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koukouvagia last won the day on December 29 2011

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    1912 Braithwaite and Kirk motorised butty

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  1. I'm already suffering form acute withdrawal symptoms. It'll be the first time in fifteen years that we've not been there with either Owl or Hampton. The former has now gone down south with its new owner and the latter is still undergoing extensive reconstruction at Stockton Dry Dock. We've booked in to a nearby hotel so we shall at least be able to enjoy the atmosphere and meet all our friends.
  2. If I were interested in this boat I'd want to know whether it has a steel bottom; whether the main cabin is wood or steel and whether there are any steel A frames to prevent the boat spreading further.
  3. This little lot didn't stop the Kelvin,but I knew I had a problem because the offending article had wrapped itself between the stern post and the blade, so that I couldn't get the engine in or out of gear (for those unfamiliar with a Kelvin gear box, the whole shaft moves backwards and forward when changing gear.) I can recommend pond gloves when you go delving into the weed hatch.
  4. Bellatrix is for sale (£50K) according to the latest edition of the HNBC magazine. Apologies if it's been advertised before.
  5. Cantley, a Town Class Woolwich with mooring at Rickmansworth. Apologies if this has been noted before.
  6. You don't need a rev counter on a Kelvin. Just count the bangs.
  7. These are, indeed, fascinating photos which I'd not seen before. It's interesting to note the photographer's attitude to photo-journalism: "I was enough of a journalist to realize that you invent a good picture. I was the pioneer of the made-up picture. The faked, invented picture." The same goes for the excellent, but posed black and white photos taken of boats (among them Owl) in Regent's Dock taken by Cyril Arapov
  8. I've just dug out the notes made by my colleague and his A level maths class in 1988. They run to twelve pages of formulae, calculations and methodology. They are completely incomprehensible to me, a mere classicist. If anyone would like a copy of the notes PM me and I'll send you a PDF. The class calculated that my Springer weighed 7.84 tonnes. Pretty accurate, I thought.
  9. This question pops up periodically on the forum and on a couple of occasions I have outlined a very different approach. I've never heard of anyone trying this method, but I'll post it here again in case anyone is interested. Years ago I saw the following method for weighing a narrow boat using only a spring balance, a stopwatch and a measuring tape. I'm not a mathematician, so please don't ask me to explain the details. All my part in the experiment was to provide a narrow boat while a colleague of mine and his A level maths class took all the measurements and made the calculations. The method was for me to tie a line from the boat to a spring balance which itself was tied to a bollard. I started the engine until a thrust of about 50kgs was measured on the spring balance and the boat was released. For the next 50 metres I drove the boat at a constant speed past markers at 10 metre intervals, then cut the engine until the boat drifted to a stop past further markers. This gave the acceleration and deceleration rates. The results were as follows: Thrust (T) = 46 kgs; Accel. (a) = 0.0346m/sec/sec; Decel. (d) 0.0231 m/ sec/sec; Gravity (g) 9.8 m/sec/sec My colleague used the formula W=Tg/(a+d) and the weight was 7.8 tonnes. I reckoned this was spot on because at the time I had a 38 ft Springer. The full explanation which my mathematical friend wrote up is several pages long. We submitted the article to the waterways press, but none of them could understand what we were saying so the article has languished in a drawer for nearly 30 years. No, I don't understand it either - but it did seem to work!!
  10. Thanks. Not sure who it was you saw. We've taken three prospective buyers along the Tring Summit recently. We've spent the last week clearing everything off the boat. We had accumulated so much over the years that we needed more ballast to bring the backend down to the correct level - so we bought extra bags of coal from Jules and Richard.
  11. Thanks Mike. We couldn't be more pleased with the new owner. It is a bit of a wrench - especially not being able to play with the Kelvin. However, we're looking forward to using Hampton once it's gone through its intensive restoration. At the moment we're sitting on Owl which no longer belongs to us - a strange feeling. The worst part of the process is the prospect of being boatless for a couple of months.
  12. We’ve had the boat for nearly 30 years and the time has come to pass it on to the next generation. We are delighted that Owl will be going to a real historic boat enthusiast who has had a great deal of experience of such craft. So for the first time since the Braunston Show started, we won’t be there this year on Owl but we’ll be there on the towpath watching and chatting to friends. However, we are definitely not giving up boating because our motorised butty Hampton is at present undergoing extensive restoration and, with a bit of luck, will be ready to show at Alvecote. The sale went through remarkably quickly and we received several very good offers. We’d never sold an historic boat before and we weren’t really sure how best to go about it. We decided not to use a broker, mainly because we were not confident in identifying one that would be really knowledgeable about historic boats. We put and advert in the Historic Narrow Boat Club magazine and distributed cards at their AGM and spread the news by word of mouth. I then put together a detailed website ( which gave as much detail and history as I could. This meant that any fenderkickers who just wanted to see what the boat looked like could simply be referred to the website. I would advise anyone selling a boat like Owl to spend a few quid on a website and fill it with as much information as possible. I did hang a “For Sale” sign on the boat, but the only enquiry that it elicited was to see if we were vacating the mooring. I then put an advert on Apolloduck with a link to the website (note to self, remove advert). We had three serious viewings where we spent the best part of a day going over the boat and taking a short trip along the Tring Summit. Very convivial occasions they were, with lunch provided. It was quite appropriate that our last trip on Owl should have been along the Tring Summit with the BBC recording the occasion as part of their forthcoming programme on the canals.
  13. In the well known 1950s film where A GUCCC pair go from Bull's Bridge to Birmingham, you will see, if look closely that on the list of available boats for the journey, Owl and Florence were top of the list. However, against the steerer's name was the word "illness", so Pinner and Downham were chosen instead.
  14. This symptom occurred about twenty years ago after I fitted a Centreflex coupling. It's never really bothered me, so I regard it as yet another Kelvin quirk.
  15. The director was most chuffed, especially since the steerer was resplendent in period costume, complete with a traditional bonnet! The appearance of a GUCCC boat fitted in with his narrative - "In the 1930s FMC faced serious competition from a new company." Is this true? Did it contribute to the eventual demise of FMC?