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BroadAmbition

Broad Ambition - TLC Time Again

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The problem is that they all look the same to me and the CE mark doesn't have any meaning as they aren't regulated yet to a ce standard, you can only hope that a proper trader ie Brain Ward    ,Bedazzled and others know  what they are selling.  Ebay/Chinese ect i would be wary of. My new build nine years ago was supplied by Bedazzled  with 22 led lights  with no issues so far.John

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LEDs do die and some more quickly than others, and it is often not the actual chip that contains the LED but the dirver circuit and one of the major issues with LEDs is heat. They produce a lot locally, that is to say they do get pretty warm/hot. You will also find LEDs are 'driven hard' to produce more lumen's or they will not have much in the way of heat dissipation.

This is why where possible I try to steer clear of light fittings that have a fixed LED in them where if it fails, the entire fitting has to be changed. Getting legacy light fittings which accept standard bulbs means you can put in LED replacement bulbs. Now the ones on BA are G4 spot lamp style and have been merrily going along for a couple of years now with no problems. On Independence I got some same, but brighter ones - these worked well - until recently three have gone 'funny' where the top half has stopped and the bottom continues to work this I am sure is because of heat issues where the same size LED is being pushed harder to make more light so I am going to get the same ones as on BA which have a proven record and use 4w each - but produce a light output the same as a 35w Halogen bulb.

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We are onboard Chameleon Tuesday Night. I am working Weds but you might try and recruit Phill. 

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Thanks for the offer, recruit him for what? - Giving a hand on 'B.A'?  Good, glad to hear it :default_beerchug:

Griff

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Yes he’s about until about 3 then we have to hotfoot it back home as he has a meeting. I am working at Lingwood Primary. 

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On 01/09/2018 at 07:31, BroadAmbition said:

Primarily for me is to fashion a new cant rail right around where the cabin sides meet the deck from the same timber that I used for the top rail, (Timber that no one including Tim Collins have been able to tell me what type it is)

Charlie, I have found an expert who can identify your mystery timber.

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How to use up best part of two hours therapeutically or maybe a PITA - Cutting 30 odd Teak and 100 odd no name hardwood plugs this afternoon

Griff

 

 

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Here we go yet again.  I'll be onboard late this evening or early in t morning, then to be joined by Bro and the Rascal.  A maintenance weekend for the three of us.  Not taking 'B.A' out anywhere, just getting stuck in as per the norm.  The evenings spent onboard  in the shed will be welcome, dinner, drinks, dvd and the heating on.  What's not to like?

Griff

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Sunday afternoon saw me in a mates workshop with his assistance we got set to and produced the teak backing pads for 'B.A's new led deck lights.  The first stage was to make them out onto some of our prized Teak stock.  We did this by using the light as a template them running around it with a white pencil in a suitably sized washer

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Then cut them out on the bandsaw

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Sand them down accuratley

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Back onto the bandsaw cut them down into three's

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Plane off one face so it was perfectly flat

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Set the guide on the bandsaw to the correct angle as 'B.A's cabin sides are not at right angles to the decks, we want the lights to light the deck up not go star gazing, cut each pad back accordingly

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Open out the centres to allow for the cables / connections

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And again

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Ready for trip to Norfolk.  They are of course not the finished product yet, the inside openings have to be sanded clean,  the outside edges need the corners rounding off, final 240g sanding then they can be fitted / varnished multiple times before the lights are fitted / connected

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So now you know what those Teak plugs I made are for - To use when fastening the teak light pads onto the cabin sides.

But what about those 'No name' hardwood plugs?

Griff

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to cover the no pack drill screw heads.....

