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NB Esk

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NB Esk last won the day on March 2 2019

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    Narrowboating, especially the self-build side of it. Mechanic by profession, I am currently restoring a vintage 2cyl Dorman diesel, which will ultimately power my NB.
    Currently building my own narrow tug shell (started in 2007 & still not finished).
    Interested in industrial archeology, especially coal mining.
  • Occupation
    MOT tester/ motor engineer, oh, and now retired.
  • Boat Name
    narrowboat ESK...same but different. Ex Tom pudding tug HATFIELD

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  1. This might just be the one. Moored up at Wakefield, approximately where the Sea Scouts are now. The light coloured warehouse to the left is still standing. Sorry about the quality, it’s a copy of a copy.
  2. All good stuff, just remember you’re the boss and the plate isn’t. As well as pulling, I employed pushing. In the photo you can see the use of a “ portapower “ ram, there was so much pressure on, that the solid tyres of the forklift were bending sideways. R-Tech welder, nice little machine...
  3. Effort for financial reward, probably not. Effort for personal satisfaction, immeasurable.
  4. If it’s an iPad, home and power button simultaneously and you’ll hear the camera click. The image is then in your photo album.
  5. I think what appears to be the fuel leak off is in fact a morse control cable, it’s an optical illusion.
  6. Ducks are a bit bonkers, there was a pair in our yard a couple of weeks ago and the female insisted on sitting in a coil of rope, she was convinced it would pass for a nest. I had to move it so we didn’t have a ducky migrant family living with us.
  7. I’m sure she could have ducked out of their way...
  8. We would collect and scrap if it was within a day’s travel, by water, of Wakefield. The last one we collected ( from an OAP ) who had given up boating, looked far too good to scrap, so we had it surveyed. It passed with flying colours, so we blacked it and welded on new anodes. The first person to view bought it and we were able to take 3k back to the old fella. He was delighted as he’d expected to be covering our costs. When they are scrapped, the bows are cut off to make a skip sized container, the rest goes into this ( in large chunks ) and the interior goes into a skip.
  9. Always look forward to reading your individual and informative posts. Could you clarify something that might help explain your style? You give your location as “ Foundry Arms, Poole “, that’s a pub, right?
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  13. Thanks for correcting those. The repairs wouldn’t be a problem but trying to correct those images was another matter (I have tried). That work is some I did around ten years ago, so it’s proven it’s reliability. Out of interest, I also “adapted “ and fitted the skeg, I’m sure the eagle-eyed will recognise what I made it from.
  14. If that’s what the damage/problem is, it should be entirely possible to make a permanent repair on site and with the boat still in the water. All that’s required are a couple of weld on flanges (obtainable from industrial pipe supplies) and the usual welding equipment. One flange is welded to the top of the rudder blade and the other to the broken off section of bar/post. To fit, the post piece is threaded up through the counter and then the blade slotted into place and bolted up. A solid and permanent repair, all carried out through the weed hatch. For clarity, for some reason the photo is inverted, it’s not like that in my album and I don’t know how to correct it.
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