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Rose Narrowboats

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Rose Narrowboats last won the day on August 31 2017

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  1. Rose Narrowboats

    Oliver Cromwell final moments

    You cynic you - I thought it was just me!
  2. Rose Narrowboats

    A sad tale

    They make good push tugs you know, keep cutting!
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    A sad tale

    The "lining up thingy" looks to me just like a bit of steel tacked on to support a plank to stand on. I can see the sense of cutting bits with the boat afloat next to the bank, where you can get the forklift to it easily to take the scrap away rather than having to handball it out of the dock, and the cost of craning her out would be £****. I could never agree with a GU boat being scrapped though, no matter how bad it was.
  4. There's three possibilities (assuming the drain plug is done up) for oil leaks on a PRM150 - input shaft seal, output shaft seal and selector shaft seal. The last of those is a relatively quick job (15 minutes if the access is good) which can be done in situ, the other two require the gearbox to be removed and if it's the output shaft seal, dismantled. With the engine stopped, cooled down etc, follow the control cable to the selector lever on the back of the gearbox, and run your finger round under/behind the lever - if it's dry, the it's not that one. Repeat under the output flange where the box joins the shaft coupling. You can'ts get the the front one as it's in the bell-housing. The other possibility is a leaky oil cooler - but that normally fills the box with water which promplty turns into "mayonnaise".
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    Lister STW3 injector fuel bleed

    Good luck finding an air duct on an STW3 Richard 😀
  6. Rose Narrowboats

    Can I have Advice please ?

    Buying a wooden boat is the easy bit - funding the ongoing repairs is expensive, and don't expect to get a fraction of that money back when you sell it. As someone who had a wooden boat once said to me "Living on a wooden boat is great so long as you can accept it's always trying to sink underneath you." To be fair his maintenance was at the praying and hoping end of the scale, but they are an almost all consuming hobby in their own right so if you just want a home, buy something steel. Given that she appears to be a "big Ricky" butty, which is now motorised and converted I'd be doubtful of the existence of many "original features" Pete Harrison of this forum will be able to provide some more insight into the history.
  7. Rose Narrowboats

    Rivetted Construction In The Modern Day

    That's about £61k in today's money.
  8. Rose Narrowboats

    Gordon's Pleasure Cruisers - Lutine Bell

    Yes, for sure - see my post above. Rugby Boatbuilders hulls were built by Boughton Products.
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    Gordon's Pleasure Cruisers - Lutine Bell

    I'd go with air cooling inlets as they were generally fitted with Lister S-range engines. Most of the Napton fleet I remember were SUC or Harborough built, but Lutine Bell, Banbury Naviigator and the one in Graham & Jo's pics above are definitely Boughton Products hulls (as used by Rugby Boatbuilders). As said further up the cabin style is definitely not that of Rugby Boatbuilders wooden or fibreglass tops which were a more traditional shape. The top as fitted to Lutine Bell looks a lot more like a Teddesley style fibreglass cabin to me. I'd always though that Boughton only built for Rugby Boatbuilders, but maybe not. Given the proximity of Napton to Boughton Products (in Rugby, down Boughton Road, amazingly enough) and the then owner of Teddesley (Peter Jones) living in Dunchurch I can envisage a link. Off topic: Boughton Products carried on as general fabricators long after they gave up boat building, and the owner later ended up working for G&J Reeves at Napton IIRC.
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    The seller has two slides of the josher butty, which must be a maintenance boat from the condition of it. There was a scruffy josher butty on Hillmorton Section still in FMC colours in the 50's. A passer by gave me a photo of it moored on our wharf taken from up the drive by his father. I think the other photo could be taken from on top of bridge 30 looking south.
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    I had exactly the same dilemma today when passing a boat moored at Hall Oaks Wood. Trad stern, doors open, hatch pulled to with a suitcase generator sat on the footboard with exhaust pointing towards the deck. A slight change of wind and the fumes would be blown back into the cabin. I kept quiet too - not least because I was moving one of the hireboats, so my unsolicited opinion/advice would likely be even less welcome than usual. It seems the Boat Safety Scheme's current push on the dangers of CO from petrol engines has not yet reached out to all those who need warning.
  12. Rose Narrowboats

    Hire boat fuel charges

    We do include fuel in the hire price and our fillers are all locked to prevent theft - it happens, particularly to hire boats and in the most unlikely places. The key for the locking filler is on the boat key ring - vital if the boat is on an extended cruise. "Don't forget that a narrowboat can turn tighter when accelerating, so starting slow then accelerating will do it." - nope, as speed picks up the rate of turn decreases.
  13. Rose Narrowboats

    Which 2 pack for blacking??

    Interestingly it seems to be still available. I'll be ringing them in the morning EDIT to add - apparently coal-tar products havn't been banned yet. According to this https://www.ecomundo.eu/en/blog/reach-authorisation-coal-tar-pitch the ban doesn't come into force until next April. All of our usual suppliers have already stopped making products using it though.
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    Which 2 pack for blacking??

    The EU has recently (ish) banned coal tar based products so lot of two packs have either changed formulation or are no longer available. I spoke to one manufacturer this morning about what their recommended replacement was for their now discontinued pitch epoxy product, and was told bitumen. Most manufacturers won't warrant their product on top of anyone else's, so I fear a lot of people are going to end up re-blasting much sooner than intended for peace of mind. The reality is that some of products will work over the older ones - but it's going to take a few years and some hard lessons to find out which. A word of caution with Jotamastic 87 - recommended drying time is 7-14 days at UK ambient temperatures.
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    Boater Graffiti

    That one always made me laugh too. The of course there was the infamous "Home rule for Crick" which for many years adorned a railway bridge near Cawston. I'm not a fan of graffiti, but I am compulsive reader....

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