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Everything posted by alan_fincher

  1. From memory I suspect the Lister in an SR3. Or more accurately was about 50 years ago. It could be anything by now, I guess!
  2. A (much!) much cheaper first option at Maffers top would be to excavate all the debris from the voids that the gates should swing back into. It is not at all unusual for a pair of breasted boats to wedge firmly between the bottom gates when entering the lock to go uphill. Electrification wouldn't sort that!
  3. It would be closer to all the narrowest Thames lock "approximately 15'" than it would be to call it "approximately 14'".
  4. All quite correct, I think - I believe you would struggle to find many pictures of a gauge inserted to, o mounted on an engine room pigeon box in genuine ex working boat days. I've not thought about it before, but I;'m wondering how common external oil pressure gauges were when the boats worked for a living.
  5. Fair enough, but looks odd to my eye. If it's intentional wouldn't it look better if full, rather than part full
  6. Am I being dense, but why is it apparently nearly filled by some fluid? At 100mm dial, that's surely too big to attach to a typical pigeon box. My ones both simply pass through a hole in the engine room roof, which I suggest is the more normal arrangement.
  7. "Flush" mount by cutting a hole in the pigeon box? Or something like a brass one monted separately on the top? I've regularly seen examples of either. Do you care if it needs a brass pipe run to it from the engine? Or can you use an electric one with a matching pressure sensor at the engine end?
  8. So what waterway do you need to be on to secure a 50% licence discount for Renown ? I can't see it even meets the requirements for the 10% historic boat discount from CRT. Also the traditional rear boatmans cabin does nor "remain" as suggested. When we first encountered Renown in the early 1970s it was effectively what is now known as "cruiser! stern with a timber cabin. Some time later the cabin was replaced in steel with one that extended further back.
  9. The National Historic Ships Register suggests that it is a 2DHD.
  10. Unique amongst Small Woolwich boats in having 17mm thick hull sides, apparently! Perhaps these are contributing towards the claimed 3' 4" draught?
  11. I don't think it will have any huge area of connected cabin. The back cabin, engine room, front deck and fore cabin use up quite a lot of the length. My assumption is that the main cabin is quite compact.
  12. I didn't realise it had been, I must admit. Probably not to the tastes of many who wanted a converted working boat, but on those occasions we have encountered it on mere Northern waterways, always immaculately turned out by its then owner.
  13. I'm not sure if it's coincidence that it is in front of a tree with decorative lights on, and seems to have at least a chain of lights on it itself. Or perhaps the two are connected? I've always thought of Pavo as a "Northern" boat - I didn't realise it had moved South.
  14. I guess it depends how much you need. But Screwfix seem to e only selling in a 1 litre size, and as far as I can see it is "ready to use", which seems to mean it comes already diluted 50%/50% with water. Is so that's £7 for just (effectively) half a litre. I don't think I'll be using it in my cetral heating system!
  15. I'm not sure about exact dates, but I think Equus was indeed sold via Virginia Currer in something like that timeframe. That's two of you now that have suggested she may be "wide", and indeed these BCN boats often are, particularly if cut and a new back end added, without pulling them in as part of the operation. Caveat emptor, I think,
  16. Equus is a rather wonderful thing, that I have noted change hands at least once moor in the past I believe the 1850 date of build is perfectly plausible, though I am uncertain if a boat genuinely that old can be called a "Bantock". I like this in the text for one of the short boats...
  17. Looks like they have put ours up, so yours can go down! 😄 I'm rather surprised how much more it seems to be to insure an historic boat rather than something more modern. Our renewal quote is £290.
  18. One of our 1936 boats has just had its insurance come up for renewal. The premium increase was 25%, which, even in these troubled times, seemed a lot to me. However I rang GJW, and they were not prepared to haggle. Then I noticed stuff in the renewal letter saying that a boat berthed in a recognised marina now gets a 10% discount. I rang GJW again, who insisted because the policy declares a marina name that the discount has already been taken off the renewal figure. In real terms then, that means the renewal is effectively much higher than what you get if you just compare last years renewal price to this years. So I'm slightly disappointed to have had to pay a lot more for a "free" upgrade to my cover. Has anybody else encountered similar, please? .... And please, only suggest alternative insurers, if you know for certain that they offer a policy that will cover an 86 year old boat, (most will not).
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  20. The weight of all those stick on rivets provides much needed extra momentum when attempting a "jerk off"!
  21. That said offering £16K against an asking price of £22K might well produce a polite refusal. Also is it being sold by Warwickshire Fly rather than a private individual - it looks like that maybe the situation, possibly?
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