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Joe Bourke

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  • Birthday 10/06/1954

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  1. Joe Bourke

    Humber Princess and other Big Boats

    First two pictures of Exol Pride in the New Junction, the third of Pride penning out of Ocean Lock (Goole) onto the River Ouse.
  2. Joe Bourke

    3LW oil change

    I would be concerned if the oil pressure with SAE30 was too low at idle but as it is in the high 30s I'm not. It goes up into the 40s with increased rpm so no worries on my part. With multigrade oil the pressure is pretty constant at any revs. When doing oil changes in the future I may alternate between 30 grade and multigrade. Sort of using 30 grade as a flushing oil. What do you think?
  3. Joe Bourke

    Advice and/or ideas

    Do you think a folding shelf bracket might do the trick? They come in all sorts of sizes and strengths.
  4. Joe Bourke

    New boat for the next two weeks

    There are working barges on the European inland waterways offering accommodation for a fee of course. Have a look at binnenvaart cruises.nl
  5. Joe Bourke

    Gardner 2lw Exhaust Gas Leak

    The red topped filter is the crank case breather.
  6. Joe Bourke

    3LW oil change

    I've just done a service on my 120hp 6LW and I got about 20.litres out. Replaced with SAE 30 oil. The PRM hydraulic gearbox however got 15-40 oil. In the past i have used multigrade oil and noticed that the oil pressure stays pretty constant whatever the engine RPM, however when I use SAE 30 the oil pressure gauge fluctuates more with differing engine speeds.
  7. I think that sailaways.net would be the last place you should consider Phil. They seem to specialise in fairly mundane, off the peg shells, not one-offs like you seem to want. The very boat builders you seem to be writing off are the ones who are the most likely to be able to accommodate you. After all we are only talking about a very small canal boat. I must admit I don't often read right through the threads on this forum but I have on this topic, it's been interesting.
  8. With respect Phil i think it is obvious to most that you have no experience of boat builders or even canal boat builders. Visit a few and maybe you might appreciate what others have already said. Most reputable canal boat builders have been around for many many years, a fair number since leaving school and now in their 60s or even 70s. I can think of some that have probably built thousands of shells. Tim Tyler and Jonathan Wilson spring to mind. My own "custom built" boat was designed by a Naval Architect and built by a 65year old, a 70 year old, and a "lad" of 40ish. Between them they probably had over a 120 years of boatbuilding experience. Whoever you approach for your boat build, please treat them with respect or you will not be received well. I know some of the comments made on here might grate a little but there is some good advice also. CAD may well make an appearance in canal boatbuilding but I wouldn't hold my breath. Good luck with your project.
  9. Joe Bourke

    Battening and Pannelling

    Whereabouts are you based gnasher?
  10. Joe Bourke

    Rotary sander vs random orbital?

    The MT 320 i think replaces the G220. Both are sander/polishers , so yes it is for sanding as well. I have different size base pads for different jobs. The G220 is about 140 quid and still for sale, the MT320 is about 240 quid. There are other similar and cheaper machine s.
  11. Joe Bourke

    Rotary sander vs random orbital?

    I use a Meguiar sander polisher. It is dual action rotary and variable speed. It takes 150mm hook and loop sanding discs or polishing pads in standard mode but different size base pads can be fitted from 50mms to 175mms diameter for different size sanding discs or polishing pads. The base pads are widely available. It is 230v. There are many similar makes of machine used in the painting and bodywork industry. With the same machine i can sand, compound and polish. Similar machines can be bought for something like 80 quid, although mine was quite a bit more. It gets heavier than normal use so needs to be good.
  12. Joe Bourke

    Remote control / fly by wire - I know it can be done!

    Have you considered a central steering position with perhaps hydraulic steering and conventional cable throttle and gear controls?
  13. Joe Bourke

    Large (6 3/4") mushroom vents?

    When the fans failed in our extract-a-lites we replaced the fan with doubled up computer fans. They were circular casings with little tabs in each corner. I cut the tabs off and taped 2 together with duck tape and stuffed them up the mushroom and cowl vent ducting. I think they were 90 odd millimetre diameter, so a snug fit in the ducting. We have 2 in the galley, 1 in the heads, and one in the shower room. I think they were only a couple of quid each.
  14. Joe Bourke

    Large (6 3/4") mushroom vents?

    Hello FluffMagnet, could I ask why you need that size vent? I know you mention fans, perhaps there may be a way of fitting normal size mushroom vents, but alternative spec fans. You said you would consider plastic vents, surely there are suitable ones of the size you mention readily available. I warned you Davey & Co were expensive, but I thought you were loaded with cash like all boatowners. ?
  15. Joe Bourke

    Large (6 3/4") mushroom vents?

    Try ebay

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