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About bargemast

  • Birthday 17/11/48

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  1. Well Athy, I knew that you are a well educated man, but never expected you to know so much about the Dutch Train- and Tram history. As a child we used to go from Amsterdam (were we were living) to visit the grandparents that were living in Enkhuizen, a very picturesque old fishing town on the IJsselmeer, formerly the Zuiderzee where my grandfather (mums dad) used to be a professional fisherman. We used to go there with this Steamtram: which is still occasionally running for the tourists. Peter.
  2. That's pretty close to what these trains were called in Dutch "Boemeltrein". Peter.
  3. If they run their genny for so many hours a day, their batteries are probably dead, it also most likely means that they're liveaboards. On such a small boat, it may not look pretty, but it surely will give them some extra covered space for some of their gear. For the rest, it's their boat, and they are free to have a pramcover if they wish to have one, if you don't want to see it, just look the other way. Peter. What a very sad sight ! Peter.
  4. It would be far from the ideal barge to CC with. What to do for the surveys, as it has to go into a drydock, or be craned out on hard standing somewhere. If for every move you'll need a big crane and a pretty huge flatbed trailer, it will be a very costly business. I wouldn't accept it, if they offered it to me for free. Peter.
  5. Their installation doesn't take up any valuable space Inside, as it's all fitted on a sort of turning platform at the stern, prop is always getting an easy arrival of water, being far behind the boat, and in case of fauling, easy to clear, but as you say they are lethal. Peter.
  6. 45° horizontally or 45° vertically will always be an angle of 45°, and is way too much as a permanent angle for the CV's of a prop shaft. Peter.
  7. As long as it was done (on a regular base) either by you or a mechanic, as breaking down always happens in the worst situations. There is a lot to say for doing this kind of maintenance work yourself, the most important is that you know your engine better, as a bonus, you know that filters and oïl etc have been changed, and that the filters not just had a wipe with a clean rag. Peter.
  8. Thanks a lot for the posting of that video Tim. Peter.
  9. If you didn't know what the part with the blue Arrow is for, I presume that you've never changed the fuel filter of your engine, and suggest to do that now before you'll break down somewhere on the Seine (or elsewhere), as it's no fun getting engine troubles on a big river, or in one of the locks sharing with a bunch of big barges that are (as always) in a hurry. Peter.
  10. Thanks a lot for this extremely useful info bizzard, I will keep this in mind for the most unlikely case that I will ever buy an old Land Rover, and will look for the screwholes in the dashboard, to safe me from having to drill them myself. If this most unlikely case will arrive anyway, I'll contact you for some additional info if I may, as you seem to know them pretty well. Peter.
  11. That's why I wrote in the first line that the 240's were rearwheel drive, and they had therefore only U-J's in their driveshafts. Peter.
  12. The older Volvo's like the 240 Series were rearwheel drive and much stronger than the more modern stuff. In the early 70's I had a Volvo 122S with the engine of a 123GT one of the most reliable cars I've ever had, that car was virtualy indestructible, too bad they don't make that sort of cars anymore, as I wouldn't hesitate to have another one. Peter.
  13. I presume your not moving today then Peter.
  14. Higgs, I agree for 100% with you, I'm the same, still listening to my favorite music of the 60's and 70's, and just can't get enough of it. One day I should become a bit more clever, and store it all on a hard disc, or some other means of digital storage. Peter.
  15. Of course, with my tired brain, I didn't think of that, but I'll keep it in mind in case I'll ever drive an old Land Rover again. Peter.