Monthly Archives: February 2021

  • 343. Top Tips Tuesday - Don't Panic

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    We sell through Andy's bricks and mortar chandlery www.storrarmarine.co.uk loads of Plastic Padding Marine polyester filler as well as their white Gelcoat filler, both for use above the waterline. For below waterline applications, Plastic Padding's Marine Epoxy 'did' sell well however it's now been discontinued but hey folks don't panic... cos for those applications that require an epoxy filler we carry as stock items Hempel epoxy filler 130mlfor £17-95, International Watertite 250ml for £23-95 or my favourite Epifanes epoxy filler a whopping yes whopping 750ml for just £38-95 and yes its got an excellent shelf life!

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    What I like about the Epifanes product, apart from the fact it's very good value as can be seen above, when mixed it's an off-white colour, it doesn't shrink which some polyester fillers are inclined to do and it's easy to sand once cured! It is suitable to use on most substrates below and above water line including GRP, steel, aluminium and of course wood. Once mixed it's got a good pot life: 45minutes at 12 degrees.

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    When used above the waterline follow up with an application of Epifanes Multi Marine Primer (available in grey or white) if the filler is being painted over. Multi Marine Primer not only offers excellent adhesion to epoxy filler but to wood, fibreglass, stainless steel, aluminium, galvanised metal, copper and most other bare or painted substrates. Due to its clever formulation, it can even be painted over with two pack primer or finishes after a suitable time ie 48 hours!

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    If using any of the above-mentioned epoxy fillers below the waterline it is still recommended you prime the surface before applying your chosen antifouling. Epifanes epoxy primer is one that I have used on my last two projects with great success, however a ‘straw poll’ of two of the boat owing members of staff told me that Seajet Multipurpose Epoxy Primer was their product of choice! Once mixed it's easy to apply, my preferred method of application is a foam roller. The excellent concave roller sleeves that Andy retails are, in my opinion, superior to the standard ones in so much that they don't leave a 'tram line'.

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  • 342. Top Tips Tuesday - Tidy Up

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    Fortunately, our chart table is a little less cluttered than our kitchen work surface but at times we do run out of space in Hindsight's navigational area. It does seem when we spend time on our Mystery that we are forever either charging phones, Ipads, handheld VHF, rechargeable spotlight or whatever. Ok I hold my hands up, it’s never going to be a container full of USB cables like at mon repose but it would be rather nice to cut a bit of the clutter out!

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    This rather nice piece of kit as shown above from the guys at Scanstrut caught my eye the other day. It can "Store, Charge & Connect". Nest is its name and it safely houses & wirelessly charges your phone at the same time. Now you can keep your phone in a safe place onboard, tucked away, charged and ready to go!

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    Nest is IPx6 waterproof 12/24V Qi certified enables wireless charging for the outdoor environment without the need for phone charging cables. Perfect for integration into consoles, seating, cabinetry and more! Simply slide your phone into the pocket and instantly start wirelessly charging. The super grippy mat stops your phone sliding around inside. The front lip with an easy access thumb bevel acts as a safety barrier, making sure your phone stays in the Nest!

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    Beautiful Design Rounded corners and tapered front design eliminate all snagging risks, making it possible to install in high traffic areas of the boat where phone charging/storage until now has been impossible.

    Simple Install One easy cut into your chosen mounting location,4 screws supplied for fixing and a front fascia to leave the finished result clean and uncluttered –you're now ready to Store. Charge. Connect!

    Wash Down Worried about getting water inside? No problem! Nest automatically drains either out of the front or through the self-drill drains out of the rear of the housing with the option to use a push-fit drain tube to route water away.

    Dual Functionally  Featuring an intelligent Foreign Object Detection, Nest is perfect for storing your other personal items such as wallets and keys as the charger will only begin to charge when a phone is placed on the mat – nothing else!

  • 340. Top Tips Tuesday - Buy Cheap, Buy Twice

    Of Scottish parentage (but born in Baghdad, Iraq) I, like all Scots, do like a canny bargain, and having spent the first two years of my life in the Middle East I like to barter too. However, there is certainly truth in the old saying, 'buy cheap, buy twice'! And so it came to pass that last December Jenny and I were enjoying a winter break in the port of Mogán on Gran Canaria.

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    On the way down to the beach to meet up with our daughter, son in-law and two grandchildren, my attention was drawn to a shop that had a display of what looked like copies of Orca Bay deck shoes with the ‘country sole’ reduced from 60 euros to 30. Not a bad price I thought, stopped and with a cursory glance they looked OK. Rummaged through and yes they had one pair in my size. The Chinese shop assistant, possibly owner, saw us and came across and said ‘buy now you pay 20!' Well, I was tempted, however, we left it and said we would come back with a pair of socks and try for fit if not sold. Two days later we still hadn’t remembered the socks, however as we walked past he spotted me and called out, '15 euros best offer'! His best offer was then repeated the next day. Well, the day before we left, my Chinese friend, on first names by then, asked when we were leaving Mogan. 'Tomorrow,' I said and with that he said, 'I like you, 10 euros and we have a deal?' Socks were slipped on and yes they fitted! ‘It's a deal,' said I and with that my good lady who controls the purse strings handed over the dosh! I should say at this stage I had already had a fairly good examination of them. Yes I hadn’t got my reading glasses on and yes the upper leather was thinner than my existing Orca's but as a replacement for my current gardening/decorating /workshop/climbing ladder shoes, if I got a years' use without them falling apart I wouldn’t complain! Flew home with my ‘trophy shoes’ straight into quarantine so after Christmas and Boxing Day it was back to work on our lounge, new shoes on and that final coat of rubbed effect Epifanes on the lounge floor.

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    Finished that, stripped of my nitrile gloves, overalls and the new shoes and noticed then that the ‘leather’ was peeling away! Wasn’t too upset with that at the price I had paid but when the sole started to part company next time I wore them I must confess that, even at 10 euros, they weren’t such a bargain! Let’s see if Sikaflex 291i will restick the sole!

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    So even at 10 euros I had paid over the odds! Fortunately they were not an item that could compromise safety. Below is an image of a 'cheap and cheerful' impeller which failed first time out, water pump cooked and the end result is a seized newly reconditioned engine!

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    In the sail loft we try and keep the floor as clean as possible and change from our outdoor shoes to 'clean sole ones.' My faithful old Dubarry deck shoes have been my constant companions on my feet for methinks some 20 odd years. Yes the non-slip has gone from the sole and the heels are looking a little tired but boy are they comfortable! If the Sikaflexwill reattach the sole to the upper on my 'bargain basement' shoes and with light duty use, perhaps I might manage to get another month out of them!

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    Finally, having just managed my first ever dry January, yes I'm sleeping better and have lost a tiny bit of weight but trying to write or compose a Top Tips Tuesday, words flow much better with a glass or two close by, cheers!

  • What do all those codes for light bulbs mean?

    kb header IdeaLight Our Guide for de-mystifying light bulbs!

    There are 4 types of light bulbs, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Halogen and LED. However there is a large range of type of bulb sockets. Which ones do you need?

     

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