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alan_fincher last won the day on June 2

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    Building a very small fleet of ex working boats!

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    Retired (from Computing)
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    "Sickle" & "Flamingo" (both built 1936, by W.J. Yarwood and Sons)
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    Grand Union (Southern)

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  1. alan_fincher

    12.6 wide down the GU

    As I said in a recent post, Mike, it is a very different situation now from when you were on the GU. There have to be at least ten times the number of wide-beam boats now, probably more than that. I'd also suggest that when you were doing it those that did exist generally neither moved very far or very often. Back then I was relaxed on the topic - I now no longer am.
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    I've notr done the Huddersfield, but would suggest some selected paddles on the Southern GU are at least as bad as most on the Rochdale. I don't struggle with many paddles (although I find them harder than in my youth), but for example those on Buckby Bottom lock, bottom gates are particularly appalling now. Stoke Bruerne, which used to be an easy flight now has some pretty bad paddles as well. The solution would be for CRT to make them work as they should, so anybody of reasonable strength can wind them up by continuous rotation. It shouldn't be necessary for people to have to buy some device that was never envisaged as necessary when the mechanisms were designed. One of the issues may well be that wooden paddles have largely been replaced by plastic ones, some of which distort under the head of water, and hence need more force to drag over the openings in the gates.
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    12.6 wide down the GU

    Welcome back, Tony!
  4. alan_fincher

    What’s one of these then?

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  5. alan_fincher

    12.6 wide down the GU

    Probably the bit to be most concerned about is at the very start, if you are going through the bridge at Blue Lias. I believe 12' 6" should pass, but I gather it depends as well on the profile of your cabin.
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    Yes, but when you are using the ratchet eye, all the forces associated with doing so are still being passed through the two sides of the fixed eye. Actually looking at it again, given it relies heavily on castings, quite a bit of it doesn't look that robust to me.
  7. alan_fincher


    To be fair, if it is any good the "Go Windlass" is perhaps half the price of some ratchet windlasses offered in the past. If it works, and doesn't break, I don't think it is particularly expensive for what it is. Not having seen one in the flesh, I should perhaps not express doubts, but it looks rather short on metal around the non ratcheting eye to me, and perhaps a bit under-engineered overall. That said people who exert huge forces on windlasses are unlikely to be using one, and they are likely to only usually used by those who struggle to use an ordinary one.
  8. alan_fincher

    Is this what they mean by wellbeing by water

    Culitation ? Is that what it's known as?
  9. alan_fincher

    What is the Rochdale actually like?

    Probably far more than you want to read, but our experiences of the Rochdale (4 years ago) are here...... (Ignore the bit where I ended up in Urgent Care - that's just me being careless, as usual!) https://sickleandflamingo.blogspot.com/2014/08/more-lock-variations-including-deepest.html https://sickleandflamingo.blogspot.com/2014/08/progressing-well-until-visit-to-urgent.html https://sickleandflamingo.blogspot.com/2014/08/starting-good-recovery-after-yesterday.html https://sickleandflamingo.blogspot.com/2014/08/in-to-manchester-which-really-doesn.html
  10. alan_fincher

    Adam Porter - Briar Rose

    PM on here...... https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/profile/706-adam1uk/ (Last on 4 hours ago, so still active)
  11. alan_fincher


    No, but a back issue will probably cost you about a fiver!
  12. alan_fincher

    Hidden market

    That's never stopped you!
  13. alan_fincher

    Hidden market

    Fair point, (but you can only count each one once!) You have missed Mabel and Forget-me-not, at least! I guess the difference is that when I think of boats not advertised, they have of course all actually changed hands. Clearly several of the ones in your list are unlikely to, at anything approaching the advertised prices, (evidenced by the sheer time advertised, or the number of times re-advertised). I would suggest some are not truly "for sale" because the prices are just silly numbers.
  14. alan_fincher

    Kennet & Avon Drained - who did it? Own up!

    No when MTB takes water from the canal it is usually by punching a hole through the bottom of his boat! (Or more accurately, paying someone else to do so! )
  15. alan_fincher

    Stern gland packing

    I would say you will struggle to do it without doing so, unfortunately.

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