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  1. But many yards are equally happy to weld a half empty tank too.
  2. It has been an extra bad year but at least the volunteer lockie helps with the prop fouls. There are rumours of some possible dredging before too long. I am contemplating building the ultimate prop foul removal tool. You could test it for me.
  3. To some extent are RCR just an insurance company and a call forwarding centre? A friend recently had a breakdown. She was new to the area so her options were either RCR or phoning round local boatyards, possibly after using Facebook groups to get recommendations. RCR got somebody out pretty quick and new parts were obtained and fitted a couple of days later. I believe the engineer who came out suggested that it would likely work out cheaper if she paid him directly for the parts and repair rather than going through RCR? I think she probably had an RCR retainer as part of her insurance?
  4. This year I have had 4 prop fouls that I really struggled to clear (that's the Rochdale 😀), in fact one was done for me by a CRT volunteer whilst I bow hauled. It occurred to me "what would I do if I really couldn't sort it and is this the sort of thing that RCR would help with?". I suspect for some boaters RCR gives a nice feeling of security that help is on hand if required and phoning them is a whole lot easier than trying to find a local engineer willing to help.
  5. Well today we went down Library lock in Todmorden in a modern boat that is a bit closer to 71 than 70. As always it was hard work. Took about an hour to drain off the excess water that was overtopping the gates and would otherwise have given us a hard time. Plenty of time to walk round to Tod Almighty to get a wonderful veggie Pennine pasty. If you want an easy life then 68' is a good choice, if you like challenging boating then you should be fine. The K&A will be ok because its wide locks, there are maybe 4 tight ones. Evesham lock on the Avon will be the real challenge. The big issue with big boats is going down locks with leaky top gates. The HNC might be impossible, not sure. Handling a big boat single handed (or even two handed) is hard work and will become impossible at some stage in the ageing process.
  6. I had always assumed that Springers did have a flat centre section like in that picture, but have never seen one close up and out of the water. I have seen a boat from the Springer-era that did have this construction. With that shape I can see why a welder might just choose to bolt the overplating on before welding it.
  7. No, i've seen these on steel girders under bridges, they are to stop pigeons nesting on the baseplate. or just maybe.....its an overplated Springer and the overplating was put on with these little nuts and bolts, just hope the welder made a good job of welding over the heads from below.
  8. We all like moaning about CRT but they are usually pretty good to boaters when its needed. I "knew" a boater on the K&A who moored right below a stoppage so he could spend the duration in a good spot (claiming he was unable to reverse 500yds to a winding hole). Unfortunately the start of work was delayed due to bad weather so he had to stay there waiting for the stoppage to start (claiming he did not know the work had not started). 😀
  9. If you look at old canal pictures there are NO canalside trees. I read somewhere that transpiration is the biggest loss on some pounds. On busy and heavily locked canals I am pretty sure that boat movement is a very big factor.
  10. I don't go to any work meetings these days (all this new fangled interweb stuff is great) but when I used to I would put my smartest clothes on, and then in the meeting realise that a boaters concept of smart is similar to what most people would consider a "gentleman of the road". My current best trousers have a hole in the knee, multiple oil stains, and a fair few spots of red oxide primer. I did brush my hair the day before yesterday though. Its quite nice cus when you go into a pub you can instantly spot other boaters to talk to. Can't remember the last time I wore a pair of shoes, just have two pairs of boots, one getting wet and one getting dry.
  11. Everything is more difficult and time consuming when you live on a boat, getting shopping to the boat, taking rubbish way, keeping your clothes clean (and maybe smart) organising repairs etc etc. Quite often a whole day goes by just doing boaty chores. For some of us this is fun but if its winter/dark/cold/wet and you are trying to hold down a full time job its not so good. I have heard that living on a boat itself is a half time job, I would say more like 1/4 but its still a lot of time.
  12. Yes, that's the one. That Nicholson is in the back cabin and the beds made now so didn't want to climb over it. Have been using the Coventry for our North to South transits of late (as you know 😀) so have need done that lock for 3 or 4 years now.
  13. Interesting. There is a two chamber staircase on the Grand Union, after Calcutt and heading down to Leamington. (can't remember its name) Why just one amongst lots of conventional locks?, and why did it not get replaced? I assume it was once a narrow lock and so got rebuilt as a wide???? so a busy canal....so why keep a staircase lock?
  14. On a pedantic technicality, I though a houseboat was a structure designed for living on water, has no fixed means of propulsion, and might not even be shaped like a boat. A boat used as a permanent residence is what London is full of.
  15. Tug decks are a bit "specialist" and will usually come with a boat with portholes rather than windows, and likely an engine in an engine room inside the boat. They have the advantage that you can maybe put a bed below them. You want a shorter boat, enough space to live aboard, and outdoor socialising space 😀, I bet you have already worked out that everything on a boat is a conflict and compromise.
  16. I have seen the horseboat on the K&A many times, if the owner nipped over a swing bridge then the horse would stop, eat a bit of grass then turn round and head for home. 😀
  17. Maybe, as long as the handrails are not too high getting the rope over would not be too bad (some bridges have a tall upright post) though getting any boat past the end of an open bridge is a bit stressful. I reckon Goliath might be right.
  18. and whilst Pluto is here? Why are all the swing bridges operated from the non-towpath side? You said that a single person could maybe handle multiple boats on a staircase, but the swing bridges tie up a person who can then take little part in boat moving. The only thing that I can think off is it makes it marginally easier for the horse and rope to pass???.
  19. dunno, fewer gates, but they are very big gates which must have posed some challenges. And other flights (Rochdale, Caan Hill etc) chose not to use them. Maybe just a whim of the engineer? or a desire to make a mark and build something a bit dramatic???
  20. As full length boaters the L&L is out of bounds, but just had the chance to do a bit on a friends boat. On the Leeds side of the summit most of the locks are done as staircases. Why? Staircase locks are not the easiest to work and can be slow. I would have thought a canal hoping to see a lot of traffic (as they all did) would avoid them. I don't think its related to the profile of the land, the Bingley 3 and 5 are quite close to each other so a conventional flight would have been an option?
  21. Perhaps I should have said that, Jotun mixes by volume but if you do a search you can find the weight ratios on the www, they are surprisingly different (and one web site gets the numbers wrong). The West system is clever as both parts have the same density.
  22. It is quite possible to decant small quantities of the two parts into jamjars, though can be a bit of a messy job. It is then possibly to accurately mix small quantities when required using either kitchen scales, or "drug dealer" electronic scales for really small quantities, though a steady hand and careful pouring are required.
  23. There is a lot of justification for grit blasting and 2 packing an older boat as it almost totally stops any pitting from progressing. This is what I did. I could argue that there is less justification for doing a brand new boat, most new boats are purchased by people in their 50's and 60's and even with no treatment at all the boat will outlast many of them. 😀
  24. There was a thread on this exact topic just a couple of weeks ago, have a search. If you use your boat, that is moving rather than a static home, then nothing will last ten years because bits will get scraped off.s o you will still need to come out of the water to make repairs, maybe every three, possibly four years. Epoxy should be seen as a way to give much better protection rather than as a cost saver (or even a break even) Note that repairs do not require grit blasting, just local abrading back to bare steel.
  25. Quite a few little breweries produce both real ale and keg "craft beer". In a few cases you can get the same beer in both varieties. Some of the modern craft kegs are really very good, but for some reason are usually much more expensive than the real ale I think many of us, and CAMRA, are still reacting to the really bad factory mass produced stuff from 40+ years ago (Watneys etc) . This was bad keg beer and the antidote was good real ale. Good keg beer is equally possible.
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