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X Alan W

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X Alan W last won the day on September 24 2017

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    Midi Pyrenees FRANCE
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    Had to change user name used to be Alan W. ex owner of FMC Lily & small Woolwich Crater Ex hotel boat owner & operator

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    Retired Areo Engineer
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    Dont have one now
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    Dont need one

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  1. X Alan W

    The Ultimate Floating Brick ?

    I think shape wise it compares quite favorably with that awful hotel fat boat on the K&A if it"s still going I often wonder what the owners of these bricks would think of steering /handling a proper shaped hull with decent swims they probably not be able to tell the difference
  2. X Alan W

    The Deisel Engine in narrowboats

    The Seffle from my ex boat "Lily" is in Jem Bates boa "Severn" Mr owl had a similar motor up to fitting his Scottish lump dont know what other boats if any have the 25HP gearbox model there are several 9HP Seffle's both in bots& on the bank for sale Norbury had a 9for sale
  3. X Alan W

    Jam 'Ole Run

    If that was present day you'd possibly get shouted/sworn at for blocking the cut some present day boaters require at least 25 ft of clear cut to squeeze a 7ft boat through one more rant why is it that ex working craft & owners are derided by some modern boat owners with a get that "crap" off the cut attitude be interesting to see how many modern built boats are still going at the time span of the early 20th century builds the othe problem the greater the #of boats sods law dictates a greater #of Richard Craniums
  4. X Alan W

    Jam 'Ole Run

    You certainly DON'T blather nonsense From your recollections memories you entered into the canals spirit during your boating time ,as said I have no axe to grind with present day boaters other than if they try to order me to do /not do things that were proven & right in there day & still hold good to be told that I have no idea what I'm doing & a F***** idiot & shouldn't be afloat by a stemmed up boater with all of a months experience & not even getting a thank you for pulling him off which if he had bothered to ask would have received info on how to extract himself I deep down am glad to be awy from it all as I'm sure the cons would outdo the pros now
  5. X Alan W

    Jam 'Ole Run

    Brings back memories of helping my mate move his "Star class" from Oxford to Chester Arrive at Tyrley Top & hover by the winding hole as there was a boat in #2 lock & the top lock was in his favor. Shiney boat moored in winding hole fore end towards Drayton female exits cabin to well deck reaches up & takes short shaft from cabin top at the same time inquiring of me with many expletives what I thought I was doing ?"Waiting for a boat to come up the lock I replied" with many more expletives I was told I was breaking canal bye laws if waiting for the lock I was REQUIRED to tie on the lock approach & not f***about in the middle of the cut this was as the water was moving with lock working I was froing & tooing about 1/2 a boats length with gear engagement but not raising the revs above tick over At that time there was a notice board with a selection of bye laws & do's dont's by the top lock & nowhere did it say you had to tie up When this was pointed out I was told I'd be reported to BWAt that moment a BW van with Jack Whalley Norbury foreman & Reg the Norbury chippie arrived she launched into a tirade about /a gainst me, Jack listened without saying a word for what seemed minutes & then said "is that it " she said it was & what was he going to do about it His reply was "Well first you are going to move as you are not allowed to moor in a winding hole " by this time I was going down in the lock so never found out the outcome but in terms of "Master Card "advert the look on her face "Priceless"
  6. X Alan W

    Insurance 'Moan'

    I have had the same problem with company's I was insured with Towergate for some years for my Camping car after a rise every year although no claims, I cancelled ,I trawled the sites & found if I went with them as a new customer the premium was a small amount above the original cost of years back
  7. X Alan W

    Jam 'Ole Run

    I find it refreshing to lean there are a few who like to use the cut for it's designed purpose I have no problem with how any one wants to boat but object to being (rollacked /told off for doing things the way it was done for manymany years by some one with possibly a sum total of 2 years worth of a max of 2 weeks holiday I would never dream of telling them how they should boat unless asked, why should they take me to task for doing something perfectly acceptable but they don't agree with or like
  8. X Alan W

    Jam 'Ole Run

    As Iv'e been told in reply to posts regarding the way things were in the days of carrying "THe canals have changed now days the way things are done does possibly not require the perfected over the years efficient way of performing tasks & get told off for hand braking the dropping of paddles,usuing the boats weight to push the gate/s open ,strapping the gate/s shut & in fact most of the practices used to get you along, from comments those practices are all now bad & forbidden ((Damage to canal infrastructure/furniture when in fact performed by someone with the required skill cause less damage than a boater with little experience //knowledge I fear the system is now only for use in a manner it was not really designed for
  9. X Alan W

    Jam 'Ole Run

    I don't know if you are referring to long distance commercial boats with the brown envelope s? but in my carrying days not that I would have wanted to but with the rates paid no way could I have afforded it Quote
  10. X Alan W

    Suitable for the canal?

    How expectations have changed in the 60's BW had plywood cruiser s of similar size used as hire boats Water Baby? class
  11. X Alan W

    Braunston Historic Boat Rally 2019

    I always find it so sad & strange that the so called enthusiasts get so picky over different company's production of what are now vintage/historic boats , my ex "Josher is now 105 years old & to find a #of boats from even older & down to almost 60years old is great the usually good natured " banter of if itwasn't built by Yarwoods it's no good " quips are all part & parcel so do examples by lesser known builders be excluded a boat built by Gilberts pre WW2 should any stilll be around suffer this fate Sadly the ,#of wooden boats decreases at a faster rate than metal/composite as the skill & finance cannot readily keep up
  12. X Alan W

    Chimney chain..?

    I had 2"Tatty chimney pipes" which were fitted & the good ones put in the cabins if the boats were left (short period ranges going )or no fire the carefully selected can (Tightish fit on the collars were fitted)I also had all 4 nice decorative brass tiller string eyes 'nicked wile moored at the top of Buckby although the cabins were wood & the eyes having wood screw type thead it would have been no easy task to remove & guess it was some one on a boat/s as I doubt if a non boater would know & have a use for them 'GGRR'
  13. X Alan W

    Jam 'Ole Run

    As an ex owner of "Lily" if she"d had 15 tons of load she would more than likely have been drawing North of 3'6" depedent on distribution of the load in the "Seffle power days the stationary draft was 3'3"& the loss of dry side was around 1" per ton
  14. X Alan W

    Matty’s 1978

    That rings a bell David there always seemed to be boats laying about I was asked one day if I would take a "Gennie from one section to another on the gas line job when I got there a"Mattys" boat was tied up where I needed to of load I dropped off & reloaded the 'no go' on to take back, the man himself appeared out of the "office" When I told him he had a boat there & could have done the job "tother way around his reply was "Ah that's were the bugger is" price less.
  15. X Alan W


    Gunwhals Side cloths, Top cloths chains fenders &&&&&&&&&&& all the rest A labour of love & a lot of money I fear

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