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Tiggers last won the day on September 5 2014

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  • Birthday 11/10/86

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    Listers, tugs, good red wine, good company

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    Canis Major, Duker Parbella

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  1. CRT disgruntled staff

    Bullying from middle management? Pretty much sums up my time with CRT, as do a worrying amount of the other points raised
  2. Non condensing boiler?

    Thanks for your help Paringa, will have a look into them
  3. Non condensing boiler?

    They seem to be quite thirst on energy, how do you find that side? We plan to do a lot of boating on the continent as opposed to being moored up with an electric feed
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  5. Non condensing boiler?

    As we will be running it on diesel, not oil so condensing are a problem. Also, in a house, they drain away, you can do that into the canal as it's hazardous Don't really want it to drain into a tank which we have to then pump out
  6. Hi all,Looking to install a new diesel boiler in our barge. We are looking for a non condensing 15-20 kw mains power boiler, does anyone have any recommendations?We had initially looked at Warm flow as they had great reviews from friends but they no longer do non condensing boilers and we are struggling to find anyone still doing them due to new house regulations.
  7. Widebeams on Bridgewater

    Very much to do with the IPA in the Axe and Cleaver
  8. Widebeams on Bridgewater

    Thank you for the lovely pictures, the very large barge, Parbella is one of mine. All three, plus another L&L short boat, Ribble, that was up ahead, are all moored at Bedford Basin in Leigh and have been to the Lymm Transport Festival. They certainly turn a few heads when out, and the kids love Parbella now we have reinstated her wheel as she looks like a pirate ship!
  9. Today we sold Owl

    She has gone to a very good owner, and a very lucky one! She is a stunning boat, always been one of my favourites. Owl and Hampton were the first pair of old boats I remember seeing and falling love with. I am glad we will see you out and about on the cut on Hampton.
  10. Ferret

    Funding didn't run out, they raised £27k, what happened is CRT are a bunch of ******. Our (trainees) scheme was only ever 18 months and paid for by the heritage lottery foundation. Started off fantastically with Dave Linney at the helm and we had done a number of recording exercises with Ferret, deconstruction etc all in accordance with the national historic ships guideline (and pressed upon them that Ferret wasn't the boat we should have been doing being fairly ununique). Rebuilding Ferret was going to give us the opportunity to get experience in a number of different skills. It is a fairly long winded story, but to cut to the chase, a fairly horrendous member of staff decided he didn't much like Dave or the liability of the boatyard and spent a few months trying to push him out with aborhant bullying tactics and then took us off working on Ferret and told us we would instead be learning woodwork by hanging new gates around the museum. As I objected to this as I had signed up to learn historic boat restoration, the bullying tactics also turned to me. They eventually pushed Dave out and gave him a final written notice for smoking a cigarette whilst sat on a bench in the top basin at 7 o'clock at night after he had started working at 6am to crane a number of boats around. After Dave left, we were permanently pulled off Ferret as due to health and safety regs we couldn't needlegun and could only do 1 rivet a day due to vibration. After we the trainees left, Ferret sat doing nothing until they shot blasted her to within an inch of her life (despite EVERYONE telling them not to) and then threw her in a shed. I could go on, but I'm currently on holiday in Turkey and just thinking about it makes me shake with anger and sadness. It took me a long time to get over the way I was treated there and I didn't experience half Dave did. Thankfully I am working with Dave again at a proper boatyard and now doing a proper restoration job on my own boat, Canis Major. None of the £27k was spent by the way. Most of it came from the People's Postcode lottery which was donated to CRT in general. A friend of mine donated £1k and after many complaints, he got his money back and donated it to a more worthy cause
  11. Canis Major

    For those who may be interested, Canis Major has come out at Industry Narrowboats at Stretton for a major restoration. Pictures will follow! One interesting discovery so far is the number 87 painted inside the hold which clears up whether she was number 86 or 87 when with Stewart and Lloyds
  12. Historic Boats for sale online

    They can't sell them to joe public/the highest bidder otherwise they'd loose their museum status. I think there are a number of boats that they will accept proposals from groups for i.e. People that would restore them and use them to get the community involved. Others will probably be passed to other museums outside CRT as I think is the case with Ferret
  13. Historic Boats for sale online

    All of the museum boats have now passed into the hands of CRT and by the looks of it they are already palming them off
  14. Historic Boats for sale online

    FMC Fern: https://m.apolloduck.com/feature.phtml?id=499643
  15. Class of Motor

    Currently sat in the pub with Dave Linney who did the work on this boat and he confirms this; it is the original back end with the addition of a couple of guards and it is a Thames conservatory boat. Apparently the swim is very short.