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  1. We've been to the Great Western several times, the last being just a few weeks ago. Good beer, friendly service, and excellent food every time.
  2. It depends much on who did the overplating, and how well. If it was done by a well known and highly experienced professional boatyard, and was properly surveyed both before and after the overplating (with the paperwork to support that) then the value of a boat should not be reduced just because the work has been done. Our own 67ft boat, which was 30 years old and had been properly overplated as well as being meticulously maintained throughout its life, sold for that price within just a few hours of being advertised and the buyer's surveyor said it was well worth it.
  3. I don't think the bars were fitted to protect the cabin tops, they were there to protect the passengers. They were hurriedly fitted (it may even have been made mandatory on hire boats for a while?) after somebody was killed when a hire boat drove into a swing bridge on the K&A while they were standing in the front cockpit area.
  4. On Canal Plan, look at your Preferences page and on the Speeds tab select "Never" for Seaways and maybe Tidal Rivers too. It will then show you the alternative routes.
  5. No, it wasn't modified, that's just what happened anyway. The bottom was completely flat. In fact the chines (where the sides met the bottom) had worn away after years as a hire boat on the Llangollen and Shroppie, so strip of angle had been welded along them.
  6. We had one of those, see here, and we loved her. Yes the biggest weak point was the joint where the top met the sides; I never did seal all the leaks despite using tube after of sealant, so as soon as it started raining we knew where immediately to place saucepans to catch the drips. Also the screws through the roof and up into the handrails were a weak point (the rail once snapped off so I fell into the canal while still holding it in my hand) but that was easy to fix. Later models had a modified roof design with built in upstands so that the rail could be a straight pole. On the plus side the GRP was a sandwich made of two thin sheets of GRP holding a layer of foam which provided extremely good thermal insulation, unlike most similar boats of the time which were just a single layer of GRP which on its own is very cold in winter. The wet bilge was never a problem, and never caused a dampness issue in the living area. We also loved the way it allowed such a low floor in the cockpit area, so that there was good headroom even when the cratch covers were in place (it became our children's favourite space). In particular the air-cooled SR3 used to suck air right through the boat's bilge and thus ensured that the bilge remained mainly dry (especially once we had fitted a shower drain pump instead of having the soapy water drain into the bilge)
  7. Before powered boats the rules were set according to the wind direction (starboard tack has right of way etc) then at first "steam gives way to sail" was adequate, but eventually new rules were needed. An idiot official in the Admiralty (whose name I forget) who had never been to sea, decreed that the rule in the Thames Estuary should be that ships heading out to sea should drive on the right and ships coming in from the sea should drive on the left (or maybe it was the other way round). It took 3 head-on collisions and about 30 lives lost before he admitted that perhaps he had made a slight mistake.
  8. After 30,000 miles on Keeping Up (plus a fair few thousand before that on previous boats) we had been everywhere that we wanted to go many times - on 2000 miles of waterway that's 15 times each place on average. We had in fact covered all but 6.5 miles of the waters that we could reach, and realised we were getting bored! Add to that our increasing sense of frustration with CRT's growing contempt in their attitudes both towards boaters and towards the need for maintenance to keep canals navigable, as well as our frustration at the increasingly crowded state of the canals which made mooring in our chosen places more and more difficult, and we were strongly driven to sell the boat. CRT were very quick and efficient in giving us our licence refund, but spoiled it by then setting their debt collection department on to us for owing them that exact amount!
  9. I would say the first boat opens it and the third boat closes it. I've always done it that way on the Llangollen.
  10. I had a redundant hole after moving the exhaust exit to the opposite side, so instead of blanking it off I fitted a bilge blower fan to suck in cool air and ducting to blow it over the alternator. In hot weather it made the engine bay about 10 degrees cooler, and hopefully will considerably prolong the life of the alternator. Putting a hand near the bay's original vent also showed that the fan provided enough air for the engine at up to 2000 rpm, above which speed it started to suck more through the vent.
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  12. If you know the canal really well, especially when there are short deep stretches where you can temporarily travel at or near 4mph, and you have an enthusiastic crew who can run back & forth between locks on a flight, it is easy to beat their defaults.
  13. No, the longest of them was 12 hours 30 minutes (which included 30 minutes of shopping at Tesco's).
  14. Job done! Total journey time (despite major gearbox issues) just 5 days and 2 hours. Yes they were long hard days, but the challenge was good fun.
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  17. Am I the only one who sees the title of this topic and thinks "You'd never get 1500hp from a BMC" ?
  18. I have always just used MS PowerPoint for mine
  19. I've always tried to space the weights a little way forwards and backwards, mainly out of habit from using an anchor with chain, but also from the instinctive feeling that a sideways pull is less likely to drag than one which partly lifts the weight off the bottom. I've never known them drag when a boat passed, but having said that the only time I've been passed by fast-moving boats was on the Thames which is of course much bigger; more commonly they slow down to ask what you are doing. Would it matter if you were dragged a few feet anyway?
  20. Just to say, if you do want to take advantage of my offer, given the short timescale I really need to know by tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon so that I can get all my next week's activities sorted out.
  21. Yes that's a stupid rule but it represents a loophole that makes it easier to get the RCD
  22. PM sent, but don't know if you can do PMs yet; if not, email me at keeping.up@btinternet.com. I could come with you, and we could do it in the timescale required, if you are reasonably fit & able so we can do long days. With over 50 years experience on the cut, & knowing every inch of that route, it would be easy.
  23. The moorings on the river just above Osney lock, from there to Osney Bridge, are excellent. It is still only a few minutes walk into the centre of town from there; also there is a big supermarket a few minutes away in the other direction (and a launderette). If they are full, you can also moor on the river immediately beyond the Sheepwash junction.
  24. I had new floors welded in my lockers to raise them by 1" because I was not happy that under certain circumstances of load etc the floor was on the water line. The consequence of a slight leak in the floor when the boat was unattended would have been a sunken boat. Then I had to repeat the exercise after having the boat overplated because that put the floor below the water line again. Then the bottles wouldn't fit and I had to have the sides raised too, but the end result was 100% satisfactory. Our arrangement is slightly unusual, with one bottle either side at the stern so a high pressure pipe (not hose) passes through the engine bay inside a conduit. I have had BSS inspectors try to fail this arrangement, based on their own made-up interpretations of the rules, but I also have a letter from the BSS people giving their approval to it so I have always gained the required pass.
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