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    1912 Braithwaite and Kirk motorised butty ex FMC

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  1. It's not the original thickness that is crucial, it's the state of the steel after 40 years. What does the recent survey have to say about this?
  2. I’ve had both a vintage engine, a Kelvin K2, and a bog standard BMC 1.8 for over twenty years. I can tell you that the BMC has caused far more problems than the Kelvin. The Kelvin needed new rings; the magneto had to be refurbished and a nut shattered in the water pump. Other than that all I did was have regular oil changes and a couple of new alternator belts. On the other hand the BMC has needed a new starter motor; a new lift pump; a refurbished injector pump; a new alternator; two new water pumps -one internal and one for the heat exchanger; a skimmed head and head gasket; re-ground valves and the bottom belt pulley which sheared off. And that’s before I’ve had to spend a fortune on the hydraulic drive. I would add that if you have a vintage engine, you need to belong to one of the specialised support networks. There is an amazing amount of expertise out there. An engine like a Kelvin is extremely easy to service. You'll need a set of Whitworth spanners. After all, it was designed for non-technical North Sea fishermen to be able to work on. The instructions that come along with the engine are full of bits of advice like "tighten up very tight" for cylinder head nuts or "as hot as a man's hand can bear", for the engine temperature. The magneto points and the spark plug gaps are measured in the thickness of fag packets. Perhaps I should mention that my Seffle was a bit more challenging.
  3. Yes I'm considering that. I suspect it could be a bit pricey, though.
  4. Thanks. That was a quick and definitive answer
  5. The lift out windows on the undercloth part of our butty are made from 6mm Perspex Acrylic sheets. One of these has become badly crazed. Googling around I discover that this is a common problem, especially if they are exposed to sunlight as ours are. There doesn’t appear to be any way of avoiding this so I was wondering if polycarbonate sheets would fare better. I’d be grateful for any advice before I make a replacement.
  6. There was a fuller description of Bournemouth on an earlier Apolloduck advertisement when four £12K shares were being offered. Historic Ex Grand Union Canal Carrying boat, 71'6" big Woolwich town class built 1937 by Harland & Wolfe, bought in 1965 from British Waterways by current family. Full length metal cabin conversion comfortably fitted out and ready to go. Double cabin with basin, bathroom with shower (new last year), and portapotti toilet. Open plan galley, living room with pull out double bed, gas cooker, gas water and central heating via Optimus boiler, has 240v circuit, outdoor sitting area in bows. Traditional boatman’s cabin, original layout with range cooker. Original National diesel engine with Brumpton gear box, full working order. In current ownership the following work has also been completed:, metal end cabin and gunwales, new counter with weed hatch has been lowered to decrease draft, engine re-built, bottom over-plated, dry docked every 4 years, last 2010, with report available by Malcolm Braine. Good condition throughout.
  7. I bought an Origo single burner stove to use when I was fitting out our boats before I had put in a gas installation. It was very efficient as a stop gap, but not nearly as convenient as a proper LPG stove. It was also a bit of a faff buying the meths. As a matter of interest are there any special requirements vis-à-vis the BSS for storing 5l of meths?
  8. In today's Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/aug/12/canal-boat-painting-in-pictures
  9. On my Kelvin there was a brass plate on the gear box that said the capacity was half a gallon. I used a Pela oil extractor through the top of the gear box. It is quite possible to make a dip stick holder attached into the drain hole, but I never got round to doing it.
  10. Barkeeper's Friend will remove all the tarnish very easily followed by Brasso which will produce a good shine. I used to have an historic boat smothered in brass bling. A real chore to polish it all. I took at least half an hour every morning before we set off. My present 1911 boat dates from an era before brass decoration was added to narrow boats. There's absolutely no brass to polish. Suits me down to the ground!
  11. The full story of these locks is contained in Alan Faulkner's "The Grand Junction Canal" pp. 114-116. Briefly, from 1838 twenty three locks north of Tring were duplicated. The narrow lock alongside the double lock was to conserve water if only a single boat needed passage. With the improved water supply from the new reservoir at Wilstone; the increased use of back pumping and the construction of side pounds, the single locks were no longer needed and the locks north Tring were filled in.
  12. koukouvagia


    I bought a 240v reading light; changed the plug to fit my 12v sockets on the boat; bought an LED bulb adaptor from Bedazzled and added a 12v LED bulb. A very straightforward changeover.
  13. Might be worth contacting Tim Carter http://inlandnavigators.co.uk/canal-camping.html
  14. I don't suppose it's any help for the OP when I say that over the past ten years my annual costs have been between £5K and £10K - and that's not counting major work to the hull and back cabin. eta: I see the specific question was how much does it cost to keep a boat afloat. In 2014 it cost me £2.5K to deal with a weak spot in the hull. This was simply remedial work to keep the boat afloat. Three years later major work was required which cost many times that sum.
  15. It looks OK to do this, as others have said. As a belt and braces approach, I'd have some epoxy putty handy just in case you hit a really thin spot. This is a remarkable fix/bodge material. When I went through the hull while descaling rust (on a surveyor's advice, I might add!) it set so hard that it had to be chipped off with a chisel.
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