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cheshire~rose

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  1. We stayed there last night and had a very pleasant day at Dunham Massey Hall and Gardens (after the rain stopped) We hope the appointment goes well
  2. I don't know, I was not involved with the build. CCT only got involved around the time of the launch when a great partnership began.
  3. Don't get too hung up about the price of the survey and if it will cost more or not. If you find the right boat then it is not worth cutting corners. It may take you a long time to find another boat that is right and you will always wonder what might have been. We found "that" boat and wanted a surveyor who had experience of historic boats who was not booked up for the next 6 weeks to do the survey. It turned out the only one we could find at short notice was one who is usually based in and around London and the south east. We had to pay for him to travel to Lymm in Cheshire and some overnight accommodation to boot but consider his fee to have been worth every penny
  4. I was struggling to find sufficient connection last night to post but we spotted @nicknorman yesterday, somewhere through Leigh way. I don't think he recognised us in this boat, either that or he was worried I was going to try and sell him something. He has probably already passed you Catweasel, or else you could have ticked the box of meeting another forumite
  5. To think we have been moored around a hundred yards apart all weekend without even realising it! For the record he got away without me selling him anything too! Great to meet you at last
  6. A bit late to this but I would add the elsan in Outrighton is fine to use. I think it may be free but I can't be sure. There is a handy shower and laundry facility there too and be sure to get some of the free range eggs from the house next as they are really full of flavour.
  7. It is indeed alarming at how quickly serious damage can occur, given that some underwater parts of a boat hull are often made in steel that is far less thick than the base plate - I am thinking of two areas that might be a problem - bow thruster tubes are rarely blacked and are often created out of a thinner steel. Also the drain for the gutter below the engine cover on a cruiser or semi-trad boat. This is often made out of thinner tube and yet the base of it is often permanently submerged and never sees any blacking. The first time I became aware of MIC was when Madeline - the Eckington School boat that is based on the unconnected end of The Chesterfield Canal, was diagnosed with it. The boat was only launched in 2014 and yet has had to have welds in the pits on the base plate where it had become very thin in places. http://www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/madeline/ I came across this graphic when browsing for info on the net and, while it is explaining ordinary corrosion rather than MIC I found it very helpful in understanding how pitting can occur
  8. We have passed through Leigh today yes, Dave says he thinks he recalls a boat called Destiny with a sociable bod on so that must have been you we also saw Bearwood Boster
  9. No, we are still hoplessly besotted with her! Even if I have yet to teach Dave it's not a good plan to start up the JP2 and cast off to meet me a couple of bridges further along with a trolley full of shopping without stowing the glass jar of gherkins he left on the galley worksurface! 😂 I didn't know it had ever been marked as sold on there. I think the swiftness with which we completed after it having been on the market some time took John, the vendor, by surprise. I also suspect he was hoping we would back out at the last minute so he could keep her. 😘 I have to say I do understand how he feels. I suspect there is some kind of auto-renew option going in with The Duck. He is a little distracted by a very important birthday in the family this weekend but I am sure he will sort it in time and we already heard on the towpath telegraph that he had turned an enquiry away when we had our survey booked. Interestingly I spotted PAULINE at the back of a little nest of lovely old boats today. I am told our engine originated from Pauline
  10. We prefer the alarms with a "hush" function so that a false alarm can be silenced without removing the battery - although those we have just bought have a sealed 10 year battery so it can't be removed. Having done all the careful calculations about where to site the one at the front of the cabin we agreed on the best place and fitted it. It never occurred to us that it is almost directly above the chair that Dave sits on. I have some electonic help to remind him when he is filling the cabin with a fug 😂
  11. I may be crazy but I am not crazy enough to eat a duck pot noodle - regardless of the use by date! I will have to think of something novel to do with it if I win
  12. <just arrived back after reading through the bloomin thread to try and find out what I am in danger of winning!!!> A duck pot noodle! It's all getting a weeny bit deja vu
  13. Thanks - we have had it dangling on a cable tie right over the engine today and it didn't affect it. Time to fix it up properly methinks
  14. Don't be depressed! Corrosion is corrosion after all. All boats get it, it's just a matter of ensuring the correct treatment so it is halted in its tracks. Did you scrape any off and if so was it shiny behind? The treatment is just bleach, applied and left on for 24 hours before washing off. Not all boatyards will do it because if their hardstanding drains directly into the cut they won't want neat bleach going in there. We are going down the route of blasting for two reasons. Firstly because we want to be certain no MIC is trapped behind the recently applied blacking. Secondly because we want to apply 2 pack. It's possible a thorough industrial jet wash followed by bleach treatment will sort it, if it is MIC but you would do well to get the cause properly identified first
  15. The order of the first two photos is back to front. The photo above is what the patch of MIC you can see in the photo below looked like after it had been scraped with a blade. There is no traditional "rust" behind the orange - just bright metal - the corrosion is thought to consume the sulphur in the steel and so some higher sulpher content steels may be worse affected than others. it was bubbles like this that drew my attention straight away, this hull was only blacked in December The last photo is of the baseplate. It isn't anything like as scary as it looks as the pits are less than .5ml It is a 12ml baseplate so, as we have managed to secure an early docking to get it sorted next month we have nothing to worry about - apart from an unexpected bill! Sadly whoever blacked the hull in December had not heard of MIC and so now we have a boat where the contamination is potentially trapped behind the fresh blacking It will be treated with bleach and grit blasted next month
  16. Don't go bringing me into it - someone will accuse me of flogging off the cabin brass
  17. Thanks folks - it seems that the general oily diesely haze from a traditional engine may not trigger a false alarm after all. We might prop it on the top of the day tank for a trip just to make sure before we start drilling holes!
