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  1. WJM

    My latest acquisition

    The Dunton Windlass - I have one and i love it! OP, Where did you get yours? I would like to get another. I have been told that these are the 'Rolls Royce' of windlasses. literally. Allegedly the casting was done as a piecework job by Rolls Royce Aero Engines in Derby.
  2. WJM

    Reliable painter for touch up.

    I had my boat repainted recently by High Line at Cowley Peachy Marina, which is only down the road/canal from Harefield . The man who did the work is called Paul and he did an excellent job. Highly recommended. Phone number 01753 651496/653151
  3. WJM

    Brentford Towpath Closure

    No, I passed it by river today. There is a structural failure where the two warehouses are joined. I hope this does not become an excuse to demolish and forget. I like to think that these two skeletal remenants are there to remind today’s architects of their heritage. Whatever replaces them must reflect what came before.
  4. I see the towpath in Brentford that passes under the overhanging warehouse is closed. The notice says it is due to a problem with the warehouse. Anyone know the full story? The detour route is massively long, must be over a mile through the streets of Brentford!
  5. WJM

    Richmond (Thames)

    It is not just low tide - it is the river during the annual Draw Off. Each November the river is deliberately drained for around two weeks by holding Richmond Weir open and allowing the full range of the tide. Richmond is normally only half-tidal.
  6. WJM

    River Colne Navigation?

    Thanks for the responses. Interesting stuff. It seems the navigation was very localised, confined only to moving between adjacent lakes (former gravel pits). On the Google Earth satellite pictures two barges are visible moored up in the Met Lakes and a third barge is sunk in the same lake. These barges must have had a very limited range of travel. If these lakes were formed from flooded gravel pits, was the gravel still extracted after they flooded? (hence the barges to move the gravel?)
  7. The latest edition of 'Narrowboat' magazine has a curious reference to the River Colne being made navigable in 1969 in the Cowley, Iver area. I live in the area and I sometimes canoe on the river but I cannot see any traces of a navigation for gravel barges. I have done a Google search on the topic and have found nothing. Was the Colne ever navigable?
  8. WJM

    CRT Little Venice moorings

    I totally agree. The Oyster Card is really only a niche thing now. Kids can get a special version of Oyster called Zip which ensures that they are only charged kids fares. You will notice these cards when you get on a bus because the reader beeps twice, causing the bus driver to look and see if it is being used by a child.
  9. WJM

    CRT Little Venice moorings

    Oyster Cards are fading away now - A Contactless Debit Card is the way to go. No purchase price (An empty Oyster Card costs £5) and no need to keep topping them up.
  10. I heard of a boater once who installed a permanently plumbed-in house/domestic water tank complete with a ballcock valve to keep the tank permanently full. I think the boat may have been called Darwin!
  11. WJM

    CRT Little Venice moorings

    They are beside the gardens - between the Regents Canal junction and the Paddington Basin Junction. There has only ever one boat deep when I have been there. They are not marked with any signs but they are fairly obvious. White bank with rings.
  12. Just to follow up on this - I had the fuel pump replaced last week. This weekend I did about six hours running, most of it running hard on the tideway and... no recurrance of the problem. Fingers crossed, I hope the problem is now solved.
  13. WJM

    Wheels to stop rubbing against a cill

    When I moor against an edge that might snag the boat, I put a boat pole down vertically between the boat and the edge, lashed to the fender attachment. That way I am protected from very large changes in level.
  14. WJM

    Unexpected Expenditure

    I think often people overcomplicate things when it comes to battery management. I have a small cheap volt meter (£5 on eBay) permanently plugged into bu 12v supply. It tells me everything I need to know about the state of my batteries. When the engine is running (or the batteries are being charged from an external source) it tells me nothing. But when I am actually drawing from the batteries it tells me everything I need to know. With a fully charged set of batteries it reads around 14.5 volts. As the hours and days go on that figure falls to 13, 12, 11.. Once I reach 11v I know te batteries are close to exhausted. I have very occasional dropped as low as 10.5v without a total loss of power. It is very simple and it has worked really well for me for years. The only stipulation I would say is - use the same device plugged into the same point. That covers for any inherent inaccuracy in the device itself and for any variance in the voltage at various points in the supply.
  15. WJM

    Unexpected Expenditure

    You can start a boat with a flat starter battery buy putting a single jump lead across the positive of the starter battery and the positive of the leisure battery.

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