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  1. Did we have this one yet? I think you'd have to be brave, given how long this has been since it's been out of the water.. 1932 Yarwoods short boat
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    Castlefield

    In usual Peel style, this notice hasn't gone out on their website or to CRT. The Staffordshire and Kenworthy Arms (basically the only remaining visitor moorings in Castlefield) are closed from 9 to 29 September 2021 because they've put a big stage over the top of them. So any CRT boaters coming through this way basically have nowhere to stop - the other arms were full this morning and are occupied by permanent moorings now. Just as well there are loads of easy to access safe places to stop nearby...
  3. Great video and great dog! Looks like its come on a bit since I last walked down there a couple of years ago. I think quite a lot of vegetation has been cleared from the canal bed since then.
  4. I continuously cruised in the North West for about six years while doing a 9-5 in Manchester, before starting working from home about two years ago. Living on, maintaining a boat and moving it was mostly a pleasure. Commuting wasn't, but never is - a decent folding bike and a willingness to cycle a fair distance to the nearest train station meant I had a very large cruising range. On reflection I think the essential things for me were: A boat in good condition mechanically and hull-wise as a minimum! The other stuff is important but not as much. Getting help from someone who knows what they're looking is a idea, as is the willingness to walk away from a bad survey (much less painful to lose the survey money than have a lemon on your hands for years). Actually enjoying boating and canals. If we didn't love it, the commute would have killed it. Can't think of anyone I've known living aboard to save cash who's stuck it out for long. As with anyone on a boat, being tolerant of the fact that boating is always inconvenient compared to living in a house. There's a degree of forward planning and organisation needed. Also being prepared to have less devices helps - energy demand reduction beats running an engine/genny all day. Can't think of many better places to be for painting and photography. Just to add though - due to the depth, few spots to moor and water issues I think the Huddersfield Narrow would be very very hard to CC on.
  5. Link is here: http://publicaccess.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=142566 Had a look and sounds like it would be complete blight on my favourite section of canal . The development would also obliterate the remains of the Uttoxeter Canal in Froghall that lie beyond the basin, ending any possibility of restoring any further part of it.
  6. Thanks for your help. The boat hasn't had an accumulator since it was built about 13 years ago, but I'll give this a try. If nothing else it should take the stress off the pump.
  7. I have been experiencing an odd issue with my Morco D61E unit which has developed over the last month. When turned up to the highest end of the temperature gauge with any hot outlet open, it causes the water pump to cycle rapidly. This problem disappears and flows just like the cold outlets if the temperature is turned down - suggesting its not a furred up heat exchanger. The issue happens whether the pilot is lit or not, suggesting its not an issue with trapped air. I've read previous threads on similar issues and come to the following two conclusions - please could someone let me know if these are reasonable? As the heater is triggered by a flow differential, the water pump is no longer providing an adequate amount of flow when the burners are on full. Do water pumps producing a decreasing flow as they age? Its fine for everything else. OR: The water control assembly has a fault. Would a replacement or repaired assembly likely fix the problem? Does anyone know if this is separate to the gas bits of the heater, so I could replace this myself? The water pump is a Jabsco par max 2.9, which we've had for about three years now. I don't have an accumulator, even though I know I probably should. Thanks
  8. Provided its not too far, I think you could moor without too many worries past the aqueduct or after Croxton flash to the north. Its nice and deep there and should be far enough out.
  9. An odd one, but there's also a 24 hour contactless launderette in a petrol station forecourt at Endon, fairly close to the services before hazlehurst
  10. This is exactly what I've done both times. Maintaining that kind of pressure seems to have given it a decent key. Might be that epoxies without coal tar are a bit less resilient to a wire cup brush.
  11. I went through this process, with exactly the same epidac epoxy last year: I applied Jotun 87 after a (very powerful) jetwash at Northwich dry dock and scratching up the original coating with a wire cup brush on an angle grinder. You may find, like me, very little comes off when its dry dock time. Bar the sections I've donated from to the network from the rubbing strakes, it appears to have held up well in the last 12 months. From memory, the main things I had to watch for were making sure I had enough time in dry dock for a full cure, getting the right mixing ratios (check the technical data sheet) and being quick enough to apply it within the 'pot life'.
  12. Oh and I always drop it out of gear then slow to a stop on leaving the tunnel towards Froghall. Its very shallow and even with our 54' boat, I can never make the tight corner on first attempt. Battered piling there suggests I'm not the only one who's had this problem ??
  13. We go through regularly with a replica BCN tug style boat. With a fullish water tank we're about five foot to top of handrails and five foot across the top - I think this is what the crt sign says the limit is, but we slip through really easily with no problems. Tend to find that it's historic boats, replicas and 70s / 80s boats in the basin.
  14. Thanks for the advice, some food for thought. Sounds like it's worth doing the locker first to improve my technique.
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