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  1. It is very sad that this chap lost his life and I think it shows up the forum in a bad light that the thread has degenerated into a discussion on his status and pension income . The guy has lost his life let's show some respect Haggis
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  11. Strictly speaking, where a water course is carried below an obstacle, and the top of the underpass is below water level that is an 'inverted syphon', although often referred to as just a 'syphon'. Syphons (the conventional sort, not inverted) were fitted to some weirs on the Lee as part of flood prevention works in the 1970s. They consist of a concrete roof over part of the weir crest, with solid walls either side, and the roof extending to just above normal water level on the upstream side and well down the slope on the downstream side. When the river is in flood the ups
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  12. Just a quick post to encourage anyone exploring the River Witham to definitely make the trip up the Sleaford Navigation to South Kyme! Currently relatively free of weed and decent enough depth until the moorings in South Kyme. Moorings are good and although it is narrower and slower progress from here to the first winding hole still well worth the trip! If you can get the stern into the winding hole the current takes the bows round fairly easily, although it is getting a bit silted up. South Kyme is a pretty village and locals welcoming. Apparently the local vicar is a waterways chaplain
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  19. To ease the latest tension between France and the UK I'm sure the RAF would be willing to help remove the obstruction. 😁
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  24. That's always the problem with those sort of charges. As you know, boats are towed through Ricqueval tunnel on the Canal St Quentin by an electric tug. Tolls used to be collected at St Quentin lock, but about 15 years ago staff there refused to do it any longer after some argument or other, and after that they simply took owner's name and address at the mouth of the tunnel. That obviously worked OK for the commercials as they could record the ship's details and the shipping agent would be on file to send the bill. But it's on a major route south for pleasure craft, so they had to get an addres
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  27. OK I will put my oar in, but others may have other ideas. Typically, those bolts go right through the hull, head upwards and once the keel is fitted the heads are glassed over. I am confident that if you look inside the boat you will see the GRP "domes" covering the bolt heads. Although with a bit of luck the glass will secure the bolt head I would not do it that way. The keel itself is drilled and then the bottom is counter bored to fit the nuts inside the keel. In some cases the bottom then had steel D section screwed over it to minimise wear but I would not bother.
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  29. OK, so move complete... no wind this morning but a lovely bit of rain 🙄 I think I was overthinking it! Got it off nicely, managed to avoid any use of a pole and got up and onto the trailer with reasonable ease (wasn’t expecting to be doing that bit either). Even left myself enough time to have a little potter up the river and back, first U-turn was fine, second I may have ended up with a few low hanging branches getting a light trim 😂 It’s quite amazing how just a few mins have enough of a feel. Slow makes you feel safe but it definitely doesn’t steer a
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  41. There is a time to be a pedant and argumentative but in my view it is not appropriate on this thread Haggis
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  45. I have a story about tradespeople. My toilet at home wouldn't flush anymore,so not being familiar with the workings of them,I looked in the Thompson directory and called a plumber.He arrived later and said it needed a new diaphragm (whatever one of those is) so I asked him to get on with it.He hesitated and said as he would have to remove the whole toilet from the waste conection it would be a very expensive job,and anyway he didn't have time today and would get back to me later, (which he never did.After waiting a few days getting fed up flushing the toilet with buckets of water,I dialle
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  46. Once again you show your inexperience, he is a shell builder not a repair yard. He is hands on every day working the steel as Peter says. You bought an old second hand boat with no shell warranty, maybe he thought you would be too much of a pain to deal with(like most of the tradesmen that have worked with you have seemed to found) and does he need to do minor repairs on old boats when he has enough on building new shells like the one just launched below?? Why not take it to Thorne boat services where you got work done before as they do repairs and don’t build shells.
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  48. Sir N - Tested up as per your procedure and all successful. Probably10-14 days before I can get up to actually fit it but I now have every confidence in it. Thank you both so much for your in depth help, not only has it been a pleasant experience posting and communicating on this forum, unlike some others; but through your support I have regained a great deal of confidence in carrying out my own maintenance and repairs. Once again my sincere thanks and I fully agree with Sir Nibbles very pertinent comment at the very beginning of his rebuild thread ---"In fact, it's more likely
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