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  2. Anyone on here got a offer in on said boat “The Pleiades” if so pm me as I was the owner which sold it in April this year. Just like to give you the run down on her maintenance history and operation etc as broker not said much in his advertisement.
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  4. Looks to me like you are over firing that stove. Shouldn't need anything like that, above gunnel level but looks like scorching? Is that a double skin flue or a 6 inch Job ? If my stove was running that hot I'd have to have the doors open...
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  7. I found the Montgomery canal a bit boring, wouldn’t do it again, but glad you enjoyed it, nice diary.
  8. That’s what it looks like now, I just need some reflective foil, so which is best to buy ?
  9. Yes, it's an interesting little hamlet, when you look into its history, good to know the Pub's still open, thanks. It's a pity few people go past Queens Head or take the bus into Oswestry.
  10. I took that bubble wrap type stuff off and replaced it with kitchen foil which worked ok last winter, but would like something a bit better
  11. Hi, the boat is an Aqualine, 15 years old, passed conformity on boat safety cert, even though I mentioned it to the examiner. Walls get too hot for my liking, and I have been using extra protection, plus radiating heat. Hence my question, sorry I never made that clear.
  12. That's a scary prospect as well. I wonder did something like that happen to the chap who fell asleep on the M62 and dumped his Landrover into the path a a train on the East Coast Mainline? Probably, and they could have gone after the uninsured owner of the sunken boat, in turn. It didn't seem wise or fair to go after a fellow moorer who had already lost a lot for our small losses, if it risked coming from him rather than his or our insurer. MP.
  13. I'm sure I read on here about there being 'short' engines that had the splined end cut off, but that this wasn't necessarily the case for all of them. My understanding is that, as Chevron has said, engines like yours have the woodruff key arrangement but have the splined shaft intact and the point of the kit in his pic is to convert the pulley so that the splines take the load.
  14. Had to do this on the (tidal) Brent, in a Black Prince boat. But not from engine fail. Just below Thames Lock on a fast-running outgoing tide. As the last of about 4 boats, we had to tie up until the lock was opened. As we cast off from the ring on the very high sheet piling, we had an almighty bang & the engine stopped dead, and the bow swung out into mid-stream which would have put us side on to the full force of the flow, fortunately, before leaving Teddington I had briefed the crew as to the location of the anchor. After instruction it went over the side, the turning motion of the boat forced the projecting BP rear fender into one of the castellations in the piling and there we stuck fast fortunately halfway across the channel at about 35 degrees to the bank. A lump of 3-inch hemp rope was wrapped on the prop. Bread knife out, it took less than 10 minuets to cut it free. Engine started first time and we pulled away, force of the water swung us on the anchor across the channel, so our rear end just clipped the rear of a boat moored on the opposite side of the channel, anchor up and on we went. It was a very interesting experience!
  15. I think what you will find with car insurance is that if the insurance companies are forced to pay out to third parties, even though you have broken the terms of the insurance contract, they can then come after you civilly to recover their losses, which could be considerable. As regards the damage to the blacking of your boat by the leaking diesel, could that not have been claimed for on your own insurance? Not entirely sure how this relates to this thread however, if having an anchor aboard was an insurance requirement then it would be part of your terms and conditions, I've had a quick look at mine and can't find any such reference.
  16. The road traffic act(s) contain clauses that prohibit insurers from denying _third_party_ liabilities if the policy holder breaks the insurance contract. If you drive down the A1 pissed and crash into another car, the insurance company will refuse to pay for your car, but they can't refuse to pay for the one you hit. The waterways acts have the same clauses, word-for-word, requiring insurance, but not the stuff about third parties. I found this out when a boat sank in our marina and the insurance wouldn't pay up because the sinking was caused by corrosion and lack of maintenance. They insurance wouldn't pay for damage to the blacking on many boats caused by leaking diesel from the wreck either. So, negligence in a boat can land you with a liability of millions that's not covered by your third party insurance in a way which is not possible with a car, at least under UK law. MP.
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  19. Click to see a fascinating video looking at the Up Nateley brickworks arm on the unnavigable top section of the Basingstoke Canal, and a historic, if rather delapidated, boat that has been exposed by the dry weather. Paul and Rebecca Wightwick produce regular weekly videos on Youtube of canal, railway and historical subjects.
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  23. Thats not an FM&C stern. Odd boat. Wrong bow and wrong stern. Maybe the bit in the middle is original?
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  25. Canal World will be undergoing routine maintenance this coming weekend while we carry out updates to one of our databases. The site will be offline during the maintenance break. I do not have exact timings yet but I anticipate it will be late evening / early hours. Thank you
  26. The shady oak was open a couple of weeks ago
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