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magpie patrick

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About magpie patrick

  • Birthday 07/07/1966

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    Frome, Somerset

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    Town Planner
  • Boat Name
    Juno / Lutine Bell
  • Boat Location
    Brassknocker Basin / High Lane

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  1. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    It would be wise to ban mooring pins on embankments anyway. If mooring is intended, install rings, they do less damage.
  2. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    And the landscape through that part of Cheshire is one of the more chaotic to build on. Sand, salt and wet rockhead everywhere
  3. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    Don't get me wrong Nick, I agree with your original assessment that modern engineering can get too hypothetical for its own good. An embankment that stands for 200+ years before suffering catastrophic failure is hardly duff engineering. It's worth noting as well that the Peak Forest canal company questioned the proposed depth of the locks at Marple, but it took over 200 years for their fears to come to fruition. I have recently faced a situation where the engineering consultant wouldn't touch a scheme as, according to their assessment you "couldn't build a canal there" - despite the fact were simply refurbishing the one we'd got. On tall buildings, your probably right, we will stop wanting them. Similarly far more canals have disappeared because we had no use for them than because they fell apart.
  4. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    I know we're getting off topic, but NCE this month has an article on reusing buildings and the rough estimate is most if not all buildings over 150 metres tall will still be in use in 1000 years time. That night sound ridiculous but the Tower of London wasn't intended to last that long either. Short buildings have a shorter life, mainly because they are less solid.
  5. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    That is, to all intents and purposes, going to involve a new embankment. It probably won't be practical to recover the original embankment material so new fill will be needed The boats above Wardle Lock can be refloated, the boat upstream of the breach is going to be more difficult to retrieve: it could be refloated with a bund across the canal behind it, or it could be craned, but both would need a load bearing assessment of the embankment - they might have to drag it up the mud to a point where they could lift it
  6. Crossing the Cherwell at Aynho

    Strong current will make life difficult getting out of Aynho Lock, high water levels will stop you getting under the bridge into Nells Bridge Lock
  7. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    Did that boat ground or was it extremely well tied up? I think the technical term for the underlying geology here is "wet rockhead" - on current plans HS2 is going to be built over it The progession you describe does happen, but whilst there is normally some warning it can, in the wrong circumstances, be a matter of minutes between a leak being detectable and a breach
  8. best paint sprayer

    We have an issue: i have little doubt the OP is either promoting their own product or actively promiting that of a particular 3rd party, but the subsequent discussion is useful, and that's what we're here for. It's also (for a tech innocent mod like myself) a useful discussion on what is and isn't SPAM and how such things work For the moment I'm redacting links by the OP but will let the discussion stand. Let's see where it goes.
  9. Looking for a recommendation to get Juno's outboard serviced The wet weather and my professional workload is slowing down doing any significant work on the boats, and I had hoped to be enjoying them (rather than just working on them) by the end of April! Quickest to get ready for a cruise would be Juno, but her outboard really needs a good coat of looking at by someone who is more competent, faster, and has more time than me. Yamaha 9.9 long leg outboard, I can get it in the car to the service person if needs be: say a forty mile radius of Bath? Further if needs be Thanks All! MP
  10. Fiendish photo competition (or not)

    The Sat-Nav lady from google was sulking a bit too!
  11. Wooden boats and MCA

    I'm working with a canal group who have a plan to build a near replica vessel for their canal and offer boat trips in it, this isn't the Somerset Coal Canal although where this group go we (and others may follow). The boat hasn't left the drawing board yet but already the scheme has a problem with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency because the boat would be wooden and new build. The MCA are saying they are ok-ish with historic wooden vessels but new build they don't like - citing fire risk I'm looking at fire risk, a horse drawn boat with no need for electricity would seem fairly safe to me. but I was wondereing whether there are any other new-ish, wooden, passenger carrying (as in certified by the MCA) boats around. It's not the sort of thing there is a register of... Anyone know of one? Thank you all - payment in beer or chocolate biscuits may be possible for a really good lead!
  12. Fiendish photo competition (or not)

    It's the cillybebyl branch of the Swansea Canal. The lock is the lower one at Ynysmeudwy which is just north of the junction with the branch. I was working at the time I took them, honest! Pluto and Matty40s were on the right lines. I can see why others thought of the coal canal area. Pluto also came up with an even more unfathomable one; don't let him set quiz questions!
  13. Fiendish photo competition (or not)

    Simple - anyone guess where this abandoned canal is? Clue, it's a branch of a CRT waterway which is itself not navigable. And just to assist I've added a picture of a lock on the main waterway.
  14. Check Waterways World Magazine before buying it

    They used to do a hire boat review, and one of them was very critical of, I think, Simolda of Nantwich (who I believe have long since ceased trading). Not long after the hire boat reviews stopped, and I guess the line was that if they coulcn't be critical what was the point. Boats also used to be much more innovative and experimental as well, I recall them being distinctly unimpressed with the Mastercraft 1160, which had a prefab fibreglass cabing lowered, fittings, furnture and all, into a steel hull. The problem I recall was this relied on grey water discharge accumulating in the cabin bilge, they liked many aspects of the boat but not this.
  15. Check Waterways World Magazine before buying it

    I found a most inspiring item in the news section - one that names my company