Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

What, where, how?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal.

Anything that burns with a yellow flame produces Carbon Monoxide; fires, faulty gas appliances, candles, etc. Boat engines and generators also produce Carbon Monoxide.

CO can also be produced from the ashes from your fire, please ensure ashes are stored outside away from vents in a suitable container with a lid. Please see this form the BBC; Carbon monoxide warning over ash from stoves

Prevension

Ensure all appliances are suitable and well maintained.

Sweep/clean flues regularly.

Ensure adequate ventilation.

Fit a suitable CO alarm, should conform to BS EN 50291-2 (BS EN 50291-1 alarms are not suitable for the marine environment).

 

Choosing the right Carbon Monoxide alarm? from Boat Safety Scheme on Vimeo.

 

Urban Myths

Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air.

NO, carbon monoxide is slightly lighter than air, Carbon monoxide is 28.01 g/mol and air varies from 29-32 g/mol, depending many factors including composition, temperature, elevation, humidity.  However two things to consider, firstly it is usually produce by fuel burning appliances, they produce hot gasses, hot air rises, second, it has been found that carbon monoxide mixes very well in air, with drafts etc. and will equalise throughout the boat.

It is CO (Carbon Monoxide) not CO2 (Carbon Dioxide).

Many people mix them up, CO2 can be dangerous at high quantities and is not good for the environment, but is generally harmless.

I don’t have any fuel burning appliances, i’m fine.

You can still get Carbon monoxide in you boat from you neighbours boat, engine, generator, etc.

All my appliances are Balanced flue (room sealed).

These type of appliances are safer than flue less or open flue, but only if maintained and checked regularly.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are not always obvious, particularly during low-level exposure.

A tension-type headache is the most common symptom of mild carbon monoxide poisoning.

Other symptoms include:

  • dizziness
  • feeling and being sick
  • tiredness and confusion
  • stomach pain
  • shortness of breath and difficulty breathing

The symptoms of exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can be similar to those of food poisoning and flu.

If you think you have been exposed to CO please seek medical advice from your GP or call 101, or you think you have been exposed to high levels go to your local A&E.

The Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Boat Safety Scheme on Vimeo.

 

Positioning of a carbon monoxide alarm

For the best protection, follow the alarm manufacturer’s installation instructions as far as the space and nature of the boat allow.

But if the placement directions are difficult to meet on your boat, these are the ‘best practice’ points

Try to place the alarm:

  • in living quarters between 1m and 3m (on plan view) from the appliance
  • in living quarters fix alarms high up on a wall, but at least 150mm from the ceiling and where the indicator lights can be seen
  • in sleeping quarters have the alarm in the “breathing zone”, i.e. near the bed head
  • before fixing, test that you can hear an alarm from any position in the boat (or buy an additional alarm)

Don’t Forget to test them regularly, If it doesn’t work it can’t save your life!

This not meant to be a definitive guide to all things Carbon Monoxide, it is just to raise awareness.  This has been prompted by the numerous post I have recently seen on Facebook that could lead to a danger from Carbon Monoxide.

Please go to the Boat Safety Scheme website HERE. They have compiled wealth of information related to boats and CO from many expert organisations.

Bottled Gas

Bottle Gas – New prices

We have just re-negotiated our prices for some of our bottled gas and it is good news.

If you currently have a Extra or Harris gas bottle the the cost of a 12kg Butane bottle has dropped to £25 for a refill from £27.50!

If you require a new bottle our bottle charge has now Dropped to £20 from £30

New mobile fire will be available soon from £99

What does this actually mean if you need a new bottle it will typically cost you £81.75 or £41.75 for a refill from a well known brand!

Ours are £45 for a new bottle and £25 for a refill, out bottles are a little bit smaller 3kg(easier to carry), but with this factored in it is still a big saving!

 

 

5*’s on Airbnb

Home James is now available on AirBnb

We have hosted our first two guests from Airbnb, and we are feeling great as both have left us 5* review, proves we must be doing somethin right!

