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  1. Interesting, having seen the way boating has been changing over the years since I started in 1975, and the way costs have risen (and will keep rising), I would go down the caravan/motor home route. Moorings are tricky and expensive on canals and safety requirements and inspections on a 4 year basis can prove costly. Unless you are very practical and have researched boating costs and have deep pockets take the other route.
  2. It was a bit of a 'hotch potch' of editting, with bits stitched in from all over the network, but watchable never the less. Saw a fine selection of boats on the summit. Matt Baker - yes I thought he was a bit of a pain, but he lives nearby in the Chilterns and I have met him a few times and he really is a 'top bloke', including a couple of times during the gruelling Children in need Rickshaw Challenge and he was clearly 'knackered'. He had a bad day hosting the 'Flotilla' down the Thames!. Great family man, no gossip and he has an old Landy to run round the farm in.....
  3. Lovely spot and historic crossing of the Thames, the pub used to be good (35 years ago with some excellent mounted locally caught specimen fish on the walls), used to be a large WW11 gun emplacement close to the bridge. I would have to get rid of all the moorings though.........
  4. Hi, Historically BW canalside mooring were cheap, when I started in 1975, they were much cheaper than say, Thames side moorings my mate moored a boat at Wallingford, This situation remained for years, I recall my attention was drawn to an article in the waterways press about 15 years ago, which suggested BW were becoming much more business minded and someone in the upper echelons asked the question 'why are floating moorings in estuaries so much more expensive than inland waterways'. They quoted examples such as Hamble on the South coast. this set the cogs in motion and mooring costs started to rise. BW changed to CRT, boat ownership and demand increased dramatically and the 'leapfrog' situation rapidly crept into pricing of moorings and boatowners reach the situation we are in now. Introduce the liveaboard situation on CRT leisure moorings and you realise why prices have gone ballistic.
  5. Bit more detail needed here, is the hatch square or tapers like a traditional hatch. If square it's easy to match up brass to the runners and the slide. If it tapers a bit more care is needed. I recently made a new slide, and glued the brass strip to the runners, to the tapering slide I carefully worked out the area of cover needed to mate brass to brass and cut a rebate for the strip and glued it in. It's worth dressing the brass over the front end of the runner as it makes the cover slide more easily. Works well.
  6. One wonders if a BMC 1.5 can now be classed as a 'vintage engine', that would fit under a back deck............why pay a premium for a vintage 'lump' and hide it away?
  7. Hi, Looks a neat installation, but I would check the installation instructions carefully as most pumps require a section of flexible pipe between the pump and the fixed piping. I think this is to avoid 'cracking' the pump head when the unit cycles, hairline cracks cause water leakage and re-cycling.
  8. Interesting, as soon as I saw the picture I though of CRMc........nice design....
  9. I varnish my pole and boat hooks, look good and store them inside......
  10. I found a leaking water pump caused a slight list to my boat very quickly, tracing the problem took a while and bear in mind many marinas have been locked down with owners unable to visit boats for a while, marina staff keeping an eye on boats. Access to the marina near me has been restricted to residential boaters for some weeks, this restriction only being lifted last weekend......
  11. The water was from the restaurants washing up sink, did look like a rather thin soup, the 'roaches ran so fast they were difficult to catch and they dropped on to the banking counter making transactions tricky......
  12. Fair comment. and including those by MtB removal and investigation is the answer, having found this, perhaps include Mr K and ask his opinion...........tracking leaks on my boats and houses over the years have taken up lots of time over the years. The worst was Cockroaches and water from a Chinese restaurant above our office in Oxford.
  13. Interesting pictures, a couple of the exterior fitting would be helpful. Bee's comment about tools and skills is the quote of the week. L.
  14. Yo Mark, Looks good, shame original painting was so Skimpy!. No Boating for me - I broke my left Femur in early Feb. difficult repair as it was badly broken in 1966..........unlightly to be fully 'repaired' until mid July. Keep good. M.
  15. Hi, Not sure where you are on the system but I have a new cage available on the boat, the existing one did not need changing. I am unable to get over there for a couple of months though. I doubt your fire will need a new 'ring'. Cost of the cage about £70. I got my new one from Holland (manufacturers) via Karunda (google for UK address), the Kabola and Refleks cats are interchangeable (I think) - I can get someone to check measurements if you want - when access is permitted.
  16. I fell awkwardly on 4th Feb broke my left femur badly and had an intramedullary nail inserted, spent about 3 weeks in hospital (nursing superb but 'doctoring' in latter stages appalling). Now home and enforced home isolation going well. Good home delivery schemes, no problems or shortages. Telephone consultation yesterday about leg indicated that a safe repair will not be completed until mid July, so it's going to be a long lay off. Interestingly I broke the same femur 50 odd years ago and the repair took about 6 months then (Stymens pin and traction). Interesting comments about working from home, I did this with my last job and found that output and profitability increased substantially. Have fun and take care.
  17. I would take care filling up at Marinas, you really want to use somewhere which has a high turnover in fuel and adds a suitable additive (costs a few pence more per litre) Jules fuels are good on both counts.
  18. LEO

