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koukouvagia last won the day on December 29 2011

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    1912 Braithwaite and Kirk motorised butty ex FMC

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    http://www.narrowboatowl.com and http://www.buttyhampton.com

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  1. No idea, sorry. I've not done sums like that since I took my 11+ exam 😀
  2. Assuming it's not leaves etc. you need to get your hydraulic system looked at by an expert. I recently had a qualified engineer service our hydraulic drive. It involved connecting the hoses to a sophisticated piece of computerised diagnostic kit. It confirmed that ours was working perfectly with a pressure of 5000 psi and shifting a volume of 28 litres a minute. The relief valve blow pressure was also checked. If yours is an ARS drive, then the man to call is Martin Bullock at ARS Anglian Diesels Limited 01924 332492. It will not be cheap, but then with those pressures I don't think you can afford to cut corners. I also replace the hoses, change the filter and fluid periodically - again not cheap.
  3. Don't do it. I painted the bilges with bitumen when I had a steel bottom put on. Two years later when I removed part of the flooring to explore a plumbing leak I saw that the bitumen had flaked off and large parts of the bilge had gone rusty. The solution was to sand blast it back to bare metal and do the job properly with bilge paint. Still immaaculate after many years.
  4. Sorry to hear that. I never met Alan but I shall miss his knowledgeable comments on the Seffle he had in Baildon and which I subsequently fitted in Owl.
  5. Has anyone mentioned Chris Clegg's map which shows how long it will take between two points at two hourly intervals? I've used it for donkey's years. I can't be bothered to look anything up on any of the various apps. https://www.waterways.org.uk/product_images/chris_clegg_s_canal_time_map_1030_1.jpg
  6. A child's tricycle. The noise it made convinced me that I'd done some serious damage. All OK, though, after a bit of a struggle. However, the worst thing I've had to deal with is this piece of wood. It jammed the hydraulic motor which had to be rebuilt. It cost me so much that I decided to mount it as a piece of artwork.
  7. How true. Our historic butty cost £9K. We've spent at least another £70K on it. Almost exactly the same thing happened with our previous boat. The great advantage of buying a cheap historic boat is that you can spread the restoration costs over several years. Mind you, it's taken about 20 years to do the work on Hampton.
  8. I think anyone contemplating owning a good restored historic boat will end up shelling out about £80K. It may be cheap to start with but you can bet that it will cost shed loads of money to bring it up to scratch. Often when a prospective purchaser does the sums and realises how much work is needed, even on well presented boats, a more realistic price is reached.
  9. I used to be an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspection Service. I see it's been renamed the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
  10. Get yourself a password manager like Lastpass. There is no way I could remember the 166 complicated different passwords I need for the various sites I use.
  11. Can't help with GUCC Co stencils, I'm afraid, but this is how I made them for Hampton. I found that spraying or painting through a stencil was rather unsatisfactory. So I made the stencils out of thick card, drew round the outlines in china pencil and then "coloured them in". A tip. Don't use ordinary paint if it's to be applied to vinyl - it'll crack in time. I used vinyl ink which is specially made for posters etc. It sort of etches itself onto the surface.
  12. The only thing I would add to BEngo's advice is that if you are going to use slab insulation, it's convenient to have the battens spaced just slightly narrower than the insulation. This way you can hold the insulation slab between the battens as a push fit with no need to trim it.
  13. Yes. Be very careful. I speak from bitter experience. It's very disconcerting to have a spout of water entering your boat. eta: have some marine epoxy putty handy.
  14. The OP's original question was what verb should be used? On second thoughts, I suppose I do have to master my boat, especially when I go aground or get caught by the wind.
  15. May not be helpful to the OP, but I was amazed to hear just how effective it was when I encased my 1.8 BMC in a soundproofed cocoon. The decibels plummeted from 86 to 53.
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