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  1. Are they that weird? I guess you could have some Hudson stick on rivets added for a more "authentic" feel.
  2. Given how few of them were built, It seems a strange co-incidence that Apollo Duck lists two of the Severn & Canal Carrying Charles Hill built "Tree" class motors offered for sale at the same time. Both are converted, one is shortened. The differences in prices hoped for by their owners though is staggering. You can have the full length Pine for under £35K https://narrowboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/narrow-boats-traditional-for-sale/683836 But the 55 foot long Fir, (also once Bridget), would set you back £90K https://narrowboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/narrow-boats-traditional-for-sale/655585 I know which one I'd be going to view!
  3. Yes, my mind was already heading in this direction , if I can't quickly pinpoint the issue by other means. Yes, I've seen info on this, though it wasn't obvious how reliable the result might be. Well there's the thing. The movement on the lift pump lever seemed possibly a lot less than I remember. It could however have stopped at the point the engine is operating the pump, which, in my experience of other diesels, means lever movement is restricted. The battery was flattened, so I couldn't turn the engine over (no hand start on this HA2). Again I am thinking in this direction, but the diesel tanks are both the full length of the engine room, and not easy to siphon from a low point. Samples taken higher up in the tank looked clear to me Yes, you would think so. But I can't work out why it starts at all. If the flow is impeded or blocked, I would expect it to be reluctant to start at all. I can't say "reliably every time", as the battery was in poor enough sate on latest visit for only one attempt. I now have a shiny new charger sitting here at home, but as the battery is the one that was failing when we first acquired the boat, (possibly 10 years-ish ago) it seems optimistic that it can be returned to good health. Hence I have ordered up a replacement from Tayna. We are hoping to be at the boats this weekend, so hopefully a well charged battery will aid the investigations.
  4. (My first post in a while!) For a number of reasons, (Covid being high amongst them), both our boats have stood unused and unloved for far too long. Trying to get things back on track, one boat has issues that the engine will still start without too much hassle, but having done so, it immediately dies - we are talking no more than 5 seconds of actual running. Fuel contamination, (possibly the dreaded bug?), seems an early thing to rule out. The fuel in both tanks looks visually quite clear, but I have not yet tried taking samples from low down. (This is an historic boat, so we are talking tanks with a capacity well in excess of 500 litres, with probably some 300 litres of fuel present - a lot to deal with if it is contaminated). So what can I do to assess the quality of the fuel, please? Are the kits that allow you to test for the bug going to give me an accurate view? If not, what should I be doing please? The engine is a Lister HA2, and it is fed directly from the main tanks - there is no separate header tank involved
  5. This picture below shows the reason - were were attempting to recreate, so far as is possible, Sickle's appearance in the late 1950s. In fact we have too little yellow line, rather than too much! There should also be a vertical stripe at the back of each cabin side. If we had replicated this it would have been interrupted by the step we have half way up the cabin sides on both sides, and would we felt have looked messy. Like all such things it is a compromise. Almost certainly what we have gone for on hatches and slides is just fiction. We simply couldn't find any picture as a guide, but if someone can provide one then we can modify it accordingly.
  6. Thanks for your good wishes, everybody. Yes, I am back - if a single post constitutes being back! We'll see how it goes, although the forum had become somewhat toxic round about the time I stopped posting. However I'm not seeing any of that now, so fingers crossed.
  7. We had drinks with him and his wife at a pub close to their mooring about a week ago. They are absolutely fine, as Kiwidad has already said.
  8. It's hard to know what advice is appropriate I think when we don't know the details, (including what stove, how hot current tiles are getting, and particularly what is behind them). Whilst tiling over will, as you suggest, only reduce the separation from the stove by a small amount, the quoted 2" at the nearest point already sounds far to little for most normal circumstances. I reiterate my fear that if you change from a white preselective tile to something dark, far more heat may well be transmitted into whatever is behind them. Certainly when we changed white tiles on a previous boat to a "terracotta" type of shade the tiles were far far hotter to the touch when the stovew as being run than they previously had been.
  9. That in itself would worry me, but I suppose it depends o the stove, how hot it runs, and exactly which part of it is that close. I very much hope it is well insulated behind the tiles. Having taken down tiling on a previous boat that was morethan double that distance from the stove at any point, and found fairly charred plywood behind it, the kind of proximity you are quoting is worrying. How hot does the surface of the tiling get? Think carefully about changing to a darker colour, as the darker you go the less heat is likely to be reflected, and the hotter the tiling islikely to get, putting what is behind it at risk, unless there is very good insulation there. This is never something to be gung-ho about, not that I am suggesing you are!), but people have died because they or their boat fitters have made bad decisions when installing soves.
  10. Can you explain exactly what you have? It can't just be a standard SmartGauge, surely, as these just connect directly to the battery bank with a quite thin gauge 2 core cable, and would normally have just a single low value fuse in line. Where (exactly!) is the 20A fuse connected to in this set up.
