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  1. Opening the top gates with the boat was normal practice during the commercial days. It still is for some.
  2. I never have any problem finding a mooring in KuT. If you are just passing through for a couple of nights you will be fine. Outside the John Lewis store is a regular of mine. There are usually spaces upstream of the bridge on the Hampton Wick side too. There was plenty of room there on Sunday. If you don't want / cant find a mooring in KuT the lock moorings at Teddington usually have plenty of spaces. It is a pleasant walk up to the town from there. But they are around £5 a night.
  3. I am planning to travel the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam this year (Switzerland, France, Germany and Netherlands). I am looking for a Navigation book or map, something like the Nicholson or Geo/Heron boater's guides that we have in the UK. Does anyone have any pointers. I have Googled and found nothing. Has anyone got any pointers where I might look?
  4. From that link... That still doesn't fully explain it. So he is in the lock with his arms down the weed hatch. The lock slowly fills. That wont sink the boat. "The boat owner was there (in the hi-viz) and we asked what had happened ... from what I could gather his tiller arm had been knocked out of its skeg when the tide was apparently too low whilst waiting at Thames Lock (so he's come off the tide today). He thought he'd fixed it but on the way to Clitheroes Lock realised that it was still not fully in. He decided to go into the lock, close the tail gate, open his weed hatch to try to relocate the tiller arm. Unnoticed by him was that the upper gates were very leaky and of course the water level rose, his boat moved forward and his bow caught on the cill, and the boat sank. ??? Very, very puzzling ???"
  5. Yes, that is the same boat at the same lock. Sunk for a second time! I think I have
  6. Yes, that is the same boat at the same lock. Sunk for a second time! I think I have guessed what happened. The boat was going up. That lock has quite a strong fill that throws the boat forward. So the bow nestles against the top gate. no problem. Except this boat has a crazy railing on the bow. The railing snags the gate. Water rises, boat stays still... Lesson, narrowboats are the shape they are as a result of hundreds of years (and millions of hours) of refinement. Don't mess with hard won learning. You don't know better!
  7. The River Brent, from where it joins the Grand Union at Hanwell. I almost got to the Uxbridge Road Bridge.
  8. WJM

    reflek flame

    When you are cleaning out the burner pot you need to do this... Take out the catalyser cage. Take a small drill bit or a piece of wire. Reach down to the base of the pot and curl your fingers under the rim. You will find a row of small holes all round the rim - hidden from the eye. Poke each hole clear. You get a better burn when they are clear.
  9. Apologies, it is the SECOND aqueduct from the junction. The one over the Colne.
  10. That is the Slough Arm Aqueduct - the one nearest the junction.
  11. I came across this beauty today. On the bank of the Slough Arm, beside the point where the arm crosses the River Coln. The Coal Taxes were last collected in 1890 but the Slough Arm was opened in 1882. I am wondering, the Coln was regarded historically as a navigation. So it would have had a Coal Tax Post of it’s own. Would this have been a ‘new’ post for the canal? Or an old Coln post lifted up?
  12. Yes, I found it today. The Coln really was navigable. Though the air draft was tight.
  13. WJM

    Fuel Pump

    My Isuzu has an electric pump. The fault has been fixed - and has been for some months now. But since it developed I had stopped going out on the tidal Thames. On my last run up to Teddington it did it's frightening thing and I have not been out there since. But I have had months of reliable canal running now so I am getting ready to go back out. But I wanted to fully understand what I was dealing with in case anything flared again. I have now added an extra tideway safety check to my list. A full fuel tank provides safety cover for a failed fuel pump. It seems that on my boat, the fuel pump is only required when the tank level falls below the level of the pump.
  14. WJM

    Fuel Pump

    It is a very standard narrowboat layout. The rear end of the hull is partitioned off to form a diesel tank, the engine is mounted conventionally beside it. The pump is a small and simple looking device mounted on the side of the engine just downstream of the fuel filter so it must be a lift pump. I had an intermittent problem where the engine would run very irregularly for brief periods and then recover and run normally. After much messing about with filters and other ideas which did nothing to solve the problem, I eventually replaced the pump and the problem disappeared. But it occurs to me now that the problem was identical to what is experienced when the ignition key has been accidentally knocked to off, the engine runs but struggles intermittently. The knocked key is easy to spot - all the instrument dials flop to zero so presumably all the electrics are unpowered - including the lift pump. I generally tend to travel with my diesel tank very full and I carry a set of full jerrycans too. Every time I had this problem of the engine starting to struggle one of the many things I did to recover was to fill the diesel tank back up to full. On reflection, I think the lift pump must have totally failed but as long as the tank was full the pump was not needed. Only when the level in the tank fell to a point about level with the pump did the problem occur. The engine ran at idle but could not accelerate. I am just trying to get my head around what actually happened. And this thread might help others - a temporary fix for a failed lift pump may be to keep the tank full?
  15. WJM

    Fuel Pump

    Thank you for the responses - which generally go far beyond answering my original question. So to be clear, the consensus here is that an engine fuel pump that is disabled (through a fault or through a loss of electric power) will not immediately and definitively cause the engine to stop? The engine can keep running, the fuel can still make it's way through to the injectors? Or to phrase it differently - a dead pump does not necessarily mean a dead engine?
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