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davidb

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    Ribble Valley

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    Gladiator
  • Boat Location
    Tarleton, Lancs

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  1. Me too, except our heat exchanger is out of an old combi gas boiler, probably rated at about 25 KW. The engine (25 hp LW ) heats the 5 rads nicely when cruising, but not as quickly as the 5kw webasto water heater. The heat exchanger is circulated by a 12v pump which doesn't cut in until the engine thermostat starts passing water at more than 45 deg measured on the outside of a copper pipe. I'm absolutely delighted with the resulting comfort level and the engine never gets over cooled.
  2. We went through OK with our 13' 6" beam barge in 2012 : http://toggenberg.co.uk/Inland_Trips/2012/Lincoln/lincoln.html it is impossible to judge from the towpath what the internal dimensions are
  3. Thanks for the info, I didn't mention that location you mention is a fairly elaborate grating with a nice stone wall, presumably to keep the horses off it. You can hear running water down there, perhaps it is connected to the weir near the bridge? Maybe, seeing as they started building the LL not far from here, they were very well financed and were building everything to the highest standards?
  4. Last Thursday we were the last boat to use the Liverpool Link for the year, the locks are now all closed and lighting installations are being built over the canal at the Pierhead and around the Albert dock, etc. We didn't even need to get off the boat in Stanley lock - three Vlockies and two Cart men in attendance, thanks very much. We got as far as Hancock's swing bridge by 14:20 and found it locked off on a timer until 6pm due to the busy road it carries, so we were stuck there for the rest of the daylight - most frustrating! However it gave me a chance to go for a walk up and over the A59 to look at the ancient 13th C St Andrew's church in Maghull, a surprising find in such a built-up area. Further on into Maghull I was intrigued by the elaborate spillway and the fact that it looked to be redundant due to the concrete and piling put into the canal on the water side of it. David
  5. Why not draw your idea on paper then post a photo on the forum?
  6. Yes, another vote for Jonathan, he did ours at Tarleton a month ago, but he said "It is difficult to get an indication of the condition of the plate without removing blacking " and. " It is different when a vessel has been coated in 2 pack as I am reluctant to damage the coating unless the owner or buyer is prepared to make good the areas where access has been gained to maintain the protection."
  7. There is a recent blog about the trip here: https://boatwif.co.uk/boat-update/the-ribble-link/
  8. I have often wondered:- why has the knob for the depth adjustment got a left hand thread? It has confused me for more than 50 years!
  9. Just to give you an idea what you are up against, here are two videos I took in 2010: Leaving Tarleton
  10. Fabulous find. I think British midget submarines had a Gardner in them as well. There is one at Gosport sub museum, I think
  11. davidb

    ice

    Almost 20 years ago we had a mooring at the west end of the Foulridge tunnel. The water in the tunnel and for 20 yards or so outside of it was ice - free, the rest of the canal was frozen over. A small grp cruiser came out of the tunnel and rushed into the ice to try to break it to get to the water point at top lock. It didn't get very far and then suddenly started sinking. The thin, virgin ice had cut into the stem of the boat for about 10" at the waterline. The occupants went to stand in the cockpit to to keep the slot above water whilst one of them nipped inside to rescue their personal belongings, TV etc and passed them out to us on the bank. I don't think they lived aboard because it was so small and when they had tied it up firmly to some trees they cleared off to get warm and dry,
  12. I have never heard Tuskans, nor the river Pendle. ( I live near Pendle Hill)
  13. Thanks to the people who run the Gardner Engine Forum for organizing this (free) event, I really enjoyed my visit. It was an excellent choice of venue in all respects. It was also very interesting to be shown round the bone mill whilst it was in steam - it must have been a hideous place to work in 100 years ago with the danger, the smells and the dust.
  14. It should be back in water by now, this was the Marple side at 11am today:
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