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  1. RichLech


  2. RichLech

    triangular bucket

    Another vote for an ice cream tub. Haven't got a bilge pump in it. I empty it at the end of each days cruising and it is very rarely more than 50 - 75% full. This way I don't actually get any water laying in the engine bilge, although I do check the engine bilge pump regularly.
  3. RichLech

    Good stopping places and pubs

    We recently did the stretch between Hawkesbury Junction and Coventry Basin and were disappointed with the state of the canal. The basin itself is quite nice but there is not much going on there. We felt more needed to be done to attract both boaters and others. There was quite a bit of rubbish in the canal and were scraping along in a couple of places (particularly around bridge 4 if I recall correctly). So, by all means visit Coventry Basin but don't expect to be delighted with the approach! I can recommend the Saltisford Arm at Warwick if you get over that way. Ideal for visiting the castle. Stratford on Avon is also a delight with lots of nice mooring in the basin and the option to drop onto the River Avon as well. However this area would involve moor locks.
  4. RichLech

    Mooring between Reading and Teddington

    I love that spot at Marlow, with that beautiful view down towards the bridge.
  5. RichLech

    Mooring between Reading and Teddington

    Usually plenty of space upstream of Sonning Lock (EA moorings). Good food in the Bull, but expensive. Not a great deal to do there but a nice place to relax. EA moorings at Wargrave. Lots of paid mooring in Henley and always plenty going on. Cheapest moorings are below the bridge adjacent to the regatta course. (£9?) There is space for about 4 or 5 narrowboats immediately upsteam of Higginson Park in Marlow. Good for shopping. These are free 24hr. Avoid the expensive park moorings. Nice village moorings in Cookham. Often very busy. Charged by local council. Various lovely National Trust moorings along Cliveden Reach. Plenty of paid moorings in Maidenhead but never fancied them. Couple of free moorings against the wall just above Bray Lock. EA moorings adjacent to the Eton (Olympic) boating lake upstream of Windsor. These are often full of boats out from Windsor Marinas for the day. There are a couple more on the corner just upstream. Baths Island in Windsor. We particularly like getting tucked in around the back of the island. Good for shopping. EA moorings immediately downstream of Runnymede park. Some free town moorings in Staines. OK for shopping. EA moorings against wall immediately below Shepperton Lock. Nice moorings on "the loop" (old Thames channel) downstream of Shepperton Lock. Often busy, especially at weekends. I think it is free for 24 hr. There are some others but these are the ones that spring to mind.
  6. RichLech

    Barrus Shire alternator belts

    I use the following on my 05 year Shire 45. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gates-Fan-Belt-950mm-11-9mm-section-6318MC-fan-alternator-v-belt-AV-11/160758489356?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 for the starter alternator (960mm x 11.9mm) and https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gates-Fan-Belt-950mm-12-5mm-section-6468MC-fan-alternator-v-belt-AV-13/130662068982?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 for the leisure alternator (950mm x 12.5mm). To get the leisure alternator belt on I find the easiest way is to take the pulley off the front of the engine, fit the belt on both alternator and engine pulleys then refit the engine pulley.
  7. RichLech


    I use this API CD in my Barrus Shire https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EXOL-VICTORY-15W40-MINERAL-ENGINE-OIL-API-CD-SF-4-X-4-5-LTR-CAR-COMMERCIAL/350465431780?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
  8. RichLech

    Diesel on the T&M and Staffs & Worcs

    I've also used Oxley Marine at Autherley Junction recently. I think it was 75p - cash only.
  9. RichLech

    Autonomous cars any body.......

    I've just bought a Skoda Kodiaq with the Driver Assistance package. I didn't really want the package but it was on the car in the showroom that was available immediately so I took it at heavily reduced cost. I must say that now I've got it I think it is brilliant. Most of my journeys to date have been long motorway trips to the boat. Adaptive Cruise stops me getting too close to the vehicle in front - something I admit to being guilty of. Blind Spot Detection helps me to be more aware of what is going on around me. Lane Assist helps stop me wandering out of lane and changing lane without indicating (the steering stiffens very slightly if I try to change lane without indicating). I don't see it as taking control for/from me but I definitely feel it assists me to be a safer driver.
  10. RichLech

    District enforcement mooring fine Reading

    Thanks for visibility of the EA/TVM contract. When I first became aware of TVM I (naively) thought that their income would be from mooring fees and I could never see how they could collect enough to run their service and pay some over to EA. Seems I was correct on that score in that EA are actually paying TVM! So the arrangement is even worse than I originally thought. It looks like the EA moorings are actually costing money to run, rather than contributing anything to EA coffers. I'd love to see the figures for the 12 month trial period.
  11. Many thanks for all these suggestions.
  12. RichLech

    Supplier for comparable filters

    I've spent ages looking into this in the past. I've got a Barrus Shire (Yanmar) engine. I found I was going round in circles and never 100% confident about compatibility. I ended up buying genuine Yanmar filters from Ebay suppliers (typically suppliers of tractor/digger spares) at reasonable prices including delivery. I'm sure I could have saved a few pounds if I'd spent longer researching but it's a once a year purchase so I'm happy to stick with the Yanmar parts.
  13. RichLech

    Zeus the Apprentice Cuthound

    Although I don't claim to be an expert, my theory is that some dogs are aggressive to other dogs when they are on the lead because they feel restricted in their ability to defend themselves (or perhaps their owner). I have Labradors and it seems to me that two dogs on leads meeting on the towpath will often "have words" but if they are both off lead they will do the customary nose up bum socialising, perhaps play around for a bit and then just get on with their own business. I believe that when they are off lead they quickly determine and accept the pecking order and there is no need for aggression. Just my opinion. Probably not a lot of help wrt Zeus as learning to walk quietly on the lead past other dogs is something that comes very early in the training programme. Unfortunately Zeus seems to have missed this stage in his development before he was lucky enough to land on his paws with you!
  14. RichLech

    Grease nipple on tiller

    If it has got to the stage where it is stiff and squeaky it might be worth planning for a new bearing when the boat is next out of the water. Mine got to that stage a couple of years ago and greasing only eased things for a short while as the damage to the bearing had already been done.
  15. Just planning our summer cruise, leaving in a couple of weeks time. As title says, seeking suggestions for convenient shopping stops. Our preference is to stop every 4 or 5 days at a large supermarket close to the canal. Our goal is to get provisioned as quickly as possible, then back to the tranquillity of the canal. We are starting from Calcutt, going to Birmingham via the Stratford on Avon and the Worcester & Birmingham. Then the Birmingham Main Line, up through Wolverhampton and onto the Shropshire Union as far as Nantwich. We wanted to do the Four Counties Ring but as that isn't possible we haven't decided where to go after Nantwich. So, any suggestions for shopping stops between, say, Kings Norton Junction on the Worcester & Birmingham and Nantwich on the Shroppie will be much appreciated.

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