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    Beccles Old Bridge Passage In March

    Hi Thiswan Rise and fall at beccles between a foot and two foot you can moor at the yacht station even if not open its all open park land, to wait for the tide same at the other side coming back at the lido/swimming pool some of the bends can be shallow on the inside at low water. John
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    Independence - Updates | Maintenance & Care

    As Islander/Colin has said that is the best way this is how mine is, except my second accumulator/pressure vessel is in the hot supply pipe. one other advantage is if you flush the toilet at night the pump doesn't come on as there is pressure in the system to provide water. I have a Bristan shower taps which is temp controlled and stops the shower from fluctuating between hot and cold. Baily & stone sell the telescopic poles with a plastic dome on top you can stick a velcro patch on top to keep in place and stop it from sliding off when supporting a cover. John
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    Hi Smich Two 100/105/110 Ahc will be the cheapest as they are used by most people, i use the ones from Multi Cell in Norwich they are the cheapest £65 and as good as any others, the last time i bought four you could have lithium but very expensive and not worth the extra for every day boating, liverboards and synticat perhaps. I would recommend a solar panel as this will keep your batteries topped up and increase the longevity and i would connect the starter battery to the solar as well, you can get a dual charging regulator for almost the cost of a single ported one. Engine batt does your engine start easily or some do you need to crank over a lot before it fires up, if easy 85 amp if not a 95/100 one, a ordinary vehicle battery is best and cheapest, physical size my be a issue. when you connect the domestic batteries up in parrial have the pos feed wire on one batt and the neg on the other one this makes them work as one, most people connect pos on the same battery as the neg this works the first one more than the second one, the same applys to three or four batteries connect to the end ones, four is the most you want to connect up for a 12 volt systems, make sure you connect the solar via a fuse to the battery side of batt switch otherwise they won't charge until you switch the isolator switch on. hope this helps . John
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    Independence - Updates | Maintenance & Care

    Hi Robin All the heaters that i have fitted, the combustion gas and air intake for combustion have came from the same fitting that fits on the outside transom, hull side, or cabin wall, that is so if a gust of wind blows it acts on both equally ie" balanced flue" if yours are ducted to different places this could be the reason a gust of wind will only affect one ie not balanced, a fault code will only show when a fault is there long enough for memory to pick it up.I would have thought that a water heater would suit you better you could then use the existing system plus you could tap the surplus heat of the engine coolant so using engine heat when traveling with engines running which would be free, this is what i have done on my preasant boat, it works very well. John
  5. Hi Jenny Give Hippersons in Beccles a call they may come out to give you a quote they will want it in there shed to work on where they have all the tools, you will get a good workmanship from them. John
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    Hi Everyone, Im Looking To Purchase

    And providing you get the price right if it needs replacing it's much better to fit your new choice rather than someone else's inferior cheaper choice that you than throw away a new but not wanted item,ie a new engine is your choice of make and power rather than a boat yards cheaper smaller one. John
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    Advice Please!

    Yes polish then spray with ignition sealer.John
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    Advice Please!

    As Ian said don't use steel wool,if you need to rub it down use fine grain fiba matting/pot cleaner, it doesn't look like varnish it looks like it's oiled/stained best keep it this way with a wipe of oil now and again. John
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    Carousel Of Drone Images

    Well done David excellent pictures and very interesting to see well known places had to look twice to remember where, they are so different from up high, i now want to go out and get a drone. John
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    Anyone Recognise This As A Broom?

    Hi Pumpmedic Does it matter if its a Broom or not, has it been looked after and cherriest, it looks a nice boat But what is the air gap? is it broads compatible you haven't said where you will use it. If the topside is wood beware, If you like it check the bilges,behind cupboards, by all means get a survey but you will still find issues with any second hand/preowned boat.John
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    Never Ending Story

    A woodwork friend of mine use to buy two sawn trunks at a time, stack them in his garden to season he then sold one of them at a profit which gave him his one for free, they didn't look that out of place in his garden,different to his neighbours. John
  12. Surly a boat tv aerial needs to be robust and small enough to be left outside semi permanently without being blown of direction,easily dropped for bridges, having to dismantle and pack away each time you use it leads to broken parts, damage to paintwork, and on the broads you only need one band for Tacolneston transmitter. John
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    Broad Ambition - TLC Time Again

