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Neil2

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  1. Tekaloid has been around for a long time, a favourite of banger owners in the 1970's I painted my Morris Minor van with it. TBH you can get away with almost anything on a Waterbug, a boat that would probably look wrong with a modern shiny two pack finish. And it won't take long..! I did ours over a week and got about six coats on it. Re the tiller arm - Waterbugs normally have an outboard with a tiller arm permanently attached, it sounds like yours is different? Is it the same sort of arrangement as a conventional NB ie a swan neck with a detachable tube? If so then as Alan De says why not buy a tube and cut it to length. With our outboard I wasn't happy with the tiller as it was so I got one made exactly as I wanted it, a fairly simple job for any boatyard/blacksmith.
  2. Most engines are flexible mounted but they still transmit vibration - noise - through the hull via the transmission. Fitting an Aquadrive or Python drive makes a big difference by allowing the flexible mounts to do their job properly. A big/hospital silencer is probably the best value for money thing you can fit though.
  3. Similarly I have fond memories of our Waterbug, 25' LOA with its V shaped hull we could literally moor anywhere. It was great fun to tie up is a shallow stretch and watch boat after boat attempt to get into the side.
  4. You don't get very good value for money with these in terms of space, compared to a built in fridge. 15 litres isn't very much but if that's all you need then fine. The only other consideration is, the modern generation of 12v fridges usually have a low current cutout, so if/when the battery gets below a certain level the fridge switches off. This, I understand, is to protect the compressor which can suffer damage if the input voltage is too low. I doubt these cool boxes have this feature, it's worth finding out though.
  5. I don't know if cost is the issue, higher ratio boxes don't cost any more, so it's just the bigger prop that would increase the expense but not by much. I think it's simple lack of thought, and the fact that middle market and budget boat builders know that most of their customers will be inexperienced and probably not at all concerned whether their boat is performing as efficiently as possible. It's only when you do a lot of cruising on varied waters that you become aware of any shortcomings in your set up and let's be honest, these days most boats are either going nowhere or have a very limited cruising range.
  6. I can't think why anyone would choose to moor against a boat running its engine, apart from exhaust fumes (and it's summer remember so closing doors/windows isn't an option) there's the noise. It always seems to me those boats that have to run their engines to charge up the batteries always have the loudest motors. We were dutifully tied up at Windmill End once, right behind the boat in front just in case any other boats came along, and he fires up his engine at 8pm. And it was loud. I agree with the comment about "motorway manners" on the network these days, I see more and more examples of folk behaving with little or no consideration for others.
  7. There's another reason why people leave gaps. The number of times we've arrived at a mooring spot and find the boat in front still running its engine, or you get tied up and the engine of the boat you are hard up against fires up.
  8. The short answer is unless you are on a wide river or somewhere like the Main Line where there's a lot of room, if the boat in front won't let you pass there's not a lot you can do. If you shout, or try using the horn, it's possible that it will be interpreted as an aggressive gesture which might not be well received and may make matters worse. I'm just amazed that some boaters have such a thick skin, I even think some do it on purpose.
  9. I've just bought a scythe.
  10. Surely they've sorted that out by now haven't they? I recall doing that stretch about six years ago and I thought we're going to catch something life threatening here before we get out of Oxford.
  11. I can't weld but I'm always interested to hear what experts have to say. I had this conversation with the late Bob French (of French & Peel) some years ago and he maintained there was no place for MIG welding below the waterline and other welders I have spoken to have said though MIG welding is great, don't use it routinely for anything that has to be watertight. I emphasise not my opinion, just repeating what others have said. No doubt there are respected boat builders out there using MIG. I suspect there's a few members on here who often contemplate learning to (stick) weld, I have a question for those who have learned - is it one of those "motor skills" that once learned you never forget eg like riding a bike, or do you have to stay "in practice"?
  12. I don't recognise the location but the boat wouldn't look out of place on the K&A.
  13. If you were that first boat heading towards the bridge and you saw another boat under the bridge on the junction and there's two boats behind, doesn't it make sense to let that boat (you) get out of the way first, especially if you were partly blocking the entrance to the Leicester Arm? That would mean all three boats heading towards the junction could make their turns without you in the way. I think the steerers of those boats demonstrated their inexperience. The second example I come across all the time and I consider it's bad manners. If you are clearly going much slower than a boat coming up behind it's just polite to allow that boat to pass as soon as it's practical. Unless of course it's a heavily locked section of canal. I remember last year following a boat all the way up the Coventry from Fazeley Junction three hours at just under 3mph and the guy in front simply refused to let us pass almost certainly because it was late in the day and he knew very well mooring would be tight at Fradley (he was right). It's not a question of being in too much of a hurry, as you say all boats have a natural cruising speed and it's a pain when you have to constantly adjust to someone else's rate of progress.
  14. I wonder if there is a lot of this sort of thing going on these days. In the days when licences were transferable, BW didn't routinely change the ownership details on a sold boat until the licence was renewed by the new owner. I sold a boat to a couple and a few weeks later received what I would describe as a threatening letter from BW telling me to stop using my boat for "commercial purposes". Obviously I complained, especially since I had duly returned the change of ownership form BW supplied you with in those days, which is how I discovered the boat was being illicitly used for hire by the new owners. I suspect someone shopped them as the boat was pretty old, basic and not the sort of thing you would expect in a hire boat, however cheap. At the time I did wonder about the buyers, they didn't seem to have a lot of spare cash which is doubtless why they had to go down this route. I wonder how many others dream about buying a narrowboat and see this as a way of paying the bills.
  15. I'd agree with Robbo and what's with that weird clerestory thing or whatever it's supposed to be. however, the main issue is I reckon this is one of H&L's wet bilge boats. Note there are no pics of the front well or the engine room which would confirm it but the cockpit clearly drains into the bilge which is consistent with the through bilge that early Hancock and lane boats had.