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Mike Jordan

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  • Birthday 02/29/1944

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    Ive been a waterways enthusiast for more than 40 years and a boat owner/builder for about 35. In that time Ive built and fitted a number of shells and fitted out others made by various fabricators. Although Ive fitted ready built engines I much prefer the financial and quality advantages of marinising my own, I have always had a liking for the leyland 1.8 diesel. (2013 Update)Author of - "Narrow Boat & Dutch Barge Joinery Designs for Boat Fitters" ISBN - 978- 0-9576824-0-5
    (And still making the occasional cratch board)
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  1. Some nice looking steelwork there, and some nice paint jobs. The curse of the steel boxes is the condensation problem as mentioned. Hardwood boxes reduce the condensation problem and, to my eye, look great with a gloss finish and brass ports. The one shown is one of a pair in iroko, rebated over a steel upstanding and awaits the brass ports and final finish. All fixings are out of sight inside. I enjoyed dovetailing these but have no need to advertise since I am retired and sitting on the bank.
  2. If you now spend a cold winter on board, you may feel differently after the condensation nightmare.
  3. The ply from the DIY shops will, as already stated, turn into puff pastry in record time. I suggest that you consider covering decent quality ply with Flotex carpet glued in place and turned down the edges. Follow that up with alloy angle edges sealed and fixed in place with stainless screws. This on top of drainage channels not flat steel supports will last very well.. if you can obtain a copy of Waterways World of July 2014 it has an article titled “Keeping The Noise Down” which shows how to fit the deck boards with very effective sound proofing complete with hinges, gas struts, and locks. As you indicated earlier you can do a temporary repair or a proper job that lasts and enhances the appearance and value of the boat.
  4. Just t one of the problems is that anyone can appoint themselves a “surveyor “ letting the seller advise is also a great idea.?? In an effort to help let me tell you of some other classic mistakes - refitting to your needs - using a surveyor suggested by a broker- selling a bricks and mortar and becoming a cc. - buying a replated boat of any age. Only my opinions of course!
  5. I see this bunch of clowns is still at it! Todays seems to be telling young women of the cheap living on a narrow boat. Never mind news let’s give them free bull——! Or even recycled bull ——! Cut in squares and hang it up to make it useful I say.
  6. I was thinking along the lines of turning off the engine fuel pipe tap and pushing a little air down the vent pipe, that would test the filler cap as well. Sight unseen it’s difficult to suggest methods.
  7. With care, a Schrader valve and foot pump might enable a low pressure test?
  8. Far more worrying to my mind is a PRV that sticks shut. May suggestion would be that you alter the pipe work to take any waste overboard and fit accessible twin PRVs
  9. If you don’t want to drill a hole why not mount the lamp inside and shine it through the glass?
  10. I’ve wasted lots of my time down the years trying to persuade new boaters not to have Houdini type roof lights fitted to a new build so that they can “lie in bed and look at the stars” One acquaintance resorted to a 200 mm thick slab of polystyrene on top of the hatch fitted with a purpose made cover, it still dripped!! It’s a good idea to think long and hard before having a hole in the roof.
  11. Showing stainless steel hinges and plated budget locks Foam rubber strip 6mm X 25mm
  12. As already suggested it’s far more effective and cheaper to effectively seal the engine space to contain the noise. The deck boards are ideally hinged and fitted with “budget” locks which operate with a square shaped key together with gas struts to hold them open when needed. The adhesive foam strip must be compressed when the boards are locked down to make the deck airtight. Obviously air must be admitted through a sound trapped vent to keep the engine running. It’s not a five minute job but works much better than trying to absorb the noise. My last two boats were treated in this way together with absorbent materials on the underside of the boards. On several occasions I was asked what engine I had, only to surprise the person asking by saying it was a 1.8 Leyland rattling like all the others but sealed in. Photo to follow with luck!
  13. I think that the videos are harmless up to the point where it’s suggested that living on a boat is cheap! We seem to have an unending supply of articles in magazines and newspapers written by idiots who are suggesting that you can buy a boat and live on the canals free of charge. Some time ago I was visiting an acquaintance who is a broker, he told me of a former professional colleague of mine who had called in and asked about buying a boat he could site at a nice spot on the Trent and Mersey he had just spotted! A quick run down on the facts of life had sent him away at speed. Journalists and other presenters don’t seem to be shy about climbing onto a popular bandwagon if they can sell a story.
  14. Far Eastern plywood varies greatly in quality and is the cheapest available. It’s reaction to water varies from a little temporary swelling through to turning it into something that resembles puff pastry! As for surveyors, their opinions and level of honesty vary depending on who is paying them and whether they are qualified in any way. For instance if you are buying a boat from a broker, only a fool would use the surveyor they recommend to examine the boat. NB there are good honest surveyors out there but you need to be cautious.
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