    Rev up or cool down?

    My Dad always blipped the throttle prior to turning off the igntion.....not sure why, he thought it 'primed' the cylinders prior to starting (1930's thinking). I always idle the engine I have as it has a turbo. The boat diesel just get the fuel shut lever pulled. Interesting about the Bristol engines - radial?, the other thing to remember before staring is to drain the bottom cylinder to avoid oil compression problems, my mate forgot this and caused some expensive problems on a Pembroke plane he had.
  19. It is an excellent channel, some of the short progs (Climpses) are interesting, featuring times gone by, caught one which featured the last night at the local cinema in Amersham in 1962..amazing.
  20. Yes, forgot that one, also overlooked Little Hampden House where Hammer Films were produced. When you check the films it's amazing how locations were chosen - Aldbury, near Tring has been amazingly popular over the years, even appearing as a setting for the 'Dirty Dozen'. Hope you are well. Thanks, have checked your website and found it very interesting. look forward to you setting the Forum another challenge.
  21. Hi, Thanks for your enquiry, I am sure that all the 'Forumites' would be pleased to see the screen captures, and they have provided a huge amount of helpful advice, your job in this instance is easy as all the exterior shots were of buildings within about a mile radius, including the exterior shots of the cottages. The tug 'White Heather' did appear in the film. Beaconsfield Studios is less than 15 miles away. I am always interested in location shots used in the area and combine this info with talks I give to inmates in retirement/care homes, bearing in mind the number of films studios north of London, (Ealing, Twickenham, Shepperton, Pinewood, Denham, Beaconsfield, Elstree and Borehamwood it is inevitable that many local scenes have been used over the years. They are still being used.... Midsummer Murders has filmed at The Lee for years and indeed used Bulbourne Yard as a backdrop. Inevitably film actors lived in the area as well. Robert Donat. Dirk Bogarde, John Mills, and Roger Moore to name but a few. Favourites of mine - scenes in the 1948 film Painted Boats, brief scenes of Bovingdon Airfield in the 1962 film The War Lover, a street in Chesham, which appears as a German street scene in a a 1960's film The Captive Heart with Dirk Bogarde and plans I liberated of a windmill built for the film Those Magnificent Men......, filmed at Booker Areodrome, nr High Wycombe, we used to watch filming during lunch breaks. Needless to say if you need any more info. on canal or waterways scenes members of this Forum are always pleased to help. L.
  22. I had to lift/support the engine if my boat a few years ago and I found a scissor jack worked well, they are small and fit between the bottom of the sump and the base plate.
  23. LEO

    Shocking shower.

    A bit more than the static shock you sometimes get from car seats etc and a bit less than that given by animal fencing............you always got it when touching the shower controls.
  24. LEO

    Shocking shower.

    Interesting question, we encountered this problem over several years in a hotel we stayed in in Greece. In the end one guest complained to the Travel Rep and a qualified electrician was called. He found a serious electrical 'leakage' fault and the problem was solved. We were all lucky apparently it could have had serious consequences.
  25. Actually a bit of a quirky addition to the place, they have done really well, lovely chateau, lots of spin off progs featuring other chateau owners and folks booking weddings etc in theirs. No sex no swearing, really quite watchable TV, as is Escape to the Chateau DIY. Spending all that boodle on a Springer - provides cheap accommodation, might be just for their kids to muck about in - I had a gypsy caravan in the garden as a playroom when I was a kid, it was great, wish I had charged the 'peeps' coming into the garden to have their photos taken standing in front of it.................or developed the 'bullsh1t' angle about telling fortunes. Very clever bloke and family, we are the mugs paying too much for housing over here. I look forward to the series where they put a new roof on the 'pile'.
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