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Mike Jordan

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About Mike Jordan

  • Birthday 02/29/1944

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    Derby
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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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    Woodworker/Writer

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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. As Wotever has said if the inserts are glued in place it can take a couple of hours of knuckle bashing work to remove them. Most experienced boat fitters will be very wary of giving a price up front.
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  8. 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.
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  11. Difficult for anyone to advise or make a stab at the price without knowing where the boat is or what your skills are!
  12. That's the crude end of boat fitting! They normally have a bit of shape as shown in these templates. Mikel
  13. 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.
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