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  1. A few years ago I had a newly built narrowboat with a plastic/polypropylene water tank. Soon after delivery the water pump would take a long time to pressurise the system. It turned out to be a small piece of plastic swarf stuck in the inlet port of the water pump filter. The inlet hole in the actual filter casing was much smaller than the diameter of the water pipe that supplied the filter from the water tank. The filter mesh in the filter was fairly clean but it was only by taking the pump off and examining it very closely that the swarf was detected. I needed a pair of tweezers
  2. How about this from Aquafax. They also show a box door striker to go with it. https://www.aquafax.co.uk/cabin-fittings/door-fittings?page=2
  3. Rather than keeping within the rules, I think it’s a question of how to preserve life. A few years ago my wife slipped on wet moss at the tail end of a lock while re-boarding at the back of the boat. This was on the gentle staffs & Worcs canal. She went into the water, the boat had momentum and we were moving away from her. I threw a mooring line to her, which was the first thing to hand. but that tangled around her legs. I kept a soft horseshoe life-ring, with a line attached, on the seating in the boatman cabin, I threw that to her, which she was able
  4. Can't help with a ring suggestion, but what about cruising the upper Thames to Lletchlade. Anglo Welsh hire boats up to twelve berth from their Oxford base. If the river is in flood, then you are looking at an out and back cruise on the South Oxford. You Tube have a recent trip "report". Shire Cruisers web site shows that they will be doing one-way cruises on the Leeds-Liverpool from spring next year when Figure of three locks on the Calder & Hebble is repaired, but the boat they use is a 56' maximum 6 berth that starts on a Monday which may not suite your crew.
  5. The installation manual for a Morso 1412 "Squirrel" stove can be downloaded from https://morsoe.com/media/com_hikashop/upload/safe/72146800_-_1400_n-en_uk_-_defra_1826145192.pdf Page 5 states "The smoke hood must not be fitted if the stove is installed on a boat where the flue height is likely to be less than 4.5M." There is also a diagram on Page 5 Item 1 is the smoke hood
  6. The Post Office may consider this part of Wolverley, but it's a long way from the canal and the only way anyone one on a one week cruise from Countrywide Cruisers would find themselves in this area is if they were Russian agents posing as holidaymakers and having nefarious plans for other activities. If urgent supplies are needed, then pull in just before Cookley tunnel, walk up a steep path to the road over the tunnel and there's a Tesco Express virtually in front of you.
  7. If you find you are ahead of schedule on the way back, take a detour at Stourton Junction to Stourbridge. It's a pleasant bit of canal. I used to moor at Ashwood marina and take friends on day trips down the Stourbridge arm. The winding hole is right at the end of the arm and is just a cut out in the bank inbetween moored boats. You have to have faith that when you get to the end you'll be able to turn the boat.
  8. You've probably changed the engine oil by now, but if you are going to do it yourself in the future do look at the Morris lubricants site. You can contact them to ask questions about oil suitability https://www.morrislubricants.co.uk/products/mar/classic-engine-oils/golden-film-sae-10w-40-classic-marine-oil.html
  9. I agree, the South Oxford would be a good choice. Although if you hire from around Napton you will within an hour have th navigate the Napton lock flight. I would also look at the Staffs & Worcs canal. This is an early contour canal, the locks are generally spread out and very pretty. It also has the much photographed Bratch locks https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/the-bratch and a staircase pair at Botterham locks. Napton Narrowboats run from Autherly Junction where the Staffs & Worcs ant the Shropshire union meet. They have a two berth Elite 2 b
  10. In the UK there is a public holiday Monday 25 May 2020 and the schools are closed for that week. Hire prices seem to go up in that week and availability goes down. As has been said, Napton Narrowboats run from Autherley junction which is a taxi ride from Wolverhampton railway station. Their Elite fleet have an open rear desk with seating, is has no sides to shield the wind, but maybe more comfortable and no sides to concentrate any engine noise. http://www.napton-marina.co.uk/index.php A few miles from there is Countrywide cruisers which have semi-trad sterns
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  12. If anyone wants background reading on dam maintenance and dam failure modes then this article may help https://theconversation.com/whaley-bridge-dam-collapse-is-a-wake-up-call-concrete-infrastructure-will-not-last-forever-without-care-121423?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest from The Conversation for August 6 2019 - 1378412962&utm_content=Latest from The Conversation for August 6 2019 - 1378412962+CID_5297a4ab137226a953fbbb5821b829d5&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Whaley Bridge dam collapse is a wake-up call concrete infrastructure will not last forever
  13. An interesting court report concerning the Vine Inn, lockside on the Staffs & Worcs canal at Kinver. The food hygiene doesn't look too good. https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/staffordshire/south-staffordshire/2019/07/12/dirty-and-dangerous-the-conditions-found-at-this-village-pub/
  14. OK. Perhaps I should have phrased it differently. But the OP is coming from Canada and is doing the Stourport ring over eleven days in June when the days are long. I did the ring a few years ago hiring from Brewood in an October when the days are much shorter and completed it in a “hirers week” (six and a half days) although we used most of the daylight that was available, so the OP should have lots of available cruising time and the Wolverhampton route gives more flexibility. I would say that the Stourton / Dudley route into Birmingham is industrial except
  15. I would not go via Dudley, it is a much more industrial route. I’d continue along the Staffs & Worcs. Its more scenic, including Bratch locks. It also gives more flexibility with timing. As you are going clockwise, by the time you reach Aldersley junction at the bottom of the Wolverhampton 21 most of the trips locks and the river section has been done, so if you have a couple of days spare you can divert up the Shropshire union, maybe to Brewood.
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