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Old 31 December 2014, 13:57   #21
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Sometimes we end up quite late back at the house, but I need to use the engine rise muffs to get some fresh water through it or risk damage. This doesn't happen too often, but enough to annoy people.
Seems the OP doesn't agree with you.
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Old 31 December 2014, 14:04   #22
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Once is enough to annoy people.... but to create a "nuisance" is something else...
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I think the crux of this dilemma is consideration for the neighbours. I can completely see it from the neighbour's point if view, and of course from the OP's need to get the boat washed down after a trip, engine flushed, etc.

I live a modern new-build housing estate. My neighbour's are nice enough but I know I'm the odd-ball in the street because there's a boat in the garage and I tend to work on cars on the drive most weekends.

Dont get me wrong, I'm not running Phil Mitchell's back street gaff, but I'm aware my neighbours roll their eyes when passing by. I remember working on the suspension on a car and it was a summer's evening. I was still outside at 10.00pm and it was still light enough to work. Up until this point I'd been hammering the hell out of a pinch bolt that wouldn't shift. To my credit, I drove out of the village to a layby to finish the job.

It's not essential to run the engine that night, it can wait, especially if your back late. Don't get me wrong, it's a complete pain in the butt, but accept that it can be seen as unreasonable. I'd also talk to your neighbours.
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That's an interesting point. I suppose you would need to flush with / hot water to shift any salt crystals then.

Do people flush inboards ? (is that a daft question)
Used to flush the Ford Dover engine in the Pacific but then I had a modified water intake and a long exhaust hose to silence it a bit. Just don't bother with the yacht engine which is raw water cooled and now 26 years old, its too difficult and risks flooding a cylinder or two. Had a look inside earlier this year when I replaced the thermostat for the first time in 7 or 8 years and it looked okay with no salt build up to see.

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Used to flush the Ford Dover engine in the Pacific
That's quite a trip!
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I think it's all been said really. I wouldn't run an engine on muffs in the drive early morning or late at night, I don't want to piss other people off. As Poly said, give them a bottle of wine and be a bit more thoughtful in future.
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So reading about a couple of peoples experiences with not flushing - it seems not to be as necessary as some suggest.
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So reading about a couple of peoples experiences with not flushing - it seems not to be as necessary as some suggest.


I was given an old engine that was crusted right up with salt crystals, I spoke to a friend who owns a product line for descaling kettles, would it do any harm? - he said no it wouldn't and gave me a few bottles, as it was an old engine I tried it.

The amount of crap that came out was incredible, engine ran fine for years after, although I no longer have it.
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Neighbourhood disputes are a nightmare and worth any effort to avoid. Sort an acceptable way of flushing it without p!$$ing them off (plenty of suggestions on here) then explain what you're doing and why and offer them a spin out on the water to say sorry!
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We often go off exploring after a boring day in the office to blast out the cobwebs with the rib, chuck the kids and the wife in the rib and go off for a play. Sometimes we end up quite late back at the house, but I need to use the engine rise muffs to get some fresh water through it or risk damage. This doesn't happen too often, but enough to annoy people.

Now our neighbours have complained and reported us to environmental health for making too much noise late at night.

Any advice anyone?
For Environmental Health to progress it you would need to be making noise such that you affect your neighbours ability to enjoy their property.

If you've stopped doing it now you've been notified means it won't go any further further. Ask them for advice on what times they suggest is reasonable time and follow it.

Also go make peace with the neighbours if you can and ask them to speak to you first if they have any issues in future.

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