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  1. Hi Starman, we are in the middle of our undercloth conversion. Our windows came from Channelglaze Ltd 0121 706 5777. Double glazed, openable and very little sticks out on the outside. Our boat has side cloths which helps disguise the top edge of the windows. They are invisible when closed and just visible at the bottom edge if they are just cracked open. The cloths initially rolled up to reveal the window, but this is a pain in the backside in reality and I always had a plan for making them openable from inside. This involved making four 'turnaround' cable brackets for each window. Cables run in a loop down each side of each window, half of each loop runs inside the boat. There is a crossbar between the two cables which is lifted to close the blind or pulled down to open them. I made up a sample on one of the doors before I did the lining out and insulation, just to make sure it was worth the bother! In practice it worked great so all the brackets were made up for the windows and doors. Folded steel brackets with a silver soldered 'U' bend tube which carried a throttle cable outer which in turn carries the cable. You can just see the inner ends of the tubes in a couple of pics. Now the insulation and lining out is done (all as per Koukouvagia' set up which has worked for him over several years and for which I'm very grateful!!) I am beginning to get round to connecting the blinds up. I'll get some better pics of the set up as I go. Hope this might help and isn't too late. Ian.
  2. Has anyone got the dimensions for the box mast and mast timbers they'd care to share, for a Small Woolwich? On our boat the Rayburn chimbley comes out where this would be and I'm looking to make a 'lid' for it when not in use. I'm hoping to come up with something that looks the part. On the inside of the boat the corner of the bath/shower room partition is in the middle and I was hoping to make two sides of the box mast make the corner of said partition. Any pictures of these components, including the Luby? Did the box mast have metal bands to hold it together? Cheers folks, Ian.
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    Caldon canal closed at Ivy House Lift Bridge

    Thanks David, back to plan A then! Ian.
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    Caldon canal closed at Ivy House Lift Bridge

    Bugger, we were planning passage this weekend. Is it serious does anyone know? Really don't want to be stuck up here for too long, it's bloomin lovely. Ian.
  5. We are part way into our conversion. Our initial ideas haven't changed much apart from swapping the bedroom for the bathroom at each end. The sloping undercloth side simply won't allow for any corridors so for us the dead end rooms (bathroom and bedroom in our case) have to be at each end of the living space. Initially we liked the idea of the bedroom at the fore end, then the kitchen, then the living room bit, then the bathroom in front of the engine room. Behind the engine room is a traditional back cabin. We have no access through from the hold into the engine room, nor did we want any, keeping the traditional bit of the boat separate from our conversion. As we worked on fettling the boat ready to start a conversion, and using it for two years as we have done, the systems we wanted, the rooms we wanted and also the rethinking we did led to the bedroom end being infront of the engine room, with the bath/shower room up at the fore end. Doing it this way for us gives us more space as the bed can now go across (which it couldn't at the fore end) and also the hot water system is all in one place. Our boat is quite deep drafted and the insulated wall thickness about 3" and there really isn't any room for corridors that would leave space for a side bathroom etc without things looking too squashed in. We've got double glazed windows in the kitchen and living room, with entry doors from outside each side dividing the living and kitchen areas. Our windows and doors are covered with cloth 'blinds' which can be opened from inside or out so they are used as the curtains. I didn't want to be getting outside to open the curtains, likewise I wanted the boat to be able to completely disguise its internal use. Those four windows are all we have apart from a porthole in a hatch in the triangle of the bedroom wall, which is an escape hatch onto the back end planks infront on the engine room. This gap was again important to us in terms of both traditional looks and practicality. In the 'top plank' of the bedroom and the bathroom is a bullseye glass window, like those in traditional back cabins, although ours are mounted internally and are completely flush on the outside so all you see is a circular cutout in the topcloths. Like I said, this is in progress and our ideas will no doubt change a bit as we go along, so I look forward to seeing any ideas that get posted on here! What are your initial ideas? Ian.
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    top planks for running gear

    Closer to me too, any more details to share? Ian.
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    top planks for running gear

    How soon you talking about ordering? I need some nowish but need to confirm sizes. Ours won't be structural at all and are just to be in the right place on the inside of our undercloth conversion bit. Overkill I know, but.... Ian.
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    top planks for running gear

    That seems to be a very good price. Where abouts are they based? I'm after some and wondered if they were close enough for me to pick up. I'm in North Staffordshire. Ian.
  9. Thankyou for that extra info Pete, I might just have to put the latest docking date and my initials on now! Cheers again, Ian.
  10. It is certainly easier to do that now Alan, though before it was easier for it to sit quite well behaved at the bottom gates. Cheers folks, Ian.
  11. Thanks for the replies folks, any ideas what the S.W. bit is about? Our Ruston 4VSH has a steel flywheel, with the starter ring on the inner face. Ian.
  12. Cheers folks, the boat is 62ft. It isn't causing us any problems it was more a post to say just how much of a difference it has made and the speculated reasons for it. Thanks again, Ian.
  13. We have re trimmed our boat to sit more level, as opposed to being fore end high. General manouvering is pretty much unaffected, although when going up in locks, the boat now gets pushed forwards when filling. In some locks it can be quite violent and requires a good chunk of astern to stop it bashing. Before, it used to generally sit quite happily stern against the bottom gates whereas now it seems to like nosing against the cill and top gates. I guess this must be quite normal (?) and is something we'll have to learn to control / change our methods to get used to. At the top Etruria lock the other day a 'helper' opened the paddles, fully and quickly, and the boat noticabley sat for end down with the counter out and the prop cavitating slightly as I stopped it from hitting the buffers. Any thoughts or explanations? Perhaps now the baseplate is more horizontal the incoming water is going all the way under the boat and coming out at the stern, pushing us forward. As opposed to when the baseplate was fore end high and the water taking the easiest route, infront of the boat? Ian.
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    Hot water systems

    We wanted it trimmed more level ie fore end in deeper, so this Rayburn is situated under where the mast box would be and did the job a treat! Ian.
  15. Finally had the time and weather to finish the writing on the cabin. The last docking date I haven't done (perhaps yet) but I've also noticed the letters S. W. on some GU boats of the period, just ahead of the dock date. Anyone know what this relates to? South West, Southern Waters??? It is amazing the variations in the writing on GU boats, some with full stops, some without, some with Reg and some with Regd, Registered.... Square full stops, round full stops... Fascinating. Ian.

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