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Badminton355

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About Badminton355

  • Birthday 01/07/77

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Huddersfield

Previous Fields

  • Occupation
    Project Engineer
  • Boat Name
    Invicta
  • Boat Location
    Scholar Green
  1. Les Allen Boats - Limber Holes

    Quite right Wotever, I would have thought that if it did have them then the ballast would need to be arrange differently, as it is the ballast would affect the way any water ingress would be channeled to the engine room in the middle of the boat as this is the only area I can get to the bilges. The re-fit / extension was done when I was young, so don't quite know how it was done. That is 5 tonne of off cut steel, place strategically and each piece painted in bitumen.
  2. Les Allen Boats - Limber Holes

    I have a Les Allen boat, I am not aware of any Limber holes but can not be sure. We extended the boat some 10-11 years ago and from the photo showing the under floor i have it would appear that there isn't any. From what I have read it is more common to have limber holes in wooden boats.
  3. Max draught on Huddersfield Narrow Canal

    Aspley used to be our base, so traveled the Huddersfield several times with differing experiences. Going up we had a tyre wrapped around the prop, 2 hours of struggle in a lock through the weed hatch to remove, numerous occasions of sitting on the bottom until water had been let down. We draft around 2' 6" and 62' long. There is a very tight turn just after Milnsbridge (going up) which is quite deceiving, got caught out a time or two there getting caught on the edge. Going down we had a concrete lintel stuck behind a gate, so bottom gate would not open until CART came by and hooked it out, same lock, top gate would not open for some reason, we had to use the boat and rope to pull it open. Coming out of a couple of locks the by-wash was so severe that it pinned the boat in the bridge hole at the back end and the front against the towpath, plenty of power and pushing on the wall got us free. The tunnel is an absolute marvel, we have done it about 12 times and every time it amazes how it was built, the chaperones are very knowledgeable, giving tips on where to be in the tunnel as it is not straight in some bits. Mind your head on the pins which stick out of the top. Hard hat is well worth it. It is a very demanding canal but well worth the trip. Have a beer on the bench at lock 29E, my Dads memorial bench is there which CART let us renovate and add a plaque.
  4. Another Boat Sunk In A Lock

    I don't think this is the same one but shows how quick a boat can sink. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/narrowboat-sinks-seconds-dramatic-video-8661272
  5. Kelvins and Geaboxes

    Hi I have a J2 and the gears work there way out as mentioned, I have a similar set up as the red wheel although I have a screw tapped into the back of the wheel and use a hook fixed to the hatch opening which locks it in place. A quick flick of the hook releases it when changing gear.
  6. Photos of your boat.

    Thanks Chas, never noticed the clips, my OCD will have to address this issue. I do like to keep it clean and tidy.
  7. Photos of your boat.

    Invicta Engine
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