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    David walgrove
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    I am researching where to berth ( boat not yet bought ) and as I am an active golfer . I want to be close to a good course. Devizes Marina ( is it good ) with Bowood G C is a great mix. Does anyone have any other sound advice?
    And while I'm doing my first blog ever....am I right in saying the right configuration is .......cruiser stern re being very social whilst on the move and at rest..... plus reverse layout....?

     

    Thanks in advance

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    Looking for the typhoon for my great uncle roy nightingale as he worked the boat from 17 till he was 25 over 60 years ago ! He has heard small updates on it apparently going to London but we would like to get him and the boat reunited once more any information however big or small please get in contact with me on my email funky.ng77@gmail.com many thanks

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    Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev has more then 120 partner universities and offers many international educational exchange programs to their students. Basically, all study visits of students are a semester exchange programs. Students of the 4-5th courses are invited as a rule.
    In Germany the students of this university are accepted by the Konstanz University and the Leipzig University, in Poland – by Wroclaw, Warsaw and Jagiellonian Universities, in China - by Jilin and Nankai Universities, in South Korea – by the Wonkwang University, the Korean University of foreign languages ​​and by the Korean University, in Finland – by the Tampere University, in Spain – by the Granada University, and in Japan – by the Tenri University. Usually the universities cover tuition fee and student’ accommodation expenses (the remaining costs are paid by the students), and some of them give scholarships. For example, German universities give about 450-650 euro per month, Finland – 350 euro, China - about $ 400. It is worth noting that the students of any specialization can join such programs, of course, if they know an appropriate foreign language. Also, the annual international summer school (together with Vilnius University) is held for the law students.
    Also Taras Shevchenko University proposes the double degree programs for Masters together with French universities (students study in France from one semester to one year). For example, there is a general master's program in the sphere of the molecular chemistry with the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse and in the sphere of chemistry - with the Anger University. Also there is organized the Ukrainian-French program for physicists and chemists together with Strasbourg University, as well as the German studies program with the Herder Institute of the Leipzig University (Germany).
    Such programs give a great opportunity for students to practice and to get additional knowledge in their specialty, to study some time in Europe and to get wonderful experience. Time To Get Education propose international students to apply, study and get all advantages of studying in Ukraine. We will organize your admission on the best professional level! Contact us and start the procedure office@toget.education

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    Hi there! This is probably the wrong place to write this but I'll go ahead anyway.

    We've bought a 37' narrowboat with an Ellis boiler installed. We've not even tried to use it in the last year but would love to get it up and running. A man very kindly sent us an instruction manual but I can't make head nor tale of it.

    Does anyone know of anyone working in the Gloucester area or prepared to travel there who would be able to service and then advise on use of the system?

    I await the hundreds of positive replies with bated breath!!

    Jane

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    Prevent Damage To Your Home From Frozen Pipes

    Everything else can be fixed by a boiler repair company. For minor drain blockages, warm water is the most convenient therapy. "First of all, you need to ensure that he is proficient with a large range of locations.

    In all circumstances, you need to rely on pipeline repair to a professional plumbing. You don't wish to run the risk of long-lasting usage of a pipe that has actually demonstrated to indications of dripping, rust, or other damage. This could be affecting the quality of the water along with setting you up for a prospective catastrophe down the road. Having stated that, calling a plumbing professional out for an instantaneous emergency can be rather costly oftentimes. You can save a great deal of money by waiting and making a regular appointment. However, this isn't really going to do much for your leak in the meantime. If you feel you have the ability to do so, you can make temporary and basic repair works while awaiting the plumbing technician to demonstrate to up.

     

    The bulk of boiler repair obstacles are tough to spot in the beginning glance. It will require some time to see them. Insufficient heat upkeep and irregular sounds are indications of a defective boiler. To see whether the boiler is working properly, regularly perform an evaluation of the thermostat, merges, switches, pressure gauge, water level, radiator valves, and air vents. Report any peculiar noises you see instantly.

     

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    So just just how much money will you have to come up with before stepping foot inside your house as a pleased property owner? From a basic point of view you can expect to pay in between 1.5% and 4% of the overall price of the house.

     

    Regular tune ups are a needs to every fall as this will improve the overall performance of the heating system. It will also extend the lifespan of the heating unit. While carrying out the tune, your Heating and Air Company will be able to find problems to minimize breakdowns plumbers in the future.

     

    Numerous consumers simply presume that the technicians who show up at their door are professionally trained. This isn't always the case. Naturally, there are some truly great plumbers who found out through experimentation, and are exceptional at what they do. To find out if the plumber understands exactly what she or he is doing, ask how long they have actually been working for the company. If they are doing inferior work and costing the business money, no business is going to keep a plumbing technician on the payroll.

