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  1. I first met Malcolm as a teen in the mid 60s when he brought the Joshers Cactus and Penguin to Harris’s yard at Netherton. I was quickly enlisted to help in the refurbishment of Cactus, work I embraced eagerly. Real boats!! He went on to establish a yard at Yates Brothers, Norton Canes. In those days the norm was to acquire an ex working boat and add a conversion, many fine looking craft emerging from the yard . Malcolm then went on to build steel hulls, the Lionheart range of memory serves. He ran the business until 1986 when foreman Graham Edgson took over, Malcolm concentrating on surv
    10 points
  2. I'm not sure what time you're going on Friday, but if you need a boater to go with you and your brother I'm free on Friday afternoon and I'm only 25 mins away from Whilton. I've sent you a PM. This is a free service! ☺️
    7 points
  3. I am not bothered about that, just the fact that you were telling an inexperienced boater that she should insist on what bill of sale a broker uses, with in all honesty is a joke. What you do is up to you, I'm not bothered, but if you mislead others I will speak up.
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  5. I'm with you on this one Brian. I feel it is not helpful to tell new boaters what they must do without also saying on what experience the advice is based - having bought one narrow boat and sold none is hardly a wide experience of the subject. New people coming on here are looking for advice and they don't know who is experienced and who is not and I feel if we offer advice or instructions it is only fair to the new comers that we say what our own experience is. It is good to be helpful where we can but I think we must be careful that we are not giving a "bum steer". Hagg
    3 points
  6. Not sure if this is the right place for it, but I've just had a guy out to my boat (Lister SR2 with the usual diesel leak) who, for once and almost uniquely in my experience, has fixed the problem, spotted two others and fixed them without either complaining or adding to the agreed fee even though the whole job took three hours longer than he had quoted for. So I thought he deserved a plug - he's Karl Illand (Mainland Marine) from Burnley, travels all over the country. He's on Facebook or anyone can PM me for contact details.
    3 points
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  9. Don't confuse her with facts, if she sticks to facts she'll have nothing to post about.
    3 points
  10. Do you expect me to start reading the posts properly now, I just look at the pretty pictures, that's why I never learnt to spell.
    3 points
  11. On this day in 2008, Oxford canal. Our last family holiday with teenaged son and daughter. Boat hired from Black Prince. The snowman's scarf had been unwound from the prop the previous evening! He kept our beer cold until he finally melted around Banbury.
    3 points
  12. Why do you bother commenting on things that you are 'not sure about' ? Wouldn't it be better to simply comment on things that you do know about - it would vastly reduce the number of posts you make but it would help everyone.
    2 points
  13. I’ll take that as a lesson learnt. At least now I’m feeling the disappointment it’s woken me up to how quick one needs to be. Lesson learnt!
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  15. I guess it all depends what you mean by "gadgets"... If you mean the kind of thing that don't do a lot that much simpler technology can't do, then this is pointless technology for the sake of it -- just like all the use-it-one-then-put-it-in-the-cupboard kitchen gadgets. If you mean things that provide a lifestyle more like onshore such as decent 230V electrical systems and all the useful stuff you can run from them, this is a choice -- people who want to stick with the more traditional boat setup are perfectly free to do so, but them disparaging people for wanting a wa
    2 points
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  24. Today in 2006 the engine change was going well. The new mountings were made and in the afternoon the new engine dropped into the engine room. The tanker barge behind was brought in by a tug with a failed engine and as is the case commercials get preference. They had a rebuilt V8 GM in the workshop and tomorrow they cut a hole in the side of the barge and got the old engine out. It took 3 days to complete the changeover.
    2 points
  25. A bad Reeves boat will be 100x better than a good East-West boat.
    2 points
  26. If it's still there at the end of the month there is something wrong with it
    2 points
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  28. As I understand it, the Decimal Currency Board handed the problem of the 50pence design to the only engineer who was a member, Hugh (HG) Conway, who was a director of Hawker Siddeley and Rolls Royce, then working on the development of Concord. He passed the problem to his brilliant team to resolve and it ended up with a Concord development number. It is said that the French ended up paying half the cost.
    2 points
  29. Does it mention canals? Yes, but only as 'concepts' It's all about socio economic evaluation, and while it is important that we are all happy people with levels of wellness increasing day by day through water, this year it has not worked, the hospitals are full of people who have mental illness, ditto police cells. I just find the whole 'concept evaluation' to be what we used to call 'left wing looney' Imho the Road Map to wellness is what it has always been, a healthy economy, good housing, medical services, and education for all. Recreation and exercise is good for
    2 points
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  31. So as a member of the IWA's Sustainable Propulsion Group, focussing on HVO use in boats, I'm half way through a trial using HVO in the sort of combinations of devices and engines usually found in typical inland waterway craft. Equally relevant to lumpy water vessels I think. As you rightly say, Volvo have given OEM approval to HVO use in their engines along with pretty well all diesel engine manufacturers worldwide and we have all but accounted for all of them now, including the manufacturers of base engines later marinised. We are just about to conduct trials in the more exotic en
    1 point
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  34. Yes. And 54 and 56 retain it.
    1 point
  35. Oops, that's an electrical pendant ...
    1 point
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  37. We want the grant extended, it's Mr Parry' employment that shouldn't be extended.
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  39. Ah, well spotted. We moved from there in 1988.
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  41. I don't get it! If you want a bike, get a bike. If you want a boat, get a boat. It seems to me this is either very inefficient cycling (water being denser than air) or an expensive boat with no accommodation, heating, cooking, compost toilet facilities, etc. Still, someone, somewhere will be making a pretty penny out of it. Edited to add, at least in that picture the man is not wearing Lycra. Should be against the law. Lock 'em up. Four swans?
    1 point
  42. When I first got the boat and fitted the Eber I did mentally query it but CBA at the time to do anything about it, it has functioned well for 8 years so not changing it now. It does mean that the pipe will act as a heat leak during the summer if I need to get hot water from the Eber.
    1 point
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  45. Even a leather 'boater-dog' hat !
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  47. https://www.screwfix.com/p/flomasta-0623-concentrated-central-heating-inhibited-antifreeze-5ltr/4409r
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  49. The harder I hang on the more fortunate I get
    1 point
  50. Surely now it is 'collieflowers' ?
    1 point
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