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hughc

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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. We ran Avon privately as earning a living got in the way of anything else. Once we had raised our family we did run Meteor and Banstead with Wyrd as campers. Avon was a beautiful boat to steer, very fast and manouverable with a HB2 which had replaced to original Bolinder which I think had gone into Aster. She was built, I believe, up the Burslem Arm in 1943 and when empty always had a slight list which seemed to be built in.
  2. I can't help with Sirius but we bought Avon from Kim McGavin in 1975. This was in 1975 and she was in fairly poor condition but we needed a boat and so didn't haggle too much. Over the years we did a considerable amount of work on her including replanking and de-hogging. After we sold her she started the inevitable slide into wooden boat decrepitude with numerous owners doing little or no maintenance. It was finally broken up at Puttenham in lieu of monies owed.
  3. It is buried at the back of my workshop. Tom has broken his wrist so it may take me a while to extricate it. Once I have I'll post a photograph.
  4. Tom designed and built a device which puts a Kelvin positively into gear. It is a fairly hefty bit of kit but it does avoid the movement of the shaft and allows a thrust block and splined cardan shaft which is in my opinion a btter engineering solution than the standard one albeit with a small degree of added complexity.It does make for simple installation and avoids some wear on the shaft bearing.This was for an F4 but the same principle applies. We were going to use it on Judith Ann but this now has an AS2 fitted. Regards, HughC.
  5. We used, with good reason, to know the hire fleet as Barrington bashers. At least one was sold to a school from, I think, Chesterfield.
  6. I would not trust any one who uses that much force to fit a prop. There is no guarantee that the report you get will truly determine the cause of the problem since the 'engineers' involved have no idea of how to approach the job. Have they tried to fit a prop. with the wrong taper and forced on as far as it will go? If you have a weed hatch can you see if the retaining nut has been screwed all the way home and has a split pin fitted? I would seriously consider taking the boat to the nearest competent yard and asking them for a report on this before you let Calcutt anywhere near it? As a gener
  7. Having replaced an insulated return starter with an earth return one on Wyrd this is exactly what we did to ensure insulated return once the engine is running.
  8. A friend, who is a luthier of some experience, swears by the aquatic plant 'mare's tail' for the final finish.
  9. We came though Star lock with four camping boats and the well respected if forthright steerer of the pair we had hired asked the people on the boat moored on the water point if they were filling their tank. They weren't and in response to it being pointed out that they should therefore not be there they just shrugged. She then breasted the pair up to them and indicated that there were two very large tanks that would take a while to fill. To reinforce the lesson twenty four children then trooped across their back deck to stretch their legs in the park alongside and then as children will were on
  10. And PRM comes from Percy Riley Motors the first boxes were adaptations of the Riley Nine gearbox I believe.
  11. What was daddy's car doing on the towpath? How did it get there? If there is vehicular access the next thing in the bridge hole will be a stolen car.
  12. There is soon to be a tripboat on the Derwent in Derby going upstream as far as Darley Abbey Mills. This was previously used by boats working off the Derby Canal. There are signs that at sometime in the past there was a lock to take craft above Darley Abbey weir.
  13. It is possible to get a pair round. We did this with B&M campers and Banstead and Meteor. B.W. did bank protection work by laying gabions on the offside which reduced the width.
  14. If the engine is the marine version of the AS then it should have a lever attached to a bracket fastened to the fan shroud. This can be operated with a single lever and cable. If the engine is an industrial conversion then it probably has a simple plunger working on a spring connected to the governor inside the timing cover on the front of the engine. This needs a horizontal push mechanism (the spring will return it to the off position). The operating system for the gearbox depends entirely on the gearbox fitted. Have a word with Daniel(stagedamager on here) who is my son and has what is prob
  15. I don't remember any of this fuss when we went through in 1974. Getting in and out was a bit of a problem though. HughC.
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