     

    The other kind of plumbing London problem is with the leaking faucets and pipelines. This will not just supplement the water waste in your house however will also add significant total up to your water expenses. And if the leak is happening in the inner pipes then this may lower the paint scalp from the walls. Leakages from pipelines must be addressed prevent the water pressure from turning the leaking to a burst pipes, will gallons of water gushing pit. Check the source of the leaks; if it is from the joints, attempt tightening up. The factors might be numerous for these pipes London problems. The one might be that you haven't got the good pipes product. The other could be the one that your plumber london wasnt much knowledgeable in his task and he didnt made the job done great.

     

    Stand across the street from it. Now look at the bones of the structure. Does it look like a sway-backed horse, with the roofing sagging in the middle? Does it have flat areas in its design that don't enable water to be receded rapidly?

     

    We hope this article has proven helpful and provided you much to think about. The moral here is to take pre-emptive action. Take good care of your homes boiler and ensure ongoing maintenance is in location. Your boiler in turn will work well and heat your home when you need it most.

     

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    emergency plumbing companies, professional plumber london, home remodeling projects

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    I just wanted to highlight some of the new accessories that are available for mobile transport. Much of the new equipment available could be utilised on your boat. Check out http://www.automateuk.com for more information.

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    You use crawlers to extract data on land. Now you can use octoparse in ocean!

    As a Chinese saying goes, the mechanic, who wishes to do his work well, must first sharpen his tools.

    When it comes to web data extractor, you may be more familiar with import.io, mozenda or other tools.

    but now, at this moment, it’s time for you to experience Octoparse, a totally free and powerful software.

    It would only charge for a little bit when you use their cloud servers to help you extract web data, and provide adequate support for users.

    I love this software. It can extract the data I need from web pages and I want to recommend it to you if you need to capture high-volume web data.

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    RichardB
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    Looking for relatives who worked the canals in the late 1800's from Warwickshire to Buckinghamshire. The Barnwell family any details would be appreciated

  2. I just had a bath on a moving boat. The sun is shining and we are out and about. Life doesn't get any better than this :)

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    kevinbsa
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    Hi All.
    I just purchased some motorcycle parts from a guy in Dorset and in one of the boxes is a Standard Lister Cylinder Barrel in it original box part No 351-50204 and it comes with a new Bryce injector for same engine. I also bought a Flygt Ready 4 Summersible Pump that is also new and not even had a plug fitted.
    If anyone is interested in any of the above give me a call on 07464 592171.

    Cheers Kevin.

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    Hi all,

    I would just like to let you know that we now provide a mobile diesel polishing service to most areas in the UK. If you think you may have a problem with the diesel bug, water or dirt in your tank please do not hesitate to contact me. We can clean your fuel without the loss of any diesel.
    info@clean-diesel.co.uk

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    Hi
    I've been looking to buy a new narrow boat and have spent a lot of time reading up and looking at boats and builders, They all differ greatly and i suppose you have to go with your gut instinct in the end with a builder you consider the quality, design and price meet your requirements

    However what puzzles me is if its a custom built boat, how can they fix the price at day one. My final design and specification may change as the boat evolves though each build stage. What happens if i change my mind on certain aspects? That is unless i see a boat and want it exactly the same!

    Another concern is that all the builders i have spoken to require payment in stages from day one. It seems to me that you are always at risk in the case where the boat builder failed. Is this the norm? How can you safe guard yourself as i have heard some builders require up to 50% from day one?

    Any Help or advice would greatly be received also if any body could recommend builders from personal experiance or any to give a wide berth?

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    Hi hope people can help I'm looking for a mooring in bishop storford heartfordshrie or near by if any can help many thanks rich :)

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    Hi All,

    I am looking to get a new wide beam built for live aboard purposes. I have had a hull built for me before, and I did my own fit out, this time I am looking to get the hull and fit out done. It has been a while since I was on the boating circuit and was looking to see if anyone could recommend good boat builders, and those that should be avoided.

    Many thanks.

  3. I have to buy new liesure batteries for my boat at the moment they are 6 volt 220 amp and there are four of them. I can buy 12 volt 120 amp batteries cheaper than the 6 volt will they do the same job.

    Any help appreciated.

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    Have you ever noticed how people who own old boats suffer due to boat covers? Not that boat covers don't serve a purpose or that they're not well crafted or even attractive. I'm sure some companies make really great pram covers and I know many people who love the idea of having one (you can shelter from the rain while driving your boat, after all).

     

    Even so, I confess to being totally puzzled why boat builders used to make boats with widely exposed areas of the stern at the mercy of torrential rain and snow. Lift up the deck-boards and you'll find a bilge swimming with water. If the boat is old, paint will have flaked off the bilge and you may find trapped air and pitting. Those who can't afford a boat cover or simply haven't had time to get one fitted, will spend hours draping building- site sheets over the stern. They will many times risk a fall into the canal as they struggle to find something to knot a chord onto so the sheet will stay on. I've even seen people make temporary planks under the sheet to try and persuade the water not to sink in, but to roll off the sheet. 90 per cent of these efforts wind up in failure. You can see many a boat with a collapsed sheet where the water has formed an ever bigger puddle, finally ripping the sheet and unleashing gallons of water into the bilge.

