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  1. Water can travel for miles I had a leak through the zips on one part of the canopy that was coming down the dashboard, across the floor, behind the seats, into one corner of the bedroom and into the bilge. It only happened when the rain came from the North onto the canopy in a certain way, and as soon as it stopped the flow dried up, just leaving a wet bed and bilge. Took me weeks to sort
  2. Thanks for the advice @cyclops2 New starter arrived today and I initially thought it was the wrong one. The original weighed as much as a small planet and was made from pig-iron. The new one was smaller, aluminium and weighed considerably less. I fitted it, turned the key and....Click, click, click. Second time I tried it was fine. I went through every battery / starter wire and cleaned / tightened them all (I found a couple slightly loose). The new starter is now working lovely. Now, some may say that I replaced the started unnecessarily, however the original was 30 years old, noisy and somewhat asthmatic. The new one spins the motor over really quickly and sounds so much better so I think it was money well spent. Stu
  3. Hi. I've had the boat on shore power overnight so the batteries are 100% full. All connectors look good and when I tried this morning I have the same solenoid clicking for 10 attempts before the starter engaged. Not messing around so I've ordered a new starter which should be here tomorrow. Its the biggest, heaviest starter I've ever taken off, not an easy job when you're suspended upside down in a boat engine bay. Hopefully I'll devise a method for getting the new one on tomorrow. Thanks Stu
  4. Good call. I'll bypass the wiring tomorrow and let you know how I get on.
  5. This is the guy I used....Did a great job. http://www.burkettquicksign.co.uk/
  6. Hi folks, During the recent holiday trip I started to get issues with what I suspect is the starter motor. Turning the key produces a solenoid clicking noise and so I kept trying until it 'Caught' and the starter spun. Sometimes it would take two or three attempts and other times 10 or 20. It was slightly worse after we've moored up overnight and the batteries we're slightly drained, but even after running for several hours it would take 2 or 3 turns of the key to get the started to catch. I'll do a check tomorrow for any loose wires but suspect I'm looking at the starter motor ? What do you think? Stu
  7. Ok, so we're back from our epic voyage. In the end we made two trips. Tewkesbury to Stratford-upon-Avon and back and then Tewkesbury to Frampton-upon-Severn and back. The stats for the trip are:- Engine hours - 27.9 hrs Est. £250 fuel used (Based upon fuel gauge position) @ £1.40 per litre = 178 litres / 4.54 = 39.3 Gallons (Proper English gallons not USA ) Fuel use - 1.4 gallons per hour @ 4 - 6 mph (1200 - 1400 rpm depending on tide flow) Tewkesbury - Stratford-upon-Avon and back = 94 miles Tewkesbury - Frampton-upon- Severn and back = 44 miles Total distance = 138 miles = 3.5 mpg I'm really pleased with the fuel performance given that on last years trip I only managed 2.1 mpg. Shows the difference anti-foul and a properly running engine makes. There are five casualties from the trip... My skeg which fell off somewhere up the River Avon when I ran out of water A burst fender when it caught on a lock-landing post Various paintwork scratches as we went in and out of the 38 locks (Work starts on the touch-ups tomorrow) Starter motor is playing up (I'll start a new post for that) My wallet Photo below was taken at Gloucester docks on the River Severn.
  8. Might be in the US my friend, but here in Great England things are a bit different. Let's hope Boris and Donald get their heads together and the parts start flowing West to East
  9. Cheers guys. I'll take a closer look when I get back to the marina. I like the idea of the protector so hopefully there's enough left to rivet it on as you suggest.
