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starman

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About starman

  • Birthday 18/11/47

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    Harry

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  1. I've just finished a biography of Brunel and mention is made of a lost iron bridge of his being discovered at Paddington and saved for re-erection. There's plenty of stuff on T'internet about a 2006 plan to have it as a footbridge across Paddington Basin (like this) but nothing since. Does anyone know more?
  2. Interesting you say that, our windows were put in with foam tape then the edges sealed with a rim of Sikaflex EBT+ and a year later it's all crumbled to dust. Again I suspect UV damage. I wonder whether one of the marine grades would have performed better.
  3. All sorted now.
  4. Personally I prefer Whitchurch and its little arm to Ellesmere but the country moorings, as you say, are even better.
  5. PH2s - now they're a whole new story. I discovered the hard way that there are three different non-interchangeable head gaskets! Oddly, in 10+ years of boating in old engined boats I've never heard of it (hence my question) and always used Golden Film. I thought I might be missing something but clearly not.
  6. No need, it's CWF I'm sure someone will be along shortly with one ;-)
  7. My Kelvin chum gave me an explanation that it's good for engines with poor filters as the carbon and dirt is absorbed by the oil and then settles out at the bottom. No, I didn't grasp it either.
  8. A friend of mine was recommended this oil for his Kelvin by a Kelvin specialist. Its not one I've heard of - does anyone know of it and its suitability for a Lister JP? It's API CF/CF-4/SF/SG whatever that means. And what does 'ring free' mean? (Also posted in Boat building forum)
  9. A friend of mine was recommended this oil for his Kelvin by a Kelvin specialist. Its not one I've heard of - does anyone know of it and its suitability for a Lister JP? It's API CF/CF-4/SF/SG whatever that means. And what does 'ring free' mean? (Also posted in Lister forum)
  10. Previous portholes were held in with a sticky backed rubber tape like a narrower weed hatch tape. The windows came off easily but I'm not convinced about the sealing. Presumably butyl tape is sticky both sides so should absorb uneven surfaces better?
  11. I saw an interesting and pretty boat near Swindon Lock on the Staffs & Worcs yesterday. Called Moondog, it was a sort of narrow Dutch barge with barge bows, a lot of sheer in the hull sides and a fold down rear canopy. Altogether very attractive and unusual but, of course, I didn't have my camera! Anyone know anything about it?
  12. What do the pundits recommend? Window tape or Sikaflex? My worry about window tape is that it will leave a visible dark circle round the porthole against light paintwork.
  13. Apologies, no slur on your comments intended. I know one of them can be extremely gruff to say the least which probably didn't help. Beyond that, you're right, I wasn't there.
  14. My earlier post was partly in jest - I appreciate the Challenge is close fought, a lot of fun etc - but I thought the above remark somewhat out of order. I know both the boats and I know neither would cause deliberate obstruction. They have their own reasons for not putting scores in. As has been said elsewhere, it's not about winning, it's about the taking part.