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James Owen

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  1. We have previously used Charles King for a fair number of surveys and can't fault his work. Similarly Justin Green is known for his high standards and well earned years of experience. You really couldn't go wrong with either...
  2. 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?
  3. 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...
  4. 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.?
  5. ...and back in the real world.... A 24" blade married to a JP/S3??? Really, even at 1:1?
  6. It depends on your interpretation of the word 'successfully' but cheap housing isn't my idea of an improvement.
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. And as of 1st April the BSS charge will increase to £43 + VAT.
  10. 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.
  11. Or 77 years, depending on your mathematics. ?
  12. I agree Pete. Each owner be they commercial or private individuals has, and shall continue to do so, left their mark on these boats whilst under their respective tenures and I believe that is no bad thing. If every boat were 'as built' that would make for some tedious sights. I concede that budget restraints will ultimately decide on what degree of 'restoration' any boat is likely to undergo but that shouldn't, in this day and age and with the original present for use as a reference, affect the overall shape of the boat. As one boat builder put it "it's as flat as a witches t*t and all welded". Does that not make it sanitised?
  13. An optimistic price I'd agree, even more so given that the Theophilus' hull has been somewhat 'sanitised' and no longer bears any resemblance to a Middle boat, has an incomplete (albeit Tim Leech built) ten year old (at least) cabin that was cut off another Grand Union motor and a RN that hasn't run for several years. Yes, "kit form" just about covers it ??
  14. Unless the mooring in question is the disabled mooring just South of Butchers? From memory, always allocated to the Joseph.
  15. Are there currently any boats, histeric or otherwise, retailing fuel south of Napton?
  16. I think you'll find Mr Finchers posts often include a caveat, notwithstanding his poor knowledge, I can only presume he prefers to sound knowledgeable but in essence is sparsely enlightened.
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