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by Mavanier
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all

Yes we saw her this morning. We've already viewed the ex Alba one in Dunstaffnage, but they didn't want to shift on price by very much at all and she is pretty bare in terms of kit. The one in Ardfern is better equipped and seems to have fewer deck leaks, but the elephant in the room is the hectare ...
by Mavanier
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all

Just been to view a boat and was quite taken aback to meet a broker who was genuinely well informed and helpful. Being at the younger end of the boating demographic I do sometimes wonder if brokers think that we are time wasting tyre-kickers with a dream in our heads and little money to back it up. ...
by Mavanier
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Forth and Clyde this year?
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Re: Forth and Clyde this year?

Thanks- might drop them a line closer to the time. Tbh it's all hypothetical just now, we're pondering a new boat and looking at how to get her home. Surprisingly the East coast + canals route is only marginally shorter, but it should offer an easier passage with favourable prevailing winds. I assum...
by Mavanier
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Forth and Clyde this year?
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Forth and Clyde this year?

Does anybody know what the score is with the F&C canal at the moment? I heard something about it being closed last year.
I know that the published depth figures need to be taken with a bucket of salt. What about mast cranes?
by Mavanier
Sun May 20, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket
Replies: 6
Views: 2433

Re: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket

A wee update on my heater. I've done a semi-temporary installation and had it running a few times. So far, so good. I chose to put the exhaust outlet in the cockpit coaming, as that keeps the exhust run reasonably short and it should stay dry unless I am absolutely sailing on my ear. Also removes th...
by Mavanier
Thu May 10, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket
Replies: 6
Views: 2433

Re: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket

Chinese heater arrived this week. Did a rough and ready test run with it sat on top of my car's engine, clipped to the battery. So far so good! Hoping to start installing it on the boat today.
by Mavanier
Tue May 01, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket
Replies: 6
Views: 2433

Re: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket

I've just ordered one of the Chinese ones- will cross my fingers and see how I get on with it!
by Mavanier
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Boatyard to check my keel bolts, chain plates etc?
Replies: 2
Views: 1917

Boatyard to check my keel bolts, chain plates etc?

So, our boat is 48 this year and feeling a bit tired. We have ambitions to sail away for a few years and a part of me is worried that the fundamental structure of the boat might need checked out. Perhaps I am just being paranoid? If not, what would be the best way to go about satisfying myself that ...
by Mavanier
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: RIP Cruiser Uno :(
Replies: 2
Views: 2214

Re: RIP Cruiser Uno :(

I have heard some good things about Flag. Just going by the data sheet though, it current seem to like being immersed too soon after application. I was able to track down a couple of tins of Uno in the end, just in black rather than the blue I had before. Will give me the incentive I need to do a bo...
by Mavanier
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: That's It - The Refit Is Finished
Replies: 4
Views: 2241

Re: That's It - The Refit Is Finished

Well done, great to see someone doing a proper job on a classic boat.
by Mavanier
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: RIP Cruiser Uno :(
Replies: 2
Views: 2214

RIP Cruiser Uno :(

So, International claim that Uno has been replaced by Cruiser 250. But a quick glance at the specs show that the new product needs two or three coats, and whilst the drying times are reasonable there's obviously no way you can do this in a single tide. A right embuggerance for tight arsed gits like ...
by Mavanier
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Pesky Kids!
Replies: 5
Views: 2481

Re: Pesky Kids!

If Attenborough is 'one of the kids', I'd hate to see your definition of an old man...
by Mavanier
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Leaving the boat near Mallaig
Replies: 8
Views: 3487

Re: Leaving the boat near Mallaig

Armadale always seems a bit exposed to me, but it must be OK if IoS Yachts use them all through the season.
There's also visitor buoys at Kyleakin and Broadford- the latter being a bit exposed to the north IMHO.
by Mavanier
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Stainless Steel Sheet Bending and Welding in Scotland
Replies: 1
Views: 2445

Re: Stainless Steel Sheet Bending and Welding in Scotland

I'm sure there must be someone closer to you, but Caley Sheet Metal in Inverness ought to be able to do this I think.

It's worth shopping around for this kind of work. I needed some galv steel fabricated and found prices for the job varied between £80 and £400!
by Mavanier
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: The needs are drawing in
Replies: 34
Views: 8280

Re: The needs are drawing in

Hebridean has to be worth considering. I know someone who used one to take his Co32 to Faeroe and back and thought it was excellent. On liferafts, I'm currently looking into this as well and have concluded that you just have to pony up the money and buy a new one. Brand new 4 man canister LR- cheape...

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