had not been since we hired boats. We met a number of people, but no members of the Forum. It was interesting to glimpse our sister boat, Lapwing at Thurne and meet the owner of the boatyard which restored her. Broadland Grebe made easy work of a fairly choppy Breydon on an early morning return trip South and a another enjoyable few days with friends in our usual haunts.
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