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Rick-n-Jo last won the day on August 2 2018

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  1. Check out the DVD "Towpath Encounter" from Sight Seen Partnerships to see exactly how it was/is done.
  2. Rick-n-Jo

    Tar Varnish

    Yup, and no longer manufactured. I'm open to suggestions for what and how to replace it. Apparently it can be overcoated with bitumen, but I won't be doing that 'cos it's rubbish. Blasting? 150 year old rivetted iron hull. Looking at Jotamastic 90 or similar, wondering how thoroughly I'd need to get the YEARS of coal tar off.
  3. Thanks, I might have done that a month or two ago. Done drawings and have pins being cast now, and am actually quite enjoying the challenge. Going for 6mm for the plate, local co. can bend it. Now for the wood.....
  4. As a first step towards making a full set of running gear, I'm making topmast and luby. Any suggestions what thickness of steel to make the side plates from?
  5. East end is an easy slope, Braunston end is as you say, interesting.
  6. Or indeed even a horse! Driving one consists of walking behind controlling it with long reins, possibly even while towing a boat. You need the boards permission to do that nowadays. Now I'm not sure where you'd be legally if you were instead leading the horse, after all if leading an animal on the towpath is not allowed that would rather compromise dog walking........? Back on topic, I looked hard at the motorcycle options, even going so far as to design in a nice long 10' well deck, looked at hoists, scissor lift table, ramps etc. You have to bear in mind that you plus a heavy bike on a ramp resting on one gunwhale is going to make even a well ballasted deep drafted boat tilt alarmingly. In the end the cost and complexity of the engineering didn't justify the limited use so I shelved the idea. (The 10' deck is lovely though) I'm looking again now at really small 125s - think monkey bike, or maybe wait until lightweight electrics become practical. The idea being to commute back to wherever a larger vehicle is, or just for shopping etc.
  7. I have had a thrust bearing, actually a Plummer block type being used to take axial loads as yours, show the same symptoms. Quiet at low speed but noisy above a certain load. On dismantling I found that due to slight misalignment the bearing had been locking up under load and the prop shaft then spun in the inner race, causing the noise. Check soon or you may be looking at prop shaft replacement.
  8. We were dead chuffed to come home to this sight tonight. Yay!!!
  9. Didn't think we were going to manage for a while tbh, impressed by how calm they all were though, like they knew we were trying to help. Ended up covered in blood and swan poop though, they void their bowels when stressed.......
  10. We're not far from the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge, who we've called on in the past. Mum and five offspring returned to boat just before midnight. Hope that the two casualties were just resting and recovering somewhere.
  11. Returning to the boat this evening, we were enthusiastically greeted by our resident swan family, mum and this years seven nearly grown cygnets, wheep wheeping away. A couple of hours later I was head down in the stern working on the new propulsion system when hearing a commotion, Jo looked out of the side hatch. Two of the youngsters were tangled and tied together with a horrible mess of fishing line, hook and lure. We grabbed a bath towel and some bread crusts and took to the towpath (Jo in her pajamas) to try and get them close enough to grab. Saul moorings are deep with piling edges, but eventually managed to catch the worst injured by its neck, then get hands under and lift it on to the bank and wrap it in the towel. We then had to haul it's sibling in by the line wrapped tightly around it's leg and body and get that one ashore too. Swan one was sitting quietly under the towel so we set about untangling swan two with kitchen scissors - and fending off mum and the rest of the family. With two freed and back in the water we turned to the blood stained number one, still waiting patiently. Under a mass of line, blood and feather it had one of those horrible rubber fish shaped lures with a three pronged barbed hook, two points right through its leg and one hooked around the tendon. The poor thing was being brave, but we must have been hurting it trying to cut away the mess and remove the hooks. Getting nowhere Jo fetched pliers and cutters from the boat and after a struggle we cut the barbed points off and got the hook out. TCP applied. Relieved to see it swim vigorously away using both legs, now we just have to hope for no serious infection. I don't suppose I have to describe our rage at the b****** who left that evil mess in the water. A criminal fish thief, we know the legitimate anglers don't use that kind of tackle. Dammit, those swans are like friends.
  12. My interpretation of this, and I stress it's only mine, is that if the boat can be propelled by a diesel engine OR an electric motor(a parallel hybrid) then the electric is not the sole means of propulsion. Our boat has a diesel generator that charges a battery bank. The battery can also be charged by solar or shore power. The electric drive moves the boat, with or without the generator running (a series hybrid) so the electric is the sole means of propulsion, the Genny is just one possible charging source. On that basis we claim the discount.
  13. Our Mel Davis too. I wonder if it's because they build them with the base plate level, but they're hardly ever trimmed that way? Seems like too simplistic an error for experienced boat builders. I suspect the position is more for appearance. Also, once into the upsweep of the cabin, without knowing the final trim it would be very hard to guess exactly the lowest point of the curve. The end of the flat roof run would be a sensible compromise? I might try some bow down trim, see how she swims (no gas locker)
  14. No, because it's not a fair comparison. More local preventatives maintenance could mean fewer emergencies to respond to, and less overall cost.
  15. It can't be cost effective to have people drive halfway across the country and then not be able to do anything useful when they get there though can it?.
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