  10. Hi folks, Still in the middle of our great adventure but I grounded the boat with some low water levels and I've snapped the skeg off the bottom of the drive. Should I be worried? Stu
  11. We're a couple of days into our epic voyage. We travelled upstream with a friend in a small boat called Mist as far as Pershore (14 miles) and have now gone on to Evesham which is about the half way point. We've completed 8 locks so far with 9 to go. Tomorrow we head to Bidford-upon-Avon before Stratford-upon-Avon where we might stop for a few nights. Miss Magoo is running like a dream. We've had a fair bit of rain recently and were going upstream against a downstream flow of about 2 knots plodding along at around 1100 rpm doing 4/5 knots. The fuel gauge has moved about a needles width so if its accurate then I seriously underestimated the fuel consumption. Not getting too sure though as it might all of a sudden take a drop. The weather is a bit rainy but its a British summertime so no surprises there. Only issue I've had is grounding when I went onto the wrong moorings at Evesham and I scraped the bottom of the outdrive. A quick dab of reverse got me out of trouble and I've tilted the drive up to check, and everything seems to be ok. I've attached a couple of pics, including a view of Pershore lock which at 9ft is the deepest on the Avon. We've also given up on going to the pubs. Some are open but you've got to give your name, address and phone number. Then, if someone gets tested positive (Or fancies a fortnight off work) then they tell the pub and our contact details go to some government department to make us isolate for 14 days. That'll presumably be followed up by a visit by a man in a high-vis-vest and a clipboard to make sure we're isolating, and will fine us £1 million pounds if not. No pint is worth that hassle so its dark Caribbean rum for me ( A proper sailors drink) Pershore lock with Mist in front and Mrs Wife holding the ropes. Pershore moorings looking downstream (With a bit of rain) Evesham Moorings
  12. After all the madness of recent months, and all the hard work, the time has come to embark on our epic journey up the River Avon. We set off tomorrow morning on high tide heading North Westerly with the wind on our backs through the wilds of Gloucestershire, the unknown challenges of Worcestershire and onto the mythical land of Warwickshire where my map just says, "Here be dragons" Our voyage will be about 100 miles from Tewkesbury to Stratford-upon-Avon, through 17 locks and hopefully at least as many pubs. Now here's something sobering for my American friends. Last year we did a trip to Evesham and back which was 50 miles and averaged 2.1 mpg. That was before all this winters work so I'm hoping to get that up to 2.5 mpg. On that basis I'm going to use 40 gallons which costs £254 ($317). To give me a bit of wiggle room I actually put £350 in which took me from ¼ of a tank to ¾ of a tank. To make sure I sleep at night I'm thinking that I'm going to have two weeks holiday for £254 rather than thinking its going to cost me £254 to do 100 miles. We're taking my Mother-in-Law for the first leg which is from Tewkesbury to Pershore as she's never been through locks before, or seen the river above Strensham. That also has the advantage that we have someone to make the tea and swab the decks Since my last post I've refitted the missing drain pump from the shower tray and fitted a 12v camping shower so I won't be smelly as we travel to unknown lands, and we've run her up and down river for 4 hours in 30° heat and there was no sign of overheating. I'll keep you updated, not least because I might need your advice if anything falls off Bon Voyage! Stu Our last test run
  13. Final piece of the puzzle fixed today. I replaced the after-market temperature sender unit with the original and the gauge now reads a constant 140°F. The engine isn't overheating, and the gauge now confirms it. Now all we need is for the licencing authorities to reopen the inland waterway locks and we're going away for a week or so
  14. No chance of getting rid of me @JGuilesBand You lot have saved me a fortune with your great advice
  15. I'm not a man ashamed to confess my sins and lessons learnt in the hope others are helped...Just go gently on me with your "I told you so" I made a catalogue of errors ... 1. Water pump wast not from a reputable supplier. There was no water tube (I never knew there should be at the time) and the seal between the water outlet pipe and copper tube was missing. Due to my inexperience I never spotted this. My new pump was from Repower Marine and had the water tube included. 2. My old water tube was cracked and instead of ordering a new one I found some UPVC pipe that appeared to be the same dimensions. However, coupled with the lack of a seal on the water pump there was nothing to stop the water gushing between the copper pipe and my bodged-UPVC pipe. 3. The dodgy water pump I fitted has a poor quality rubber rotor. The new one was thicker and took considerable effort to get in, whilst the old one just slipped in. This can be seen from the photo as the rotor is already distorted after only about 1 hour of use. 4. I should have ran the boat to full heat on muffs before she went back in the water. I would have realised that the risers we're hotter than usual and therefore spotted the error. I can now put my hands on the risers and keep them there without issue. 5. I should have spotted that there was little water coming out of the exhaust outlets on the outdrive. Instead most was coming out of the prop which I thought was normal. Although there's a 140° thermostat fitted the gauge sits at 175° and despite my best efforts running the boat up river, then letting it idle for 20 minutes I can't get it to go any higher. I guess that on my boat 175° on the gauge = 140° in real life. I can now comfortably put my hands on the risers. Anyway, lots of lessons learnt. But I'm now back in the water so let the Gin flow. Stu https://photos.app.goo.gl/rzYS2u8CMXNTU8Di9 https://photos.app.goo.gl/J23N1np1JSc6risM7
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