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Last weekend saw mysen, Bro' and Robin onboard for a maintenance weekend.  Friday morning I was round at J.W's to sort out some shower tiling for him then got stuck into 'B.A' Robin deep cleaned 'B.A's canopy inside and out then applied a protective application of  'Armour All' (Damn good stuff is that) Bro' commenced with a deep clean commencing Fwd including under decks and bunks, all windows out, rain channels cleaned etc.  Me? into those cant rails once more, sorting out the angles / joints on the Foc'sle was a right pig and took many attempts on the chop saw on spare bits of gash softwood before I got it somewhat like.  I had fashioned the cant rails from out store of 'No Name Hardwood' previously round at J.W's   I had made corner pieces for up Fwd from some of our closely guarded Teak, this was a real challenge due to each pice haveing different angles in three dimensions, they took me hours to get right.  However working using quality sharp tools with Teak is a genuine joy.  By secure on Sunday afternoon all the cant rails had been fastened in place, that is sealent applied to two faces, screw shank drilled and screwed, joints sanded smooth.  More to follow

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A client that I have just completed this bathroom wall tiling today gave me his old recently removed hardwood window frames. They were installed 35 years ago so its well seasoned.  The timber is Mahogany.  It needs some nails / Screws / metal fittings removed, the ends squared up on my sliding chop saw, then planing clean.  It has been left out in the rain for about a month

'There May Be Trouble Ahead'    :461_microphone:    As I have brought the lot into our lounge to dry out before MrsG appears.  Nowt wrong with that, that I can see.  What could possibly go wrong?

Griff

 

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Meanwhile back at the shed.  The two aft deck hatches were chauffeured round to Rackheath by Robin in his barge and left with a marine s/steel outfit to have polished s/steel borders fitted.  Robin then got set to and removed the deckhead lining and the false bulkhead in the Stbd Fwd cabin to access the cables / connections for the cd radio player that is well past it's best.  The tv signal booster was also removed along with it's associated cables.  The new cd radio is now fitted and working just fine and dandy It can do the Bluetooth thing (Along with other stuff I don't quite understand) so Spotify / Amazon music etc is now operational although as of yet we have no  digital aerial linked to it, this will be done next visit then all the panels put back in place.  Howard trimmed back the deck light cables to the inner insulation ready for the teak backing pads to be fitted during a visit down the river sometime.  Robin on a visit to Wroxham came back with whatever he was supposed to plus two 6ft strip lamp tubes, starters and a halogen lamp - Why? - 'Coz they were on offer' - Really?  Nope, the real reason he, along with the rest of us has finally lost patience by not being able to see in the wet shed due to faulty lights, we can now do so, it's a lot more safe and pleasant.  We pratted around with our cctv system,  realigning the cameras and getting Malanka into the picture as well.

A couple of issues that were previously sorted whilst round at J.W's back in September, we had a rainwater leak from the varnished pads that the horns sit on.  I spent an age cleaning out the join and then re-sealing it only to realise I had done the searchlight not the horns.  Robin thought this most amusing as I had completely wasted my time then had to set too and do the same to the correct pad, it was one of those 'Senior Moments'   Now Robin is not old enough by his birth date to qualify for having a senior moment, did that stop him? Did it heckers like.  Robin took it upon himself to change that bothersome and untidy deck plug for the lighting on the mast.  Proper fiddly job that was, when he finally completed it he realised he had not threaded the cable through the securing ring, Oh how I laughed, so it had to be undone and started all over again, during which he forgot to note or photo the cable colours / joins - Ages of fun and glee sorting that one out

Replacing the Solar panels for a second time this year was the hardest job of the lot, they are slightly bigger but the real issue was that for them to work correctly they had to be using their own dedicated cables.  This entailed dismantling a good part of the 1/4 berth, deckhead linings all over the place, various engine room fittings etc.  It came to dawn on me that during the restoration of 'B.A' we must have fashioned a new wiring loom then re constructed 'B.A' around the loom.  It really was a ball ache of a job.

Annoyingly but satisfyingly the upgrade that gave us the biggest boost we completed this last weekend was not an item directly onboard 'B.A' but getting a tv signal to our onboard tv.  Since we secured a berth for 'B.A' in the wetshed back in 2007 we have never been able to watch tv programmes whilst inside a metal shed.  We made do with a DVD in the evening once we had secured.  Howard mounted a small tv aerial outside the wetshed on a small pole (Similar to Richo's dry shed next door where we got the idea from), ran a co-ax around various points out of the way and eventually onboard 'B.A' and Bingo!  We now have the option of digital HD tv in the evenings - Eleven years to accomplish that one  :default_icon_redface:

So what's to be done next visit? Lots n lots as per the norm, another maintenance weekend should be taking place 21 - 23rd Dec - He says optimistically

Griff

 

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Curious to know what cd/radio setup you settled for? I recently set up a complicated Sony CD am/fm/dab affair that I'm quite pleased with.

