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Richard T

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  • Boat Name
    Tyto Alba
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    Sileby Mill

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  1. I use Raddle on our aft and fore decks without any problems
  2. Don't bother with Magnet - we had our kitchen fitted at home earlier in the year. They wouldn't supply a catalogue with unit dimesions in it. Their designer has to sort it out. This pissed me off as I am in interior designer so they didn't get my order. We had Howdens for the units and Benchmarx for the worktops. Benchmarx are Travis Perkins. If you have money to burn De Vol are said to be very good but they wouldn't do an odd sized unit for a friends kitchen. We looked at Ikea but the quality was not what it was when we had our last kitchen from them. A name that has not been mentioned is Moores - I specified them regularly for kitchens in industrial units etc and they are durable and contractors liked them. https://www.moores.co.uk/
  3. We were part of a private share boat for 10 years. Initially there wer 5 owners but when shares were sold they were sometimes split so it ended up with more. For the cost of two week hire we got upto 10weeks boating. The group had a meeting each year and agreed where the boat was to go = it did not return to a base excpet at the end of the main boating season. This worked and the boat went and still does go all over the system. I know that this year it has spent several weeks on the Thames and is currently heading nort on the Oxford. We only sold our share when we decided to buy our own boat. The ten years were a great learning experience as we did all our own maintenance. It gave me the confidence to do a lot of work on our own boat.
  4. We have a 1.8 in our boat that has done nearly 11000hours. It does need the heaters to start but it doesn't smoke. Until something major goes wrong it will not be replaced. Ours is coupled to a PRM 260 gearbox which is an excellent bit of kit.
  5. When looking at a boat its worth comparing the size of engine to the size of the skin tank. A rule of thumb is 1 sq ft for each 4HP of power so a 40HP engine will require 10sq ft of skin tank. Many are too small and this means that at max power you run the risk of over heating. The one on our boat is really too small and a some point I will get a second one fitted. On the subject of gear boxes we have a PRM 260 married to a BMC 1.8 - its a good combination.
  6. I have a stock of white polypropylene rope of the right diameter which I could eye and back splice for you. I'm in Loughborough so you could collect from Long Eaton. Its a bit hairy but is quite strong - I used a length to snatch a very stuck boat off the mud on the Thames earlier this summer - where it went round the stud on our boat the strands fused together!!
  7. Piston Broke Firkham Hall Meander and all the variations on it We usedd to have a share in Dasque which is an abreviation of Don't ask silly questions
  8. Doug Moore was a well known boatbuilder based on the L&L. He built under his own name and under a company but I can't remember what it was called. Canal PLan lists 50 boats as being built by D.Moore or Doug Moore. He was a well respected builder, his boats are generally known as banana boats as they have very few straight lines in them. Ange of this parish used to own one. You could try sending her a PM. https://canalplan.org.uk/boats/boats.php Good luck with the renovation.
  9. I'm the narrowboating advisor for Leicestershire SCouts. Warwickshire scouts have a boat based at Hillmorton http://www.centenarynarrowboat.btck.co.uk/ Other boats available that I know of are London Narrowboat Project http://www.lnbp.co.uk/ Nottingham City Council have two narrowboats - Megan and Tinkers Leen - which are avaialble for youth groups. Commercially most have been mentioned above but Union Canal Carriers have a couple of 12 berth boats which are suitable. There is a camping boat based in Birmingham but I've forgotten its name - it is an Admiral class boat. William is available http://www.inlandnavigators.co.uk/narrowboat-william.html If you have any disabled Scouts there are several boats which are suitable - the Peter Le Marchant Trust has two a narrowboat and a wide beam. The Guide Association have two boats that I know of Tuptonia is based on the N Stratford and there is a second one on the eastern K&A. If you have a skippered boat the skipper and any crew will need to be qualified - RYA Inland helmsman or Certificate in Community Boat Management. They will also need to have the relevant DBS. If you are going to skipper the boat yourself you will require an Adventurous Activity Permit for Narrowboating. Further information on this can be found on the Scout web page https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/3427/narrow-boating?cat=419,26,415 If you require further information please send me a private message and I will do my best to help
  10. Don't expect a reply from Liverpool Boats - they are no longer in business. Get some paint swatches from a DIY shop, match to your boat colour and then go to a chandlers that stocks several brands of paint and get the best match. Bear in mind that the paint may well have faded from when originally painted - the red element will fade first as it is the most fugitive colour. Its why you see a lot of maroon or dirty red boats.
  11. We have similar lights on Tyto. I simply dismantled the tube assembly, inserted a lenght of 18x18 aluminium angle and the using holders fitted two or three round LED arrays. The put the diffuser back up. They work fine and are a lot cheaper than LED replacement for the tubes. Bought the LEDs and holders from Aten Lighting. Another option is to buy flexible LED strips and fix into the fitting. I can't find my photos of what I did but I'll have another look.
  12. For the supply and guidance on fitting I suggest that you talk to Independent Glass of Mansfield and Glasgow. They do windows for ships, trains etc. https://www.independentglass.co.uk/
  13. To add another one to this discussion. The junction of the Melton Mowbray navigation and the Oakham canal was end on. Neither have been navigable for a very long time. The Oakham canal closing in 1847 to allow the construction of the Syston to Peterborough railway The Melton Mowbray navigation was abandoned by act of parliament in 1877
  14. Preston Brook T&M and Bridgewater. Vaying sections of the Birmingham and Fazeley and Coventry between Fazeley and Fradley.
  15. No you can turn up on the day and pay your £10 and get in. I did book in advance and you do need to go when they have an event. They are not open every weekend.
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