  11. Kendorr's advice seems good. Things to consider: You couldn't anyway buy a "fancy mountain bike" for £500. With a few exceptions that is about the starting price, and anything less isn't a mountain bike. About the best around, and one of the few at sub-£500 is the Calibre Rake. http://calibrebicycles.com/bike/rake/ However I think this is unique to Go Outdoors, and as buying bikes seems to be a thing at the moment I'm not surprised it shows as out of stock. But as Kendorr says a hybrid is probably the best compromise though what is most suitable for roads will not be equally suitable on a rough tow-path, where a mountain bike is often a more comfortable ride. However unless you are somewhere where the tow-paths are very quiet and no moored boats, you will find yourself fairly unpopular if you ride on them much at all. Our local tow-paths have all been signed by CRT to discourage people using them for exercise.
  12. Perhaps more worryingly "a small displacement in the tunnlel's concrete lining" wiuld imply that the feature being investigated is in the pert of the tunnel fully rebuilt in the 1980s. That doesn't sound totally impressive - hopefully it will not materialise into anything worse.
  13. "Small number of woirking boats that still live on the canals"? There are several hundred surviving, not that small a number, surely? As for "carrying coal from London to the Midlands", wasn't that a bit counter-productive, as the norm was the reverse of that? ?
  14. Ah - didn't realise that picture was from that article! For what it is worth then, NarrowBoat Magazine has also said it is Ted Ward when captioning that photo. The picture immediately below it in that article clearly shows the same person, and also says it is Ted Ward.
  15. Well there is a picture of the same chap on page 1 of NarrowBoat magazine Spring 2009. He is wearing an identical shirt, the same cap, and the same ungarees, and is also on the "Badsey" which is the correct boat for Ted Ward at this time. It is captioned as Ted Ward, and looks like Ted Ward. So whilst I feel cheeky arguing with a member of the family, I still think it is Ted Ward in that pictured. What I can't immediately work out is which lock it is. Does anybody recognise it, please?
  16. Top picture(Left to right): George Ward (Snr) Ted Ward (son of George) Johnny Best "Uncle" Ted Ward (brother to George) Linda (nee Ward) (daughter of George) (Linda Treadwell at the time of her death a few years back). Bottom Picture Ted Ward No that's definitely Ted Ward
  17. The (aluminium) alloy windlasses I have seen break have all snapped where the head attaches to the handle, and all have visibly had imperfections in the metal that could only be seen once they were broken. We have had the heads break off two of the long handled "Walsh" alloy windlasses, but so far we have never broken a short throw one. Can't now find a picture, but the metal had an impure "crystaline" structure in the middle of the breaks Whilst it is great to have something that is light to carry, I can't help feeling that aluminium alloys are not really up to the task - or at least not if the quality control is no better that it sometimes seems to be. "Back in the day" when Southern GU locks still had the big 1 1/4" spindles I did use to use one of those cast bronze offerings on a regular basis. Whether I was lucky of not, I don't know but mine neither bent nor snapped. I still have it somewhere, (although I'm not currently sure where that "somewhere" is!).~ ~
  18. I have seen the head snap off a Dunton Double when being subjected to not particularly hard use, so although I own one, I'm now less enthusiastic about using it on a regular basis. (I'm even less enthusiastic when I look at possible replacement costs should it end up in the cut!) That doesn't look like the usual standard offering for those things. The ones I'm generally familiar with were clearly cast in exactly the same moulds as were used to mass produce cast iron single eyed windlasses in the period around the 1970s - the kind that were almost ubiquitous to hire boat fleets. The one pictured isn't the same. I'm not suggesting it is any better - just different.
  19. Same boat, same licence, but with tenfold increase over 10 years? Really? Please tell us what the boat is, what you are paying now, and what you reckon you were paying 10 years ago! I think you will find you are wrong, (by quite a lot!).
  20. Well actually, being pedantic, it depends how one chooses to post such details. Whilst posts being visible to just "friends", or maybe "friends plus friends of friends" may be more usual, it is equally possible to make posts "public" so anybody can see them, whether "friends" or not. As it happens I can see Jim Shead's posts and photos, but I'm not a Facebook "friend" of Jim Shead, so he has actually made many of his posts public, (whether that be intentional, or by accident). Thanks for starting this thread, because it has caused me to find a rather nice photo of a working boat pair taken in 1968 at Hillmorton, where there is a reasonable chance that the Willow Wren motor boat in use s our "Flamingo". It's not a picture I have seen before, and it to me a lot more interesting than what Jim may or may not have eaten recently (!)
  21. He is definitely on Facebook as obviously him - narrow boat features as his page header. He was being sent birthday wishes by many people last August, so it seems likely he is still very much about.
  22. It may well be that those with the small spindle size are really too small to fit many of the modern spindles. I have certainly had old cast windlasses where that applies. I think you will find the "small" eye of most modern two eyed windlasses is generally somewhat larger. Without some kind of reducer in them any old large eyed cast windlasses are not much use in many places other than on the Ham Baker gear unique to the GU Birmingham main line, and are otherwise really only an exhibit piece.
  23. Update from my friend who now has the necessary Bluetooth equpment to allow him to check system settings. He reports it was indeed thinking it was a 24 volt system, so he has now reset it to a 12 volt system. Charging now at a much more reasonable 14.1 volts. It is not clear how it got it wrong in the first place, and I have advised hm to keep an eye on it. Thanks to all who contributed ideas.
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