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  1. One day Alan is going to realise what sells newspapers.
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  6. Well yes pretentious, but I meant it suggests to me they've been fooled by them Silver Foxes into believing they've bought the boating equivalent of the 300-year old farmhouse, when they actually bought the Bum Street semi.
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  7. It's a term leaking through from the world of historic motor cars. Owners of unique or rare, very valuable cars (e.g the fastback Talbot Tiger an acquaintance of mine purchased for £1/4m) find themselves referred to as 'custodians' rather than owners by other enthusiasts, as it implies they are no more than the people caring for it, for the benefit of future generations. Similarly, owners of historic boats sometimes find themselves seen as custodians by other boaters. But for the purchaser(s) of the 'Silver Foxes' clonecraft to refer to themselves as custodians implies a shocking level of misunderstanding about what they've just bought, don'tcher think?!
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  16. 2 1/2 years?...wow....Ive been on the Cut 30 years and I still freely admit Im learning all the time still....in fact you should never stop learning about boating...from how a boat handles in a particular situation to why a structure was built in such a way.... The trouble is that people seem to lap up these Vlogs and take everything they are told as the right way to do something often from people who have little clue themselves,
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  18. And the normal (unfortunately ) welcome to a new member
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  19. Typo on my part.
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  20. Until then you'll have to put up with some of our trip .................................
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  25. The boat I see almost every day on the system is that one called "KINGFISHER".
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  27. According to social media some expats from the states who have never had a boat before…more or less as predicted!
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  28. When you started you were on about wanting a quality rebuilt BMC and you made no mention of wanting to take it to Jamaica under its own power or sail. I also told you that an ex lifeboat Bukh might be a good idea. In typical inland use and I suspect estuary and inshore use in the UK 1.5s are reliable enough but they still only have three bearing crank plus torsional oscillation damper and the long term integrity of the crank relies upon that damper. Any contamination of the rubber in the damper by oil, fuel, or other hydrocarbons like degreasing fluid is likely to alter is oscillation frequency and make snapping the crank more likely. You don't know the full history of the engine you showed the video of and from what we can see of it it is clearly a very old engine with bits missing. The shaft is perhaps the most catastrophic failure that might occur but then there are other possibilities unless you know pretty much the full history AND exactly what was done in the rebuilds. Note that, builds plural. The camshaft and pump drive skew gears can wear, the lubricator strainer can fall appart or block, although that should be picked up on a decent rebuild. Timing chains stretch and tensioners wear out, although they should have ben changed, and I have even seen timing sprockets with worn teeth. Perhaps the biggest problem with taking such an engine to the other side of the Atlantic is the CAV DPA pump. Our European members seem to have problems getting them serviced and unless the pump has been properly rebuilt leaking from the main shaft seal into the sump is always possible. Just remembered, it is far from uncommon for to crank case oil mist trap to clog up completely. However I am sure a similar but different list could be draw up for the Ford engines as found in the Rother class lifeboats. You started off, months ago, talking about your need for quality and reliability and seem to have gradually changed from that to "make do and mend" with cost seeming to be your main concern now hence the apparent need to buy from the likes of Ebay and then complain about the quality as per your instrument panels. Then there was your selection of potential engine mounts that was clearly done on cost and not suitability. Your sources of information seem to be suspect, like the RNLI "engineer" who allegedly told you the Rother class boats used BMC 1.5s. Even when people try to explain the problems you have bought yourself you seem to try to ignore them and they accuse them of advising expensive courses of action. One thing I am sure of is that to get that video engine installed to a decent reliable standard is going to cost more than if a better engine had been bought. Then there is the gearbox. You claimed it is a Borg Warner but it looks nothing like the ones usually fitted to 1.5s. Yes. i did initially say it MIGHT be a TMP and asked for further photos. After a bit of pondering I realised the control lever on the "turret" looks more like an early PRM and gave you a link so you could check. You then agreed and came back with another link as confirmation. The next thing we know is that you are trying to by an oil cooler for a TMP box from ASAP supplies, even when I suggested that you go back and look at the relevant posts you keep on about a TMP box. One thing is for sure, a TMP box is likely to be very old and is arguably the least reliable hydraulic box while Borg Warner and PRM are the most reliable. Any negativity has more to do with what you seem to be buying, your stated intentions, your sources of information, and the way you seem to be going than any 1.5 in good condition from a reputable rebuilder.
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  34. Thats definitely the best option, Im sure you know headroom can be challenging in Harecastle so mind your head, the roof dips down low. Im sure it will provide you with much inspiration especially if you sit at the front, eerily quiet often then
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  35. A good news day :- £16 million funding announced to restore Montgomery Canal | Border Counties Advertizer
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  36. I don't understand why people on here slate them so much, just don't watch them? Maybe they sold their boat privately to avoid broker fees, after all it was always likely to sell - seems sensible to try get the most for your boat as anyone selling would do? I'm looking forward to their new travels on the Caledonian soon, that should make a refreshing change as not seen anyone do 'up there' yet... cant wait for the glorious Scottish scenery!
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  38. What made me laugh is that they say they produced a brochure with the help from ABNB and contacted other brokers for advice, why did they not just sell it through a broker and let them do all the work? Simple answer is that if they did they boat would of been valued at about £75k max. They also say they weeded out the Fender Kickers and time wasters, so obviously just targeted their market, their clueless naive followers living out of the country who know absolutely nothing about narrowboats or canals. I wonder if the Foxes managed to get the freebies that Bickerstaffe were touting for, for their new boat?😂
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  48. You're in a different ballpark once you go back beyond the first welded steel hull leisure boats of which very few pre-date the 70s. When folks say 'old' in relation to buying a narrow boat the assumption would likely generally be you mean 70s or 80s. Boats of that age (1935 that is) are a labour of love, condition will be a function of maintenance and not of build quality. Ultimately the only reason anything gets to be old in the first place is because it's been well looked after so that's a good start. Anyway, which one? Ariel, Pavo, Pine...
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  49. I suppose "we" get what we deserve. The culture of the canals has changed a lot since I started boating, I think the rise of marina culture is largely responsible, providing a safe, secure, environment with mains electric and water - it's hardly surprising that the emphasis has shifted to cabin space and the fitout when so many boats are never going anywhere. There are a few builders around who are still producing distinctive boats with style but the sad reality is that unlike say the 1970's and 80's there are no budget, or even middle market builders doing it. There isn't a modern equivalent of the Springer, Harborough, Barney Boat or Hancock & Lane's Norseman, for example.
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