    I think the reason for the fans not demisting is because they blow to much air which isn't warm/hot enough my small tubular one blows moderate airflow but quite warm/hot so disperses the condensation and is closer to the glass. With these small diesel heaters Webasto/Eberspacher i have found is when they go wrong you have to replace half of the heater, when they go wrong, i have had a Webasto water heater loverly pierce of kit lashings of hot water but when it went wrong only a diode i suspect on the circuit board, i couldn't testfix it because it was encased with a strong plastic envelope, to replace the circuit board i had to buy the whole combustion chamber. when i built my present boat i fitted a Hurricane heater from Canada they use them in their log cabins they are larger in size but ALL the components can be replaced individually they can also run on/off cycle like a household boiler without coking up unlike the small Webasto/Eberspacher ones which like to run constantly. they are also more economical with the fuel . John
  14. One thing i will mentian the fuse blew of cause it has to be a very small one that i didn't have its only a .25 amp fuze only Wards keep them i fitted a one amp fuze and now have a spare hasn't blown since 4 years now suggest you carry a spare fuze it will then never blow. John
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    Windboat Tradewind

    i meant to say inexperienced helm. hire boats don't have big engines cost plus speed plus high fuel use means smaller engines thus no stopping power. John
  16. Hi Griff Mine is only 5 foot above the water works fine i haven't used the mounting that it comes with i have a small sockit screwed to roof type used for pennit pole i then fixed a stainless pole 6 inches long to bottom of Ballade this makes it easy to lift out when very low bridges , on the odd occasions i need to extend it, i have a piece of dowling to extend it if moored at WRC or Bramington where signal is blocked by high ground. John
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    Broad Ambition - TLC Time Again

    Hi Griff I have one similar mines tubular twists and swivels had it over ten years it WORKS a treat it uses a ten amps so you only want to use when engine running, i don't need it often so i haven't fixed it permanently but keep it in dash pockit, very handy and clears my 3ftx2ft screen nice and clear, can't understand how others dont get theres to work, warm air blown onto damp/wet glass car heaters do exactly the same thing, give it a try i can't believe it wont work. John
  18. I guess like most things trailedled in the lab it does not allow for dirt covering the cells unlike the old ones that have eyelashes that cleaned the lens when you ran over them.John
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    Windboat Tradewind

    I also heard that hire'ers keep't crashing the boats and causing many claims from third parties because they where to heavy for the engines to stop them quickly enough, and hitting other boats no damage to them but you don't want to be hit by a experienced helm with one.John
  20. Hi I use a Ballard from Wards it's the best reception i have ever got after trying several different types of aerials and it's so small and inconspicuous it can be left on roof only removed when very low bridges , John
  21. They only last about 2 to 3 years i guess they have gone the way potholes have cost saving, there is talk of replacing them with solar powered ones 4 hrs sunlight give 200 hour light. it's a shame as cats eyes were a very good road safty measure.John
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    Bow Thruster Fitting

    Bow thrusters are like abs brakes, parking sensors, self parking on cars not essential BUT! anything that makes boating , driving a car safer and avoiding possible damage to other cars/boats can't be bad or wrong to use , it's only older electric thrusters that are noisy my hydraulic ones are silent and can be used for any length of time unlike older electric one's. Having twin engines on a broads boat is also not essential But makes mooring and maneuvering much easier. john
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    Hi All

    Hi Frank When mooring you need to tie on to the cleet farest away from the bank,ie port cleet starboard mooring post or if stern on moored cross over the stern ropes, this will give you the most scoop, the same with for and aft, tie on the rear cleet and tie to as far in front as practicable to a mooring post this allows the boat to float up and down without straining the rope/cleats while still keeping control of boat movement. John
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    Harvey Eastwood 37

    Hi Floyd Why don't you get a aluminum scaffold pole for a ridge pole to make a tent with the edges tied down with cut bands from a inner tube to tension and give plenty of ventilation open ends, along with good water run off this is what i did for all my boats, it work well with no mold and kept the outside clean and protected. John
  25. Hi Ray you could use/fit a remote greaser in the futcher when you have managed to lift the hatch, if your not using the boat until the spring it might be best to leave it until than and might have it dried and shrunk by then rather than trying to force it now, this might cause some damage. John

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