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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. For what it's worth, here's my experience. I've done five DIY fit outs over the years. The first one on a Springer was pretty dire, I must admit. However, I'm happy with the last one. I had a forty five foot empty space to fit out in an undercloth conversion on an historic boat. The job comprised: insulation, lining out, fitting a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, gas, heating, plumbing and electrics (nothing fancy). It took over four months working two or three days a week. The cost was somewhere in the region of £10K. I wanted a really top end back cabin, so gave the job to professionals to make and decorate. Cost a great deal of money, but they achieved a standard I was not sure a DIY job would match. (If you want to see what was involved on two historic boats see my websites below). My only advice is not to skimp on really good tools. I found a De Walt radial saw, for example, invaluable. Afterthought: a DIY fitter-outer won't go far wrong if he/she follows the Boat Safety Scheme code to the letter.
  2. A couple of years ago Acacia was offered for 65K then it was increased to 89K, then to 95K now back to 80K. I think it's had a lot of work done recently including, if I remember rightly, a Dave Moore painted back cabin and lettering. I personally don't think it's overpriced.
  3. I never had any problem with using a foam exercise mat. It only cost a few quid and sealed perfectly.
  4. Do you mean this one? https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_osacat=0&_odkw=bubble++stove&_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1311.R1.TR2.TRC1.A0.H1.Xrefleks.TRS0&_nkw=refleks&_sacat=0 If you look at the label on the stove you'll see it's set up for paraffin, so the regulator will need adapting for diesel.
  5. Have you tried Ed Boden (based at Marsworth)? I've used him on many occasions - excellent and reliable service. https://www.canalpages.co.uk/listings/ed-boden/
  6. What does the string have to learn in order to perform well?
  7. The ancient Greeks had a simple method of crossing over to the Gulf of Corinth. They simply built a causeway, put their triremes on log rollers and dragged them from one side to the other. You can see still see the ancient trackway (the diolkos). Dr Bob could have saved himself 150 quid.
  8. Failing that there's Toplicht. Pricey, but efficient.
  9. Sorry, I should have said the late Ike Argent.
  10. Another recommendation for Michael Pinnock. Mind you, on Owl I had a spendid tall pipe made by Ike Argent.
  11. I've had a similar problem with de-laminating ply on top of the engine housing. I've been experimenting with rubber checker plate matting on top of ply as an alternative to Buffalo Board. It's early days yet, but so far it seems to be doing the job. I agree you need epoxy resin round the edges. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Checker-Rubber-Flooring-Matting-Listing/dp/B01GU3745Y
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
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