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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. The book hasnt been available on Amazon for about 10 months, and is only available from the outlets mentioned. Stupid prices seems to be amazons way of stifling demand for books they are unable to supply. The book was intended to help boaters but was initialy very popular with other menbers of the trade, with some of the designs being made at many yards. Regards Mike.
  2. As you are now aware, it's vital to give full details of the boat, it's age and original builder, add to that details of what you want done. Its unlikely that anyone with the ability to do the job could be expected to be available for many months. Catch 22 is that the only offers you get promising an early start will be from the incapable optimists. Material prices are currently about three times the correct level so no one can give realistic estimates
  3. I think you've got it wrong, shoddy refers to anything imported from China, and Mungo ? Well when you mun go you mun go they tell me.
  4. I used Flowtex carpet inside a boat about thirty years back, it's single disadvantage I found was that moisture from the bilges tended to condense beneath the carpet and made the floor boarding wet. This only happened at the back few feet of the cabin where the ballast tended to get wet occasionally. It is absolutely superb for covering the deck boards and staircase of a cruiser stern boat, it can be hosed off easily and seemed to be indestructible and totally waterproof and non slip.( I glued it down and edged round with alloy angle screwed in place with stainless screws.)
  5. All portable fire extinguishers are intended to allow you to stop the fire in its initial stages, not to fight a developed fire. If the fire is not out in a few seconds then turn your back on it and use the means of escape. In short - spot the fire - alert everybody- use the extinguisher- run away. The idea that you can fight your way through a fire with a 2kg dry powder is ludicrous . Don't even think about it.
  6. Thanks for that, it was a reply to a query from him to me. Stangely I have found it impossible to log in from an email message but no problem through Google.
  7. I have been trying to reply to a message from Mssbecons but my messages don't seem to getting through. I don't normally have any problems? Mike.
  8. Yes. I always use 4mm toughened on the top face and 6.4mm laminated on the bottom with a 6mm air gap between. Where fitted, the bar sets are fitted with stainless steel hinges at the top to allow them to be lifted while cleaning the glass
  9. A cover (preferably transparent) will protect the varnish but flush glazing drains very effectively and the ridge will be waterproof if the method shown is used. The best material for the box is Iroko. Expected life is thirty years in outside use
  10. Speaking of noise,I have been told that the device can be installed without an exhaust silencer. That may be the reason that some make an unacceptable row.
  11. Ive seen one set light to a timber jetty so the exhaust needs to be carefully sited.
  12. As Ray T has mentioned the term is used by stockmen in north Derbyshire to discribe those cross shaped wooden feeding devices you see filled with hay.
  13. I met a nice chap who was taking his brand new boat home having had the builder construct a cratch board exactly the same size and shape as the front bulkhead. He had managed to miss the normal bridges from Yorkshire down to blissworth tunnel where he hit the tunnel roof while passing another boat. The cover survived but the board was written off. They are narrow at the top for a good reason!
  14. There is a problem with side doors that have the bottom folded up beyond 90 degrees. Condensation is trapped in the resulting groove and soaks into the bottom of the timber liners, drilling a couple of holes through the bottom corners seems to work well to drain them.
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