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  1. I thought I made that quite plain in my post. Incidentally after spending about fifteen minutes putting that post together did I get any thanks for it, no, just criticism. I will keep my knowledge to myself in future.
  2. Oops, nearly forgot. check all the electrical connections and the battery condition and the charging system. Its no good having a good engine and a knackered battery. Its a bit difficult to give a push start to a boat especially in deep water.
  3. Basically, servicing these old BMC engines is relatively simple. I used to do it on an old ex plates London taxi which was owned by my father. The engine is similar if not the same as the BMC boat engines although dad's was two litre. I am assuming it is a diesel. If not you probably have an SU carburettor so just take off the bell top, wipe the piston and inside the bell and replace then top up the dashpot in the middle of the carb. You could give the carb a tweak using the nut underneath the carb but you need a vacuum gauge or a good ear for an engine to do this. Change the oil and oil filter regularly, replace the diesel filter about every two oil changes and bleed the diesel pipes, check the water pump belt/s and replace if necessary, check the secondary water pump impellor preferably take it out when the boat is laid up for the Winter if it is neoprene. If you are using blue antifreeze in the primary cooling system, change it every two years and give the block a good flushing if you can and use at least a 50/50 mixture and use rain water when refilling if you can. Check the tappets and adjust if necessary, check all flexible pipes and replace if necessary. Leave the injectors and injector pump alone unless they are playing up otherwise it will only lead to grief. Let a proper diesel engineer deal with these if necessary (costs a fortune!). Don't forget to check the oil in the gearbox and fill up the propshaft greasers and don't forget to check all your fuel lines for damage and replace if necessary. Hope this helps. No doubt there will be a few more DIYers along to give you more advice but it is not rocket science. Just take your time and make a good job of it. Best wishes. Troutbridge.
  4. Regarding the food, only two things attract me on the menu, that is pizza and curry, especially the jalfarezi. The rest of the menu is not of interest to me.
  5. Oh, by the way, The Troll Cart pub in Great Yarmouth serves full English breakfasts. I know a lot of people on this forum do not like Wetherspoons but their breakfasts are quite passable and very reasonably priced. On another tack, I know for most people that pizza is not really a breakfast food and I have seen in posts that some people do not like pizza but if The Troll Cart does pizza (some Wetherspoons do not) try the meat feast pizza, you will not be disappointed. You get a free pint or soft drink and if you want to take your pizza away you can sup that whilst you are waiting for it to be cooked. Price and quality wise it knocks the spots off pizza outlets.
  6. What's wrong with Haggis? I don't want to start a punch up here but I did see an interesting program a few months ago and Haggis is not a native Scottish animal. It comes from a number of countries in various forms. I love them as I do Black Puddings. As with the Haggis, the basic species has various forms in the various countries where it exists. What I really need information on is "free range sausages". I have never seen any scurrying around any farm fields. Are they a British species, captive escapees or something that just dropped in from the skies? Now! I know where the elusive White Pudding can be seen. If you can catch one it is delicious if cut into slices and fried until golden brown. As far as I know it is not a protected species but do treat it humanely if you catch one. What I would like to know, is fishing for kippers in Gt Yarmouth Harbour permitted during the closed season? Another great British breakfast! Bon appetite.
  7. This one has my vote but it is slightly difficult to find as it is on a small industrial estate. We attended a funeral at the nearby crematorium and as we were intentionally rather early we nipped in there . Good basic grub, excellent tea, reasonable prices, well run and spotlessly clean when we visited.
  8. Thanks for that information, I will make sure to find time to drop in next time I am passing. Hopefully the pub will come around to what it used to be. "The last lot" did not have a clue about running a pub. A few years ago I was rudely eased out the door because I was the only person in there and the grumpy landlord wanted to go home. All the caravanners that used to use the pub had obviously gone elsware because of the rude service. It used to be such a thriving happy place at one time. I am looking forwards to sitting on the balcony and watching the Marsh Harriers and the occasional Owl wheeling over the extensive marshes and sipping a few pints of hopefully excellent beer . Sunset on a calm evening there is a treasure to behold. Does anybody know about the history of the building? It does look in construction like an old military NAFFI as is the Norada at Potter Heigham. Both buildings have a character of their own and are quite interesting.
  9. Breydon is nothing more than a flooded field. Just keep between the posts in the main channel which used to be deep enough to take full sized coasters and you will be ok. If you look on the other side of the posts you will see wading birds even at high tide it is that shallow. Be careful if you are looking at the posts against the light as they sometimes appear to be all the same colour. This is especially important in late afternoons when going upstream when you get to the top end of Breydon as there is a bit of a dog's leg in the deep channel and many boats come to grief there. Just use a bit of common sense, read the boat manual before approaching Breydon or better still immediately after taking over the boat and you will be safe. If everything does go pear shaped and you do run aground, don't try to power out of it in forward gear. As soon as you feel the boat touch the mud go quickly in reverse and go off the way you entered in reverse and head for the channel. Don't faff around running in circles and arguing about who did it, time is of the essence. The water if the tide is going out recedes fast and you will quickly be left high and dry. If the tide is coming in you have a bit more chance of getting off. It is a good idea if you do go aground to check the weed filter on the incoming engine cooling pipe and don't forget to shut off the stopcock before you do it and turn it on afterwards. You may have picked up some muck which could cause cooling problems. Do this when you are in a safe spot and not out on the broad and when the engine is turned off. Whatever you do, just respect Breydon but don't be afraid of it. Do your homework (boat manual) and you will be quite safe. The Southern rivers are somewhat different but have their own character and charm and are much quiter. A visit to Norwich is well worth it as is Beccles, Loddon and Oulton. Writing this post has stirred up the juices and I will have to wind up my old egg beater (outboard) in a dustbin full of water to see if my winter servicing has done its job. Hopefully I will be on the water in late April/early May and will probably have a bash over Breydon to blow the cobwebs off the old tub.
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