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Mike the Boilerman

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  1. nick’s ultimate goal is to steer the boat from his phone. That way, he can go for a cruise whilst staying at home in Aberdeen.
  2. No-one so far appears to have pointed out the sheer amount of effort you are going to expend on this, along with the money you'll have to spend on this project is going to far exceed the time and cost of fitting out a new 30ft shell, and this one will be worth one tenth of the value of a new one when you've finished. I'd scrap it now if I were you and pour your money and effort into a new one. Use this as a donor for engine and a load of other stuff.
  3. I like the brick stuck in the car's teeth....
  4. I agree. CRT should be providing special bins for responsible druggies to put their needles in so they are no longer forced by CRT's callous attitude to throw them in the canal. I'm OUTRAGED CRT don't already supply these bins, at least in the more popular drug-taking sections of canal.
  5. What diesel? Its steam powered. But yes, solar powered electrically heated boilers for the steam engine. Very practical, should work fine.
  6. Certainly is, if it's been cooked properly, all that fat dripping out....
  7. The trouble is, when you have one it never seems quite as good as the ones you remember from back in the day. Which leads one to start wondering if it was just unlucky, was was cooked too long, too short, been in the hot cabinet too long, or what? So naturally, one's thoughts turn to trying another, maybe from a different shop, or different time of day, then both...
  8. I can see you think things through but I'm not sure you fully appreciate the impact on your mobility of these two factors combined. The only ways for you to get about will be public transport (shockingly sketchy and sparse outside of city centres) or walk. May I suggest your No 2 priority when you get here (No 1 being booking a B&B) is buy and insure a car? Or if you have the spare capital, a campervan/motorhome? Once you have transport and accommodation, the pressure to buy a boat in a hurry is off. You can buy a motorhome easily, there is a motorhome centre with a selection of second hand ones to drive away in Weedon, the epicentre of where you need to be. The downside is they are expensive but one will release you from the need to keep returning to the B&B every night. Or an old car with 6 months MoT for £300 from Gumtree might be a better bet.
  9. I'm very impressed. You are annoyingly clever!!
  10. I had one of mine done in Keelblack last summer as an experiment. Its fine so far...
  11. WHAT a mess. A gas-free boat, powered by two 300W solar panels, struck me in particular.....
  12. How curious, I had a Sherpa for a number of years but I don't remember it having sliding doors!
  13. Do bear in mind that Whilton (like used car dealers) are very skilled at pricing their boats at the very top end of what the market will pay. So although you get to see a good selection, none will be a bargain and you'll be paying slightly over the odds for it. I'm not saying this is a bad thing if speed of purchase is more important to you than paying a little too much, but just thought I should point it out. If you have the time and inclination (I suspect not), some more determined hunting will be needed to find a keenly-priced boat, you won't find one in Whilton. In fact after visiting Whilton, you'll find pretty much any other boat you look at for sale will seem cheap! Do keep us informed....
  14. Thems 'turnbuckles', seeing as no-one else has said ... 🤣
  15. Whose fear is that then? I'd say this happening was on the unlikely side of impossible.
  16. I guess I'm wondering why the owner of the boat would be liable given he has fulfilled his 'duty of care' to do things by the book, but the builder failed to do the work compliance with the RCD.
  17. And if it wasn't me that did the alterations, or built it non-compliantly?
  18. Surely the claim would be against the builder....
  19. I had a spare one you could have borrowed....
  20. Quite so. I never understand why any business should be expected to have to 'justify' their prices. If the market will pay their (suspected excessive) prices, another business will come along soon enough doing the same for less. There must be *something* Vetus do that makes people choose them over Beta and all the other cheaper firms. It's just that it is not obvious what, to canal boaters.
  21. You were watching?? You could have helped!!
  22. I've done that loads of times....
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  24. I think the evidence tells us the OP does have a gap letting in air somewhere. On my Boatman stove it will actually go out if I close all the vents fully and properly as the coals are completely starved of air. I can't imagine this working as the pull of the flue will be sucking in air through unidentified gap, not letting smoke out. For your plan to work, the chimney needs capping first. THEN smoke will come gobbing out (technical term) through even the slightest gaps!!
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