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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    Thanks for that ChrisB , a great publication. People dont apear to realise a battery works by the reaction between the lead plates and the acid which takes time (can't change the laws of physics Jim). A lot apear to think putting 13v into a battery is like pouring 13ltrs into a diesel tank.but without absorbtion time the 13volts wont be there the next day.
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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    A fully charged battery should read 12.7v. A reading of 12.2v is 50% discharged. (All measurements taken with no load on the battery and 4 to 6 hours after the engine has been stopped).
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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    You should wait at least 4 to 6 hours after stopping the engine to measure the battery voltage as before this you will just be measuring the surface charge. Your voltmeter will read 13.2v very quickly but it takes time for the battery to absorb the charge and store the power as it is a reaction between the lead plates and the acid. It takes hours of this process to recharge a battery from 50% discharge.
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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    Hi Robin, Sorry to hear you are having so many teething problems with Trixie - there are always things to sort out with a new boat. As you have found there is a reason the hire boats have signs saying you must run the engine for 5 or 6 hours a day. An advanced digital alternator regulator will charge your batteries quicker but you must keep an eye on the battery acid level as they tend to go through water quickly as will leaving a battery charger on all the time. Sterling recommend ordinary lead acid batteries so that you can top them up. An ordinary alternator will put out a high charge until it senses your batteries are approaching fully charged then it will step down to a float/small charge. Having had a charge booster, I will stick to using a standard alternator without one. When choosing an economical fridge, it is the wattage you need to look at. A device running on 12v will use 20 times the amps compared to running it on 240v but use the same power and therefore take the same amount out of your batteries (not taking into account inverter losses etc). (Power = Current x Voltage). So you cannot compare the number of amps used at 12v to those used at 240v. On our boats we always keep everything simple and try to use as little power as possible. We never run the fridge on 12v. Everything else runs off 12v even though we have an inverter and with our 2 x 110v Numax domestic batteries we have enough power to run the TV and lights etc for 6 hours a day for 10 days or more. You can take leisure batteries down to 20% and most makes will guarantee them for 500 cycles. This number of cycles is many years of use and the age of the batteries will catch up with them before the cycles do. At 50% you could expect 2000 to 3000 cycles use minimum from a battery. Good luck with everything. Looking forward to your next update and new Captain's Blogs.
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    Broom Scorpio

    Hi Robin, Wayford Marine Services appear to have a Broom Scorpio for sale. We have always fancied one ourselves, they have a real classic look to them but then again we are a bit biased towards Brooms! Looking for boats is one of the most enjoyable parts of boating - Happy Hunting.
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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    Sounds like you've had a lovely day Robin. Do hope you mean his boat and weren't using Cockney rhyming slang as that would put a different spin on the conversation.
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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    Hi Ricardo, Non of the chain lockers in the 16 boats I have owned or the 30 boats I have crewed on, over the last 40 years have drained over the side as it is best to keep the weight of the chain down low, below the waterline. 'Anchor lockers' on small boats I have encountered where the anchor and chain are stowed to keep everything off the deck, do drain over the side but they have their own problems as they tend to ship a lot of water and drain slowly, leaving your bow heavy ready for the next wave - a vicious circle. Obviously, most of my experience is at sea and not on river boats although our current and previous Broom's chain lockers both drain into the bilge and so I have to seal the chain pipe.
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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    Hi Robin, One thing that will be causing water in the fore peak is the chain pipe. They let in rain water and sea water. It will take a bit of trial and error but if you get a rag in a polythene bag you may be able to stop most of it. Depending on the design, if you get some self amalgamating tape around the chain and the fitting it can be water tight. Some people custom make a plug. At sea you can ship gallons through so it is worth taking a bit of time to sort it out. Bear in mind you have to remove it when you let go the anchor! Enjoyed watching the delivery of 'Trixie'. The chances are the noise is prop wash not cavitation as you are sitting directly above it. It looks a great little boat, I am sure you will all have loads of fun with it.
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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    Hi Robin, The 'new' boat looks great, I imagine you will have lots of fun in that. It looks ideal for Sheila's picnic idea. Any chance of doing a blog about it all? There hasn't been a boat review for a while and it would make a good record of how it was before you start the upgrades. When we do our own boats, we like to have a video of before and after. It is good to look back 10 or 20 years to see what you did. As always, good luck with everything and enjoy it.
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    Independence - Updates | Maintenance & Care

    Hi Robin, Thanks for the reply. As you say, if the engines were stone cold and a fast drop down to tick over may have been enough to stall. It just seemed an odd coincidence for something that had been working fine to stop ticking over and start ranging up and down the revs at the same time without there being a connection between the two faults. The actuator movement shouldn't be able to make the tick over too low. As I had mentioned we had a similar problem with a Volvo and it was the balance springs in the govenor - not the first things you would suspect. I tend to puzzle over mechanical issues like this as you never know when a similar issue could occur on our boat. I am sure you are right to be confident in NYA. Really excited to hear about your new boat. Best of luck, Ken and Joan.
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    Independence - Updates | Maintenance & Care

    Thanks for that 'diesel falcon'. Unusual to go past the mechanical stop unless it hasn't been locked off properly but I don't know Yanmars very well. It just seemed a strange coincidence for a stop to move at the same time as the revs are ranging up and down and the two things not be connected. We had a similar problem once with a Volvo and it turned out to be the balance springs in the govenor. I will be looking forward to hearing how NYA cure the problem. By the way our boat has a morse control!
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    Independence - Updates | Maintenance & Care

    While the ZF Controller topic is still running, just for me to understand it better, how when it has been returned to neutral and tick over is it stopping the engine or stalling in some way as Robin mentioned. I just took that as an indication of poor combustion, miss timing or over fueling or is this controller connected to the engine stop in some way that I am unaware of? I am just wondering what I am not getting? Thanks.
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    Independence - Updates | Maintenance & Care

    Hi Robin, Sorry to hear you are having problems. Just a point - which I'm sure NYA will be aware of - it would be best to make sure that the turbo is not leaking oil down the induction as this could manifest in the way you are describing and it could be easy to blame the problems on the control unit/head instead. It would be a waste to replace the controller and then find it was the turbo all along. Here's hoping its the cheapest fix.
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    Independence - Updates | Maintenance & Care

    HI Robin, Thanks for the reply, it made interesting reading. I know it makes us sound boring but we find if we don't keep a running total sometimes it is easy to think you are spending more than you actually are and other times when you add it up you get a nasty shock. Last year it was £10,780 for us as we transported the boat back to the Thames and replaced the bow thruster. Everything is twice the price on the Thames. One thing we would recommend (not the dreaded advice) to anyone is to keep a note of all the costs then when the time comes to sell you can say 'all that enjoyment only cost us x amount' or 'OMG what was I thinking'. We find it helps us rationalize everything and we have always found the enjoyment v. cost a good equation. Kind regards, Ken and Joan.
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    Independence - Updates | Maintenance & Care

    Enjoyed the last installment of the delivery. It was unfortunate that you did not have calmer conditions but no one can control the weather. You seem to be getting a better handle on things now the events are a bit further behind you. Just a suggestion, as you said that the running total was £14k when you left Plymouth and as you've mentioned you were using this as a record of your updates etc. for yourself, how about a running total of the costs. This would give everyone an idea of the cost implications of big boat ownership without having to look back through all the posts. Hope this doesn't appear too nosy but I am sure we are not the only ones who are fascinated by the amounts involved. Obviously keep your privacy paramount. Hope all is going well with the current work being done by NYA. Looking forward to your next blog.
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