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NBDensie

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  • Birthday 13/05/49

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    Densie
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    Aston Marina

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  1. Angled stove flue roof collar

    To complete the thread - the old wooden wedge has been replaced by a new hardwood one to the same design.
  2. Is it time for a new National Waterways Festival

    That is very much the policy now - hence Northampton, Pelsall, Ilkeston and next year's St Neots. The problem in the less favoured areas is finding a location with enough usable canal bank to moor 100+ boats and the space for an event attracting 1000's of people close enough to the transport/carparking/towns to ensure sufficient visitors. Another important requirement is the support of councils and other local organisations.
  3. Is it time for a new National Waterways Festival

    Good point. However the number of stalls is determined by the site and the occupants are those who apply. I dont believe the absence of bits, bobs and basic chandlery sellers is the result of any policy, it's simply that they dont apply. From personal observation there are fewer around these days, any that disappear aren't being replaced.
  4. Is it time for a new National Waterways Festival

    I wonder, did those complaining actually go to the Northampton, Pelsall and Ilkeston festivals? The reality is that there are decreasing numbers of people with the interest and time to go to such events. Many of the boaters active in the past are no longer on the water and there havent been sufficient new people taking up the lifestyle. This isnt just a boating problem. As people active in local societies whether it's nature groups, craft societies, sports clubs etc are finding, the memberships are dwindling and the committees are getting smaller and older. The facebook generation seem to have little interest in communal activities.
  5. Angled stove flue roof collar

    Many thanks for all the useful ideas, it seems that one way or another we will be able to get something that looks good. I have passed them onto our painter who is also investigating someone who can make aluminium collars. Once we have an agreed solution I will add the information to the thread.
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  7. Has anyone any idea as to how we get can create a vertical chimney for our narrowboat? The roof collar was supported on a wooden wedge which is now disintegrating. It seems that the angled cast iron ones one sees on some boats are bespoke. Does anyone know who may be able to make one? Thanks for any suggestions.
  8. EA v CRT

    Perhaps the age and historic status of the structures may have a little to do with the comparison. The Thames locks are fairly modern, well designed and solidly built, which they have to be on a river. The canal locks are often none of these. Surely a better EA/CRT comparison should be with the Severn or Trent locks.
  9. Had an excellent meal in the Terrazzo on Thursday, we all chose the lobster ravioli. It really is very good - a serious restaurant, not a pizza place or a fast food chain. 3 course meal for 4 including drinks cost around £30/head, so not outrageously expensive, in my view very reasonable for the quality of food.
  10. Water Lubricated Stern Gland

    The seals do wear eventually as does the shaft. Our vetus stern gear started dripping about a tablespoon/day after 4000 hours/10 years. Before then it was completely dry, we only use silicone grease at the start of each year. Changing the seal is a fairly quick job. The boatyard advised that it would be prudent to replace the stern gear after 4500 hours. That is a much bigger job.
  11. Soar and Trent

    There is an excellent Kerala Indian, the Kayal, in Granby Street near the Railway Station. You may need to book.
  12. Stopping between Kilby bridge and Leicester

    We have moored on the opposite side to Castle Gardens, a bit further upstream, in the past without any problems, just a longer walk to the city centre
  13. BBC reports on CC

    My understanding is that BWs original intention was to insist that all boats had a home mooring. At that time however a small number of people were genuinely CCing across the system. The CC bits in the legislation arent there to impose unfair restrictions on CCers, but rather to explicitly permit CCing under controlled conditions. I think you are right that the current problems werent predicted.
  14. Rodbaston Lock, Staffs & Worcs

    Rodbaston lock now open - work finished early.
  15. Rodbaston Lock, Staffs & Worcs

    Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Starts At: Lock 35 Rodbaston Lock Ends At: Lock 35 Rodbaston Lock Monday 22 February 2016 08:00 until Sunday 6 March 2016 17:00 Type: Navigation Closure Reason: Maintenance
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