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Tam & Di

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Tam & Di last won the day on April 6 2019

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    France or Twickenham
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    The skills of boating, good food and wine. Boring people stupid talking about any of these.

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    examiner French & UK steerer's qualifications
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    La Truchère, France

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  1. I expect it has a Preservatioion Order on it - it could even be a historic monument. Tam
  2. We've had that, but it is extremely rare, as you say. Ours was on the Seine opposite the Eiffel Tower which you'd think was a busy enough place, but the police told us they worked as a team. They'd see someone go out in the evening and someone would follow. Once they saw you go into a bar or restaurant they'd know you'd be some time and they'd phone back to give the all-clear. The window was very small so the person that got through obviously was too, but the water level meant it was just below the level of the quay and not easily visible to people on the bank. They tried to get some paintings off the wall - they were good paintings but it did seem a bit odd for selling on - but all they had in the end was a camera and video recorder. They simply walked out through the front door. The camera stuff was cheaper and easier to replace than the window. Still, that's Paris for you. Tam
  3. Hi Paul, There is also a guy over in South Dock who fits gas central heating and should be able to do the necessary if you don't want to do it yourself. We used to have our Webasto serviced by him but I can't immediately remember his name (or the name he trades under) - ask around as someone would probably know. He has a workshop near the South Dock lock office. Tam
  4. You're lucky. A friend left a pair of gloves on a shelf in the engineroom to dry and set off to cross the Channel. The wind got up and the ship started to roll which caused his glove to fall off the shelf, and it got sucked into the air intake as did yours. He had to call out a Dutch tug at great expense. 😟 Tam
  5. Tim at WHH tells me that someone wound the paddles up at Denham and padlocked them. Police were called and paddless are sorted. They are now assisting with rasing the sunk craft. There is obviously a tale to tell in there somewhere. Tam
  6. I can't see why not. There's been no mention of what happened to the water, or if it caused damage elsewhere. Tam
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  8. deleted - beaten to it by frangar But yes, some are further into the bank, and some will have hull vents that went under if they were moored bow on to the bank Tam
  9. Here's one of the best 'dog' songs I've ever heard Tam
  10. Hello Noah. Is your Ark "The Herald Angels Sing", or the pair of Arks called "The Dogs do Bark"? Tam
  11. A search here on the restoration work Chris Collins undertook with the wideboat Progress would be salutary - I'm sure that when they were built there was not the least expectation that these craft would still be around 80-90 years later. I can but offer my very best wishes on the task ahead. Tam
  12. When BWB wished to close the K&A a group harping on about legal niceties stopped that happening because it could be shown that someone had recently made a trip in a kayak, and the law BWB claimed as irrelevant by the passage of time meant they were unable to carry out their intended closure. For better or for worse the law is the law. I personally find the continuous moorers' actions generally unacceptable, but BW/C&RT brought that upon themselves by not nipping it in the bud when they had some chance of success. Tam
  13. Two places on the Thames come immediately to mind, but both are known as "docks" rather than ports. Regent Canal Dock was certainly an interchange between the Regents Canal and Thames and accessible to small short-sea ships, but Brentford at the entry to the Grand Junction/Union Canal was really limited to Thames lighters. Both have all the facilities for craneage/storeage etc you mention. Tam
  14. Rudders are normally just a bit of solid round bar with a flat plate (the rudder plate) welded onto it, and the ramshead (you are referring to it as the swans neck) fitted in some manner at the top where the tube appears. This will often be a squared section of the round bar that the ramshead locates on, held firm by a nut of some kind. Even if this is not exactly what you can see, play must almost certainly be between the ramshead and top of the round section visible at deck level. It would be extremely rare for the rudder blade itself to be attached other than by weld, and that would not do what you are experiencing. Tam p.s. I see I am corrected in my assumption by BEngo, and the rudder blade attached other than by weld is not as rare as I thought. This would be a better explanation if play is not visible at the top.
  15. There is so much stuff that should not be below the waterline but is; perhaps something has made the boat heavier. It could be a doubled bottom perhaps, though you'd expect the seller to promote that if it were true. In many respects it is easier to find and repair a hull leak below water, but all this rain water getting in will be more problematic, plus also whatever damage has followed from that. Unless you already have the various skills necessary, especially the welding, David Mack is right about the boatpole Tam p.s. MtB is obviously right too - if you buy it for £10,000 or do it does change things, but you'll be buying into constant maintenance forever after that.
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