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Graham and Jo

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    Railways, Environmental Issues, Wild West!

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    Vice Chairman Accessible Boating
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  1. Graham and Jo

    Fire in the Hole

    The way the engine shock when the pipe fender went round the prop could well have caused it. We did make it under the bridge so there was something to float in. I was living in fear of meeting another boat. The arm does need a touch of maintenance. Thank you. It could indeed have been much much worse. Assuming I got off the boat I would have videoed that one. Cheers Graham
  2. Graham and Jo

    Fire in the Hole

    It all started when I came up Stoke Bruerne lock 17, the pound above was very low and I edged out slowly to see if we would clear the cill. We did so I stayed in the middle of the pound to avoid the edges. My first mistake was not encouraging the crew to empty the next lock more slowly. The resultant fierce current blew me around a bit and I had to use a fair bit of power to control the boat. There was then a very loud and violent knocking from the prop. The engine faltered and I hit neutral. The bang when we hit the lock was enough to break one of the week links on the fender. I decided to go up the lock with ropes and sort it out above the lock. There was a hire boat coming down and we got them in next to us first then pulled Dotterel out onto the lock landing and then into a convenient visitor mooring which was vacated as we arrived. So stop the engine down the weed hatch - no the engine stop button doesn't work. I suspected the ignition switch and was thinking about taking the panel apart when my bother in law said, 'I think I can small burning.' I opened the engine bay and there was a moments shock as we both stared at flames. the back of the engine where the oil cooler is was on fire. Fortunately it was easy to put out as it was actually the plastic support for the cooler and the wiring loom on fire - no fuel. My second mistake was no photographing the fire and putting it on Facebook before putting it out. We stopped the engine manually and I stared at the damage. Some very large wires had completely broken in two. I had nothing of that size with me so called RCR. They had us going again within 3 hours of calling them. So what had happened. The loom was fitted when the engine was put in some years perhaps before I got the boat as that would be 14 or 15 years ago. It had been forced in a very tight bend underneath the oil cooler pipe and had the weight of the multiway connector hanging on it. It had, I guess, just been subject to stress fatigue over the years. Externally there was no sign of a problem. And , by the way, we had a pipe fender complete with rope round the prop. We could start an argument about hanging fenders now if you like. And whoever owns it I ain't giving it back so don't ask. Cheers Graham ps apart from that we had a nice trip to Aylesbury! Spot the canal in the photo. pps not sure if maintenance is the right place but it was a maintenance issue!
  3. Graham and Jo

    BCN Challenge 2018

    Just moor in your favourite spot on Friday and stay there until Sunday. Get points for finishing early. Cheers Graham
  4. Graham and Jo

    Silly hour boaters

    Sunrise on the Northern Oxford, I had two hours of cruising with the canal to myself straight afterwards. We have cruised in the dark, did Rushall Locks on the BCN challenge and did the last miles of Braunston to Calcutt. Sporting Napton Junction was quite hard, the headlight just shows the trees by the Southern Oxford, until I saw the vague outline of the bridge against the sky. Cheers Graham
  5. Graham and Jo

    Otters at Napton

    One Otter fence! Cheers Graham
  6. Graham and Jo

    Otters at Napton

    Good that has given me all I need to help identify those homeless otters when they come knocking on the boat at night. Do otters like crisps and Jack Daniels? Cheers Graham
  7. Graham and Jo

    Otters at Napton

    I rang them up ages ago, they didn't seem too concerned explaining it was piled there so there was no great threat. They did say they would get the inspector of reservoirs to look at it though. They also added that the last leak there leaked for five years with no problems. I guess as the water can go round in a circle from the canal to the reservoir to below the locks and back pumped up again the only loss is in electricity for the back pumps. Thanks for checking on the boat, I am probably there on Sunday so know I won't have to sleep in the car! Cheers Graham
  8. Graham and Jo

    Otters at Napton

    See I told you I should worry about the Leak I am going to be floating in the reservoir one night. Apparently the fence will be at the bottom of the embankment on the far side. I don't know what they are doing about the footpaths. Our end of the causeway could just be blocked as there is no public right of way there. Cheers Graham
  9. Graham and Jo

    Glascote Bottom Lock

    I reckon all that flapping would be good in this weather. I had a friend who got his caught in the car door and then couldn't get his foot to the brake! Cheers Graham
  10. Graham and Jo

    Glascote Bottom Lock

    I went through here the other day and 40 years ago. Cheers Graham
  11. Graham and Jo

    And now the Birmingham New Line

    We met this group two years ago on the BCN challenge, the boat in front ignored them and was subject to some abuse, we engaged with them and had help through the lock with smiles all round. Cheers Graham
  12. Graham and Jo

    Rudder Load, boat turns right

    I fitted a trim tab to the rudder, precisely designed by using a bit of metal I happened to have and bent to an angle determined by a lump hammer. It works you can now let go of the tiller. Jo just made it round Napton Junction so it goes left ok. Find out about right shortly. Cheers Graham
  13. Graham and Jo

    Staffs and Worcs and Stourbridge headroom

    Thanks for all the comments, it sounds as if we should be ok with, perhaps, a little caution at Brettell Lane. Cheers Graham
  14. Graham and Jo

    Staffs and Worcs and Stourbridge headroom

    There doesn't seem much on the S&W on canal planner apparently Brettell Lane Bridge is tight on the Stourbridge, canal planner says 6 ft for the canal so I guess it is that one. Cheers Graham
  15. Guys and Gals, I can't seem to find out exactly how much headroom is on these two canals. Dotterel is 6 ft 2.5 ins at the cratch. She did fit through Gosty Hill Tunnel though. Any advice on bits where I might need to take down the cratch appreciated. Taking it down lowers the boat to 5 ft 6.5 inches in the middle and a touch lower on the hand rails. Cheers Graham

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