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Tom Morgan

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  1. And one other thing from someone who has had a dose of CO poisoning - trust your CO alarm and don't wonder it it might be faulty if it goes off. They simply don't go off if there isn't any CO around. CO is colourless, odourless and tasteless, so you can't detect it yourself.
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  3. I have a centre line on mine. It's a line running up from the bow cleat, up onto the roof and over the windscreen into the cockpit. I have a fairlead screwed into each handrail and can step off, drop the rope into the fairlead on whichever side I want, and tie up on lock bollards, etc. When tying up properly, the center line reverts to being the bow line.
  4. I just checked mine! 50 year-old GRP cruiser, third party insurance includes "Wreck removal costs up to £ 50,000 (if you are legally liable for these costs)" Tom
  5. Thanks, Lee! I grew up in Friar Park and went to the school shown in your second map. The canal was a bit of a playground for us, but I don't remember Friar Park Bridge at all. I now live near Hateley Heath Aqueduct, so haven't gone far. They say that nobody in the Black Country lives more than 1.5 miles from a canal but my boat's a bit further away, on the Staffs and Worcs.
  6. Here's another mystery, then! The 1914 25-inch maps shows Crankhall Lane Bridge and Friar Park Farm Bridge (beside what used to be Worley's coal wharf) but with another bridge between them! This bridge isn't there today.
  7. Tony - I'm a leisure boater and on the boat I have a 12-litre demountable tank with carrying handle, and two 5-litre plastic petrol cans. These are manageable enough for two of them to be carried full, and there are two supermarket filling stations within a 10 minute walk of the towpath. One is 7 hours cruise from the marina. The other is four hours in the opposite direction. So far, I've managed to do all my cruising within the range that these two filling stations allow. But now that my ancient outboard is being replaced with a brand new one (tomorrow) I expect to be covering greater distances and will have to be prepared to walk for longer to get petrol. I'm thinking of getting one of those lightweight, folding sack trucks.
  8. I have a GRP cruiser which I love, as it's ideal for the type of boating I do - days out on canals, with the occasional few nights away. It's 23 long which is an advantage when boating expenses like mooring and licence fees are calculated according to the length of the boat. The boat has a petrol outboard motor which is miserly in its use of fuel. This is a good thing as petrol is basically unobtainable from canal-side fuel suppliers and the amount of petrol you are allowed to carry on the boat is 30 litres only, in a maximum of two approved containers. (My home canal is about 45 miles long, and there are no canalside petrol supplies anywhere along it.) You have to plan where you're going to get fuel from filling stations/supermarkets near enough to your route to actually go and buy the petrol and carry it back to your boat. A minor inconvenience for me, but one that doesn't worry narrowboaters, with their much larger tanks which can be filled from canalside suppliers.
  9. I bet I'm not alone in having been there only once, a few years ago now. I found it really interesting, but not interesting enough to want to go again! Foxes are inviting expressions of interest in buying their boat as their new build starts soon. They describe it as "one of the most famous narrowboats in the world!"
  10. Can't say about prices but the N23 is certainly not as wide as a Freeman 22. 6' 10" for the Norman and 7' 6" for the Freeman, I think.
  11. I have a Norman 23. On mine, the dinette has been removed and replaced with a single bench seat, so my boat sleeps three. When made up for three to sleep, there isn't much room left for all their things! (Where the dinette is still in place, the resulting double bed is narrow for adults, but it would be OK for 2 children, I think.) As built, the N23 had quite a roomy cockpit, as Chevron says, and many of them have been converted to give comfy outdoor seating which, depending on how it was done, could be used as sleeping space for smaller people. They are good, strong boats.
  12. Tom Morgan


    I stop at the South portal of Cookley Tunnel on the Staffs & Worcs, walk up into the village and get my chips from the village chip shop, Cookley Fisheries. Opinions may vary, of course, but to my mind, all chips are dross that are not from Cookley Fisheries.
  13. And we referred to the film itself as a picture, as in "That was a good picture". The use of "pictures" to describe cinemas and the films they showed has quite an exalted pedigree. The 'Oscars' are award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  14. I'd have said a leather hat, but I haven't seen many of those, lately. Perhaps they've fallen out of fashion.
  15. Alan - I took the photo while the paint on the cone was drying - but well spotted!!
  16. Coming back to thank members for their help. After several days of rubbing down, I put on two coats of etching primer and three coats of Trilux 33. Ready to go back on the boat this coming weekend. I hope this will give this sound but rather ancient motor enough protection to last a bit longer. (And I'll leave it tilted out of the water).
  17. Alan - the engine's in the back of my van at the moment. I took it off the boat this evening. I have an engine stand here, so I can work at home.
  18. Thanks for your opinions, all. I should have mentioned that the lower leg is aluminium. I believe it'll need rubbing down and a zinc primer. Alan's point about it looking like a definite DIY job is well made. Fortunately, about 80% of the section that needs paint is under water. Above the waterline, the original paint gives a fairly sound surface despite its age, so should come up better. The cowl I have already resprayed and added new "Honda" transfers.
  19. The pre-1987 Honda 9.9hp on the GRP boat I bought about 18 months ago is still a great little outboard, but the paint on the lower leg is in a very poor state. While the motor's off the boat for an oil change, I'd like to paint it (the lower leg) but as beginner, I'm not sure what type of paint I need to buy. Obviously it'll need to be something that can stand up to immersion in canal water, but that's as much as I know. Could anyone advise me, please?
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