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alan_fincher

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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. Whilst they are similar, I don't believe that a PRM 150 is just a renaming of the Delta. I would be fairly confident that there are differences between them, but I'm happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.
  2. Not typical, certainly, but there are canal narrow boats with multiple propellers, (and indeed multiple engines). This is one that has been discussed on the forum in the past....
  3. I agree with Mike. Nowhere does it stop you making the final connection to (say) an inbuilt hob in a flexible pipe, provided there is an isolation valve where it joins the rigid pipework. Our last boat had such an arrangement, and three different examiners never made any adverse comment about it.
  4. When quoting something like the above, it would be useful to include your source. I'm not doubting it is a valid one, but one could probably find others that say something else. Certainly some manufacturers say it has a shelf life of up to 7 years if correctly stored, implying that you could have some installed with a date of 12 years ago that is not yet at 5 years of use. That makes it rather hard to check! It is often hard to find hose in chandlers that is not dated as several years ago, for example, (true for fuel as well as gas, of course). Out of curiosity I broke into all the braided hoses to appliances I replaced on one of our boats that were apparently as old as when the boat was built (1995). Visually all appeared to be in perfect condition - probably unsurprising, as all were well installed, and not subject to any obvious stresses. Of course the BSS requires no more than that they are in visually good condition - definitely no date requirements stated in the BSS.
  5. If you don't know what bodges people are capable of, and how it can resut in deaths,I suggest you read this as an example.... https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/56a20e2040f0b667ce00002b/MAIBInvReport_2_2015.pdf
  6. A bit difficult to see many sales going ahead in this climate, I think. Given CRT are now effectively saying no boat movements other than live aboards getting to essential services, it would be hard to justify booking a passage through somewhere that is locked, simply because you have bought a new boat. Buying a butty kind of doubles the problem, as you would presumably first have to take a suitable "motor" to pick it up. Trying times, particularly for those who need to sell. It's not as if you can "SORN" a boat that is floating in a CRT waterway, and I can only shudder at what (say) a year's ownership of two historic boats is likely to cost me, with no likely prospect at the moment of making practical use of either.
  7. I still want to see the end of the word "WATERWAYS" on that cabin side, and agree with some that have suggested you might be able to see "ER__S". However I'm just not seeing enough space between the possible "ER" and the possible final "S" to fit in the "WAY" part. There isn't enough space for 2 letters, I suggest, let alone 3, and the "W" also consumes more space than most! That said, I can no more easily see anything that fits with G.U.C.C.CO.LTD, so a bit of a mystery really!
  8. Well I can't work it out. Lettering apart, it does appear to be painted in the GUCCCo wartime scheme. If it were lettered as such, would it not alo have the "Ltd", i.e. G.U.C.C.CO.LTD. (with the O of CO and the TD of LTD reduced in size, but still capitals)?
  9. On balance,looking again, I think I could be persuaded it is crewed by women, and the chap on the gunwale is part of the wharf crew rather than the boat crew. If it is the "trainees", who say much about learning their splicing skills, they need to work on that rope that is tying the two front ends together - that looks more in keeping with BW maintenance boats from the1970s onwards! I'm genuinely surprised how high the butty is floating with that much timber still loaded - I guess being a wooden boat helps with that. It is a fascinating and very atmospheric picture, and brings home the labour intensive non mechanised handling of cargoes such as timber at the smaller canal-side wharfs.
  10. Looks about right from my memories, but CALDY I have no idea about. I can certainly easily find pictures for BATH, BEXHILL, BILSTER, CAMBOURNE DARLEY & EDGWARE. It hadn't occurred to me before that three of those that went to Union Canal Carriers were without the guards, (BEXHILL, BILSTER and EDGWARE). So were there no Northwich "Towns" that didn't get them? It appears probably not? And buttys?
  11. Yes, I would have thought 1950s as well for the extra guards being added. I also think boats not acquiring them tended to be ones not actually on the carrying fleet, (or am I wrong?). So I'm tending towards it probably being very early British Transport (Waterways) days, or even slightly earlier. I don't think it is wartime "Trainees", as there appears to be a male crew member with the two women.
  12. Do we know over what rough range of dates those got added. There are of course several "Towns" that never acquired them.
  13. He has fathered a few of his own!
  14. We are seeing much the same. I'm "bagman", (i.e. event organiser) for New Moon Morris, and what looked like being our busiest year to date is just (unsurprisingly!) turning into a string of cancellations. At the moment events beyond July (both boating and folk/Morris), seem to not be rushing to announce, but in view of the general prognosis I'd be very surprised if much takes place in 2020 at all. I'm surprised that Braunston has not already announced. Many of the things I'm involved in are now saying "maybe in the autumn", but frankly I can't see it. I'm resolved to the loss of most events, but Alvecote would be the biggest loss for us. Maybe, just maybe, there may be some kind of normality by then, but I'm not holding my breath. If we come out of this period of uncertainty with all the people we know in these worlds still alive that in my view will be a result. Many are now elderly enough to be very much in the "at risk" group. With a couple of yeras still to go to 70, I'm hoping I'm alright, but not taking too much for granted!
  15. Surely if the tails are different on each coil, (as I understand it barbed connectors on one, 15mm on the other), it is dead easy to swap them over with each other?
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