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BWM

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  1. Always found the two boats erratic on food availability, not a fan of bombardier and Wells beers in general. We have enjoyed food and some good bands in the past at the Cuttle but haven't been in for a couple of years. One of our favourites was the Harvester but our last visit just over a year ago was very disappointing. The Green man has been consistent with decent ale and a simple, fairly cheap menu - more snacks than meals. They also have a visiting fish and chip van and happily provide cutlery for customers, Friday at 19.00 last time we were there.
  2. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F143327740663 Interesting little Kelvin.
  3. Could this cause other running problems? I've been chasing a defect on the RN in my sons boat which dying out at low revs is one symptom, along with power loss/misfiring at higher rpm under load. Has anyone a picture of the governor, complete with springs that i can compare with his?
  4. BWM

    Where does the oil go?

    I'd add to this by saying that prior to any wire brushing or work with abrasives make sure to cover the alternator, starter motor and any other points of entry into the engine - oil filler, dipstick, etc. And hoover well before removing these coverings. You can buy specific primers for engine painting/mixed metals and a small tin may be a good investment.
  5. Well said, it may be hard for some - especially newcomers, to appreciate the lost amenities bought about by this behaviour. So many Thames moorings that were previously relaxed and available have either been closed, seriously restricted or charged for. Above Teddington lock is just one example of this.
  6. I don't think so, i've never noticed any.
  7. Removing the gauze filter is hard but refitting it without crossthreading is harder! Well worth the effort though, i remove the door and clean the sump thoroughly every oil change.
  8. I'm surprised at your take on the conversation in this thread, and suggest that you re read comments from the beginning before arriving at the conclusion that i find any of your behaviour, cruising pattern or otherwise, reprehensible. From my perspective i see no such divide, and efforts to discuss any negative matters surely benefit all with a genuine interest in life afloat. I do wonder exactly how long you have been living on the canals, as those who were living aboard 15 years or more ago would remember the look on the faces of most boat owners you met when the subject of your being a liveaboard came up - noses went in the air and conversations often finished. Many marinas were sniffy, it mattered not a jot if you had a mooring or not.
  9. I don't know if it is a Les Allen, just quoted the listing. It did have weird castellations along the handrail area, not sure why...
  10. Many have been hit with this restriction, one i was closely involved with concerned a friend of mine (sadly deceased) and not, as you wrongly assume a person with a mooring. His cruising range generally consisted of Perivale to Rickmansworth and this would be covered in the space of a month. There are many others that i have spoken to over the last few years that have experienced similar restrictions but cannot verify as i have no knowledge of their movements. I believe you are looking for division in the remarks posted on here, and can state from my own standpoint that i have no issue with continuous cruisers or any other group, being old fashioned i criticise the behaviour, not the group. If i restricted my friendships and conversation to those with moorings i'd have had a very boring, soulless existence on the cut.
  11. In the not so distant past, those continuous cruising managed to stay under the radar and not attract unwanted attention without the need for a ruling. For some this area was smaller than others, with enforcement officers aware of those needing a little more understanding. The arrival of vast numbers of new boaters in the mid to late 2000's changed this relaxed culture almost overnight, that is not to say all new boaters were responsible for the changes but a significant number became intransigent, and picked a favourite bridge or boozer and refused to move until forced to. London being what it is attracted larger numbers, hence more problems. I disagree with the premise that rules are sufficient/reasonable, on the basis that why should the majority be unable to moor for longer than 24-48 hours in places previously freely available and have licences restricted when travelling upwards of 30 miles in a month because of the actions of the self interested? I do agree that those abusing the system should have the book thrown at them, but unfortunately BW then Crt both failed to deal with this, both through being over zealous with the wrong people and a generally confused response. An example of this would be the section eight yard at Hanwell, they would spend years and large sums of money pursuing someone and finally seize the boat. This would then be taken to Hanwell and immediately offered for sale, very often within weeks the same craft would back on the enforcement radar. A common sense approach would have these ageing, dilapidated craft broken up. The term lock mile is that it is accepted that a lock equates to one mile of travelling.
  12. Around 10 years was the period i stated, and many visits. It doesn't take Columbo's powers of deduction to observe broadly the same boats over time. I've used an example of something that came up for discussion that i had knowledge of, the situation and conditions there may well have changed now but it certainly was the case then. As an aside, i have no issue with continuous cruising or any desire to break the communities that thrive because people move within a certain range. I do however, regret the many extra restrictions and stricter enforcement brought about by those entirely focused on their own selfish needs.
  13. I'm referring to the situation some years ago, enforcement has changed and i am now in a different area. At the time, it was much like Bath, London and Oxford are now, just on a smaller scale.
  14. I'd suggest it's something you don't wish to believe, no one suggested that all craft swap around at the same time. As for so what about a couple of boats swapping at a time, in an area such as the one i mentioned, the selfish mentality of those in that area made sure that my family and many others ever got to moor near the picnic area in over a decade.
  15. We were based in Uxbridge on a mooring but cruised almost constantly, but with kids in school Marsworth/Aylesbury arm was the realistic limit of our range, and as such we were regular visitors. After one individual had a complete meltdown as we pulled into a vacant spot a couple of minutes after our arrival, we asked a few friends who moored there regularly and were told about the phone based swapping. My contacts in the area are beyond gossip or doubt and as such i have no trouble believing that this was the case, or that this happens elsewhere.
  16. The coordinated swapping of mooring places was taking place in the Bulborne area 12-15 years ago, so i think its safe to assume that this would be happening in London and similar high demand areas.
  17. He knew how to load her too, aided by the extensive dredging carried out before the gravel project. Unusual to see a large boat that far down, he'd often pop in to make a brew passing us, knowing that the boat would stay in the channel.
  18. As i mentioned earlier, i've heard that Calor have bought out Flogas and one or two others. Another component of their unfounded price increases is that they purchase well ahead of delivery at low prices and as such are largely unaffected by barrel prices, etc.
  19. I wouldn't, telling them is more likely to cause trouble for Chorley than lower the boatyard prices.
  20. As i understand it Calor have bought out all of their viable competition (flogas, budget, etc). This just prior to the huge price increases, it must put them close to a monopoly. Their pricing was a source of annoyance for their network of suppliers with some receiving much better prices to others in the same area/similar volume of sales. As a company, it has declined since being bought by a Dutch asset stripping outfit in the late 90's, now having sold all property (and renting it back!).
  21. To add to what Tony said, if you end up running on a fragile external repair, it may be worth removing the thermostat. As Alan mentioned earlier, the other side of the skin tank may also be suspect, with that in mind it may be advisable to have the tank cut out from the outside and a new one welded in, complete with the hull side of it.
  22. I'm sure i saw an article about boats operating there more recently than that, purpose built craft for fairly limited journeys.
  23. Your method is certainly the best with access to the necessary equipment but for someone without it is worth a try. I have also seen exhaust manifold nuts drilled parallel to the stud, allowing them to break before the stud - or split with a chisel along the hole.
  24. Running the engine before trying to loosen them should help by providing heat in the area.
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