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Tom and Bex

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New job - new mooring needed. Please help!

05 November 2014 - 12:28 PM

I've just got a new job as Emergency Care Assistant based at Staverton, Gloucestershire so need to find a new mooring for our 70ft narrow boat. Becky works at Leicester General Hospital and for various reasons needs to keep her job there for at least the next year or so.

We are therefore looking for moorings between the two that allow liveaboard, are cat friendly, and no more than about an hours drive to Staverton or Leicester! Would ideally have liked North Stratford (M42 corridor) but have so far tried Warings Green, Swallow Cruisers, Lady Lane Wharf, Lyons Boatyard and Alvechurch Marina and all say they have no spaces and no likelihood of any coming up in the near future.

Has anyone got any other ideas? Will have to widen our search so thinking of Coventry/Birmingham Fazeley/GU heading into Birmingham so any recommendations that are near good transport routes would be welcome.

I have until beginning of February (stoppages depending) to find new mooring as have 9 weeks training first.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Tom and Becky

Where have all the boats gone?

27 June 2014 - 03:18 PM

This is the bottom of Foxton locks on a Friday afternoon at the end of June - mid summer. 2014-06-27%2014.34.41.jpg?dl=1



We were there for about 3 hrs having lunch with some work colleagues and only saw 1 boat moving. Not a single boat on any of the visitor moorings except ours.

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Oil pressure gauge

01 April 2014 - 05:58 PM

Thinking of fitting an oil pressure gauge for my Lister ha3 to the pigeon box so I can keep an eye on the engine when cruising.

What would people recommend, electrical or mechanical and what range should I be looking for? I guess the ha3 oil pressure is not that high. Also any tips on installing it and any recommendations for gauges (preferably traditional looking) would be welcome.



Lister HA3 major oil leak

10 March 2014 - 12:51 AM

My Lister HA3 is leaking large quantities of oil and spraying it all over the engine room from the cooling air. As it appears to be leaking everywhere including the top accsess panel on the flywheel casing and from around the exhaust/inlet manifolds and side ducting I assume it is the flywheel oil seal that is leaking.

About 18 months ago I replaced most of the top end gaskets and seals including the felt seal in the main bearing housing in an effort to cure the leaking.

Unfortunately this only had a very limited effect and the leak is now worse than ever - it's using about 1 litre of oil per 10 hours engine running (and spraying that quantity over the engine room!) so I need to get this sorted.

Is it possible to fit a modern type oil seal to the flywheel end? Or are there any other suggestions I could try? Really need this done before the BCN challenge in May as doubtful I could take the boat as it is.



Rooftop gardening

12 April 2012 - 06:26 PM

Hi there,
I am looking for ideas on veg (type and variety) and flowers suitable for growing in pots on the canal boat roof top.
Hope to still be cruising so will need to be short enough to get under most bridges without having to remove them.
Advice on how big a pots I would need for this would also be welcomed.
P.s new to growing veg.
Thank you :rolleyes:
Bex & Tom