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    Trip boat skipper
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    'Severner' Willow, Bantam IV

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  1. Bargus (technically Beta - argus) - Small Woolwich. Owner is a member here- Jay4472 but rarely posts.
  2. #notallexworkingboats
  3. Yes, "decompression lever" is the correct name for the decompression lever which is at the top of the engine. This is a separate and different fitting on the fuel pump, which opens the fuel rack further than in normal use, to provide more than the usual amount of diesel to aid cold starting, then unlatches itself and allows the fuel rack to perform as usual.
  4. That won't happen. It will be full not of bolts, but rivets, obviously!
  5. You'll probably be much better off joining the "London Boatwomen" group, which my wife tells me is significantly more sensible and less full of tongue-in-cheek abuse of newbies than the main group.
  6. Keith was muttering about borrowing lots of butties to tow through with Hasty at one point.
  7. 10th is pretty good for a first attempt, but we'd've scored more had the draft bonus been in place still. It does really slow you down- e.g. we took 4 and a half hours going down Ryder's Green to the junction and back up again, because of the shallowness. Lockworking was efficient (although I wasn't strapping in by that point, I was too tired to do it safely!) Our route was: Cambrian Wharf, down Farmer's and Aston to Salford, up Perry Barr, Up Rushall, around to Pelsall, up the Cannock Extension (with a photo of the foreend touching the end of the colliery basin), around the Curly Wyrley, up Holly Bank, around via Factory to Pudding Green, down Ryder's Green to the junction with the Tame Valley and return, up Spon, strap the boat around the turn, up The Crow. 26 and a bit hours, 2 and a bit hours "rest" whilst I fixed the engine. No sleep until afterwards We were originally going to go down the Walsall, but heard dreadful tales of woe as we were approaching, so went the other way around.
  8. I would use this or something of the same spec: (I wouldn't buy from there though! Cheaper elsewhere) The important thing is that the oil is mineral oil rather than synthetic, and the API spec is CC - I.e. API CC. Modern oils have all kinds of additives and frills that you don't need and could do your engine more harm than good.
  9. It is a lot harder doing it to a shallower drafted boat though, you have to go in at a very shallow angle. Tried using the cabin shaft to clear the blades on a friend's 2' 4" draft boat but could barely get near the prop.
  10. No, because "working boat" is generally taken to be synonymous with "cargo carrying boat". It isn't the best term, but it is one in popular use. I tend to use "historic" or "ex working boat" when talking about mine to avoid confusion. What won't avoid confusion is that I heard the gate was lifted off its pintle by a work boat owned by contractors.
  11. A very different funnel though- the trip boat funnels held gas bottles!
  12. LEE kept the Harbourmaster until as recently as 2009/10 I think it was, when the owner, despairing of getting parts for it, had it removed and a conventional stern and modern engine installed. Which was a shame as it was I believe the last surviving one.
  13. Yes. The South Midlands boats are occasionally contracted to carry bulk cargoes from place to place. The converted one is used for commercial towing jobs. Granted, sometimes they go out on pleasure trips, but they're more working boats than my ex-working boat!
  14. The trick is to have a wide-angle light at the back of the boat. This is with a 600w 240v floodlight, which sits on the slide and can be easily turned away from any oncoming boats. It makes it significantly easier to be able to see the whole length of the boat and the walls on both sides, and lets you look in detail at the brickwork, repairs, etc. This is going between the newer concrete and older brick lined section.
  15. I lifted up a pipe that had fallen from a bridge over the BCN and was blocking the cut using a cable puller. Turns out there was a 132,000 volt live cable inside it, supplying many streetlights on the M6, and it earthed itself very spectacularly with much flames and smoke as I lifted it up. Ended up calling out the fire brigade and CRT anyway to turn it off first!