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  1. IainW

    Community Owned Moorings in Scotland

    cheers Ronnie, please stay in touch. There is a specific survey for Scottish boaters where you can put in your preference of land near Glasgow - we are listening! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cmsboat A boater also recently contacted me about land near Glasgow, feel free to send a private message about that.
  2. IainW

    Community Owned Moorings in Scotland

    Hi Ronnie, i tried to delete spam messages but there were sooo many. If i turn on comment filtering, what does that do? We will lease land from Scottish Canals and other landowners. Scottish Canals often own strips of land along the canal. The pilot site is Narrowboat Farm which i bought from an existing farm. So we can use the land adjoining Scottish Canal's strip of land. The idea would be to develop a model that would be attractive to farmers and other landowners with land by the canal. edit - i've just turned off commenting, seems easier
  3. Hi folks, We have a project up in Scotland to establish a network of moorings independent of Scottish Canals. We want busier canals and more choice for where to moor. Check out www.communitymoorings.com if you're interested. We are doing some research to help us understand the pleasures and challenges of various alternative lifestyles, so not just boating, to get ourselves into the mindset of our potential customers. So we have a survey which we would really appreciate 5 minutes of your time to fill out: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CMSlifestyler Thanks in advance! Feel free to ask any questions about the project here too...
  4. Hi Eastcoastfisher, there will be new leisure boat moorings available at NBF if we eventually get something signed off with Scottish Canals. That is taking considerable time but heading in the right direction. Thanks Iain S for mentioning them. Have you been for a wander around the moorings and chatted to boaters? You'll discover boats with signs in the windows 'for sale' and boaters who know of boats for sale. If you are ever near NBF, you'd be welcome to get in touch and drop by for a chat. It seems not as many advertise online their boats for sale. In terms of size, there are folk with bigger, wider boats who don't use the Union because of problems with depth/height/width. But just recently there have been new boaters getting bigger boats on the Union and they don't seem too phased by it, just expect to be slow. If you intend to cruise all the time, there may be an argument for it being easier/more enjoyable on a NB but if i was you i would just try both and see. There are trip boats that are wide and narrow, you could organise a trip and get the feel for it.
  5. IainW

    Falkirk Wheel Closing to Boats?

    ah oops haha, building more locks all by ourselves was a bitch! Erm 17-20!!!
  6. IainW

    Falkirk Wheel Closing to Boats?

    we were trained to do locks 17-40. We alone did it more that 10 times. Some times we would want to do it ourselves and SC would turn up and not let us do it ourselves. Much nicer doing it ourselves, take our time, stop between locks and not get rushed through with the white water rafting treatment sometimes. Otherwise i wouldn't have any complaints about any SC ground staff, super people.
  7. so far so good, i cleaned the faces and re-tightened with just the supplied O-ring (and maybe a smattering of PTFE tape on the threads but i'll not admit to that). No leaks as yet and we have hot water :-) one unintended plus side is that i've scraped away enough insulation that any water that leaks through the threads will spill over the side rather than gathering in the electrics and frying it, not that i'm hoping for leaks... thanks again for the sage advice folks...
  8. You big bunch of beautiful boaters - she's free!!!!!!
  9. Haha but it works! Until any maintenance is required :-) Too late, my pet canary just took one for the team :-(
  10. i tried that, but not by cutting a notch, i hit an indent just inboard of the nut side. I even took a small breaker chisel to it with terrifying results...
  11. I have probably hit the thing approximately 1000 times with a hammer over the past week. But with a wobbly box spanner and about 3 inches of back swing....
  12. cheers folks, its only a 11" element in there, i think they originally fitted a 27" and then put the calorifier in. No way i could do that now, but i got a 14" which should be fine to get in. It seems a shame to only have the element working in the top half of the calorifier. I like the idea of turning the calorifier instead of the wrench, but it'd be easier to attache the wrench to the bank and turn the boat :-) If i scrape away the insulation on the top i'll have another shot with the blow torch, less chance it will set on fire again (did i mention that haha) if i scrape it clean...
  13. the new spanner arrived thanks to amazon drone or something! now to chip away the insulation and remove the plumbing... thanks again for the advice, i feel like i may just get there...
  14. i am very novice at plumbing, i have no idea why that plumbing is good or bad! If i turn off the water pump and remove the pipes from being in the way at the top, will it spill a lot of water or just a wee bit? I don't mind a litre or so, but don't fancy a lot more... I presume i use spanners to do the copper stuff, and just release the pressure to do the plastic stuff?
  15. only a few, the reason i don't think a flat one will work is that the immersion in sunk into the boiler by a few cms, this may just be insulation that i could scrape away but that would be a massive pain. Also, the plumbing looks like it would get in the way. Check out the photos above if you're interested...

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