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koukouvagia last won the day on December 29 2011

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    1928 Yarwoods motor, 1912 Braithwaite and Kirk butty

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  1. Among my photos I've just come across this. I can't remember the source of the picture (let me know if there are copyright issues). It seems that you can use whatever lino is at hand.
  2. This is what the painted floor on the butty looked like. The squares were 3".
  3. I've seen these before. The squares are far too big.
  4. If you locate a source, could you let us know? I've been looking for this for years. In the end my wife painstakingly painted black and white squares onto a ply floor in the cabin of Hampton. I don't think she's going to volunteer to do the same when we get our butty back after its restoration with new back cabin, so I'm on the lookout.
  5. You've either been very unlucky in your choice of engineer or there is something fundamentally wrong with the engine. Any engineer, or knowledgeable amateur could quickly identify and eliminate the faults suggested above. I notice that you are based in London and that good engineers are few and far between. The excellent one I use, for example, won't come into London to do work.
  6. On the contrary. The section I watched on Sculptor and Stoke Bruerne with Lorna York I thought was pretty good. It was one of the few television programmes about canals where I didn't want to throw something at the screen. Or did you mean Flog It in general? I've no idea about that since I'd never watched it before.
  7. Thanks for that Laurence. I just wanted to make sure that there was not picture somewhere which showed a definitive colour scheme.
  8. It’ll soon be time to have our ex-FMC butty, Hampton, painted after its extensive rebuild. It was built in 1912 so it’ll be painted in black and white livery. I’ve consulted the Paget-Tomlinson’s Colours of the Cut, but that only shows a side view. I’ve got pictures of most of the extant Braithwaite and Kirk butties but they all show colour variations. I was wondering if someone could answer the following queries. 1) Are the handrails red (I’ve seen green)? 2) Is the front back cabin bulkhead blue? 3) Is the back bulkhead of the cabin just black and white? (Kildare and Ilkeston have green and black) 4) Did the hatches have decorated cupboard doors? 5) Has anyone got a picture which shows whether there should be a bull’s eye? 6) What does the slide look like? Colour? Design? 7) Is the lettering on the rear bends white on a red background or is it white on black? I’ve seen both. 8) Does the ellum have just a simple black pattern on white? Or should it be multi-coloured like Ilkestone’s It may be that there are no definitive answers, but I just thought I’d ask.
  9. That's a huge improvement. Thanks Richard. A very clever program. I had no idea you could tweak a site like that.
  10. I don’t want to comment on the feasibility or desirability of continously cruising and educating children. But from a school's perspective there are two sets of problems. - one soluble, the other more complicated. The legislation is clear. Schools must not discriminate against children whose parents are on the move. There are various ways to make this lifestyle possible. For example, children may be registered at more than one school with a “base school” identified where the child spends most of the time. Schools are allowed to increase the class size to accommodate travelling children. There is a special code in the attendance register to record the absences of such children so that they are not regarded as “unauthorised absences”. The rules are quite complicated and I bet not all governing bodies are aware of them. However, there should be absolutely no discrimination and schools must be made aware of their obligations. More problematical is the question of admission and this is especially difficult when schools are oversubscribed. All schools have to have a legally binding admissions policy which sets out how children are admitted. There is usually a pecking order - children in the care of the local authority are placed at the top of the list, followed by children with acute social or medical problems. Next often comes siblings and various other criteria are applied (e.g. church attendance for faith schools). Then there is the criterion of distance from the school to the home address. I honestly don’t know how the school where I’m a governor would respond to a boater with no fixed home address. There is nothing in our admissions policy which mentions itinerant boat families. However, I did ensure that our catchment area included a boat dwelling community on the Thames. I would be very interested to know what difficulties, if any, continuous cruising families encountered when applying to the school of their choice. I know this may be a contentious matter, so PM me if you prefer.
  11. I have a separate stainless steel tank attached to a bulkhead. It is fed by means of a semi-rotary pump from the main tank. Read the BSS regulations because a tank greater than 27 litres is subject to more stringent conditions - venting, overflow arrangements etc.
  12. I'm a bit puzzled. You originally wondered if moving your tank would reduce the smell. I don't see how moving the tank would reduce the smell if it wasn't the source in the first place. Anyway, it seems that all is well since you've traced the leak to the inlet with the de-coking rod. Sorry if my advice was based on completely the wrong premise.
  13. Surely there must be a vent of some sort, otherwise no diesel would flow (Allan aka Keeping Up) has proved this to be the case.
  14. (Wikipedia sv "many happy returns(greeting)")
  15. On one of our boats the we use the day tank in the engine room to feed the fire; on the other the tank is on an outside bulkhead. The engine room always has a diesely smell, which I rather like. How do you fill your tank? There will always be a smell once you remove the filler cap. Or is you tank so big (over 27l if I remember correctly) that it needs a breather?