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  1. A new project named Blah ( could get messy)

    Probably .....All Welshmen are Mad!! including myself I used to work with the secretary of that club and he would possibly know the boats history. I wouldn't be surprised if he sold it to you. It may have been one of his earlier purchases before he settled on the Merry Fisher. Maybe not as he had a warrior before that I'm pretty sure I recognised it sitting in the compund next to the river (not the main compound)on one of my visits about 3 years ago. Hope you get it sorted and fingers crossed It doesn't have the rot problems associated with the old home build Wilson flyers.. Gary who now owns the Wilson Flyer moulds builds a lovely boat but yours aint a Flyer so he may not be able to give you much assistance..He has got multiple build pics of his new design on WSF but this link may be of use to you. http://www.worldseafishing.com/forums/threads/wilson-flyer-fast-fisher-17-rebuild.30362681/#post-39576681
  2. A new project named Blah ( could get messy)

    r That Looks very much like AFAN boat club to me ...(Port Talbot) .Am I close
  3. Happy Birthday Kev

    Belated Birthday wishes Kev. Guess you generated your own Wind after that meal
  4. Webasto heater problem - Fan fault

    These in line blade fuses need regular inspection and removal of the fuses for checking for corrosion of the blades and sockets themseves. When my boat was on F pontoon I had to regularly replace them due to corrosion probably due to galvanic action as there was no way water or dampness could have entered the fuse holder. I always keep a few spares on board now. Hope it turns out to be something simple and cheap Steve Peteg
  5. Birthday greetings PJ

    Happy Birthday PJ hope you had a good one
  6. Happy Birthday Terry

    Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday Terry, Bet you had a good one
  7. Birthday greetings Pete

    Cheers for the birthday wishes guys. Had a great chilled out day . Even better in that I Retired from work again(only for the second time ) yesterday so will be starting to get down to the boat again. Poor thing has been languishing on the drystack all year and needs a bottom wetting ceremony. Pete
  8. Drone registration..

    I'd like to know how they will be able to police this. We don't seem to have enough of any front line services nowadays and what we do have are being overwhelmed with accountability procedures and new regulations. It's all so depressing it makes me think of getting away from it all....... Saw a 29 acre Scottish Island for sale for £325,000 in the paper this week .It has its own Lighthouse But ....you have to rely on wind turbines and solar for power and no mention of fresh water ....Always a sting in the tail... Bet there's also nowhere to keep a boat and...... I bet there's no Fish to catch..... See how easy it is to make yourself depressed
  9. New boat.

    OOOOOOhhhh Very Nice ....Who up for the regular Polishing ??????
  10. The Light bulb change........(Easy)

    Many moons ago I used to work with a guy that used to maintain mast head tv equipment . He told me that his company sent him out to Norway to fix some equipment at the top of a tv Transmitter mast. Sting in the tail was that the mast was on top of a 6000ft high mountain. He was out there for 3 weeks waiting for a break in the weather in order to have a sufficient 3 day window to carry out the work.. Towards the end of the 3 week period and under pressure from his company to get the job done he decided to risk it as the weather had abated considerably. I dont remember exactly how long he said it took him to climb the mast but it was quite a few hours and when he got to the equipment platform and started work the weather got worse and the wind started increasing. Cutting a long story short he was clipped onto the mast platform for 48hrs which was swinging over 20ft in the wind and was unable to make the climb down. Another lull in the weather eventually allowed him to risk the climb back down . He hadn't been able to fix the fault and resigned as soon as he got back to the hotel and went and joined the Army. Needless to say he never went near another mast again.
  11. Peter

    Very Sad News Sincere condolences to you and your familiy Matt RIP Peter
  12. Swansea tidal lagoon

    just my 2 cents on this particular scheme I hate these PR exercises where minimal facts are ever disclosed to the general public.It would be nice to see a breakdown of estimated costs I have a little knowledge of this scheme proposal and just scratching the surface the following issues excluding the eco system ones exist. What they don't mention is the cost of modifications needed to the surrounding infrastructure and the effect of historic heavy metal contaminants currently flowing down the river estuary that will now settlle out in the bay due to the lagoon walls affecting the original tidal flushing flows in the bay. The original plan totally enclosed the estuary which meant contamination of the lagoon that had been proposed as a watersport recreational facility . They overcame this problem by reducing the size of the lagoon so that the estuary flows could pass along side. Looks like they may have forgotten about the Sewage outfall that sits inside the lagoon. Swansea sewage treatment works outfall currently sits dead centre of the proposed lagoon. The existing works currently doesn't have sufficient power or physical room to increase the capacity of the outlet pump station to move the outfall another couple of miles out to sea.. The only option seems to be to treat all the flow through the works which means building another works alongside to treat the diluted storm flows which will need to be at least DOUBLE the existing works flow capacity. As there is insufficient electrical supply available to carry out this process the Power Grid and Works Power infrastructure will need major upgrading at a cost of many millions of pounds . This will not be an easy operation as the works will need to be kept running during this time . The majority of land surrounding the wastewater works has already been sold off for university accommodation buildings so a separate process works may have to built elsewhere. There are many hidden issues but the press release only concentrates on the base proposal of green energy via tidal flows. I am an advocate of tidal energy generation however I think the general public should be made aware of localised issues that may or may not have been considered in the general proposals and report reviews. Its one thing allocating a budget sum to overcome an issue at the outline design stage ,another to actually carry out the necessary work when the time comes.
  13. Merry Christmas

