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NB Alnwick

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About NB Alnwick

  • Birthday 22/02/1947

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    Cropredy, Oxford Canal
  • Interests
    Folk music, boats, trains, classic cars, classic racing cycles, real watches, fountain pens and almost anything vintage . . .

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  • Boat Name
    Alnwick (pronounced 'Annick')
  • Boat Location
    Usually moored at Cropredy

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  1. Bespoke mattress advice please

    I have been in touch with this firm - a very young company with a lot of success in just four years. The website can be found at: Replacement Boat Mattresses My initial reaction is that they offer better value for money than most competitors in the memory foam market and their CoolBlue brand appears to be just what we are looking for. I will post again in this topic if we buy one and when we have tested same!
  2. Bespoke mattress advice please

    That wouldn't work we already spend too much time trying to go astern! and, Jane didn't care for my suggestion of re-using bicycle inner tubes.
  3. Bespoke mattress advice please

    That would be more of a nightmare than a comfortable night's sleep!
  4. Bespoke mattress advice please

    Enquiries have been made of the Edwardian Bedding Co. - we will be going for foam and the initial quote was for 'Reflex Foam' with a 'Memory Foam' top layer in the ratios of roughly 70/30. We have also asked about a latex foam top layer. It is known that sprung mattresses have many advantages but for us, they have a big disadvantage that they would need to be split to facilitate access - and after our experience of sleeping on a split mattress for ten years (over 3,500 sleeps)* we understand that pitfall - literally! *Our original foam mattress was also split down the centre and that also failed either side of the split.
  5. Bespoke mattress advice please

    Just over seven years ago we kicked out our four inch thick foam mattress and replaced it with a new sprung mattress that was made in two halves so that we could get it through the hatch. This pair of sprung mattresses have now reached the end of their comfortable life and we need to source a replacement. The sprung mattresses were supplied by The Marine Bedding Company (no longer trading) who advised us to have the join lengthways down the middle of the bed - this was probably a mistake because the springs closest to the centre line started to sag prematurely. We have also had a problem where, even though zipped together, the two halves tend to stretch apart and then one of us drops into the 'gap'. We chose sprung mattresses because of their ability to ventilate but we also have a 'Bedflex' base and are now seriously considering a return to foam because, it seems to us, it would be possible to have a foam mattress made in one piece - a decided advantage if it obviates the 'drop in the middle'! All opinions are solicited! Prices quoted for a shaped single piece mattress range from about £500 for a reflex foam base with a memory foam topper to over £1,500 for 'Dunlopillo' latex. Our bed is an odd shape because it is fitted into the bow, (just behind the water tank) so it measures 210 CM long and 180 CM wide narrowing down to 120 CM at the head. Any recommendations as to suppliers, foam thicknesses and types would be most welcome.
  6. The Word Game V3.0

  7. Crashing again

    Back on topic, I think it is sad that some appear to subscribe to the view that 'bumping' other peoples boats is OK - I have even heard people say that boating is "a contact sport" - it isn't and there is nothing amusing about clouting someone else's home with 20 tons of steel.
  8. When we bought our boat in 2005, it was fitted with a Shurflo Aqua-King 2088 on-demand fresh water pump which runs on 24 VDC and delivers at a rate of three gallons a minute with a maximum pressure of 45 PSI. This pump is no longer supplied by chandlers and appears to have been replaced by the 3900 series which I have tried and found to be inferior - especially in terms of endurance and resilience. In the early days, when the pump failed we simply replaced it with a new one and we always kept a spare on board because like so many things boaty - it will fail when you most need it and are least able to source a replacement. I recently discovered that the tried and tested 2088 series pumps are still available for industrial and 'Recreational Vehicle' use and that the only 'marine' aspect of the old Aqua-King was its motor. With the pumps that failed, it was always due to pump-head components such as leaking diaphragms, distorted flanges or pressure switch failures. The robust 24 VDC motors always remained sound. Buying a replacement pump-head or individual parts is possible but they generally need to be imported from the USA and transatlantic shipping is often more expensive than the parts. My solution has been to buy a cheap 12 VDC version of the pump (sold as the 'Trail-King') from a UK Caravan supplier, I remove the pump-head and fit that new pump-head to one of the original Aqua-King 24 VDC motors. The job takes no more than a few minutes and is much cheaper than buying one of the new pumps from a chandler.
  9. Help needed - Vanette GG7000 Oven/Grill unit

    Thanks - that is a useful link.
  10. Trump

    Quite right!
  11. Trump

    The form of democracy that I thought we enjoyed in the United Kingdom was the right to vote for appropriately skilled members to represent us in the House of Commons. I am sure that petitions and referenda have their place but I prefer to put my trust in the elected members who should have a better grasp of the relevant facts. Mass protests may influence the government but I cannot recall anything that they have really achieved. For the majority of us, the only way to make a real difference is to exercise our right to vote and volunteer for or support good causes We also need to be wary of the media which seems to engage in a frightening degree of bias these days - I learned long ago not to believe everything that I read in the papers or hear from the BBC news. The media appear to be at war with President Trump - so can we really believe what they say?
  12. Cropredy Towpath Hedge - at last!

    The tunnel isn't too bad - we can get through with Alnwick as long as we take it slowly. These days, the South Oxford seems to be a lot better throughout.
  13. Trump

    Political Corectness only determines what people may say it does not determine how they may think. If someone holds a particular view and expresses that view we have an opportunity to explore why they hold that view and if we believe them to be wrong we have an opportunity to correct them. If people simply say what they are expected to say but still hold bigoted views, what chance have we got of understanding and dealing with their concerns.
  14. Origin of the "Kelvin" brand

    Last time I was in Glasgow the Kelvin engine factory was still intact but in use as an Asian food wholesalers. Before the Kelvin site closed, I bought a new injection pump from there and in those days the stores were full of goodies and the man in charge was very helpful.
  15. Boon, tv programme

    I always enjoyed this programme - although initially filmed in the Birmingham area, I seem to remember that the set for later episodes was moved to a British Waterways yard in the Nottingham area. Freeview channels provide some excellent programmes, I enjoyed watching 'Yes Minister' yesterday and also, 'The Good Life' was on recently . . .