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  1. 4 hours ago, Felshampo said:

    How will that prove that air is in the pump? What will I notice if there is or isn't? 


    If there's air in there the levers will feel slack for several pulls, then you'll feel pressure building up and a "creak" as the injector releases.


  2. 5 hours ago, Tracy D'arth said:

    I understand the increase in displacement but just wondered as Stowe boats run deep usually.

    Actually they don't, as can be seen in Martin's first photo.

    They have higher than usual cabins, which gives the illusion of being deep draughted. The downside is often a ridiculously high tiller.

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  3. 4 hours ago, junior said:



    I sit looking out of the window watching boats and trains every day. 


    Even the mrs now works from home and has her home office overlooking the boats and trains!

    We still rush to the window or front gate when we hear a boat passing, and that's after 6 years in the cottage.


    But as it's on the Chesterfield it's only happened twice.

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  4. 1 hour ago, alan_fincher said:

    Maybe it is stating the "bleedin' obvious", but when built Harland and Wolff "Woolwich" boats had wooden cabins whereas Yarwoods "Northwich" boats had steel.


    It wouldn't really be practical to put those Northwich style hand rails on a Woolwich boat, and I suggest Vesta could only really have that style once its wooden cabin was rebuilt in steel.



    Has anyone actually looked at the photo I posted several hours ago?

    It clearly shows the wooden cabin with an added rail behind the traditional square.

    Presumably for safety when used as a tug.

  5. 9 hours ago, alan_fincher said:


    As far as I can see it didn't sport these when Max Sinclair owned it, so I don't know how it later came to have them.

    I still love it, nonetheless.

    Looking at the photos on the Historic Ships Register they developed from a single rail without the Yarwoods style upstands.


  6. 36 minutes ago, Jen-in-Wellies said:


    Not Dutch, British. There are only a certain number of ways of solving the "how to build a wooden cargo boat for shallow rivers" problem, so regional/national designs will have similarities as well as subtle differences.

    I believe Zenatoamm was referring to a previous thread about a "Dutch barge" built at Nantwich.

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  7. 9 hours ago, Ray T said:

    There is a boat named Gordon Bennett hangs around Sutton Stop.

    The owner gets very cross if you ask him who Gordon Bennett was.

    Had a bit of push and shove with another boat.



    I'll ask him why he's got 2 forecabins instead then. See what reaction I get..

  8. 44 minutes ago, alan_fincher said:


    Fair enough - it is a very good while since I last saw it - probably at Sawley, I think.

    I must admit I'd got that used to it's distinctive look at Sawley I didn't recognise it at Stone.

    I presume the slightly thin bottom has received some attention too.

    I heard it sunk after being sold when a large piece of ballast was prised up to move.

  9. 18 hours ago, alan_fincher said:




    The most unrecognisable I can think of is DEIMOS, renamed as SLOUGH, converted to a push tug,and operated by Rose Narrowboats.  (The real SLOUGH also still exists, and also happens to feature dropped  gunwales, but for a very different reason.)

    The real Slough no longer has it's dropped gunwales, as seen recently on the permanent moorings at Stone.

    Still has the "funnel" though.

  10. 8 minutes ago, blackrose said:




    Eventually I managed to source a 140mm dia (5.5") OD mild steel pipe and replaced the narrower one. The stove draws much better now.

    If anyone wants some I've got a length going spare.  140mm OD X 5mm wall thickness. Bring your own hacksaw blades though!

  11. 54 minutes ago, alan_fincher said:

    Who was the builder of this1988 62 foot narrow boat please?

    I would have thought that a 13mm baseplate was pretty unusual back then.

    Our 1988 was built with a 13mm baseplate, but it's a Five Towns (R. Fuller) so not exactly a volume builder.

    Don't forget that not long after when steel was comparatively cheap up to 25mm baseplates were used. 

  12. 16 minutes ago, IanD said:

    Posting negative -- or positive! -- reviews/comments about pubs/restaurants without saying when you were there is unhelpful, given how often licensees change nowadays... 😉



    It was terribly irresponsible of me, I apologise. 

    But it was at a time when people on here were raving about how good it was,  I remember that much. 

    Here's a couple more reviews to level it out then.. 

    Bridge 61 was great,  apart from the homemade chilli that was far too hot.

    The village pub at Yelvertoft had recently changed hands,  worth the walk, we were made very welcome. It's probably a house now. 

  13. 7 minutes ago, IanD said:


    Has it changed hands recently? When we were there in 2020 beer, food and staff were all excellent...

    It could have changed hands since my visit as it was probably before yours!

    Time flies as they say..   

    I can remember clearly the young staff doing that most irritating of things when they doubt your ability to say if a pint is off and then openly admit they don't know what it's supposed to taste like as they don't drink beer.

    A good sniff is all it requires in most cases. 

  14. 11 hours ago, Jon57 said:

    Get down the Welford arm to the wharf tavern worth the trip. Services great. 

    I always detour up the arm when passing but the Wharf was a disappointment last time.

    The first pint of ale was off, but the staff didn't want to believe me or apologise. I picked another which was begrudgingly pulled and given to me and found to be also more like Sarsons than beer! 

    We had a meal which was average at best. Maybe we caught them on a bad day, but rude staff when returning a bad pint is never acceptable. 

  15. 5 hours ago, MtB said:

     Some sort of vintage Lister genset might be interesting.




    Yes, one of those lovely JP3 searchlight generators I used to flog to Steve Hudson would work a treat.

    Here's an idea..  you could couple it up to some kind of propshaft maybe too.. so the boat could move while you charge the batteries..

  16. 4 minutes ago, magnetman said:

    I was mostly pointing out that there is a major danger of the boat being cut.


    They do still cut these despite most reasonable people realising this is unacceptable. 


    Wasn't Hydrus a butty? Now a motor on market for 80 grand with nothing inside it. 



    Motorising a butty using original elum is a way to potentially avoid the cutting. 

    Towing it behind a motor is an even better way. 


    I find it interesting that a seller would 'vet' a purchaser presumably to stop this sort if thing happening. 


    Its a bit like someone selling a flat where the neighbour is a relative and saying 'no BTL landlords to buy the property'. 


    Once you have bought it then you can do what you like with it. 



    Its a nice boat one hopes it stays that way. 



    Unless I've got my boats wrong,  which is quite possible,  Hydrus was motorised many years ago with a Petter in the stern. 

    It's probably spent more time with an engine than unpowered. 

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  17. 9 hours ago, IanD said:

    Agree that would look better, but good luck finding a shell fabricator who'll do that -- curved plates over curved frames... 😉





    A BOATBUILDER capable of replicating the complex shape of an historic bow and stern would find it a doddle. 

    A fabricator accustomed to pre-cut and folded steel would undoubtedly struggle. 

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  18. 1 hour ago, nealeST said:

    Now that’s interesting because I was going to ask which is better between the two and I see it’s probably down to smoke. Learn a lot from these replies…

    and another thing, people are scared of Kelvins? There is a nice RW Evans tug out there for sale for quite sometime now. I love it but it seems people very unsure about Kelvins….well at least compared to everything else you have to wait a long time if you decide to sell?

    RW Evans.. Might be why it hasn't sold.

    Reminds me of a bloke once telling me he had a Steve Davis tug.

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