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  1. I've now replaced that old chimney, getting it off was difficult again, but what really made the difference was spraying a bit of wd40 where the chimney meets the collar (the thing on top of the boat that the chimney slides onto, dunno if that's patronising to identify the collar but I didn't know what it was called not so long ago). Left it to sink in a few minutes, then the chimney came off relatively easily. I briefly considered checking whether it was a good idea to use silicon lubricant spray for this purpose, but then didn't, for fear it might put me off (!). So I cannot vouch for my method being advisable, I can only say it worked for me Sorry maybe off topic...?!
  2. You've probably worked out how you want to do it by now, but just thought I'd mention I fitted the magnetic tape secondary acrylic glazing having read this link. My windows have the same arrangement as yours, at least in the bedroom. It has not caused any problems. it's only a few mm, and the curtains work fine, open and shut.... Only very minor thing is if I want to pop the window a crack and slide the secondary glazing down to leave a crack there, too, as I often do, then every now and then, if you're not careful, the wire holding the curtains can push on the now bottomwards protruding acrylic, and it can slide off. But once you get wise to it it's not hard to avoid. I'd not say curtains such as you and I have and acrylic secondary glazing mag taped to the inside of window frame are incompatible, but of course I haven't seen your actual windows/curtains, so I suppose maybe in your case it would be an issue...But I'd be a bit surprised
  3. *Narcothread alert* - sorry! I've slept in one for weeks at a time and can confirm that a good Latin American style* hammock is incredibly comfy. Better than any bed, for me, by far, and I sometimes suffer from back problems. Seems to support you just where you need it. *think : very wide, no end bar, just rope and fabric, and you sleep diagonally across it, not straight along them, so you lie flat, not curved, and can be on your back, front, side, however really. I did dream about putting one in my boat... ... But I think you'd need to have your hooks attached to the metal of the cabin top, not just the lining, which I guess would be an arse unless you're starting from scratch... ... Plus, and I think this is the killer, even in a UK heatwave, sleeping in a hammock at night leaves you with a cold arse! You don't realise how much insulation your mattress gives you until you try sleeping outdoors in a hammock on a balmy English night. Your bum is just swinging in the wind, with just a bit of fabric to protect it! It's absolutely perfect up the Amazon, but it tends to be a bit warmer there... I do have one, and also two 2cm self inflating sleeping mats that line it pretty well, so I have actually used it in the UK in the summer, and liked it. But even the tiny gap between the two mats tends to mean you've a cold stripe across your hip or behind. Obviously, inside would be a bit better, but I've only used it at night over here in really hot summer heat waves, and even then it would have been too cold without the mats. That said, if I was getting a boat fitted from scratch/fully refitted I'd look into hammock fixtures. Even if it's too cold for night time use, it's ace for general lounging /reading on the day time. Especially if the boat is underway. And they pack away when not in use, obviously.
  4. Must be the same one. Maybe I'm misremembering it. Not ate what's to work out, beyond it being pleasingly daft! Can't believe I haven't mentioned my boat's name. Which is terrible (came with the boat). Yeaton Rant I mean, come on. A rant is, from what I've been told, a market town fair, and Yeaton is an old market town from near where the boat hails from. Still. Rubbish name. I removed the decals, but must get round to renaming it some time. Plenty of names to avoid in this thread!
  5. Your gran's hot girdle was the subject of salacious gossip throughout the land
  6. Been intending to make bread on board. Bookmarking this, excellent resource, thanks! Presumably the dough needs to be warm to prove - where do you leave it?
  7. The worst name I've seen, so, so bad it's almost good, it's Canality J'aime Hard to think of anything more contrived, and the fact it should be Canality Je t'aime - but then nobody would get the calamity Jane reference - makes it even more heroically bad, like a desperate rhyme! Apologies if the owners are on here, but I'm kind of fond of it in its way, the canal would be poorer for its absence. I saw another name that made me laugh, but which I like, on a very traditional looking old working boat, painted a sobre dark green, with carriage lines, and an old school, curved, painted name, that on closer inspection reads, 'Wuff Bark Donkey'.
  8. I'll have you know it was spotless shortly after that was taken. Even worse right now, mind...
  9. Maybe, if I'm going the other way... ?
  10. Thanks. Luckily, one side of my boat floats slightly higher than the other, too...
  11. Yup, that's kind of what I thought...! Very much appreciated, though, as far as I'm concerned it's time put to good use. Now, let's see if I manage to scrape the edges of my roof on this low, arched bridge....!
  12. Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I realise I just needed to have faith and stick at it. It's now off. I might have given up earlier were it not for comments here, so it's much appreciated. I will now be able to get under Roydon bridge, plus I've taken the oppprtunity to give chimney and stove a thorough clean to boot. This forum rocks, I'm always amazed how fast the responses come in Thanks again
  13. Thanks, been doing that some, will keep at it! Water's not high enough any more ? Hey, if it waggled round at all I'd feel like the end is in sight! Thanks! I'll keep at it then
  14. My chimney won't budge. I have no doubt this is at least in part due to going under a low bridge a few months back, must have been asleep at the tiller or something, but it was high enough for the chimney proper to fit, but just too low for the rain cap, which bent backwards. I was able to get it back in place, just a little battered looking. But I think the chimney also got bent out of shape a bit, not very visible, but I don't think it sits as straight on the collar as it did. Any tips and warnings? I've heard about wrapping some rope round it about halfway up, twisting the tension with a spanner, in the hope the bottom flares a bit, making it easier, but that didn't work so far. I assume a few squirt of silicon lubricant are a good idea. I won't be using the fire for a few days minimum, so I should have thought that's safe enough, but does anyone disagree, or want to make other suggestions? Thanks!
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