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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. I'm happy to be corrected but it doesn't to me look like anything I have ever previously described as a Bantock boat.
  2. Price reduction on this one..... Linky
  3. Interesting debate. I have previously calculated that an Electrolux / Dometic type fridge should (on its own) empty a 13KG cylinder in around 42 days, and that seems to be borne out by practical experience. The flame in a pilot light in an instantaneous water heat appears to be not dissimilar to that in one of those fridges, so I can well believe they get through it quite fast. I really must try not to leave it running, but although ours always lights eventually, you need to hold the button in a long while, so it's a pain to relight every time you need small quantities of hot water.
  4. Some sources say that at least some of the Harbourmaster (? - I may be getting my names mixed up!) drives fitted to the River class motors had the Petter PD2, and what you can see in some of the pictures seems to support that. However other sources claim a 4 cylinder engine, so I'm not sure if more than one type of engine was used?
  5. This I didn't know - I stand more educated on the matter than I was! EDITED TO ADD: If the information I have is correct, then the range of production dates are..... Lister HA2 or HB2 1958 to 1969 Petter PD2 1954 to 1965 So the Petter was actually an available option several years before the Lister.
  6. The traditional material would be ordinary glazing putty. That's what I used to put the glasses in the brasses for a recently manufactured pigeon box. It seems to be working just fine.
  7. They weren't on our last boat, and enough water managed to get into the cable that I had to remake the connections on at least two occasions. Once water gets in, it penetrates down the conductors of Arctic cable, and each time I had to shorten the cable considerably to find copper that wasn't highly corroded. Maybe my plugs and sockets were particularly poor quality, but others I have had since seem no better. I think the design is just very poor.
  8. If it is, then my BSS inspector who was very much on the ball on other details didn't pick up on it. Ours is inside the engine room, which certainly avoids it filling with water. Even with an external arrangement the cable will still drape across some part of the boat as it crosses to the bank, so I'm not sure it is possible to eliminate potential chafing entirely, is it?
  9. Well certainly the tired old joke about Harland and Wolff having built the Titanic is trotted out at least once in every parade. We updated Sickle's notes this year, but as it was ultimately unable to attend, I have no idea if they would have used a revised or old copy. Last year Flamingo turned out to be booked in by them as Flamenco!
  10. The somebody is is wrong. What is on the end of your land line cable at the end it connects to the boat must be a socket, (female). What is on the boat must be a plug, (male). IMO the things are often a very poor design, and water does get in, if it is on the outside of the boat.
  11. The notes have severely caught him out in the past....... ....... when there were two "Owls", one of which Fellows Morton and Clayton built, and the other of which is a very much newer boat. It should have been fairly obvious the description he was reading didn't in any way match the boat being paraded, but he carried on anyway!
  12. That really does give Pram Hood a whole new meaning, doesn't it!
  13. Pete will probably correct me, but I thought that for the GUCCCo boats in the Southern carrying fleet at least, the use of PD2s for replacement of water cooled engines was almost universal. For example alll the second batch of Willow Wren repossesions dumped in the second batch of Wendover boats had PD2s, (or at least what was left of them once the thieves had got to them!). Not sure about elsewhere, but I think Armstrongs were also used to some extent in the Northern carrying fleet, weren't they? I'm not aware that BW put Listers in many carrying boats, though obviously ultimately they were much used as replacements in maintenance boats. Whilst a huge number of preserved working boats now have Lister H series air cooled engines, did BW ever actually fit any to the carrying fleet? I know that Willow Wren did, (Flamingo being an example), as subsequently did Blue Line to the last three boats used on the Jam Ole traffic, (one of these was a 3 cylinder rather than 2 cylinder example). I think most of the preserved carrying boats now sporting Listers HA, HB or HR engines probably never had them until after the last long distance carrying traffic ended in 1970. (This is a generalisation, and I'm sure Pete may point out other examples I have missed).
  14. I have always known of them as "idiot bars" since hire companies first introduced them.
  15. Fact checking required! All the 1930s built GUCCCo boats like ours were fitted with electric lighting from new, and had no reliance on parrafin! I recognise that boat - thought we had crept around unrecorded 20170624_152400 by Rob Manning, on Flickr