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  1. A narrowboat abandoned in France

    It says Henley on Thames - but it looks more like Kingston upon Thames to me.
  2. OP - throw your spreadsheet in the bin. This is the crux of the whole matter. In 30 years time you can have a saleable asset or some worthless scrap metal.
  3. Interesting Boaty Business Up For Sale

    Because moorings are a safe secure business and the other activities are higher risk. So you keep the risks separate so that a failure in one does not destroy the other.
  4. Thanks for the response - another question; very roughly... a back boiler, three radiators and a hot water coil: how much fluid is likely to be in the system?
  5. I need to change my central heating circulation pump. The boat, and therefore the liquid in the system, is 11 years old now. Should I drain the system and refill with new liquid? Or is it better left as it is? If I do replace it, I presume it needs water mixed with anti-freeze? Should I use car type anti-freeze or a special type?
  6. https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B03GY8gBYGXxMH1
  7. Tidal Thames cruise in July

    Those pictures show the 'down and back up again' technique. I have seen quite a few people get that one badly wrong, the get swept onto the corner as they try to push into the lock mouth. At that point you are very vulnerable, especially if your boat is underpowered. If your boat is capable of 5mph but the tide is flowing down at 4 ½ mph you have very little control power left. I always use the 'torpedo' approach at Limehouse. About 500m upstream I begin to turn left and cross the fairway. I hold the boat broadside as I cross (ie sideways in the river) all the while simultaneously crossing the wide river and being swept downstream. By manipulating my speed using engine revs I time it so that the boat ploughs into the lock mouth just as I sweep past. When the front half of the boat lands in the slack water you need a blast of power onto a right rudder to compensate for the back of the boat still being in the flow. But after a little lurch you are safely in. It may sound a bit dramatic but is actually very simple and instinctive.
  8. Any recommended canal guide book

    These are interesting too - I have these on my iPad. They can be downloaded before use so if you loose connection they still work. http://www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk/waternav/
  9. Any recommended canal guide book

    When it comes to clarity I find all of the above to be tedious. When I am on the move I want information quickly and easily. In my opinion the Geo Maps are by far the best; https://www.canalshop.co.uk/acatalog/geo.html
  10. Any recommended canal guide book

    http://www.firstmateguides.co.uk/downloads.html http://www.firstmateguides.co.uk
  11. Thats good to know - I need to head up that way soon. What actually happened?
  12. Tidal Thames cruise in July

    The rough part of the Tideway is Limehouse to Westminster where you are in among the Clippers and the Ribs. But if you are going out at 6am there will be almost no other traffic so it wont be very rough and you wont need any special preparation. I usually go during the day when every boat possible is zooming up and down and all I do is close the front door and keep the well-deck clear and easily drained.
  13. Tidal Thames cruise in July

    No - I bring some cans and top up manually.
  14. Tidal Thames cruise in July

    I regularly do Limehouse to Brentford in my narrowboat. The two main things that I attend to before going out: 1: Full diesel tank, 100% full. With a full tank the fuel will slosh around much less therefore there is less chance of picking up dirt from the bottom of the tank. 2: Full water tank. My water tank is in the bow. When I first started doing the tideway I used to go with an empty water tank thinking that it would be good to have less weight and more buoyancy in the bow. Over the years I have reversed that strategy. I found the boat was too lively, it kicked and bounced too much. So now I go with a full tank and the boat jumps about less. Once out there I do not allow anyone to go inside between Limehouse and Millbank. I have everybody outside, with lifejackets where I can see them. Obviously nobody on the front deck because they will at best get soaked or at worst risk being knocked overboard. Preparation of the front deck - I do nothing more than close the front doors tightly and make sure there is nothing in the well that could block the drain holes. And my final tip, you must always try to hit oncoming waves head on or as close to it as you can manage. And for waves coming at you from behind try to turn away from them and run down them like a surfer. This will involve a lot of steering but it is worth it. Taking a big wave sideways is very uncomfortable.
  15. There is always the Limehouse route. Or Oxford.