     

    Who builds a house with no roof on the kitchen, expecting the occupants to wrestle with sheets so they can sometimes go and make a cup of coffee without getting soaked? Madness isn't it?

     

    Having suffered all of this for too long, I've decided to try and convert my knackered cruiser into a sort of semi traditional with a self-draining deck. The plan is to repair my deck support girders where they've rusted, try and seal any gaps between the girders and the sides of the hull and later attempt to fit decking that's cut precisely so any rain will go between the gaps. Drill holes or channels will need to be placed so the excess water can drain overboard. As the boat is very old, the girders were only put in as supports for the decking and there seems to be no drain system.

     

    I'm not a boat-builder so I'm aware my chances of success are open to debate. For now I'll try and break it down into stages. It may be fair to say that even the designed self-draining decks will struggle if the rain becomes torrential or if it snows so the water melts all in one go.

     

    At least it's an attempt to fight back and a refusal to be yet another victim of the soaked bilge syndrome.

     

     

     

     

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    I am looking at buying a narrow boat with a view to livaboard and would love to stay on the Bridgewater as I still work and grandchildren here, although the Bridgewater is proving to be a nightmare. I really didn't want to go down the route of a residential as I don't see the point as it is no cheaper than living on dry land and to get your monies worth you would have to stay and use the facilities as much as possible which defeats the object really!!!! I am told you cant constantly cruise the Bridgewater and are unable to get a bridgewater licence without a mooring!!! I cant find any moorings available I have telephoned everywhere and they are all full with waiting lists (I have asked who has these waiting lists but no one seems to know even Peel Holdings)???? Does anyone know of any moorings available on the Bridgewater???? I know there is a new marina opening at Pennington Wharf but no overnight stays between November and March unless you have residential mooring at a cost of 3600 which on top of council tax and all the other maintenance which goes with your boat I feel is steep. Please can anyone help and advise

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    boswellbaby
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    hi all
    i am try to find out asd much information on the boswell family and the boat they may have had
    if any one has any picture of my family i would love to see them and hear all the information
    thank you all
    i am SAMUEL (JACK) JOHN BOSWELL AND VIOLET MAY BOSWELL (BRACE) GRANDCHILD
    leslie boswqell is my father

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    Hi to all out there.

    I am looking at buying a narrowboat in the future and before I go down the route of viewing vessels and being told by sellers whilst viewing, what they think I want to hear, I would like some neutral, non biased opinions and information about living aboard.

    I have a budget and it isn't a kings ransom and I am happy to live on something that I can improve as I live on it.

    My main worry is making sure I buy something with a good engine (supplied by a reputable manufacturer) as I have done some reading and see that there are ones that some recommend and some advise to avoid.
    Also i see that there are different thicknesses to the hull and sides of the boat - could anybody advise on what to avoid if some are 'too thin'

    I have no idea on how often a vessel needs 'blacking' or the costs of this. I suppose the price would be around the same region from one company to the next but I am guessing that depending on where the boat is moored, the costs of lifting out of the water could vary greatly?

    As you have probably guessed, I am quite naive but I understand living aboard is not just a case of buying a boat and thats it. My knowledge of engines is somewhere between zero and 5 on a scale of 1 - 100 and if the engine was to fail in the middle of winter I would be in trouble!!
    I guess I am trying to say that I think I would be OK with the cosmetic side of living aboard, but the mechanical side would give me trouble and this is my worry about taking the step to living aboard.

    So, for the time being, if there is anyone that could advise me on . . .

    1) Reputable makes of engines?
    2) How often a boat needs blacking?
    3) An acceptable steel thickness?
    4) Costs of lifting out of water?
    5) Moorings costs and locations between Leeds and Rodley (west Leeds)

    I have tried to find the info on number 5) via google and cannot even find mooring locations in this area never mind costs, and I appreciate there will be a limited few that could provide this info

    6) Any fees that I have missed such as License, waterway fees or anything else that is standard
    7) Lastly, I was under the impression that gas oil (red diesel) was OK to be used as fuel to power the boat? Is this still the case?

    I realise I have asked a lot, but any help would be greatly appreciated

    Much love

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    MARINA LODGE OWNERS FIGHT UNLAWFUL ENVIRONMENT AGENCY TAX

    Residents of waterside homes at a Cambridgeshire marina, many of them pensioners, are determined to fight demands that they pay an unlawful £430 annual river tax imposed by the Environment Agency or face heavy fines and a criminal record.

