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  1. The Lister HA2 now in SICKLE was reputedly from a standby generator set, but I don't know whose. Small correction - the very famous hospital in Oxford is the John Radcliffe.
  2. Thanks to Captain Pegg & RayT for their explanations. From memory her early life afloat was with horse boats. She, her parents, and her siblings are the subject of the biography "A Horse A Boat And you". It gives a very good insight to those born on the boats, and who stayed with them to the very end of long distance carrying. She could hardly have been more embedded in the boating tradition. Two of her sisters, Vera and Ann married Ken Ward and Ted Ward, who were themselves brothers, although I am fairly certain she has outlived all of these. I didn't know her well, but did converse with her from time to time. Her brother-in-law Ken Ward and her sister Vera Ward (nee Wain) operated our boat FLAMINGO for Willow Wren CTS in the late 1960s.
  3. For those who are interested, but don't do Facebook... Sadly Alice Lapworth passed away yesterday. No small number will no doubt be saddened by this news. However, I suspect if you don't recognise the name you probably have little interest in this news. Photo lifted from Facebook
  4. Looks to be a great gathering - some of those boats have come up from places very large distances to the South. We have always hoped we might get our boat.s up there, if only for just one year. We have never managed it, and our circumstances now make it quite unlikely we never will. A shame, but we need to be realistic.
  5. The estimated value of the boat has doubled. The actual value only doubles if and when you manage to make a sale at the estimated figure
  6. I'm no fan of the NBTA. Having met and had conversations with Panda Smith and Marcus Trower I long ago formed my own opinions of what their agenda is. HOWEVER, unless I'm missing something the 25% is not the amount by which their mooring fees will increase over 4 years, it is the amount that the surcharge will increase IN ADDITION TO the amount amount that licences will increase generally. That is they will still pay the same increase as you or me, and this 25% will be in addition to that. Not quite the same thing at all. Of course you also have the wide beam surcharge, so it seems that a "continous cruiser" with a fat boat gets a double whammy.
  7. Indeed. Buying direct from Morris generally seems to be one of the most expensive ways to buy their oils!
  8. Good call! You can see small loops both at the top and at the bottom of each upright, so looks very much like it is to hang three pennants from. Just one thing though - Why on earth would you?
  9. AFAIK Morris don't do a 15W/40 in their Golden Film range - a shame as it meets the API CC requirement. I've not re-checked, but over the years I have used Morris 10W/40, 20W/40, and straight monograde SAE 30. I thing those are your only possibilities for Golden Film API-CC.
  10. I don't know if Ed Boden still includes the Southern Oxford in his patch - he certainly used to advertise that he covered it. If he still does I would highly recommend him - he has a habit of sorting out what other engineers have missed, and prices are competitive.
  11. Exactly this! ^^^^^^^^ It was a good paint, and very easy to use. However the Woolworths that I used to buy from seldom had more than about 3 fairly small cans in any chosen colour. Painting an entire cabin would usually involve you visiting multiple stores!
  12. An a previous boat the "ceiling" above" quite a small and enclosed shower was the same as throughout the whole boat - 9mm oak faced plywood. This suffered no damage at all from hot and steamy showers.
  13. Perhaps you could persuade them to relabel the items listed as "Bargeware"! As far as I'm concerned that is bad enough to keep encountering on eBay, without actually finding it turning up in a museum.
  14. Last time I inquired of a merchant local to my home, (North West Herts), the rate I was quoted was very much less than any quoted above, and from memory would only have yielded around £6 per 110 Ah battery. So I didn't bother at the time. This means I now have about half a dozen 110 Ah batteries stacked outside, as well as a couple of much smaller car batteries. Perhaps I should try again? Although our boats are berthed in the Weedon area, I really don't fancy carting all these batteries up there, as we usually travel with 2 large dogs in the boot, and I don't fancy staking batteries on the rear seat..
  15. CRT registration no 519542 is certainly not from 1992. I don't have access to the data at the moment, but is well post 2000. As Tony suggests though a modern CRT number is not a meaningful way of determining boat age -one of my boats has a 6 digit 501vxxx number, but was built in 1936.
  16. Does Chris Pink still have an interest in it, or has it at some stage before now changed hands?
  17. https://www.facebook.com/commerce/listing/1387222361915474?media_id=0&ref=share_attachment
  18. I think I would be wanting to sort out/replace all the cables before assuming the fault is definitely with the alternator. The state of things where terminations are crimped to iffy looking conductors wouldn't give me any confidence at all.
  19. This one keeps coming around. https://www.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/narrow-boats-traditional-for-sale/655585 £94,995 seems a bit much if it is quoted as over-plated. It claims original hull sides were iron rather than steel. I can't recall if that is correct or not, but must admit I always thing the construction of these boats was welded steel. Perhaps I'm wrong? EDIT: It seems I was wrong! On checking I now believe the actual construction was welded wrought iron, (other than the bottoms which were wood, as the boats were of composite construction.
  20. Have Braunston Marina somehow managed to put an extra zero on the asking price?
  21. I recall that when there was a massive failure of one of the sidewalls on a lock towards the end of the Aylesbury arm that CRT had access to plans that they assumed would show how it was built. I may have this slightly wrong, but my memory is that they actually found that the brickwork was about double the thickness of what the plans actually showed.
  22. My first reaction is that if you want to drill through the base-plate at various positions then the boat will need to be raised from the ground by more than the length of a suitable drill armed with a suitable drill bit. Many narrow boat docking arrangements would not raise the boat up sufficiently. Once you have the holes how would you propose to measure how much solid steel you have before it changes to scale or rust? You have really got to trust whoever is welding up those holes, and hope they don't get t sightly wrong at any point!
  23. A British Waterways Maximum Craft Dimensions document that I have a filed copy of lists the following maxima for the GU. Brentford to Braunston 76 feet Braunston to Camp Hill 78 feet The fact that Progress has been able to make it to the outskirts of Birmingham certainly proves that an oft quoted maximum length of 72 feet for the GU is decidedly pessimistic
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