    Merry Xmas and Happy New year ALL Peteg
  14. Happy Birthday Neal

    Belated Birtday Greetings Neal Hope you had a good one
  15. Riding Assistant Required.

    I'm saying Nothing But I'm thinking lots
  16. Anodes

    When I was on F pontoon I used to have to change my anodes twice a year (2 per trim tab) but I used to keep the outboard raised so that anode would last a couple of seasons. On the drystack now so can go much longer between replacements ..........especially if I dont get her wet
  17. Al Murray Wimborne Tonight

    Thought you wanted to SELL the tickets Rob
  18. Gaffa's Birthday

    Cheers Guys Had a great evening with the family and a nice meal. But my holiday period seems to have come to an end as have now gone back to work to earn a crust and pay for the meal
  19. Happy Birthday Stuie

    Belated Birthday Greetings Stuie. Seems like you had or are still enjoying a GREAT DAY
  20. JoJo gets some attention

    Very Impressed Rob. Very Satisfying when it all goes to plan isnt it . Nothing like a well balanced set of carbs I always say
  21. Baffle foam

    Other than controlling the venting the main benefit of Plastic tanks is the reduced levels of condensation due to its thermal properties. .It seems to me that water condenses easier on the cold surface of metal rather than plastic under the same ambient conditions.. Even leaving my partially filled Plastic tank vented for a number of months I haven't had the issues experienced with trhe stainless steel one.They were both fitted in identical locations under the foredeck and the compartment vented to atmosphere using the original flexi hose and hull fittings I tried to order a 100Litre plastic tank to fit in the space but the space was too restricted and unlike diesel they can't be fabricated as they have to comply with some onerous standards and testing hence the portable tank options where 2 will fit under the fordeck and a third in the cabin as a reserve.The system works brilliantly and I can regularly cycle old to new fuel so much so that I prefer it to a permanent tank. I am a plastic convert no mistake
  22. Baffle foam

    Steve, The problem is exasperated due to the addition of ethanol in petrol which attracts water..(Plenty of info on internet and an even bigger issue in the states where the percentage of ethanol in petrol is much higher)) The problem doesn't seem to affect diesel to the same extent. My stainless tank was of course permanently vented to atmosphere via hull fixings and flexi pipework and I originally thought the water was entering through this but I sealed all fittings from rainwater ingress although still allowing a "breather" and tried adding fuel pollishers but still had the same problems. I came to the conclusion that the ethanol was sucking the water into the fuel from the humid/damp atrmosphere increasing condensation on and in the tank. It is a common problem at the marina with numerous boats( inboard and outboard petrol ) exibiting the same issues if left for any length of time. .The water gets past the Fuel filter separators and enters the injectors on starting requiring if lucky only a major cleanup of the fuel system and injectors and removal and disposal of existing fuel via pump out and replenishment with fresh. If unlucky new injectors assuming no further damage caused to the engine plus the fuel etc.Whatever happens its expensive! and I had it happen on 3 occassions before I managed a solution. Cars don't have the same issue with the fuel for 2 reasons 1. the fuel is used up quickly and regularly replenished and 2. Most current cars have Plastic Tanks Since changing to plastic manually vented tanks (which I leave closed between trips) I have had absolutely no issues
  23. Baffle foam

    I have had major problems with condensation on my 100litre baffled stainless steel petrol tank so much so that I have removed it and gone to Quicksilver 23litre portable plastic tanks. The change has been dramatic and would never contemplate a metal tank especially as the % ethanol content of the fuel is ever increasing. Hope your tank is plastic Graham as if not baffles will be the least of your concerns
  24. New Fishing Magazine

    I received my freebies today All I need to do now is try them out in anger.....Unfortunatly it wont be this week as family visit to Wales will take precedence
  25. New Fishing Magazine

    Likewise & still awaiting freebies I emailed advertising contact at magazine mattm@media-shed.co.uk on Wednesday 25/05 enquiring when they were likely tto arrive but no response as yet.