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About bargemast

  • Birthday 17/11/48

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  1. Hello Nick, another slight misunderstanding, I didn't say that your PRM 150 wasn't supposed to turn in both directions, but only Jennies PRM 120, and that only the later and bigger boxes were good to do that, yours included, but my writing must have come over as confusing. Sorry for the trouble I've caused you to have to find your gearbox documentation, I've got most of that information here too (somewhere) of Lancing. Peter.
  2. That's a very important point Mike, good you came up with it. Peter.
  3. Nick, I think that only the later (and bigger ?) types of PRM can turn in both directions. On my twin engined boat I have 2 exactly the same PRM boxes of which one is turning in reverse to go forward, which is perfectly alright for them. Peter.
  4. Hello Jo Cocker and Leon Russell, or just simply mad dog n' Englisman, you quoted me with something I didn't say, no problem for the rest, it only wasn't me. Also you wouldn't hand over £70k to a private buyer, as you'll have to give it to a private seller, slight difference, but I see clearly what you mean. Of course before handing over any money, some serious checking has to be done, there are still (some) honest people in this world, but they're getting rare, and it isn't easy either to find out who is, and who isn't, one can't be careful enough. Peter.
  5. Rugby boat sales is supposed to not be as good anymore as in the Dominic days, but probably still worth a try. The boat of the link doesn't look bad, OK it's made by a budget builder but it's there and ready to start doing to her what you want to adapt her to your own wishes and taste. She's only 3 years old, and only 1200 engine hours, you can of course always try your luck with a cash offer, which many sellers are very interested in. Questions about topilets are imo a waste of time here, as there are some people that only want cassette toilets, others that only want pump-outs and then there are the increasingly popular composting toilets too, it's all a very personal choice, but shouldn't be the reason why you buy or not buy, as it's not too difficult to change from one to another. You can also find on the forum that people that only wanted a cassette toilet, found a boat that thicked almost all the boxes for them apart from the toilet system that they were definitely going to change, and live happily since 5 years or more with exactly the same toilet, and wouldn't want to change for anything else now. Good luck with your search, Peter.
  6. That's another very good remark from our friend bizzard, something that's often completely forgotten, and even more if this breather pipe isn't easily accessible. It's far from an easy- or nice job to do if the heat-exchanger has to come off, as long as no bolts snap off it will be a nice job for Mark the mechanic. Don't leave with the boat until you're happy with it, and assured that it will give you good service, it's easier done now with this mechanic around than somewhere in the middle (or outskirts) of nowhere after you've broken down, if that would be because of a lack of oil, it will be very expensive to repair (complete engine overhaul). Good luck, Peter.
  7. I've always heared of the term "Bridge bars" too. Lots of hire boaters remembered them at least for several weeks after having hired one for the headaches they caused them, hitting hard when getting off the boat in a hurry without paying enough attention, quite usual for inexperienced hire boaters. Peter.
  8. Yes Nick, those are the famous boats, thanks for the photo btw, I've always liked their bows that are so much different than all the others. Peter
  9. OK, and some of them even had BANANA engines too Peter.
  10. The Harborough Marine Bows were known as "Window Breakers" or "Window-Smashers", due to their shape, which probably wasn't clear enough in my previous posting. Peter.
  11. Sorry to say, I don't see any similarity between them, to start with already completely different bows (Window breakers) Peter.
  12. Nice one, as if the air isn't polluted enough already, it's supposed to be very poisonous too. Peter.
  13. Even if they would have advertised as 9.8 mm it wouldn't have been the real plate thickness, as only the outer plate counts with an ultra son tester. Peter.
  14. Hello Dean, an old blog, and very good it was too. I was amazed to see how quick you made this sailaway into a nice home for your familly. The only thing I never understood is why you repeatedly wrote that you were going to post more pictures soon, but never did. Of course nobody can oblige you to put up these photos, but there's no need to say several times that you're going to post them, if you don't do it. Still anyway, I think you did a great job. Peter.
  15. They are lovely bikes, there aren't many around anymore, and I don't even think that many were made, but I like the looks of them and the very special sound of their engine. It takes a bit of getting used to, with brake and gear-change on the opposite site of most modern bikes. Take good care of your bike (and boat of course) and you'll never need or want another one (unless you can find a similar one). Peter.