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Stuart Adair

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  1. I keep my eyes closed and trust in the Lord
  2. Hello folks, Haven't been here for a while, mainly because nothing has broken lately and I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. I've moved to a new mooring which is somewhat more remote than the marina with no shore power, and I wanted to be able to monitor my battery condition remotely via 4G using an app on my phone; the fear being that the batteries go flat before I can get down there with my generator. I discovered Chargemetrix which does exactly what I wanted and thought it might be useful for anyone else with the same issue.
  3. It's our 3rd winter. Year 1 was in the marina where we did nothing, last year she was our of the water for works and this year we're moored on the River itself. Stu
  4. Hello all and hope everyone is keeping safe. 5.7 Merc in a 1990 Signature 27 which is on a mooring on the River Avon now, and not in the marina. Do I need to drain the water from the engine as winter approaches? If so, the simplest way I can think of is to use a water suction pump I have at the thermostat housing, or is there a special 'Thing' I have to do? Thanks Stu
  5. 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
  6. 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, noi
  7. 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
  8. Good call. I'll bypass the wiring tomorrow and let you know how I get on.
  9. This is the guy I used....Did a great job. http://www.burkettquicksign.co.uk/
  10. 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 ?
  11. 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 dista
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. No chance of getting rid of me @JGuilesBand You lot have saved me a fortune with your great advice
  19. 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
  20. Well she's back out of the water and on hard standing. I had the local marina mechanic round for a quick look yesterday. His initial thoughts are there's an issue with the water pump but we'll wait and see. He's fully booked until the end of next week, and as I'm working away I'll leave the job to him to sort. Look at the mess 3 months in the River Avon has made of my nice shiny outdrive and prop Will keep you updated... https://photos.app.goo.gl/oTPNjipByFiA3EjP8
  21. Thank you. I'll try and grab some pics of what I've done so you can all call me a fool
  22. I've got the new water pump kit today including the new water tube. What I can't find anywhere on Youtube or in diagrams is a clear view of what seals should go to seal the copper water tube to the plastic water tube, or if there is meant to be a seal under the plastic water tube. I think I'm going to give the job to the marine engineer at the boatyard to sort but I'd be really interested if a diagram exists. Thanks Stu
  23. Thank you all. I've managed to find what I want at Repower Marine in the UK. What I never fully appreciated until I spoke to them is that the copper tube slides all the way down inside the plastic tube to push on a seal that sites under the plastic tube, and its that seal I've missed off. Boat comes out the water on Monday and I've asked a local Marine Engineer to take a look. Thanks Stu
  24. HI, me again. There are no grommets or guide tubes available in the UK. Can anyone recommend a US seller who can supply ? Thanks Stu
  25. @JGuilesBand I think that's where I've gone wrong. I never put the rubber grommet in. A £2.50 piece of rubber is going to cost me £400 in crane fees. God I love boating
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