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Steve Priest

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    Aquila & Bingley
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  1. Steve Priest

    Braunston Historic Boat Rally 2018

    Ah! I’ve just realised what I said, the flanges on the bulkheads would have been fitted when the original roof was de- riveted, so they aren’t original either - that just leaves the pigeon box flange.
  2. Steve Priest

    Braunston Historic Boat Rally 2018

    Of course, I remember, you had a look around it when it was for sale, I think the only original bits are the pigeon box angle and the flanges across both the front and rear bulkheads
  3. Steve Priest

    Braunston Historic Boat Rally 2018

    Yes, that is the essence of it. Pure conjecture, but I imagine that roof may have dated from when Planet was converted to a trip boat at Earlswood in the ‘60’s
  4. Steve Priest

    Braunston Historic Boat Rally 2018

    All the G.U. Motors were built with two engine room slides, Joshers only had one. When the Petter PD2s were fitted to the G.U. Motors the stbd side slide was welded up to make space for the air ducting. Planet’s engine room roof had largely been replaced, and only one slide (port side) was fitted at that time, we subsequently replaced it again a couple of years ago, and the current owner decided to stick with one slide then as well. As for Star, the welded steel cabin and engine room was too high and the roof was too wide, we lowered the sides and fitted a new roof around 14 years ago which made it proportionally correct, although still all welded. We fitted two slides at that time. Aquila’s engine room, which is completely new (apart from the doors) was also built with two slides as I was trying to make it as accurate as I could. I also riveted (rather than bolted ) the engine room roof on as per original - the front bulkhead unbolts to get the engine out.
  5. Steve Priest

    Where is the throttle? (Large Woolwich as new)

    Nope, that’s the cable
  6. Steve Priest

    Where is the throttle? (Large Woolwich as new)

    Yes, it may well be, it was a quite a common fitting
  7. Steve Priest

    Where is the throttle? (Large Woolwich as new)

    Aquila’s throttle, the standard G U type
  8. Steve Priest

    Wanted box mast looby

    Sorry chaps, I had a look yesterday and we haven’t got any left. We will having some more made, but the foundry that we use is very busy so at the moment I couldn’t put a timescale on it Steve
  9. Steve Priest

    Wanted box mast looby

    Yes, I did get a batch cast some time ago and I think that we still have some in stock. I will check tomorrow and let you know
  10. Steve Priest

    Alternatives to an Epping

    Regarding the Tomlow range, yes, we are still producing them, but we decided to change foundries earlier in the year, and whilst I had expected to have a batch of castings by now (in fact, I had expected to have finished the ranges by now), I am still waiting. There aren’t as many foundries as there used to be, and the good ones seem to be very busy. I would have to admit that I haven’t pressed them as hard as I might have done because of all the other things going on, but rest assured that we fully intend to continue to produce them in both two and three door versions, supply Midland Chandlers, and retail them ourselves. In comparison with the Epping, the grate size and firebox capacity is the same, the body of the range is very similar, but the top has an overhang on the front and sides which means that they need a space a couple of inches wider than an Epping, so they are probably not suitable for the O P’s needs Steve
  11. Steve Priest

    A sad tale

    Nope, all that is for is to rest a plank on, although I would admit that it will be of much more use whilst I am replacing the plate work rather than chopping it off
  12. Steve Priest

    A sad tale

    Ok, it is, as most of you know, the Star, ex Water Rambler. I have been cutting off the top bends which were fitted some years ago and will be replacing them with something hopefully more convincing. I took some photos and thought that we might have some fun with it. The second photo is more or less back to where waterways cut it, I might try to post another photo when the work is finished Steve
  13. Steve Priest

    A sad tale

    Damn, wrong boat. I’m sure he pointed at this one, but all little Woolwiches look the same when you’ve had a few. Ah well, never mind, Anyone up for crowdfunding?
  14. Steve Priest

    A sad tale

    Try as hard as we might, some boats are too far gone to do anything with and there is no alternative but to scrap them. Unfortunately, this little Woolwich motor is one such boat. We do hope, however, to be able to re-use some parts in the restoration of others. 9B6BD2B4-B40F-4920-B316-342F612E1C30 by Steve Priest, on Flickr 7996D17F-9521-4C3B-9B1A-B66E67CC1BB0 by Steve Priest, on Flickr
  15. Steve Priest


    Margaret Clark and Myself have been campaigning to get something done with lock 9 for the past couple of years, since Margaret’s boat Mercury has not been able to get through, and I have had trouble with Aquila coming down. We have asked a lot of people who have got stuck to report it to Neil Owen, the CRT engineer who has been monitoring it. As of last Autumn, it had become clear that boats were getting stuck quite regularly, and had become a higher priority and Neil Owen conducted a series of laser surveys to establish whether the wall was still moving. I haven’t contacted him about it for some time, and frankly with the Middlewich breach to sort out I didn’t think that there was much likelihood of anything happening in the immediate future, but it is included in the Autumn stoppage list, commencing in early November. The stoppage notice says that they intend to take down and rebuild the towpath side chamber wall, and the offside entrance walls, so hopefully we will be ok by next Spring

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