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starman

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About starman

  • Birthday 11/18/1947

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    Glenfield No2

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  1. Past the final turning point on the narrows into Llangollen in our three ft draught tug was our silliest venture - but we got through (and more importantly back). Scientific depth testing demonstrated here...
  2. For me it would be the other way around?. Unless you have a particular need for the space I would be tempted to begin with a ‘go anywhere’ length of about 58ft. You can always sell and go bigger if needs be. On the other hand I tend to think that longer boats are slower to sell (perhaps borne out by your experience of this one) so it might not be so easy to trade down. Whatever you choose, go for quality.
  3. Any particular reason why you’re buying a 65ft boat and limiting your cruising opportunities - personally I wouldn’t want to be unable to use northern waters like the L&L. BTW I’ve seen the boat and it’s a handsome beast - the fitout is incredibly detailed and might be OTT for some tastes. But it’s beautifully done and of course the shell is top class. PS we went everywhere in our 3ft draught tug - at times it was a challenge but it was all doable.
  4. I’m not sure you’re right there - A S Taylor do a lot of it with a couple of pretty much dedicated specialist trucks. Likewise he uses craning companies all over.
  5. Another vote for Ray - he's been doing it for years, knows his stuff, all the best/cheapest locations for craning in and out.
  6. I guess you’ve been to the drainage engine museum at Prickwillow but if you haven’t it’s a must. Also take a walk through the village to see several interesting looking modern houses.
  7. We went through both in our 36” draft tug and it was a bit sticky in a couple of places plus shallow edges but basically no problem
  8. I found the system incredibly fiddly - trying to ease little brackets into the edges of the frame.
  9. I fitted a window of the type that uses clips from the inside. Afterwards I wished I'd bought one that screws from the outside!
  10. To be fair, virtually all kitchen cabinet carcasses are made from the cheapest chipboard and sit in some dark damp areas like behind the sink so they can and do rot. As does standard (brown) mdf. Water resistant (green) mdf is much more durable. But even the finest quality tree wood will rot in damp conditions as anyone with an old wooden floor in their house will likely testify.
  11. This was part of the point of my initial question - WBP is no longer an adequate definition for a plywood; in fact strictly speaking it’s not even an industry definition at all. There appear to be numerous different grades of WBP as well as some of dubious origins. Cut a sheet of ply now and you’ll likely expose voids and patches. Only decent birch ply seems immune (plus proper marine ply). i wouldn’t have a problem using water resistant mdf inside - I’ve used it with success in domestic bathrooms and kitchens but it’s heavy and doesn’t have much rigidity so I don’t want to risk it on my sloping cabin sides. Also I prefer the feel of wood, even painted.
  12. I’m not doing any external work, just lining out inside and building a back cabin. TBH if it gets wet enough inside to delaminate the ply I’ll be worried about more than having picked the wrong wood?
  13. I need some birch ply for my interior refit but as there’s no ‘proper’ timber merchant near me I have to order some in. And I’m really not sure what to order - there seem to be variations on grades, on structure from birch outer skins only to all birch and obviously on price. Doesn’t help that the grade system seems to have changed too. Can someone steer me through - I want stuff that can be painted, and cut and shaped without exposing internal holes.
  14. In the old days WH Smith was the magazine library - a line of blokes standing reading their favourite mag while their missus went round the shops. Theb they did nasty tricks like putting mags in bags and now they’re behind the counter where the local newsagent used to keep his porn mags.
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