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Chertsey last won the day on July 16 2013

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  1. Disillusioned

    Get a working boat, you could rig up a tightrope from back end to deck board - or at least to the mast.
  2. Only if the rope was tatty and blue.
  3. Keel Black Ballistic Black

    Just had Chertsey done in Ballistic so ask me in five years. It certainly looks the business (i.e. it's not smooth and it's not shiny). So much of it seems to be about preparation - I've always used Comastic before - and always on shotblasted bare metal. Chertsey's was still unbreached - other than scrapes on the most exposed guard irons - after seven years. I wouldn't fancy the chances of any product on a surface that wasn't scrupulously prepared. People will shotblast before applying two pack, because it's so expensive and they know that it's necessary to get optimum performance from it - but if you're going to shotblast, and black really well, a cheaper product might well work just as well - it's the shotblasting that makes the real difference.
  4. Canal and River Trust Sign

    The same tactics used against people who wouldn't or couldn't pay the poll tax - why send them to prison and create martyrs, when you can ruin them financially, and for a lesser burden of proof.
  5. I make that eight remaining out of 68 then - blimey.
  6. So, a follow up question... How many PD2s were fitted by BW during that late 50s/early 60s shift to air cooled (compared to how many Listers) and did they start with one sort and then change, or were they fitting both in different boats simultaneously? PS I believe that Chertsey's current PD2 is out of Rufford, and the one out of Chertsey is in my shed :-)
  7. Thank you Pete, that's great. Quite an exclusive club then.
  8. Ooh, thanks for finding that old thread! I shall start a separate list for Joshers :-)
  9. Yes, Alan Fincher mentioned that one.
  10. Ah yes, Comet. Thank you. Bilster's a new one on me.
  11. Apologies, I am pretty sure I've asked this before, about seven years ago, but a. the search function on here is as terrible as ever, and b. things may well have changed in that time. When I first bought Chertsey, I recall being told that about 20 boats still had PD2s in them. I now wonder whether that was a misremembering, misinformation, or is now just out of date... Yesterday I could think of only five: Aldgate, Alton, Cassiopeia, Chertsey and Darley. Plus Lancing has recently had one taken out. Are there loads I've forgotten (or never known about)? And/or have others been 'lost' to the world of historic narrow boating recently? (I am sure there will be some replies that make me go 'oh god, how could I have forgotten that one...)
  12. Can you use a coolbox in the water as a fridge?

    Back to butter... is it good for you... well, you need some fat both to get fat soluble vitamins and to make vital hormones, which is why cutting down too much makes you miserable as well as unhealthy. Saturated fat and dietary cholesterol isn't nearly as bad for you as they thought in the eighties, while artificially hydrogenated ones (hardened vegetable oils) are much, much worse. So... butter isn't as bad for you as many other things and it's NICE so yes indeed, lots and lots of people do use it. The downside of course is that it won't spread when cold, which is very frustrating on the boat when the ambient temperature is below about 15C . When I was a child my mother used to keep the butter in the oven, where the pilot light kept it soft. This was fine except on the numerous occasions she forgot to take it out before turning the oven on. I keep butter out of the fridge and sometimes have some on the go for weeks at a time, and it doesn't seem to go off at all.
  13. Life jackets.

    OK, I'll put my hands up to never.
  14. Can you use a coolbox in the water as a fridge?

    Why would you keep butter in the fridge? It would indeed be the hardest... I've been boating a few years without a fridge and here are a few ideas... Find the coolest place in the boat - this is likely to be below the waterline. That you you get any advantages there might be from the coolness of the water without getting anything wet. Try to insulate this from the warmer places - eg, a bit of polystyrene on the top/between it and where the sun shines. Insulated boxes are useless unless you actually have a means of cooling them - be that electrical (any cheap - peltier effect - cooling mechanism will eat electricity) or with ice blocks. Without this they'll just keep the heat in. If you must have fresh milk, buy the filtered sort - it really does keep longer. The logic being that warmth will cause all bacteria to multiply faster, but the fewer you have to start with the longer it will take them to reach critical mass. Same goes for UHT milk. Keep it open as little as possible. We boat with soya milk - it's just easier to store, seems to keep a long time, and is marginallly nicer than UHT cows' milk. Let the shop be your fridge - only buy meat if you're going to use it that day. Or let the pub store and cook it for you. We never buy raw meat - we'll have it when we eat out but base meals round tinned pulses when cooking on the boat. Trust your eyes and your nose rather than what it says on the label - whether it's before OR after its date. Live yogurt doesn't go off - it just gets more yogurty (the yogurt bacteria overwhelm any nasty ones). Pasteurised yogurt will. Be prepared to use stuff as it needs using and base meals around this rather than having a fixed plan. Don't dismiss tins - part of the fun of boating is eating stuff you wouldn't have at home. Tinned steak makes a great stew. Or corned beef (if you can't cope without daily meat) Most stuff doesn't go off, and of the stuff that does, most of it won't kill you, so just minimise the amount of perishable stuff you need to use.
  15. Aylesbury arm - disappointed.

    I did my first ever Big Woolwich boating on the Aylesbury Arm, on Chiswick, in 2009, courtesy of the late and lovely Bob Wakeley.