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hughc last won the day on September 29 2014

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    wyrd, judith ann, meteor
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  1. And I still have for sale an ex standby HR3 with very low hours fitted with a Borg Warner 2:1 box on a proper Lister air cooled bell housing with variable speed governor. £1500. Regards HughC.
  2. In the distant past the Navigation was known as The Jawbone. This because of the whale jawbones which framed the door. During the restoration of the Great Northern Basin during the 1970's it was a favourite lunch venue and the publican at the time never took us to task for the mud and water we tramped into his house. However, if I remember correctly, the public bar still had pit belting on the floor. I'm sure I remember a pony being brought into the bar at one time. Dick Alton who owned a converted lifeboat called the Greta Thorden was an accomplished pianist and many an evening was spent singing along loudly if not well. I think the pub. now caters for a different market sector. Regards, HughC.
  3. Was it not built by the Flixborough Shipping Company alongside Horninglow Basin? IIRC the stem post is slightly offset. I do remember helping to try and get her through the bridge below Stanton Lock on the Erewash during a rally in the mid-seventies. She is a beautiful boat and an object lesson that the builders of modern wide beam boats should take on board. Regards, HughC
  4. Experience, hard earned I might add, suggests that whatever engine you decide on you need to fit the biggest gearbox that will within reason fit. I've just fitted a new PRM 280D to a Ford BSD3 which is 42H.P. @ 2200R.P.M. The previous PRM 160 lasted for thirty years much of this time spent towing. I did replace the clutches twice in this time which leads me to think that were I starting out now I would go for the PRM500. Gearboxes are not in general rated for canal use with constant gear and speed changes so bigger generally means better. Regards, HughC.
  5. You are quite right. It is my memory that is awry. Meteor is now back on the mooring on which you saw her in 2004. Regards, HughC.
  6. Yes she is. We sold her in 2000 as a fully fitted camper and that was a mistake. When she came up for sale by the receiver she was behind a hedge near Tamworth. CTS, I believe, then recabined her as she was destined to work with 'Aldridge?' She ended up at Stretton and from there I bought her. A nostalgic impulse buy perhaps? She is in fine fettle and awaits painting and a cabin refit. Daniel has made new running gear and we have fitted new top cloths. The side cloths await. We intend running her with Heyford as a family camper. Regards, HughC
  7. As Tom has said the Erewash joins the Cromford with an end on junction just below the Cromford's bottom lock. Above this lock the Nottingham and Cromford meet with both having a basin at the junction separated only by a stop lock. Regards, HughC.
  8. It is worth remembering that the properly shaped wide boats built to use the lower Grand Union were barrel sided and had a seven foot wide base plate to minimise the problems of a restricted channel. From the photographs available they were beautiful boats but they still did not work north of Berko. HughC
  9. hughc

    Kelvin K2

    As can be seen in one of the photographs on the front of the forward pair of cylinders is a mounting point for a steady bar. This was a standard Kelvin fitting for the diesel engines and was usually extended to the hull side. In Judith Ann we have what is in effect a six inch thick ten inch deep lining plank and this on a four plank hull means that rigidity is really not a problem. I eventually chose not to fit a water cooled engine because I came to the conclusion that direct water cooling was a definite non-starter. Been there , done that. That left some form of keel cooling and, since a skin tank doesn't really work in a wooden hull, this means external piping. Considering the things I have hit over the years I decided this would be constant worry. Giving up the K2 installation was a wrench but the AS2 has its compensations. Regards, HughC.
  10. hughc

    Kelvin K2

    Although the photographs show a modern fuel filter I do have the Kelvin fuel filters which will come with the engine. Regards, HughC.
  11. hughc

    Kelvin K2

    Having managed to take some photographs I can expand the information a little. The engine no. is 33595 whic dates it to around 1967/68. I ws going to fit this in Judith Ann but then decided taht an AS2 would simplify cooling in a wooden boat. All bearings, including gearbox and water pump, either scraped and fitted to Kelvin limits or replaced with new. All ball races including gearbox thrusts replaced.New Flywheel bolts.. All gaskets including head and exhaust manifold. Piston liners and rings. Most fastenings. Starting valve spring. Injection pump. Refurbished injectors including spare.Injector pump coupling and spring. Petrol taps. Cam followers. Gear box lead inserts. Rear Mounting feet nuts. Starter U bolts.Injector pipes. Starter. Hand start and gearbox chain.Magneto impulse. This was a ground up rebuild starting with a bare crankcase.I completed the rebuild a couple of years ago and was going to fit it in Judith Ann but then decided to use an AS2 to avoid skin cooling on a wooden boat. The engine came via the previous owner and, I believe Kevin Whittle, from a Scottish fishing vessel.Engine no.33595 which puts it around 1967/68. Hugh
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    Kelvin K2

    Kelvin K2. Electric and petrol hand start. Full rebuild with photographs. £8500. No offers. Regards, HughC.
  13. Of course Crystal used to supervise Foxton on her own, but then she knew what she was doing. The flight ran well and I do not remember any one disagreeing with the adbvice she gave. Regards, HughC.
  14. hughc

    Lister HR3

    Lister HR3 very low hours ex-standby engine. Borg Warner 2:1 box on flywheel end connected via genuine Lister bell Housing. This engine is on full length heavy gauge steel beds ready to be welded into boat. Electric Start. £1500. Regards HughC.
  15. Do not take as gospel truth what many people will tell you. I suspect that many of the nay sayers have never owned a wooden boat and have obviously made up their minds on the oft repeated opinions of a few key board warriors. If you would like a more balanced,view warts and all, please pm me. Regards, HughC
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