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Big Bob W

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  1. In a predicament

    We sold our share via boatshare.co.uk. Went within a couple of days. Possibly went in a bit cheap as we just wanted to get out of the monthly syndicate payments when we bought our own boat.
  2. Marina suggestions

    We moored there for a couple of years. Didn't like the long pontoons - if you are unlucky enough to be moored at the far end it can be quite an un-nerving walk to the boat in wet/icy/windy weather, especially when there were not many boats moored on there with you. The other thing with Wigrams is that on Saturdays, all the services are dedicated solely to Black Prince. Unless you pre-book you can not get diesel or pump-out.
  3. Marina suggestions

    Have a look at Heyford Fields Marina in Northamptonshire. Midway on the 14 mile pound between Buckby Locks and Stoke Bruerne. Less than 10 min by car from Junc 16 of the M1, but lovely rural location and excellent facilities.
  4. Alde Slimline Boiler

    Had a similar problem. Thought rather than blowing, I would use a can of "Air Duster" with a small tube on the nozzle. You know the things - they sell them to clean your keyboard I think. Ideal I thought, can get right in there. I am not sure if it was this or the resulting explosion that blasted the muck out when I tried the igniter!! Lesson learned. Cans of "air duster" do not actually contain air!
  5. Control cable linkages

    Thanks guys Looks right to me. Much appreciated.
  6. Control cable linkages

    The throttle cable on my BMC 1500 is connected using plastic/nylon connectors (picture attached). The same style of connector is used on the gearbox linkage also. I have a spare control cable, but would like to carry a couple of these connectors as spares - just in case one fails on me.... I have tried to source them, but can't find one anywhere. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks Rob
  7. Not a stoppage as such, however, the bottom gate on lock 15 at Marston Doles is taking over 20 minutes to empty currently. One paddle is out of action (think it has been for many months). The other gate paddle is only opening about 1.5 turns. CRT are aware. Yesterday there were delays of about 3 hours going up.
  8. Cleaning cratch cover

    Thanks everyone for the advice. I think I am going to give Fabsil Cleaner a go first followed by reproofing if all good. Its relatively inexpensive. Failing that I may invest in some Algae Zapper. I was offered the use of a pressure washer, but was a bit worried about damaging the stitching.
  9. Cleaning cratch cover

    We have recently taken ownership of our first boat. The cratch cover, although relatively new, is quite green. It looks like the boat has been moored underneath trees for a while. I have tried cleaning with soapy water and scrubbing. Whilst still wet, it looked quite good, but after drying, its still a bit grubby. I was just curious what everyone else uses to clean the canvas? Thanks Bob
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  11. River Nene

    Bozeat = Bojhut
  12. The Llangollen - When is it quietist?

    Suprised how busy it was this afternoon going up Hurleston. Best part of an hour queuing.
  13. What on Earth Are These For?

    Water to fill the new marina......
  14. Useful Tool for Boaters

    Useful link. Well done.
  15. Canalplan timings.

    Really useful tool. I find the defaults more or less spot on. The only thing to remember is to factor in a bit extra for queuing at locks etc during busy periods.