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Jim Batty

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Jim Batty last won the day on October 30 2017

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    The Deep South
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    Photographing the inland waterways.

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    Author/Photographer/Graphic Designer
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    Little Wing
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    Continually cruising

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  1. How deep are those rust patches? (I'm assuming they're just under the waterline.) 1mm deep? 2mm deep? You probably wouldn't want pitting to be 3mm deep -- more than half the thickness of your hull sides. Have a close look at that 2017 survey and its summary. It should state the surveyor's steel thickness readings at various points around the hull. Many narrowboats of that age and steel spec have been over-plated, and the survey should comment on any over-plating that has been made and/or make any recommendations regarding over-plating. It's important to remember that a steel boat can rust from the inside as well as the outside. Try to look into the bilges/bottom plate in as many places as possible, via floor hatches (often towards the stern ... perhaps under a carpet), under built-in seating, in the backs of closets, under the bow, etc. Wear old clothes and take a good torch. What you don't want to find under there are signs of any extensive rusting. Definitely not large patches of flaking rust. Also, you don't want to find active corrosion around water tanks and loo tanks -- that could have been eating away at the hull sides where leaking water collects. 2mm corrosion on the inside, coinciding with 2.5mm pitting on the outside doesn't leave much metal between you and the canal bottom. Sorry, I don't mean to spook you. Just keep your eyes open buying a 30 year old boat. It looks a nice interior. Best of luck.
  2. Right, some good ideas here. I didn't know magnetic compression scale inhibitors even existed. I took the head off the shower again, opened it up and gave all the rubber gasket 'nipples' a clean with pointy wooden cocktail sticks. My tool of choice for similar micro-cleaning jobs. When I went to replace the gasket, it had actually shrunk a bit and would no longer fit flat against the inside of the head. So I think the rubber has decayed a bit (the head's about 7 years old) and probably the nipples as well. So I bought a new shower head today -- with 6 shower settings, wow what luxury -- and attached it to the hose. Testing it over the sink it does seem to spray much more forcefully, especially the narrow pressure setting. So the big test will be tomorrow when I actually shower with it! I'll investigate the hose and possible filters as well.
  3. Ummm, yes. Oh, look, it's live again! (I reckon other people beyond the OP might be interested in this material.) Why not?
  4. There are loads of women single handers out here -- on narrowboats, wide beams, cruisers ... Given your background and European experience, you might also be interested in https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenonbarges/ This is their blurb:
  5. Oh yes, I did that. The shower head (with it's small rubberised holes) is spotless.
  6. When. we first moved aboard I was amazed at the 'power shower' we had in the loo. Now, ten years on, the shower is pretty weak -- sort of a vibrant dribble. Given that we get loads of limescale buildup in the kettle and bottom of the porcelain toilet bowl, I'm assuming a similar thing is going on in the pipes that feed the shower. All piping on the boat (that I can see) is what I think of as 'ordinary' 15mm outside diameter copper tubing. Should I be doing something with vinegar?
  7. Hi Reg The single Reading Tesco sign I'm referring to is the one you were referring to below. A DE sign. Interesting that you can pay to stay here via Parkeon for £9.50. And that there is an inexpensive weekly fee? How many other alternatives are there? Left hand not knowing what right hand is doing ... and a*se from elbow come to mind here.
  8. The owner just let me know that he has found his boat! About 100m below where it was tied up at Tyle Mill, a weir stream on the offside heads off into willows and scrub around an estate on an island. It seems the boat either came loose (or was set loose?) and in the still surprisingly strong current of the Kennet drifted into that backwater and disappeared ... until the estate owners discovered it and reported it. The owner was informed just over an hour ago. A few days ago someone either here or elsewhere commented that it may have done something like this. I wandered down to where the river splits off and looked down there with binoculars. But I could only see in about 70m through hanging trees. It 's amazing where and how far an empty boat can travel on the current. I would have expected it to 'spin off' on the outside of the current and end up amongst the long-term live aboard moorings at Tyle Mill. Google Maps: the boat was originally tied up lower left and drifted up the weir stream to the upper right. https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4160242,-1.1063301,602m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en Glad he's been reunited!
