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Everything posted by alan_fincher

  1. September 2014. SICKLE shares Cosgrove lock with Bantam Tug and ARGUS
  2. Is this the one that used tow ARGUS around after it was in Pete's ownership? Edited to add: £5,000 ??? It can't be that rough, surely?
  3. Because oil and water from the engine ought to be going into a contained area separate from the rest of the bilge. The bilge pump should not be able to pump anything from that area, or you would be disgorging oil and grease into the cut. Unless of course it overtops the containment area into the general bilge, (which is a bad thing to allow to happen).
  4. Can you please also confirm that the engine is installed above an area that is bounded on all sides so any fluid lost from the engine is contained, and cant flow into other areas, such as the area under the stern gland. Mind you, if you are right about the 40 litres that amount is nearly 9 UK gallons - a huge amount, and I'm not sure it wouldn't start to overflow out of the dedicated catchment area under the engine. If it is getting there when you are running the engine in gear I would have thought it might be coming in so fast you could see where it was originating from.
  5. When I log on to CRT licencing the first page I see says they have temporarily removed sightings data from the options available.
  6. The 2 pot Sabbs are rather nice little units and their approximately 18-22 HP will push a well shaped boat along very well indeed. In the 1970s a boat named Japonica was particularly well known for it's turn of speed, and other boats struggled to keep up with it. I'm not sure why you would want to box it in and silence it though - these are definitely engines that need to heard - suppressing their excellent bark would be a great shame!
  7. I didn't mean to sound disparaging! There are all kinds of boats out there and in my time I have owned one that had similar width ones to your new purchase, (this was in the 1970s). . However I can't immediately think of any boats with a recognised branding where this applies, so my gut feeling remains that is is a one off, and you are unlikely to find another one similar.
  8. It looks so eccentric that I feel it really could be a one off by someone in possession of welding equipment but minimal or no knowledge of good canal boat design. I've no idea what that bow design is meant to achieve. Does it actually have side decks on the gunwales that are wide enough to walk along safely?
  9. Some parts of the description are so garbled that I'm genuinely not sure exactly what they are trying to say...
  10. Here is the URL for the actual ad for that ex Thomas Clayton wooden boat.... https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/746277510599431/
  11. Yesterday we walked the stretch nearly at the end, embracing 3 different pounds. None of them looked overly weeded, so if there is a problem I am assuming it must be further up towards Gayton.
  12. To be fair I don't think Electrolux /Dometic "non room sealed" fridge installation instructions have ever said they are suitable to be used in boats either. This has never stopped people installing them in their thousands. You are of course correct though - it would be helpful if OP states the age of their boat.
  13. Broadly: no, there are no rules that prevent you from fitting a gas water heater to a boat currently without one. But is the boat your primary residence, or is it just used for occasional leisure purposes? This may affect who is allowed to do the fitting, but doesn't affect whether it can be fitted - it always can.
  14. It's possible, particularly if a whole new bottom has been put on, as it suggests. I'd be rather surprised if it is no wider than that at any point, but Joshers have a lesser design width than the "Grand Unions" which are typically 7 feet or more.
  15. Yes, you are quite correct of course.... I can see it now. I can see it now. EDITED TO ADD: The description is a bit odd, describing it as a "Working Boat", but of course you couldn't work it with the hold covered in by a steel cabin. This more of a "sailaway" - not even a lined sailaway. It needs huge amounts of work to turn it into a residential boat, or a boat for extensive cruising. A "JP" in a Josher is in my experience a rare occurrence, and a Josher with a three cylinder throb would not seem right to me. A JP2 would seem a better fit than a JP3 in my view.
  16. Has this one been noted? Otter The description doesn't fit my memory of Otter that well, so i think it may have been subject to quite a lot of changes. EDIT: It appears to have acquired steelwork for an undercloth conversion, but both the pictutes of this appear to have horizontal cuts through it, and part way into the lightweight bracing. What's that all about then, or am I misreading it/
  17. To be fair, at that location, it hardly likely to be unsettled by another boat going past at great speed!
  18. Or that King George VI would chose somewhere as small as Stoke Bruerne to make several "major" speeches! Also I'm doubtful that the French Resistance ever made it to that canal location. But all good fun, if not taken too seriously!
  19. We really miss the old annual Stoke Bruerne Village at War event. Always successful, it started to suffer from a declining number of people willing and able to organise and run the event. Younger volunteers began to move away, sometimes to various university course. Older volunteers continued to get older, and in some cases quite infirm. on the extreme end of things key players like David Blagrove passed away. I fear those were the good old days that we are unlikely to see the same of ever again. But let's salute it - sadly missed!
  20. That is a lock that certainly looks better than back in the 1970s. Then it had just acquired gates with that awful hydraulic paddle gear; Everything I had heard until you posted this was that, irrespective of intended destination, broad/wide canal gates are manufactured at Stanley Ferry, whereas those for narrow canals are manufactured at Bradley on the BCN. So I'm kind of surprised if Stanley Ferry made this one.
  21. Don't be tempted to push any wire, or similar, into the jet. They have a very fine mesh in them, and this will destroy it.
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  23. There are certainly buttys laying around under the ownership of people not actively restoring them, but trying to find someone who will buy them for restoration as buttys. In some cases these boats have been in limbo for several years. In another case one survives as a kit of parts in a large barn. On that basis, the bit of my text that you have highlighted I would suggest is actually true.
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