  18. We have just bought a boat that has been diagnosed with MIC and two of the trip boats on our canal (unconnected section) have also had it. There is a school of thought that says that it is becoming more prevalent because the water in the canals is becoming cleaner (or perhaps rather than cleaner - subject to fewer toxins and instead full of run off from farmers fiels with many nutrients to encourage bacterial growth. MIC does not require oxygen t grow and so rather than the tell tale line of corrosion along the waterline of a boat that has not been blacked regularly it will attack the base plate which is often not protected. I have to admit (although I am no expert) the photo of your baseplate does not look like the MIC I have seen on 3 boats. Having seen it on the trip boats when our pre-purchse survey was done I walked straight over to a bright orange bubble of corrosion on the hull (that had been out and blacked as recently as last December) poked it with my finger and immediately asked our surveyor if it was MIC - he was astounded I even knew what it was!!! Usually MIC will manifest itself over a larger area rather than just a small pit. The corrosion will be a very bright orange and, if scraped off it leaves bright silver scab behind it. Thankfully the corrosion on our hull has hardly touched the thickness yet and we are booked in for it to be treated next month I will see if I can find the photos of our hull to share to give a comparison
  19. I think you mean a CO detector I would never sleep with it blinking it's little green light every so many seconds through the night above my head - just outside the door will be fine I can do that by putting it next to the cooker!
  20. My favourite is The Chesterfield Canal of course! Other canals have some great bits too but I have yet to find another as beautiful that is so blissfully quiet and yet well maintained
  21. We are trying to work out the optimum position for smoke and CO alarms on our (new to us) boat. We have ascertained that it is impossible to fit them according to all the manufacturers instructions on this boat and so we need to come to a compromise that will compromise our safety as little as possible We are supposed to site the alarm at least 3m from any potential source of CO. The ONLY place that fits that description is in the bathroom and you are not supposed t site them in a bathroom as the steam will affect them. You are not supposed to site them in a place where there is "dead air" like corners for example and they must be at least 300mm from a light. Wel we have a diesel stove towards the fbow. an LPG cooker not far behind that backing onto the bedroom wall. beyond the bedroom is the bathroom and then the engine room with batteries and a Webasto central heating unit. Next up is a trad back cabin with an Epping in it. I have decided to site a dual smoke and CO alarm somewhere in the front of the boat. I can put it towards the front of the cabin to get it as far from the sources of CO as possible. I wanted to put a smoke alarm towards the back of the boat so that anyone sleeping in the back cabin will also have the protection of an alarm. The nature f the back cabin is that you are either going to thwack your head on it as you walk through (if it is centrally placed on the ceiling) or it is going to be in dead air. I wondered about putting it in the engine room but I can imagine the general fumes from warm oil etc that you get with a JP2 might be sufficient to trigger the alarm if it is in there. Does anyone have any experience of siting a smoke alarm in an engine room at all? finding a suitable place on this boat for these alarms is proving a problem as there are lights everywhere!
  22. I think it ought to count, the fact that it goes around in circles is completely irrelevant because that is what noodles do best Obvoiously all those passengers are completely used to a pot noodle travelling with them because they are totaly disinterested I absolutely love the huge grins on the faces of those in kayaks! I bet you had loads of fun explaining what you were needing well done Oh and that blue boat has rivets
  23. We used to moor at Calf Heath Marina, it took around 2 hours to get there but once we were there we had a choice of 3/ directions to travel depending how long we were spending on board. We could go either way on The Staffs and Worcs or deviate up The Shroppie or up the Wolverhampton 21 for a long weekend in Birmingham We had around 12 years there and liked it but needed a change. We moved to Clayworth on The Chesterfield Canal. It is just an hour away from home and we were certain that after a couple of years we would move on again because there are only 32 miles of The Chesterfield open at that end and anywhere else you want to go is out onto a tidal river. A couple of years exploring and we would be off - or so we thought. 5 years on and we love our new mooring. An hour distance is enough when we just want to go and relax, especially in the winter. We have no immediate plans to move away. I would suggest there is a lot more to your mooring than just how far you have to travel to get there and it needs a lot of weighing up. Remember than, if you move and it feels wrong then you can simply untie the ropes and try another place
  24. I just turned the screen round to show Dave and said - Oh look! he asked when this photo was from and where I had found it very clever! I thought you were crewing with us next year?
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