It is quite a unique experience staying on board Home James, we will be on hand to welcome you onboard and show you round, and are available during you stay.

If you are planning a trip to Cheshire or you have friends or family coming to Stockton Heath and are looking for somewhere different to stay?  You can now book to stay on Home James for as little as 2 nights, It is currently only available during our low season November to February but if it works we will offer this all through the year when we have space available!

AirBnb

This is for static hire only, if you wish we can arrange a short trip at an additional cost, or if you wish to take the boat out for a break please book this through out website HERE or you can call us on 01925 265129 or email us at bookings@thornmarine.co.uk.

 

First Airbnb guests

Home James is now available on AirBnb

If you are planning a trip to Cheshire or you have friends or family coming to Stockton Heath and are looking for some where different to stay?  You can now book to stay on Home James for as little as 2 nights, It is currently only available during our low season November to February but if it works we will offer this all through the year when we have space available!

AirBnb

This is for static hire only, if you wish we can arrange a short trip at an additional cost, or if you wish to take the boat out for a break please book this through out website HERE or you can call us on 01925 265129 or email us at bookings@thornmarine.co.uk.

 

Lots of news this week!

Online booking now available!

If you are looking to book a short break you can now do it through our website.  Simply click the “Book a short Break” Button top right or on any of the short break pages, this will take you through to a booking page have look at the instructions, the system is based around a hotel booking system, so is not a perfect fit for boat hire but does a good job and it is free so we don’t have increase our cost to cover it.

Have a look here – Booking Page

You can also pay you deposit and balance online, we have teamed up with a company called FabPay, fear not they utilise SagePay as there payment gateway, it has the highest level of card data security (PCI DSS Level 1) and is 100% secure.

Fear not, if you do not want to book online we can still get you sorted either over the phone or in store, give us a call on 01925 265129 or email us bookings@thornmarine.co.uk and we will get back to you.

We have also sorted out pricing for next year, we have had to raise the prices a little £20-£40 for a midweek break BUT we have decreased the weekend prices by as much as £170!  We have also added an automatic discount to the system, if you book a weeks break you get a 10% Discount and for 10 days or more 15%

Cheshire Cat

Home James

Home James is now available on AirBnb

If you are planning a trip to Cheshire or you have friends or family coming to Stockton Heath and are looking for some where different to stay?  You can now book to stay on Home James for as little as 2 nights, It is currently only available during our low season November to February but if it works we will offer this all through the year when we have space available!

AirBnb

This is for static hire only, if you wish we can arrange a short trip at an additional cost, or if you wish to take the boat out for a break please book this through out website HERE or you can call us on 01925 265129 or email us at bookings@thornmarine.co.uk.

 

End of an era at Claymoore Navigation.

For over 40 years Claymoore Navigation have been on the Bridgewater Canal offering great affordable Canal holidays.

Sadly last month they closed their doors for the last time, the boats and most of the equipment were auctioned off and the site is now empty.

We have always worked very closely with them as we were in the same line of business, including hiring out each others boats and helping their customers when on holiday. They will be missed on the Bridgewater.

We are still in regular contact with some of the staff and they have found new jobs or are taking a well deserved break.

In November of last year we were asked to take over the running of Cheshire Cat, please follow the link for more information, she is what is known as a sponsored boat as in the boat is owned by a private individual who uses the boat occasionally but the rest of the time is let out on hire, manged by us. We still have space available through the summer if you are looking to book your break.

We are aware of some of their customer who booked in advance will unfortunately not able to take their holidays, as mentioned above we do have availability on Cheshire Cat, but our Dayboat is booked up weekends until Mid October and we have very few weekdays available.

We will have a second short break hire boat operating in the near future (in time for the summer), watch this space!!!!!!!!

 

 

Welcome!

Thanks for visiting our new Website it is currently under re-development.

Please call back soon and have a look round.

In the meantime if you have any question pleas call 01925 265129.

We have also change our ISP so may experience some email problem over the next week!