 

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I will have to get Robin to answer that one as he sourced / supplied it.  I didn't take any photo's.  All I know is, it is much larger than the previous one, same width but deeper with a larger display area.  It is DAB FM/LW / CD with bluetooth Mpeg and goodness knows what else.  The operating manual is as thick as a bible, I have not read it yet but am hoping that it will be in many languages so I can thin it down somewhat otherwise I really will be in trouble.  It was operating fine on CD and Spotify after we got it wired up and the sound from the speakers was clear and strong.  Not had it on any radio stations as of yet as we are in a metal wet shed so no signal, we need to rig up both an FM aerial and a digital one which we will look at next visit.  Then if it is dry outside we will take 'B.A' out for a short hop just to test the radio reception - Cannot expose the new cant rails to wet wx until I have got them filled, plugged and at least some varnish on them

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Wow! It's amazing the amount of work you do on BA. In full admiration of all the skills you all have to be able to complete all this work yourselves. :default_icon_bowdown:

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9 hours ago, VetChugger said:

Curious to know what cd/radio setup you settled for? I recently set up a complicated Sony CD am/fm/dab affair that I'm quite pleased with.

 

The unit in question is a Pinoneer FH-X730BS:

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I had looked at other options such as full touch screen affairs but this is in a wheelhouse open to hot sun and cold depending on time of year so easy to use old fashion knobs and buttons were better.

it is very good and is a double din size, has support to sync with a phone over Blutooth and have access to contacts  though not installed we could have added a microphone to make hands free calls through the stereo.

it sounds great - has more power and options for sound than the usual ‘bass and trebble’ older stereos have. The best part is how you can stream music to the unit via your phone or tablet. I use Spotify but Charlie has Amazon Music (or will do when he finds his password). You can then have millions of tracks ready to go but the unit will display the details - not just stream the audio. So name of artist and track and be able to use the unit to control the streaming device and select next track etc.

it also plays old fashion things called CD’s can deal with anologue FM alongside Digital DAB stations. It can also take a USB thumb drive with music files or have audio connected via an AUX Jack. This has just about every option to play audio from anything  

 

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Could you tell me who is doing the stainless steel around the hatch please? S o far unable to find anyone to do ours. Many Thanks

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Can't answer that one plainly as of yet.  After dear Ken Nevard passed away, we were scratching around for a contact as I'm sure many others were too.  We did find one but he / they don't specialise or want much 'Boaty' work, however the items and work they did do for us was 1st class.  Enter the company at Rackheath we visited last weekend, I went in 'Cold' that is no recommend from anyone.  Their sign outside states bespoke marine etc etc and they can hardly make a pigs ear out of what I have asked them to do.  The thing is as of yet they have not contacted me with a price.  Once I get a price from them and assuming it is not taking the proverbial I will give them the go ahead.  Then after said items are with us I will report back on quality / workmanship in the normal manner but as of now am unable to do so.

Griff

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Thanks Robin, I was very tempted to buy a similar unit but was eventually persuaded by the offspring that it would never achieve its potential in a space like a Safari. The one I have does most, if not all of those features you quote although I don't think it has the wall wobbling watts!

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Wall wobbling watts and good speakers are essential for communal alongside BBQ’s / partying :55c8f94983015_default_happyparty:

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I survived the timber episode in our lounge!  Oh yes I did.  Said timber has dried out.  I then removed all screws / pins / nails / brackets.  Cleaned off the sealants / adhesive etc. squared the ends off on my chop saw.  Now in next doors garage (He has more room than I do) where it will stay till next Thursday after work I will load it into the 'GriffTile' van, then round to 'The Wizard' where we will run the lot through his table planer.  Then back to the garage, I'll then bring the lot down with me next month and into our timber store.  Another task completed

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21 hours ago, oceandawn said:

Could you tell me who is doing the stainless steel around the hatch please? S o far unable to find anyone to do ours. Many Thanks

Hello oceandawn,

You could try Craig Dunbar of Marine Fabrication  at Brundall 07957 796665, Craig was in charge of the Broom Stainless division before left last year. He has done all the work on our stainless rails now for many years on Ranworth Breeze.

Regards 

Alan

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