    The caravan/lodge homes are on permanently fixed floating pontoons and connected to main services. They cannot be fitted with engines and with no means of propulsion are incapable of navigation on the waterways like a boat.

    By law, a registration fee is due on all vessels using the river to help pay the costs of the locks and weirs essential to navigation and services provided to boaters. The marina home owners use none of these river facilities and pay local Council Tax.

    In a victory for common-sense, a Crown Court Judge over-ruled local Magistrates and quashed the convictions of two residents. He found that the homes were not vessels and not subject to registration fees, and refused the Environment Agency leave to appeal.

    Despite the ruling, officials from the Environment Agency, an unelected quango not directly accountable to the public, have now instructed Queen’s Counsel to appeal directly to the Administrative Court. The action comes at enormous cost to the public purse and is a waste of precious navigation funds which should be going only towards maintaining the navigable river.

    It is clearly an unequal and unfair ‘David v Goliath’ battle, with the home owners who have already dug deep into their pockets to fight the EA, now having to find thousands of pounds in additional legal fees. If they lose, they will have to pay the Environment Agency’s legal costs which could amount to £30,000. The peace of their idyllic riverside retirement has been shattered by fears of criminal prosecution and what can only be seen as theft of their limited retirement funds.

    But the local marina residents are determined to fight on against the EA’s demands, which amount to a tax without the sanction of Parliament. They are represented by an active Community Association which is now looking to the public for further donations to fight the injustice all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

    They are not alone in fighting the Environment Agency’s arrogance in demanding taxes which have not been approved by Parliament. In a case with many similarities in Oxfordshire, in David Cameron’s own constituency on the River Thames, residents of boats permanently moored in private off-river marinas are being targeted to pay for facilities they never use.

    The Environment Agency’s six-year battle to re-classify the private adjacent waters as part of the main river was rejected as unlawful by the Secretary of State in 2010. River taxes, or registration fees are only due on boats moored on or navigating the river. Despite the government ruling, last year the Agency arrogantly recommenced threats of prosecution and many berth-holders fearful of the intense bullying just paid up.
    Twenty-four Thames marina berth-holders who refused to be brow-beaten are now to stand trial at Reading in November for failing to meet the Environment Agency’s unlawful demands.

    The majority of the berth-holders have worked all their lives, contributing fully to society and are just looking forward to a peaceful retirement by the river. Like the Cambridgeshire residents, they must find money to pay legal fees to defend themselves in court while the EA can just commit unlimited public funds. Without equal professional legal representation there is a real danger that justice will not prevail.

    If you believe, as we all do, that we cannot allow any unelected quango to make up the law as it goes along and impose taxes without the express sanction of Parliament, then please support us in our fight.
    In the 1628 Petition of Right , Parliament addressed King Charles I in the following terms “….[Y]our subjects have inherited this freedom, that they should not be compelled to contribute to any tax, tillage, aid, or any other like charge not set by common consent, in Parliament”. Despite this, Charles attempted to levy an obsolete charge, Ship Money, against an Oxfordshire gentleman, John Hampden. In the days before judicial independence from the executive was secured, five out of twelve judges were prepared to say the levy was unlawful. Five years later, his subjects made war against him. Five hundred years later, along came the Environment Agency!

    Please donate whatever you can and, in the first instance, contact secretary@hartfordmarinaca.org .

    Thank you for your support in making the Environment Agency cease their unjust and unlawful endeavours.

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    Slipway services, was started at Uplands Basin Marina. By myself. I have since left the marina, and I now work out of Kings Lock boat yard, middlewich. Our quality and reliability is second to none. Uplands Basin Marina, has retained my business name, but the chap who now runs the slipway, has no qualifications in the boat repair business. And has no right to be working on boats.
    So please, if you hear bad things about "Slipway Service" remember, we are not related to the Uplands one any more!
    www.slipwaysrvices.co.uk (kings lock)

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    Dallow Lock at Burton on Trent is out of action due to the Anchor strap casting that holds the gate collar has been sheared off.
    C&RTs maintenance crew have got there work cut out with this one. Good luck to them.
    Tonight there were Ten boats below the lock waiting to go up.

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    Hi all, any advice please, we would like to take the Rochdale Canal end of this week/beginning of the next. My wife is a bit worried it will be hard for her if we can't get another boat to go with. We will be travelling from Leeds to Manchester. What are the mechanics on the gates like? Hope someone can help, John

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    I have a Eumenia 350-01 Baby nova, that has stopped working still with water in it. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the service manual please.

    Many thanks

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    Can any help lve been looking for my father's old barge it is a Humber keel my father bought it from James Rekkit of Hull in 1957 and was sold on in the 1970s, the last I heared it was at Rochester bridge but that was in the 1980s,any help to find it would be grateful, thank you.