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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. w With a nod to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Something I have always fancied making but never had the time! The upholstery will have to wait until sanity returns. The Argyle Chair taking the place of cratch boards and skylights. No idea what to do with a single chair,but I enjoyed it!
  2. Kevin Thanks for the kind remarks, it's nice to see the finished item in place and looking good. Wotever - That's eurocutter F45 in the spindle moulder block. I use it on the narrow boat dog boxes as well, it's a pleasing shape. Mike.
  3. As just mentioned, the pub atmosphere will not work if customers are standing in carefully spaced one way queues or sitting two metres appart. It won't be worth the effort to go or the investment to set it up. Add the occasional moron who refuses to obey the rules no matter how well explained, and you have a certainty of less pleasure with a built in risk at four times the cost of staying in front of the TV.
  4. The rest of the pub trade hate him like poison so tales get exaggerated or invented. He will do as he's told or sample the food in prison! It will be interesting to see how the trade as a whole tries to make good their losses. I'm missing the people but drinking good beer at a quarter of the pub price could be worse and could turn into a habit.
  5. Difficult for anyone to advise or make a stab at the price without knowing where the boat is or what your skills are!
  6. That's the crude end of boat fitting! They normally have a bit of shape as shown in these templates. Mikel
  7. Decent hardwood Windows won't provide you with any real savings in the short term but will certainly need regular maintenance to keep them looking acceptable. I think the best method of proceeding is to remember that all boats are eventually for sale. Bearing that in mind anything hat makes the boat out of the ordinary will seriously detract from the value. To my eye the only place where wooden windows are a visual success are Dutch barges. There is a thread on here entitled "leaking Skylights" have a look at that before ordering up the roof lights/ dog boxes, there are a some very poor but expensive designs out there.
  8. The timber shown looks like sapele to me, that's listed as vulnerable rather than endangered, much more knowledge is needed before finding fault. I once ran into abuse for using teak, the person making the noise had no idea where the material was traditionally grown and carefully harvested but was certain I was committing some sort of crime. Palm oil plantations are giving fast profits where forests of timber formerly stood, I'm not very knowledgable about the extent of the problem but it's easy to see that palm oil beats growing timber and it's easy to read the list of users and their products.Cadburys and other big names are featured.
  9. I would agree that the little metal "pigeon box" type vents have little or no appeal in terms of appearance and are just functional ventilators, often causing condensation problems, only suitable for use over engine rooms.Houdini hatches are, in my opinion, a condensation disaster, just ask a live aboard boater who owns one. In wide beam boats or Dutch barges a properly designed and built deck light gives a very pleasant level of light and controllable ventilation. Narrow boats featuring portholes only are not very nice living spaces to my mind but they can be greatly improved by the fitting of dog boxes, the drawback being that you need a number to get the right effect As to the quoted price of £3500 don't forget that this was on the Thames where boatyards tend to be expensive ( or greedy) places, and where just tying up for the night and sinking a few pints in a local hostelry can seriously dent the finances. The boatyards in the midlands are not cheap but normally much more competitive. Above other considerations all contributors to this thread seem to agree that a hole in the roof that leaks or causes condensation is a menace. Mike.
  10. The link won't work for me, it shows an order for clip hinges? You are right though my last box (Dec2019) had satin chrome extending jacks to match the ss bars and hinges. I was confident that I had seen stainless jacks but was unable to find any. I have purchased in the past from Black Country Ironworks ( it's not in the Black Country nor is it an ironworks) the items I wanted from them were out of stock but I was satisfied with the quality of the substitute items from Ironmongery Direct. If anyone spots any in stainless I would be pleased to hear about them for future builds. I think the most important feature is the quick release mechanism Im also keen to have a trial run with the simplified dovetailing system. Mike.
  11. Anyone seeking dog box fittings? I put an add in the for sale section yesterday to dispose of some brass stays which are very difficult to obtain at chandlers these days. I won't be making any more dog boxes so have no use for them. My deck lights/skylights are better served by screw jacks.
  12. The original cost was less than the current bid! I'm always amused by the myths surrounding Springer boats. At about the time this one was built I visited his yard and met Sam, a rough diamond with a line in rougher language. He told me that he had specialised in making petrol storage tanks for the filling station boom in the 60s and had made his first boat shell for his own use, from that point he was asked to build more for other people and went into mass production. They were being made in conditions that can't have been legal from a H&S point of view even then. The (rusty) 3/16"steel plate was being dropped off a lorry at the factory gate and sliced up by a man with a gas axe and a few templates. The parts were then moved into the shop to be rolled, folded etc before being welded up by operatives working with multi position stick welder S. The welds were not chipped but simply spray painted over. I'm certain that the machinery in use would not have any chance of handling gas holder plate either folding ,rolling, or any other operations. Down the years I have seen two shells built very roughly out of gas holder plate. One was built in a farm yard and I think a tractor may have been used as suggested. Both were easily identifiable as having been made from very thick ( and not very flat) plate, but I'm sure they are still out there.I shudder to think of the long term results of underground petrol tanks made to the standard of a springer shell. His expertise in building tanks was supported by one he built that I think crossed the Atlantic? powered by a 1.5 BMC diesel.
  13. This must be someone with,scant knowledge of narrow boats. I can't even imagine any serious attempt to shot blast inside after removing the flooring. Just a transparent try on.
  14. If it is Laburnam you need to be aware that some people are very allergic to the dust. Exposure can be life threatening.
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