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Neil2

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  1. Matrix is probably the wrong term - the heat exchanger, the mass of tubes in an instant GWH that the water flows through whilst it's being heated by the gas flame. I must have left a small amount of water in there and the tubes are small bore and quite fragile. One of the many things about boat design, not just narrowboats, that annoys me is how difficult it often is to thoroughly drain the water system. In some case there is no provision at all. Yet the vast majority of boats spend their winters unoccupied.
  2. I used to work in the flood damage restoration business so I am paranoid about this sort of thing. Even so, despite assiduously draining down my boat every winter, a few years ago I returned to discover a burst water heater matrix. It had been a particularly hard winter, but I was so sure I had drained the matrix thoroughly it never occurred to me there would be a problem. I think if you don't have regular access to the boat in the winter the non toxic anti freeze is a wise precaution - no-one knows how bad/cold the winter is going to be.
  3. Well it seems like a good idea but it sounds as though the OP's boat wasn't designed like that, otherwise it wouldn't be "life threatening". I've certainly seen at least one installation where the tube was buried away right down in the bilge with no obvious access to it. I guess having a gas locker type compartment is seen as a waste of space on the modern narrowboat. Incidentally I've noticed a couple of boats for sale recently - older boats - where the bowthruster tube has been sealed from the outside.
  4. I've often wondered about the wisdom of steel bowthruster tubes. Even if the thing is blacked or treated in some way, there's no way most owners are going to remove the thruster every time the boat comes out of the water and that tube is a pretty harsh environment. Plus, how many surveyors are going to give an opinion on the condition of the tube? I can imagine there must now be a fair few older boats with aged rusting thruster tubes, it sounds like Glenda's boat is one. Unless the tube is within a sealed compartment there's every chance a perforated tube could cause a nb to sink.
  5. I notice that the GUCC also employed their livery colours of white, light blue and dark blue in the counter bands. I don't doubt there was a visibility aspect to it but that doesn't explain why/how white over red became so ubiquitous. There's evidence from pictures of working boats from the past that the counter bands were painted in sympathy with the company's livery, and I wonder if it's simply that a number of fleets eg FMC used white lettering on a red background so white and red counter bands predominated. In the modern age I've noticed that Black Prince hire boats use a particular shade of cream/yellow which matches the coachline colour - but it's still combined with red!
  6. Does anyone remember those "Burma Shave" signs they used to have in the states such as.. I think CRT should resurrect the idea, especially as going at under 4mph the helmsman has plenty of time to read them. What about: MOORED BOATS AHEAD KILL YOUR SPEED OR VERBAL ABUSE ...IS GUARANTEED!
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  8. It's also very confusing for the new wave of canal boaters. I imagine a lot would sail past thinking I'd like to turn round but my name's Smith.
  9. Oh come on, that would take all the fun out of it. What are internet forums for if it isn't having endless discussions based on conjecture and opinions with no hard facts in sight?
  10. This is great stuff guys. Just to be clear, it's not limited to hire boat locations, or even marinas. I'm thinking of a situation that I've personally experienced where you suddenly have to leave the boat for a few days, or a couple of weeks, and get home somehow. So you could broaden it out to long stay moorings or safe locations.
  11. Jeez he can break Aquadrives too... Respect. Must be that 40 odd years of experience.
  12. Bear in mind that once you get beyond Tinsley you are on a river navigation and beyond Rotherham the locks are massive - this might be a bit intimidating if you have little or no experience. As Alec says above you don't have to keep the boat in Sheffield - given that there's only one way out it might be better to look either North or South, you have quite a bit of choice within easy travelling distance. You can download a canal network map or look on the CRT website, or get an app such as OpenCanalMap to get an idea of where things are.
  13. I agree we don't know the facts, it's just sad that it wouldn't come as a surprise if it was true.
  14. I think, in good old boating tradition, they just used whatever was lying around at the time..
  15. It's just bizarre though isn't it. Folk are piling onto the canals like never before, the narrowboat market is crazy, yet we are discussing canals being closed and restoration plans under threat.
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