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  1. £14,000 for an ear splitting sr2 and a 'foam sandwich' for a roof, what more could you ask for?
  2. If you have a delivery address its well worth looking at some of the online/coastal chandlery aimed at the marine market rather than canal based ones (most canal side chandlers appear to be unofficial subsidiaries of Midland nowadays), as you will have a much bigger choice of potentially better quality gear. Being a bigger market, prices are often better too.
  3. It certainly is a design flaw! The individual heads should make it a breeze to repair a fault on one cylinder, but unless the fault happens to be on no 1 you've had it. It would be nice to obtain a tool to remove those nuts on the hollow studs, but being able to torque them up would scupper that, I suspect.
  4. I seem to remember the fitter that removed mine used an old jp gudgeon pin as a drift to drive it out, once the circlip had been removed. I wonder if you could use a small drill to drill several holes around the outside of the broken easy out to have a chance of removing it. Most jp heads i've seen only have a retaining bolt at one end of the shaft, so if that one is damaged its probably not the end of the world.
  5. The grinder could only be used from the outside, being up against the bulkhead and within the confines of a gas locker. This would create a larger hole on the outside, due to the round profile of the disc. I'd also assumed that the op wants a flat bottomed, 'D' shaped hole, not the easiest job with a grinder, and usually created with a gas torch in boat yards. Each to their own.
  6. There is a picture in the back of the same booklet that shows a two cylinder engine/gearbox with the same gear change wheel, on top of a short vertical shaft.
  7. It's so nice to get away from the noise and distraction of road and rail, and a real beauty spot - don't tell everyone! Have seen more than one cabin top removed by the bridges, generally the shed like additions seen on some ageing Tupperware.
  8. As Chewbacca said regarding the blades, i've cut several holes in the cabin top for flues, mushroom vents, etc.
  9. If the op is after anything smaller than a letter box, a disc of that size is impractical.
  10. I recently obtained a promotional leaflet issued by the National engine company containing some information on various craft using their marine engines, which included these two narrow boats. The boat called Violet appears to have been a butty as the cabin is very low, and the stern looks unusual. Does anyone have any information on the two boats? (apologies for picture quality, they are not that great in the booklet)
  11. If you're not due into a dry dock any time soon you will need to find an area of towpath that's quite low, start by drilling a reasonably sized hole in the corner where the drain will finish, and join up to the existing one with a jigsaw.
  12. Crikey, that's bad. We had an integral tank in the bow of our previous boat and every 4-5 years it would be re blacked, as most of the coating had disappeared by then. Is there such a thing as a potable anode, or low toxicity metal that could be thrown into the tank?
  13. Where was it docked? I doubt that uxbridge would accommodate a craft of those dimensions. I'd definitely want some evidence before purchasing an ex commercial craft (they are generally sold when no longer economical to keep), with no history of maintenance for several decades.
  14. It's too high to pass under most bridges on the system, and had another tier removed to allow it to move from Denham yacht onto browns meadow some years back. Doesn't sound like the potential purchaser wants to cruise, just moving onto another mooring - I'm struggling to think of any available of that length locally, benbow way being the only choice but dead man's shoes come to mind.
  15. The lock at Cowley is quite generous but I don't think the boat in question has a counter, and as such can't take advantage of this overhanging the cill, I'm sure that the barges built for the gravel run were slightly longer at around 73 1/2 feet. Another thing for the op to consider is that the dimensions would mean that this boat hasn't seen a dry dock for at least 35-40 years.