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Scholar Gypsy

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Scholar Gypsy last won the day on April 1 2014

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    Ely, River Great Ouse

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  1. Scholar Gypsy

    Oxford Loop

    I believe when the terminus was landscaped say 15 years ago, BW also shortened the arm a bit, to create a nice area for people to sit on a bench. This may well be relevant to anyone attempting to repeat your exploit!
  2. Scholar Gypsy

    Oxford Loop

    Here's a photo from Google earth. L is Isis lock. W is the winding hole, about 150' to the north. You can just see the "notch" H is the dead end to Hythe Bridge Street, no turning point there T is the turning point below the lock. you can see the pontoon. S is the Sheepwash channel leading under the railway to the Thames, just above Osney Bridge, and passing the listed (and out of use) railway swing bridge.
  3. Scholar Gypsy

    Oxford Loop

    And just to clarify for other readers, this is the winding hole above Isis Lock. The turning point below the lock will take a full length boat. I think.
  4. Scholar Gypsy

    Oxford Loop

    Last time I was there, there's a turning point just below the lock, and a (CRT) sign advising you on how to use the pontoon and your lines to turn around there. Anticlockwise and use the current to take your stern round. I don't think you need an EA licence, even in theory, to turn here.
  5. You can still see the notch in the bank where the canal used to go. Opposite the north end (I think it's the bow!) of the narrowboat The lift bridge (horrible metal thing) used to be roughly where the white van is. The canal north of the road was filled in. The route to the south is still in water and forms that little arm.
  6. I think you are right. Defo Banbury where I lived until 1973. We helped Jaguar down to Oxford that year. Overtook her after each lock, in our cruiser, and then set the next lock and let them overtake us. After a few hours of this I was invited to street for a bit. I have a photo somewhere.. I also spent a day helping them bag coal at the wharf south of Thrupp.
  7. Scholar Gypsy

    1" of water in my cabin bilge - what to do !

    Interesting - that manual says the take-off is before the thermostat. Is there a separate connection that provides the bypass function??
  8. Scholar Gypsy

    1" of water in my cabin bilge - what to do !

    Interested to see others answer to this question. On my engine (Mitsubishi/Thorneycroft) as constructed there is a bypass circuit (short section of hose) that takes water just before the thermostat and returns it into the bottom hose. This means that the pump can circulate water around the engine until the thermostat opens and then it goes to the skin tank. When the engine was installed this bypass loop was removed and the connections plumbed into the calorifier. Once the calorifier has heated up the thermostat opens as normal. So in my boat if I did want to isolate the calorifier then I WOULD want to connect the out and return pipes together. I say this because (on my boat) my concern with your proposal is that it would stop water circulating around the engine until the thermostat opened. And some parts of the engine might get rather hot as a result.
  9. Scholar Gypsy

    Anchor stowage photos please

    A vaguely related point on the tidal Thames, which has more bridges than most. When I am crewing on other peoples boats I always stress the importance of getting lined up with the arch (ie the line perpendicular to the bridge, passing through the centre of the arch) a good distance away. That means that if your engine fails as you approach the bridge you have some chance of going through the bridge rather than hitting one of the piers - given you won't have time to deploy the anchor and for it to bite and then (usually) turn the boat around by 180 degrees. I have to say that I see quite a few boats crossing a bridge pier far too close. And that's even before you take account of what you can't see (a somewhat extreme sample in this photo, when the plug had been pulled out at Richmond).
  10. Scholar Gypsy

    ASAP - Data Breach

    I use PayPal whenever possible, to avoid giving card details to retailers' websites or their payment agents.
  11. I agree this is what I have on my boat. Very simple.
  12. Scholar Gypsy

    Starting woes (help!)

    If you want to test your compression it's easy to do once the glow plugs are out. Here's a recent thread. I get 460 psi on my K4E, now it has been rebuilt. I had some quite similar symptoms to you...
  13. Scholar Gypsy

    Warwick to Braunston

    The mooring at the top of the River Wissey doesn't allow children. That's because it's in an adult campsite (no not that sort of adult campsite). http://www.grangefarmtouringpark.co.uk/
  14. Scholar Gypsy

    Stuffing box dripping oil/grease

    Ouch. Within reason you can put the greaser where you like, and where there is something convenient (not the hull!) to bolt it to. Then run a pipe (plastic or copper, according to taste) to the gland. You'll probably need some new olives.
  15. Scholar Gypsy

    Stuffing box dripping oil/grease

    No, just warm. And the stuffing box should be warm. PS I noticed in the photo that the greaser doesn't appear to be bolted to anything. Another job for the to-do list ???

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