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  1. Well, the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal company surely did. Indeed wonkypedia suggests they made most of their profits from their boats. They were however subsumed into the LNWR , a precursor of the LMS! Were the Stourlifters Midland/LMS or GW boats?
  2. Since I don't think Nick is remotely interested in jumping through the regulatory hoops involved putting his widget into production, it is aimed entirely at his set up. Hence he is using available Masterbus information to inform his widgets actions and simplify the design process. That is eminently sensible. Even so he has said that his design could accomodate other inputs case Masterbus was not decodable. If it works, I would hope he might put sufficient information into the public domain to allow others to create their own version, tailored to their existing or planned sensors. I would certainly be interested in some detail, but I don't expect I shall ever need to make one. No doubt in the fullness of time someone, perhaps Charles Sterling, perhaps another, will release a productionised, configurable and adaptable Battery Management and Monitoring System with (some of) the capabilities Nick and other posters have identified. I expect it will have a snappy label, lots of flashy LED's and cost real money.😊 N
  3. Provided you have an infinite supply of 'free' time (your own) and at least twice as much money as you think it will cost then you have a viable task ahead. The last two words of your own thread title say it all. Even a small boat is a big project. Sort the hull first. You should not overplate, because you don't need to and the extra steel will bring weight and trim problems.The boat is stripped so go over it with your mates' meter on about a 6 inch grid and mark up every area that is less than 4mm thick. Then decide if the job is worth the cost of steel and paying a welder to cut out and replace. Check the stern tube and shaft at the same time, so the welder can sort a new one whilst he is at it. Then worry about the top. There is much good advice above but wooden tops, with or without painted canvas waterproofing, are a long term war of attrition, which the leaks will always win eventually. DAMHIKT. Finally, worry about the fit out. If you want to sell it within 5 years it ought, at present at least, to have an EU Recreational Craft Directive assessment , because it has been comprehensively refitted. A de E has offered some of the Standards needed. Someone else mentioned the Boat Safety Scheme. You need to be familiar with both, as do any of your mates who help out in specialist areas. Good luck. Having a residential mooring sorted has probably fixed one of the hardest parts N
  4. So who gets the Bill to repair it? Won't be the Old Bill, cos they didn't hit the bridge. Won't be the scallies, because they have taken to their toes, and any way they weren't insured. Might be the owner of the car that actually damaged the bridge, but since they were stationary and apparently not at fault that seems a bit hard. They are already carless through no fault of theirs. Wonder if the Motor Industry Insurance fall-back scheme will cough? CRT will no doubt have to ante up first and after that some Lawyers will no doubt have a Bill of their own ( only it will be called a fee account and bigger than an ordinary Bill)! N
  5. Hnboc bookshop. See my post No 3. N Hnboc bookshop. See my post No 3. N Hnboc bookshop. See my post No 3. N Hnboc bookshop. See my post No 3. N Hnboc bookshop. See my post No 3. N Sorry about the echoes... N
  6. The Leanders commonly cracked at the joint between the fwd screen and the Foc'sle. Meant the Captains carpet got wet. Probably caused by the weight of the gun and magazine full of shells waving about in front. Aeroplanes were much more fun! N
  7. Broadly, yes. Expect that the existing 2 pack is epoxy modified coal tar aka epoxy pitch. Most 2 packs were as it was economically advantageous. Unfortunately coal tar products have now been banned. Ask your supplier about overcoating epoxy pitch. AFAIK if it will overcoat epoxy pitch it will overcoat any other epoxy. You will need to pressure wash and then power wire brush or otherwise lightly abrade the existing coating and ensure that any damaged bits are back to bare metal. Read the new jollop instructions carefully, and ensure the temperatures and humidities required are achieved. Similarly any curing times needed before refloating. Otherwise you may well get poor bonding and your expensive new black will come off in big bits. N
  8. Is that where the 'proof' part of proof reading arises? N
  9. Only if your surveyor is using an old fashioned meter. Modern (and very pricey too) ones do not need the blacking removed. You do end up with blobs of gel all over the boat though. N Beaten to it by a sea hound.😊
  10. If you are using car antifreeze in the Coolant, the glycol antifreeze part lasts for ever, if it doesn't leak out. The corrosion inhibitors do wear out. I Tip some Screwfix inhibitor in every couple of years. A simple test is to draw off a sample into a glass jar and tip in 3 or 4 steel wire nails. If they go rusty after a couple of weeks you need more inhibitor. Draw another sample into a yoghurt pot and put it in the freezer compartment of the fridge. If it sets add more antifreeze. N
  11. Making a flue out of 113 mm steel pipe (aka CHS) is not too hard if you have the kit and can weld. Draw up the 'Z' shape you want full size on the floor in chalk. Join the two 'corners' across each bend in the pipe and project these bend lines out. Technically these two lines bisect the angles of the Z. Lay your pipe on top of the long central part. Drop a big angle grinder through the pipe following the first of the bend lines and keeping it square vertically. Rotate the bit of pipe you have cut off through 180 deg and tack weld to the other bit. If you have it right the pipe will now be following one half of the 'Z' shape pipe drawing on the floor. Repeat the cut, turn, tack weld bit at the next bend line. Check for fit. Trim to length. Weld the joints up properly. If you get the cuts wrong it helps to be good at welding up holes! You can also do it by CAD drawing or triggernometry and then use a bandsaw to cut the pipe. N
  12. "The Other 60 Miles" by Richard Chester- Browne is a good starting point , along with Richard Dean's map Canals of Birmingham and the Black Country. A magnifying glass is also useful if your eyesight is not perfect! Both items were available via the HnBoc or whatever this week bookshop. AFAIK a transhipment basin would accept any boat with cargo to or from the owning railway. Day boats (joeys) traded to and from railway basins on jobbing trip terms (as tramp steamers did at sea,) as well as the regular loads like the 'liner' style fleets which served the big coal users from the collieries. It was also the case that owning day boats did not mean you had any men/hosses to move them. Movements of boats was also done by steerage companies, who might have their own boats as well as contract boating for other owners- a bit like modern boat movers! N
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