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  1. Hello folks, your friendly random question asker here! ;) I haven't had to do it *yet*, but I'm wary of the day I'm stuck on a public mooring somewhere and wedged between 2 boats. I've got a couple of big balloon fenders and was looking at various springing off techniques. It all seems pretty straightforward (famous last words), except, often I'll be single handed in a big old Bayliner. With that in mind, I was looking at ways to release the slip line from the cockpit and saw some folk suggest a highwaymans hitch, but others saying when they tried it, occasionally the friction was too great and it didn't release. Somewhere else I saw a snap hook and trip line suggested but I don't see any prefabricated ones for sale anywhere... soooo, anyone got any good suggestions? Or just go with the highwaymans hitch and see how I get on? Thanks Tom
  2. Thanks @Gretzky Yeah with 2 single 110Ah batteries its running fine, but I can see how it'd run out of juice pretty quickly. I'm tempted to stick a second battery in as well and run them in parallel on one bank. I'm not sure how I'd get a bank of 3 in there around the engine bay, but worth looking at! Tom
  3. Thanks John, thats handy advice I'll take a look!
  4. Thanks for the hints, tips and advice folks, @scaniaman's tip wins! :). I went back through the manual today and found the idle RPM screw and gave it a tweak which solved the issue for now. I also got a pretty detailed explanation from Peter at Northgate Marine who explained the whole transmission, ignition setup and explained how this is a reasonably common problem especially for sticky cables. Anyway! Back up and running for now and its going to get serviced soon anyway, so I'll get them to clean it up and get it running well again in a few weeks. Tom
  5. Thanks for all the advice folks, much appreciated!
  6. Yeah I wondered about fuel, old fuel etc, when we bought it it was basically empty so NYA stuck 40L of fresh fuel in it and I've filled it up a bunch of times and its currently got 70ish Litres in it, so I don't think it should get too sad on 1/4 tank. But yeah fuel supply had crossed my mind.
  7. Thanks @scaniaman I did have a scan through the manual this afternoon but didn't find anything about adjusting the idle RPM and as you barely get a signal at St Olaves gave up trying to Google it. I will dig out the model number tomorrow, forgot to make a note of it today. That said, as it was working find on each test run we had with the boat and until a week or so ago, I had wondered if I could find a way to adjust the idle RPMs but it also felt like it was probably a fudge as opposed to a fix as it has gone from fine, to not great, to just flat out stalling on a warm engine in 2 cruises.
  8. Thanks @Turnoar, I did get in the water and have a feel around today but didn't find anything. That said, if its in neutral, the prop isn't spinning is it so it shouldn't affect its stall-ability? In gear I could understand it. Thanks @grendel, this is where it gets beyond my limited knowledge, I'll get the service guys to look at it and hopefully they can give me some tips for next time :)
  9. Hi folks, I doubt this can be diagnosed by video but I have one any way! Fired the boat up for the first time in a couple of weeks and it's started stalling at low revs and very much when you stick it in neutral. I checked the spark plugs to ensure the seemed connected but this pretty much exhausts my knowledge at this point.. https://photos.app.goo.gl/iirBFMn7fti5YPD1A It's supposed to be getting serviced in a few weeks so I'll probably have to wait until then but worth an ask! Thanks Tom
  10. Cool, thanks @SPEEDTRIPLE!
  11. Hi folks, Purely theoretical question I hope... I had a dig around and no one seems to say don't do it, but I was curious. If I took my Cruiser down towards Loddon... what are my chances of running aground? :) The specs say my boat has a 0.86m / 2.8ft draft.. which I assume with a planing is a bit deeper than the hireboats that moor down there? But I don't see loads of reports of people getting stuck! Any advice? Thanks Tom
  12. Erk, I forgot to subscribe to email updates for this thread. Thanks a lot for the tips! I shall check them out.
  13. Hi folks, Another question hopefully the locals can answer. I need a new canvas cover for my Bayliner cockpit and I was recommended Colin at Stormforce. I've tried his phone and it doesn't seem to have an answerphone and he's yet to reply to an email, I'll keep trying but does anyone have any other recommendations? Thanks!
  14. Thanks, due to issues cranking when leaving the marina, I deliberately switched everything off and went for a few hours cruising, fridge was off, lights are LED and no TV, I've done the calcs for usual load and I agree, but this was one evening with just lights & radio. I'll replace the batteries and if it continues as someone that knows! :)
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