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The Boater

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  • Birthday 03/11/1948

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    Keen motorcyclist. Available as experienced extra crew member both in wide and narrow beam boats for anyone who needs it.
    Ian 07704 249 523

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    Semi retired motorcycle mechanic

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  1. A 25 hp engine on a 20 ft boat is adequate but not excessive. Having done it myself I can say it will be somewhat of a challenge especially on the river fed sections of the K and A, but rewarding. You could always post on the crew wanted section for help. Ian, The Boater.
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  3. I will probably be able to help you with this dependant on the dates chosen. Ian.
  4. Moving boat from Droitwich Spa to Alvechurch

    I have been trying to send you a personal message to offer crew help but I think you have to made 5 posts on the forum for your message system to become active. Ian 07704 249 523
  5. Moving boat from Droitwich Spa to Alvechurch

    I should be free to help you depending on what dates you had in mind. I don't charge a fee if I get fed and watered. Ian The Boater. 07704 249 523
  6. Are you still looking for experienced crew help? If so, what dates do you have in mind?

    Ian.     07704 249 523


    1. Circle of Peace

      Circle of Peace

      How did you know that I might be looking for someone to move my boat

    2. The Boater

      The Boater

      You left a message on the Canal Forum crew swap section.


  7. Ducati. Not boaty.

    The safest way to test for siezure is to remove the spark plugs and attempt to turn the engine over using a socket on the crankshaft pulley bolt. It is important on a Duration not too use too much force in case it is the camshaft that is seized other wise the belts can slip and cause bent valves etc. It is unusual for them to seize unless they have been unused for a long while. Ian 07704 249 523
  8. Free holiday offered

    I am available for filling slots of around a week at a time if you need me. Peter X knows me as we have crewed together in the past. Ian
  9. Uxbridge boat centre. Need some opinions

    I have always found them to be excellent, and when the hull of my boat needed welding they were very sensibly priced. Very useful chandlery too.
  10. Skipper London

    If you go via the canal at Brentford through to the Lea rather than the Thames through London then there is not much to fear as long as you get your timings right. sadly I can't do Saturday, but am free on the Monday or Tuesday to accompany you through the short tidal section of the Thames and onto the start of the canal at Brentford if it helps. I am a volunteer lock keeper for C R T on the Hanwell Flight of locks and can help you through these if you need it. Ian. 07704 249 523.
  11. Staffordshire to West London

    Don't forget to check for winter Maintenance closures before you set off.
  12. Canal Maintenance

    One thing that may apply is that there maybe (like on motorcycles) an isolater switch on the clutch pedal only allowing the starter to work when the clutch pedal is pressed down
  13. Starter Motor issues

    It sounds as though it may be the solenoid part of the starter motor that is at fault if you have full voltage at the connection to the starter motor. What engine is in your boat.? Ian
  14. Looking for crew Brinklow-Ely

    See you on Sunday morning early. Ian
  15. Help for single handers at lock flights.

    Just to set the record straight it has nothing to do with speed of transit, it is everything to do with helping those who are experiencing difficulty with doing the thing that they love. I had to let my own boat go when I was found to have Cancer, and now that I am in remission I am getting my boating fix by helping others. I am also a Voluntary Lock Keeper for CRT on the Hanwell Flight on the Grand Union, and have been involved with canals all my adult life. I live within sight of Shepperton Studios and cover all the waterways from the Midlands To The River Wey.