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  1. Stuart Adair

    Shameless plug for my YouTube channel

    That lake looks brilliant....
  2. Stuart Adair

    Shameless plug for my YouTube channel

    More sunny skies. And I'm sat here in on a dark winters night with a roaring fire and trying to keep warm. Think I was born in the wrong country :-)
  3. Stuart Adair

    Shameless plug for my YouTube channel

    We make the trip to Florida every couple of years. Was there in November doing the 'Tourist' stuff. We popped down to Sarasota on one day and went to Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. The boats moored around Sarasota Bay are the stuff of dreams :-)
  4. Stuart Adair

    Shameless plug for my YouTube channel

    Great fun. I've subscribed :-) Do you have your boat on Lake Texoma ? Stu Ps: The weather looks a lot brighter than in my video's
  5. Stuart Adair

    Shameless plug for my YouTube channel

    Hi. They are air vents and until you mentioned them I'd never really given them much thought :-) The right hand one is over the kitchen and the left hand over the seating area / front bed. I do have a bow hatch but its not shown on the video. Its got a cover over it at the moment which I should really remove. Best wishes Stu
  6. Stuart Adair

    Shameless plug for my YouTube channel

    Hi folks, Hope I don't break any forum rules with my shameless plug for my new YouTube channel sharing our adventures on the River's Severn and Avon aboard our 1990 Chaparral Signature 27 https://bit.ly/2CrN2UO
  7. Stuart Adair

    River Avon 6th Jan 2019

    Hi Hatam. Yes, the upper NASA gauge is a depth readout and the lower one is speed. The standard boat speedo starts moving at 10mph and 8mph is the max in my cruising range. Unfortunately the speedo reads zero all the time as I suspect the wheel underneath has seized so when it comes out of the water for a polish next winter I'll pop a new one on.
  8. Stuart Adair

    River Avon 6th Jan 2019

    LoL. That's the English Channel you're talking about. I think that's one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and I'm not sure I'd be safe there. The Bristol Channel is over on the left (Red circle). The River Severn / Bristol Channel lock is at Sharpness. It typically has a 25ft tide which affects the River Severn up as far as Tewkesbury so its definitely a place where you've got to know what you're doing.
  9. Stuart Adair

    River Avon 6th Jan 2019

    Hi Hatam. We're quite happy pottering around at slow speeds. Had the grandkids on today and we spent a brilliant couple of hours out seeing swans and geese. In April I'll buy a River Severn licence where I can get to the dizzying heights of 8mph . Nearest body of water where I could open her up is the Bristol channel but that's a long days cruise away. I know I'm only using 10% of what the boat can do, but I like having 90% in reserve just in case.
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    River Avon 6th Jan 2019

    Lovely views on the River Avon today. Pottering along at 6mph, water flat calm, no wind and surprisingly warm in the sun. River Avon aboard Miss Magoo 6th Jan 2019 Happy days :-)
  11. Stuart Adair

    Latest boat video....

    Thank you so much for the replies. We'll keep the video's coming :-) Hatem - Yes, we eventually sorted the battery switch question. Position 1 for the cranking battery which also charges the aux. batteries. Position 2 for the aux. batteries and no cranking. All links everything (For emergencies). I replaced the batteries this week as I never knew how old they were (They were not new!) and the aux batteries only had 55ah. The largest I could get in my battery trays had 80ah so I opted for two of those plus a 560 cold cranking amp starter battery. Its all good for piece of mind. Stu
  12. Stuart Adair

    Latest boat video....

    Hi and a very Merry Christmas to you all. Thought I'd share a video with you of my boat now it's on its mooring.
  13. Stuart Adair

    What to do if I suffer mechanical failure....

    Thank you all for the great advice.
  14. This hasn't happened to me but I'm sure one day it will....And before that fateful day I'd like to be prepared. I'm cruising down the river with nobody else around and I suffer a mechanical failure that leaves me dead in the water. If I'm close to the marina (Perhaps an hour away) how do I get back. Or failing that how do I get to a place I can moor up safely ? I'm an RCR Gold Member and I've got a VHF radio but I'd rather look after myself than making an emergency call. Obvious thing I've thought of is to fit an auxiliary outboard for use in emergencies but I've got a swim platform on the back and whilst I could remove it, I'd rather not. Is there such a thing as a side mount for an outboard ? I've seen electric outboards but they put out about 30lbs of thrust. Is that enough to get my 1990 Signature 27 moving through the water ? Sorry if this is a bit of a wet-behind-the-ears question but when it comes to boating that's exactly what I am :-) Stu
  15. Stuart Adair

    Latest update from Tewkesbury

    Hello all, Quick update on progress. Now that the engine is fixed we’ve ventured out onto the River Avon. Doesn’t matter that it’s about 5°C and there’s a fair breeze from the East. The tea is strong and hot, I’ve got a boat and I’m going to enjoy it No major issues to report; 6 mph (Local speed limit) is about 1200 rpm, engine is showing 55psi oil pressure and the temperature bounces between 120°F - 140°F. Does that pressure and temperature sound about right? Only been as far as Tewkesbury Marina to the Fleet Inn, Twyning so far but as that’s the nearest pub on the river you can understand why we had to stop. I’m sure maritime law says it’s illegal to cruise past a pub without stopping for a pint Happy days Stu
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