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koukouvagia last won the day on December 29 2011

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    1912 Braithwaite and Kirk motorised butty

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

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  1. koukouvagia

    Festina Lente

    I’m going to have a rant like MrSmelly. What infuriates me is those who think it’s clever to give their boat a Latin name, but then make a grammatical error. (e.g. Tertius Navis, instead of Tertia Navis). I saw the height of pretentiousness recently on a boat with a Greek(!) name. It was supposed to be Χαρις Ειρηνη (Charis Eirene)- Love Peace). Unfortunately the sign writer (or it may have been vinyl lettering) made a spelling mistake and wrote Χαρις Ειρηυη (Charis Eireue). It was clearly written by someone who hasn't mastered the Greek alphabet and confused υ(u) with ν(n). I was sorely tempted to get out a red pen and correct it. At least festina lente is gammatically correct.
  2. koukouvagia


    Another vote for 3. Pretty good coverage on the cut. Where we are moored we're getting >10Mbs - fast enough to watch Netflix etc. Beware of Vodafone. When my contract ended in July a new one was automatically begun. What Vodafone didn't tell me was that I'd finished paying for the phone and should only have been charged for connection and data. I had to go into a Vodafone shop (don't try to get any sense out of them over the phone) to have my contract amended, saving myself about £250 a year.
  3. koukouvagia

    K2 on ebay

    This would make very attractive project. These Lighthouse Kelvins received very little use. The one I had was used for less than 500 hours per year and was completely stripped down every two years. There was no perceivable wear on the big ends or the cylinders. The present example would be best if a marine gearbox can be found, but I believe these are now rare. I wonder if the flywheel would need to be replaced? You can see the clutch which connected the Kelvin to a Sentinel Compressor. It’s difficult to see, but perhaps the clutch was simply bolted on. https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/29777-for-those-who-like-looking-at-old-engines/
  4. When I was fitting out an empty boat I had an Origo meths stove. Very effective and much safer than using gas canisters
  5. koukouvagia

    To Dredge or Not to Dredge, CRT On the Level.

    They sure are. Good job a butty was on hand to pull this motor off the mud
  6. koukouvagia

    To Dredge or Not to Dredge, CRT On the Level.

    I don't know who was responsible for this Rothen's work boat left near Barby recently, but they certainly hadn't a clue about tying up a boat safely. No fewer than three ropes were strung across the tow path. Walkers and cyclists had to limbo dance under them
  7. When I removed a leaking calorifier I took off the foam lagging. Only about half the lagging had adhered to the copper, leaving a gap between the insulation and the metal. I don't know whether the foam had shrunk over the years or whether it was manufactured like that.
  8. koukouvagia

    Secret Codes for Fuel Boats

    Jules is our regular supplier. Just text her.
  9. koukouvagia

    A Tale of Several TVs, well DVDs actually

    I think the OP may just have been unlucky. We've got a Cello, connected via an HDMI lead to a computer. This gives us good TV on most channels via 3 GoBinge and all the Netflix we need. Sometimes we watch boxed sets dating from pre-Netflix days and these seem to work perfectly well on the inbuilt Cello DVD. eta. The Cello sound was a bit poor until I had my hearing tested and found I needed a hearing aid
  10. koukouvagia

    Historic Boats for sale online

    Jem has done a lot of work on Kent recently. http://www.batesboatyard.co.uk/Kent.htm I know nothing about wooden boats, but on the face of it this seems like a good deal for someone.
  11. koukouvagia

    A warning to others...

    That was precisely my point in #7. I don't think we've had the answer.
  12. koukouvagia

    A warning to others...

    I realise this is not strictly relevant to the OP's case, but this is how I get work done on our boats. Perhaps I’ve been lucky in the boatyards I’ve used to carry out major work. 1. I first discuss in general terms the work that needs doing - e.g. an undercloth conversion, re-bottoming, rebuilding and refitting of the back cabin, a paint job etc. At this point I’ll be given some idea of the timeframe. Remember that the good boatyards can be booked up years in advance. 2. You can ask at this stage how long it will take to do the work. As a rough guide I’d say major work is going to cost between three and four thousand pounds per month. (Perhaps more some months). Frankly, you are only going to be given a ball-park figure at this stage. It is impossible to foresee all the work that will be required, especially on an old boat. (Paint jobs seem to be much easier to get a fixed price for). 3. Agree how you are going to be invoiced and how you’ll pay. I receive a detailed monthly itemised invoice which I pay immediately. I may be asked to pay in advance for large items - e.g. a consignment of steel. If the costs are rising faster than you expect it may be possible to omit various jobs or find another way of doing them. 4. On major work I will visit the boat each week and I’ll be told the plans for the next bit of work. This is where various options are discussed. I sometimes have a sketch of what I think would work. I maintain that weekly contact like this is essential to avoid misunderstandings. I also realise that the yard will have had much more experience thna me in doing similar jobs and I’ll usually defer to their suggestions rather than push my own. 5. I have never insisted or even asked for a written estimate or quotation. 6. I think it’s more important to build up a good relationship with the boatbuilder or engineer than to haggle over prices and be nit-picking over the work. I expect a first class job, but then I’m prepared to pay for it.
  13. koukouvagia

    How much does my boat weigh?

    A mathematician friend calculated how much a 38' Springer weighed; it came out as 7.8 tonnes. I've referred to the method before, but I don't think anyone has ever tried it. Go to post #6
  14. koukouvagia

    A warning to others...

    Presumably this is the point at which you should have asked, "How may hours' work will this take?" If the job was going to take, say, an extra day, you should have realised that the cost was going to be way beyond the value of the washing machine. You might then have decided to do the job yourself. I have only ever dealt with Rose Narrowboats once when they sorted out our broken hydraulics recently. I have to say I found the service exemplary, the cost reasonsable and the workmanship first class. I'd definitely go back to them.
  15. koukouvagia

    Should Magnet Fishermen be licensed

    I wish someone had been magnet fishing near the Grafton Road aqueduct (New Bardwell, MK). They might have fished out this trike and prevented it from becoming entangled round our rudder last week.

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