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James Owen

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  1. If my memory serves, the chap who bought her last year had no experience of narrow boats but had "Owned a few motor cruisers though, how hard can it be?" quote, unquote. He'd killed the L2 by the time he got south of Sutton's but, in his defence, he wasn't in custodianship of an engine with much more life ahead of it anyway so what chance did the old girl stand especially with a wooden conversion?
  2. Words fail me...to think people buy these, for strong money, and then only for them to continue living for years afterwards...there really is no justice. The word 'soulless' springs to mind...
  3. I caught a snap of this before it was carted away, possibly for scrappage but the haulier couldn't say for certain. I could see the boat had recently been cut up for whatever reason, all I could gather was that it had been in the way where it was and so had to go. What will become of it who knows.?
  4. ...and back in the real world.... A 24" blade married to a JP/S3??? Really, even at 1:1?
  5. It depends on your interpretation of the word 'successfully' but cheap housing isn't my idea of an improvement.
  6. I have encountered this very problem in the past and despite many hours head scratching and looking up flywheel/starter ratios, tooth lead-in etc it was ultimately solved by increasing the distance (fore and aft) between the flywheel and the starter. A heavy washer of around 5/16" between the starter and the mounting bracket on each bolt still allowed the register to locate but gave the motor, or more pertinently the bendix, a greater travel to build up rotation. Might be worth a try?
  7. Hi Andy, I'm sorry to say the last I heard of her she was on the bank being cut up, albeit quite carefully to make getting rid of the scrap pieces easier. Nick
  8. And as of 1st April the BSS charge will increase to £43 + VAT.
  9. I spoke with the new owner yesterday, a pleasant chap with realistic expectations on what he's bought. He had, in fact, been after the boat for several months so the 'mailshot' was probably, to my mind at least, not really necessary.
  10. Or 77 years, depending on your mathematics. ?
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