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Stuart Adair

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  1. Hi folks, Not the nicest of picture I've ever shared with you but I've got a problem with my toilet and would appreciate some help. It been working absolutely fine up until today when it started leaking at the back when flushed. I traced the leak to a pipe that looks like it should have something screwed into it. If I block this with my hand then the toilet works absolutely fine. The mystery is that it looks like there should be a bung or cap but there's nothing in or around the toilet that could have fell out. Its a mystery worthy of Scooby Doo for sure. Anyway, does anyone have any advice what I could use to screw into here to bung up the hole ? https://flic.kr/p/2ecBvsC Thanks Stu
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    Fairy lights on my boat !!

    Mrs Wife has gone and hung fairy lights on the boat. Slightly embarrassing That's the last time I let her on deck, its back to bilge-cleaning duties for her from now on
  3. As if by magic this big, bright, warm thing appeared in the sky today. Took the opportunity to take a video of the marina and boat without it raining / blowing a gale / snowing / icy / foggy Finally, a sunny day.
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    First ever Chaparral Ice Breaker

    Hi folks, and a particular hello to all you guys in the Southern states of America where the temperature rarely drops below 25°C. A couple of pics and a video to share from Tewkesbury Marina where today's temperature is on the nippy side at 4°C. Looked up a conversion table to show that in °F and it just said, "Bloody Cold!" Think we might give boating a bit of a miss this weekend Tewkesbury Marina on a cold February morning. Great video of a frozen Tewkesbury marina
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    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
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    A worrying time during a storm...

    Hi folks, We were awoken at 04:00 this morning by a storm which destroyed a gazebo we had in the garden. I got really worried about the boat, if it destroyed the gazebo then what about the canopy So at 04:30 today I headed down to the boatyard and recorded it on my phone. Sorry in advance for the really poor quality but it was a moment of crisis. ps: Bit of a shout out for you guys at 1:30 all sunning yourselves in 30° heat whilst I'm getting cold and wet. Thinking about you all A Storm Night In Tewkesbury
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    Shameless plug for my YouTube channel

    That lake looks brilliant....
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    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 :-)
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    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 :-)
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    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
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    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
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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 :-)
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    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.
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    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
  18. 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
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    What to do if I suffer mechanical failure....

    Thank you all for the great advice.
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    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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    My first boat "Not starting" situation

    Hi folks, My first ever boat problem today. Chaparral Signature 27 1990 5.7 Mercruiser. Boat was starting and running lovely when I last turned it off 2 days ago. Came to start it today and the engine is turning over but not firing. The distributer is a bit hard to get to but I've pulled off the coil feed and there's a lovely strong spark. Plugs are hidden under the manifold so quite difficult to get to but thats something I'll have to check next. I never had any spanners to check the fuel line into the carb, so that's another job to check on Sunday when I can next get to the boat. Not sure if it is fuel because it still wouldn't fire with a squirt of Bradex. Fuel tap is on and there's fuel in the tank. When I shut the boat down I get into the engine compartment to reach the battery shut off's. Is there a "Something" in there that I could have knocked that would allow the engine to spin over, spark but not fire ? I'll keep you informed as things progress (And will doubtless be asking for more advice) Stu
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    My first boat "Not starting" situation

    Good news update today. 8 new plugs fitted and the boat started straight away. In the end I found the 4 middle cylinders had plugs that were finger tight, and one of the others was broken. I suspect that the issue was whoever fitted the old plugs never used a 1/4 in drive very thin plug socket. Mine only just fitted and anything larger might give the impression of a tight plug. Then again, he could have just been an idiot! I should have known really as I was getting the occasional smell of petrol when the engine was running and that was the unburnt fuel getting past the loose plugs. Everything back together now and looking forward to finally taking her out at the weekend for a play. Stu
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    Correct battery switch position.

    Hello all, I have a 1990 Signature 27 with 3 batteries. Battery 1 is wired independently and batteries 2 & 3 are wired together. I have a battery switch marked Off - 1 - 2 - All. Could you please tell me the correct positions to use? Not sure if it affects your responses but I have shore power connected which includes a battery charge unit. Thanks Stu
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    My first boat "Not starting" situation

    Many thanks
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    My first boat "Not starting" situation

    I think you're right and this has been an old issue. The plug that was broken was clearly corroded and had been faulty for some time. Its got really cold here so perhaps the low temperature has just pushed things over the edge to the point that it wont start ? Anyway, lets see how we get on when the new kit arrives. One other question, does the rotor arm on the 5.7 Thunderbolt ignition just lift off the distributor spline or is there a grub screw somewhere. From the pic it looks like the rotor has a plate attached to the bottom to time the spark ? Thanks once again. Stu
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