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howardang

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    East Yorkshire
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    Anything to do with boats, ships and the sea

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    Retired
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    58ft semi trad Winthorpe (Share)
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    Wigrams Turn Marina

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  1. What about adze marks. Adzes were sometimes used to dress timber and can leave marks like the ones you describe. Howard
  2. Yank - Locked in For Hire from Chirk

    I am not familiar with hotels etc. in Chirk, but if you are food shopping there is superb butchers shop there - McArdles - which is a must! If you have time, try to visit Chirk Castle which is well worth seeing. Have a great holiday Howard
  3. Not So Naughty-Cal in Norfolk

    Funnily enough Hebridean Princess does have a Norfolk connection in that, after purchase from Cal-Mac, it underwent a total transformation from a workhorse West Coast ferry to a very well equipped and comfortable mini-cruise ship and all the work was done at Priors in Great Yarmouth in 1989, being renamed HP by the Duchess of York. She was originally built in 1964 so she is getting a bit long in the tooth, but in 2006 she was deemed suitable to act as a substitute for the Royal Yacht Britannia when the Queen chartered the ship for her summer holiday and used her for an extended cruise around the Western Isles. I spent a lot of time on board her in the late 1980's and early 1990's as Ops manager and Senior Master. Howard
  4. What do you wish I already knew?

    This is a useful book to read before you go. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating/boaters-handbook there is also an accompanying Video which may help. Have a great Cruise. Howard
  5. Villager Puffin Stove control

    I have used Villager Puffin stoves on 4 different boats and all of them have had an adjustable grille to regulate air flow. They didn't look like the one you show. This is like ours:- Howard
  6. Canal dredging action

    One removes silt from the bottom of the canal, one cuts and remove weeds. You have seen a weed cutter. This is a dredger. Good luck if you meet one! Howard
  7. Interfering at locks

    I wonder if Mr Batch is ex "Andrew"? In RN Naval parlance handsomely actually means "slowly or with caution". I have never come across it being used in the real navy (the MN!). Howard
  8. Of the 30,000 or so people, a good proportion are recreational boaters who use their boats for leisure and therefore live in houses etc. There is also a substantial number who live on board permanently and of those, many are Continuous Cruisers, with no permanent moorings. They are subject to licence conditions which require them to move, at the most, after 14 days in one place. See the CRT licence details on their web site, link below. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/licensing-your-boat Howard
  9. Facebook, yobs canal boats and a lock

    I don't know what happened here other than fat finger syndrome!
  10. What sort of anchor?

    I hope he means 20mm diameter - 20mm circumference is only 6.4mm diameter, which is more like thick cord and certainly would be useless as an anchor warp or mooring rope. Howard
  11. Advice - considering a year afloat

    With the 5 of you on board you will have a large ongoing demand for fresh water and toilet pumpouts. Bearing in mind that part of your year will be over the winter, you will need to consider a marina mooring - at least for the winter, and maybe for the whole time - using it as a base to return to in summer. I agree with others that an ex hire boat may be best suited to your needs - especially one with two loos and it may be easier to sell on at the end of your stay. I would avoid any boat which needs too much alteration-once you start you never know what hidden issues you may uncover! Good luck with your plans Howard
  12. What sort of anchor?

    Popcorn anyone? Howard
  13. Bouyancy

    And within reason, that can be mitigated by loading ballast low down, bearing in mind that he needs to maintain s sensible draught.. Howard
  14. Bouyancy

    Sorry, missed that. Perception of the rolling is subjective and it might be worth asking an experienced boater to go on board with him to get an independent view. Alternatively, it may just be a case of not enough ballast has been fitted. Howard
  15. Bouyancy

    It is certainly not necessary to turn your boat over to test its stability! This is a well known (and mandatory) procedure on every ship and many other smaller craft. The title of this thread is also incorrect. It is possibly a stability issue, not buoyancy, although I think that the problem here may go away once all the fit out is complete. Howard
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