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alan_fincher

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    Hertfordshire
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    Building a very small fleet of ex working boats!

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

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    http://sickleandflamingo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  1. Ah, but the person you thought it might be answered the question already back in 2010!
  2. I would have assumed it is George Smith steering. Is it not, then?
  3. I suspect, but don't know for certain, that the pair there was under the captaincy of Ray White, who I think was more or less the most senior Willow Wren boatman, and did keep the boats very smart. Whilst I'd agree that many of the boatmen kept some of the Willow Wren boats as smart as they could right to the end, with the brasses well polished, and everything in its place, the reality is that not many of them were that smart at the very end, at least in terms of paintwork and general condition. I don't think this picture of Flamingo shows a boat presented to anything like the "shiny Josher" syndrome found at ex working boat gatherings today. Note just how much less well presented Cygnus has become in the period since the photo David has posted, and also the general deteriorating condition of the back end of Flamingo's cabin and its doors. However Ron and Janet Withey have still kept the brasses as they should be. (Oh, and if anybody says the mop handle should always be left resting on the cans....)
  4. What on earth has this to do with "Banters & Social Events" though?
  5. It depends on circumstances. Buying historic boats as we do is a specialist thing, and there are a few well know surveyors that people regularly use. As the last boat we bought had been surveyed fairly recently by the surveyor I would have chosen had I had a survey, there seemed little point in paying again for another survey. I paid a small amount to transfer it into my name, so the surveyor's indemnity insurance applied to our ownership. I would not be so gung ho it I were buying a 40 yerar old boat from Whilton, and they had had it surveyed by somebody they retain to do their surveys!
  6. alan_fincher

    Stove fan

    I have one alongside a genuine original small Ecofan, but they were £20 when I bought ours I think. Even that is less than a quarter of what the Ecofan price once was, and performance is similar, so if you want one, buy cheap.
  7. Except it is 40 years old, and, with a few exceptions, (assuming it is comprehensively insured), most insurers would require a hull survey every 5 to 7 (ish) years. So whilst maybe "not recent", it is quite likely some exist.
  8. I wish you well, but like others I fear that this really doesn't sound at all promising, I'm afraid. We did used to have forum members that moored there - I'm not sure if we still do.
  9. No real help to you, but I can confirm that in the past the certainly did issue fairly formal paperwork signed by both parties. One of our oats was brought out of the marina, and I still have a copy of the previous owners mooring application form, albeit that it is from 2008. I was surprised to see he had to pay an "entry fee" in addition to his first years mooring - presumably you may have done likewise? FWIW it is signed by director Adrian Hallam, the name that still appears on companies house registration, so if Mr Hallam has gone under, he managed to stay in business a decade before he did.
  10. You are correct - for a near 40 yera old boat it is indedd ludicrously overpriced. For live-aboard boats in London, this is in no way unusual.
  11. It's disappointing tough that these days there is a £20 mark up for the conversion to Imperial! I always hoped to be able to buy one ready fitted with 1/2" fittings, but maybe it is that the 12KW maximum rating means that it can't cope properly with the kinds of maximum flow rate that using a 1/2" main delivery pipe implies? So, (still seeking the definitive answer!), if you can have theoretical maximum in excess of 12KW, should these not be fitted directly inline? Also, (supplementary question) if you do fit one with a loop that allows it to be bypassed, is it still accepted by the BSS, given that this will result in some low pressure joints (albeit in the gas locker), that it can't actually test as gas tight? Does anybody actually manufacture a bubble tester suitable for use on boat systems that is rated as good for more than 12KW?
  12. As I said, I haven't come across any bubble tester that is not the Alde variant. Provided you fit an Alde, I wouldn't be the least bit concerned that the "glass" could break. It's not a reason not to have a bubble tester IMO. Of course having a bubble tester does not take away the possibility of doing a manometer test if you want to. Why not both? Bubble tester for a quick regular sanity check that the system is leak free - manometer test point to allow a more detailed test if you really think it is necessary. But I'm still looking for an answer to y original question... But you then don't know you have a leak proof system, as it may be leaking due to a cock up you made whilst replacing the plug on the test point. You would need a bubble tester to be confident you had got the final part right! 😀
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