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roland elsdon

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  1. Coal in the front engine in the middle accommodation at rear. We have had 3 like this. One omitted the engine. We tried one once with the modification of furniture instead of coal. Didn’t last.
  2. I know where it is. Unfortunately I will now have to look at it every time I ride to and from my mooring. Probably until at least February.
  3. Somebody is going to get hurt. Shafts are for poling round, not steering with.
  4. I’ve had 3 of these boxes on different boats over 35 years and have never killed one yet using ep80/90. The current one leaked when I got the boat and still does. Low level is the killer I think, as it destroys the bearings.
  5. Nothing to tie to up to there, except outside cottage. It’s Guccc. improvements concrete. However good moorings near top of locks with pilling and rings. Bit dark and wet in winter. Not too far to walk to station. I think Saltisford is allowing visits again.
  6. Mine leaks like a sieve but 200mls of oil every 2 weeks boating is normally enough to go between the marks
  7. Personal experience of hullside welding on the footings, whilst in the water results in the arc going out. I had to shove the rod through the hole, before starting other temp repairs
  8. Buy the boat to fit the bikes. Our current one can take at least 20. All time record on boat we live on full time was 9 including tandem. my best bike has always been far more valuable than any car I have owned, and when not in use used to sleep in the stern cabin bed hole. outside they will rust in peace or be stolen
  9. Have you checked your touch up paint stock? That looks suspiciously like the Royal blue on the boat.
  10. It will fail 1 day out of warranty. The ic stuff from whale is hopeless. That’s why it’s hose and clamp. The last ic product I bought which ran the bilge pump failed the day before we flew to Oz for 9 months. It replacement failed 2 years later, at the check before we left for the same duration working trip. It means you just drive to midland chandlers bang in another one and fly out rather than replace it with something reliable.
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  13. First item to be dispensed with in 2000 on our boat was a dishwasher. The question how do you run it was answered by ‘well you have to have the engine running’ . The second question was do you want it or shall I skip it.
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  15. So a mass produced modern nod is more famous than the canal blocking behemoth the ever given.
  16. We got married at Acs in the basin in 1987. The registry office demanded aylesbury residence for one of us, so the motor went for a holiday there. We used an outboard to get the butty from our ricky mooring, and then got the pair back together just before we got married. On the way down the locks miss S slipped and fell in below the second lock, as she reappeared and i dragged her out her words were ‘they have dredged it its 5 feet deep’
  17. I can get at least 20 drums in the hold, ballast , green exhaust and smelling of bacon. Who needs a fat boat in the wrong place to make an impact. I think this is a potential moneyspinner.
  18. If I use hvo does that mean the smoke from my lister will become both green and vegan?
  19. Used to be lovely when Acs was in the basin. Now its a sterile dark corridor overshadowed by a huge cheap hotel.
  20. Why do you think they make up the dialogue. When they passed us their researcher questioned our lock wheeler about the boat and the engine. This was relayed to the boat by walkie talkie. They then create the dialogue in this case directed at me. They cut my response because he asked a question to which he knew the answer, and chose to make himself look smart, rather than correct. My response would only have been understandable to those in the know, and also contained a highly accurate word to describe Giles.
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  22. If you mean the boat with the clear plastic on the front not pirate princess. That boat was a long term resident on the b class mooring. one day he took me down to the small river behind the mooring. Hidden away he had a very small water powered turbine to charge his batteries. The rest of us had honda’s. I think Creeping Jenny later became Brentford with the addition of a Josher bow.
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  24. Grumble rumble and bumble tigger. we had the job of picking up and dragging back one of her sunk hire boats ( hirers fault) many years ago, from Grove to Berko. She certainly didnt hold back about the hirers! Always liked her, you knew exactly where you were.
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