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alan_fincher

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About alan_fincher

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    Hertfordshire
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    Building a very small fleet of ex working boats!

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    Retired (from Computing)
  • Boat Name
    "Sickle" & "Flamingo" (both built 1936, by W.J. Yarwood and Sons)
  • Boat Location
    Grand Union (Southern)

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  1. Are you looking for something, (irrespective of age) that was built as a leisure boat, or something originally built as a working boat? What is your maximum budget?
  2. This very sensible response seems to have been ignored in almost every post that has followed it. This is the key. If the upstanding sides of the lower part are shallow, (say an inch or less), then very heavy rain will bounce off the roof hard enough that it the gets up under the covering dome, and can fall down inside that upstand. This can happen even of the dome is screwed down so its bottom edge is lower than the top of the upstand, (although screwing it right down should limit the possibility considerably). A quality vent will not skimp on metal, and will have maybe 2" of upstand above the base. That is usually enough that even a very heavy downpour will not be hitting the roof hard enough for drops to bounce up high enough to get over the top edge. Many of the vents sold are not quality.
  3. I think I mist have taken this when Anduril was virtually new. I wonder why it appears to have been renumbered from "No 98" to "No 96"?
  4. It does indeed look very well looked after, but at the end of the day it is a 46 year old boat with a Masonite clad wooden top, and its engine hidden away in a sound insulated box. To me, however well presented, it seems staggeringly expensive, I'm afraid - certainly not a "cheap" live-aboard, surely?
  5. I'm sticking with CP - OB is just not even a challenge. I'm pretty certain Chris is still with us as well, so plus ca change!
  6. Assuming you have, (as we do), 3 liftable floors stretching between the engine room bulkhead (or door) and at to the back of the swim, (possibly under a coal box), would a variation on the "David Mack" method work? Measure the middle board exactly, and then find how many complete tiles of your preferred size it is long. Lets say it is 32", and your preference is a tile size of 3". You can get 10 full tiles on, but they would then fall 2" short of the full length of that panel. But if you increase your tile size to make 10 tiles measure 32", you could then cut tile squares of 3.2" from your 12" ones, (discarding he excess beyond the 9 small tiles it can source). This would fill your middle 34" floor panel. Then go forwards from there on the front panel, and backwards from there on the back panel, still using cut 3.2" squares, and introducing short pieces at the extreme forward and backward end if required. This way each of your two joins in the floor will exactly coincide with cut tiles, so you don't actually have visible part tiles in the middle of the floor. Maybe I'm over-thinking this, and need to "get a life"!.....
  7. Hopefully he has bought all the poorly calibrated ones as well, though!
  8. Having finally got around to enquiring they are out of stock at the moment.
  9. I think you have missed the bit of George's reply that you quoted which I have now highlighted above. I think George is suggesting cuttin up 12" tiles to make (say) 16 times 3" tiles, (or maybe 9 times 4" tiles) from each. I think 3" is probably right, 4" probably "close enough" but anything larger will look quite wrong.
  10. You been back a few days, I noticed. I think Martin has now returned from more flounces that I actually own boats!
  11. there are plenty of chandlers that have online catalogues for things like bilge pumps, so this you can research yourself. Price will depend on size, flow rate, and whether you want it to have a float switch, (or equivalent electronic switch), that automatically turns it on as water rises around it. Exhausts on the other hand tend to be highly bespoke to a boat. Even if you buy a ready made one, it is unlikely you will find one that is an exact match to your old, and biggest problem maybe needing to modify pipework. You have not indicated if you think you are competant to do work like that yourself, or need someone to do (for exanple) the exhaust swap as a professional job. If the latter, the labour element may be more than you are expecting, but may also depend on where you are. (In my experience the closer to London, the more it costs!).
  12. I believe the "traditional" product for this was usually laid in "squares", rather than "diamonds", and that those squares were quite small 3" or 4" sides, possibly. From what I have seen of people trying to seek out a modern alternative it is not easy to find. Yes, you can find black and white squared vinyl floor coverings, but the sides of each square are more like 6", so it is not a very accurate copy of how it used to be, I think. I believe Sarah, ("Chertsey"), may have researched this a bit. She posts here again sometimes now, so might have some sage advice on the topic, if she spots it.
  13. We boated past the Hillmorton base last week, and it did appear that the shop was no longer where it was, but Matty is probably right that they have relocated it. It looked "quiet" but not actually "closed", and there are still boats there that I would expect to be there. How large a transaction is involved, please?
  14. This is fine if it has a fairly neutral finish, and the gaps that exist when it is at its most contracted don't look noticeably different to the rest of the boards. However I have seen boats where the T&G has been painted on the main surfaces, but as the tongues become exposed they are not. Frankly that tends to look bloody awful!
  15. You may have missed the recent comments by the RCR MD Stephanie Horton about issues she claims they are having being asked to cover many of the boats in London. Of course there are two sides to every story, and maybe it is the boats that are the problem, as she says, but I can't see many London boaters now being too keen on her remarks, and wanting to sign up. Perhaps that is exactly why she made those remarks!