  9. I think there is further confusion here. The same company has different (but equally threatening) signs 'around the corner', through Blake's Lock, up at the public moorings below the old Reading Gaol. These signs ask for a £9.50 payment by telephone to stay one night, and there are video cameras on poles looking at those moorings, although whether DE have access to these cameras is anyone's guess. There are also older (friendlier) signs that just specify these to be public moorings. The single sign on the Tesco moorings (back on the Thames, beside the upper end of the towpath and opposite water too shallow for any boat to tie up) demands payment of £150 to stop there. I could easily have the wrong end of the stick, as the signs are very complicated. It all seems a little nonsensical really. When all's said and done I'd still like to be able to pull in at the Tesco Moorings for a couple of hours to shop without attracting aggressive boffins in uniforms or threatening letters.
  10. Or, more likely, do not want to get involved in the nasty business of enforcing mooring limits against pee-takers. The problem is that putting up signs is easy. Enforcing them, especially such draconian and legalistically worded ones as at Reading Tesco, is much more difficult. All it does is scare away the 99.5% of good, rule-abiding boaters, and invites the remaining 0.5% of boaters who couldn't give a toss about anyone else or any regulations to colonise the place. It's a loose-loose situation for almost all boaters (who no longer feel comfortable tying up there) and the local area (who lose the custom of good boaters). I agree with your last line. Its not good business sense to engage in court actions that you're doomed to lose.
  11. For the last three years the top boat brokers have been advertising for boats to sell because they can't get enough of them. It's a seller's market. On our travels last year we expressed an interest to a broker in maybe selling our beloved narrowboat to trade upwards, and they offered a written valuation. Now, we bought our boat right in the doldrums of 2009, when good boats were sitting unsold for months and years, so we were able to get a good discount on it because of that. But just looking at adverts in the press over the last year I could see the real value of our boat was probably higher than we'd paid. But it was a bit surprising that the broker valued it at £10K more than we paid for it. BTW our insurers were happy to readjust our policy accordingly on receipt of the valuation.
  12. It's difficult to photograph what isn't there. I walk this stretch fairly regularly down from Reading Station to Kennet Mouth. As of last week there was only one sign indicating all the legal details about mooring there, and this single sign is about 50m upstream of the end of the new moorings, opposite a section of the river so shallow that you could only tie a kayak up there, if that. ' There seem to be a couple of things in your favour of not paying any fee or 'fine': There is nothing indicating payment is required beside any part of the riverbank where a boat could possibly tie up There is a history of welcoming boaters to tie up there to shop at Tesco, (there are ornamental gates with 'Tesco' over them facing the official moorings) There is a history of welcoming boaters to tie up overnight on those moorings The mooring fee of £100 (for 1 minute - 24 hours) seems excessive and not in line with local mooring fees, or anywhere in the country for that matter! I wonder at the legitimacy of demanding almost instant payment upon arrival only via a phone call -- because some people have no mobile phone, or can't get a signal on their network, or have no credit facility. Surely a way of paying in cash should be an option, with an opportunity to get a signed receipt. I'm not a lawyer, but common sense would seem to dictate you don't owe them anything.
  13. Crikey, sorry, I don't know. I think there's a porthole either side at the bow, but couldn't swear to it. I spent all of three minutes helping these guys haul their boat in against the flow of the River Kennet last Friday, so didn't note much. But I do remember a fine brass porthole. Their rope bow fender was also loose -- attached by a rope or something -- because the bow rope was caught around it as we pulled the bow in, and it drew the fender to the side of the bow deck. (Don't ask me how this is possible!) I take it they're pretty new to this game and didn't seem to know how to respond to the still very strong current when coming in to the shore.
  14. They're at the front end of the boat. I think you can just make one out at the far end in the photo.
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