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About FadeToScarlet

  • Birthday 16/07/87

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    Trip boat skipper
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    'Severner' Willow, Bantam IV

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  1. Volockies

    Half open the first, pause for a second until the flush bounces off the bottom gates and the boat moves forwards again, then fully open it.
  2. Volockies

    That's not in their risk assessment!
  3. Who has more than one boat?

    Between the 5 of us at the wharf, we have 11 boats..... And some canoes.
  4. Filance Lock on Staffs and Worcester has Shrunk

    Can't remember where the nearest winding holes are, but is it worth going down backwards?
  5. Filance Lock on Staffs and Worcester has Shrunk

    We took Willow through (7' 3/8" at the widest point) with no problems about 5-6 weeks ago. It's worth a go!
  6. It's much easier to overplate a baseplate rather than the sides.
  7. Nb Tay and the dream!

    You need: -A suitable boat, and the gear for it (Merchant on the Thames cost nearly £200,000 all in!) -A patch or round that isn't already covered. The margins are thin enough without people competing. Failing that, an area such as London where there's enough customers to support more than one. -A Boatmaster licence (CRT requirement for hazardous cargo) -to become a Registered Dealer in Controlled Oils and know all the paperwork requirements Enough savvy to use social media to contact your customers and arrange your deliveries Places to load (Harder than it seems, Jules on the Southern GU has to run a pair as there aren't enough loading points any more for regular resupply and she needs to carry enough stock. Either a willingness to cover a large area and work almost every day, or a side interest or job e.g. fendermaking to top up your income A willingness to get more acquainted with poo pumps and their contents than you thought likely- often just before your lunch The skills, fitness and willingness to load many tons of coal and gas bottles manually, and heave it up onto cabintops; to fight a loaded boat through shallow cuts, bladefuls and bunged up bridgeholes to get to your customers The knowledge that you will never make a fortune doing it, it's bloody hard work over long hours for little financial reward. But then again, not all rewards are financial! It'd work well on the Thames, the prices are high enough that you can undercut the boatyards. Talking to the operator of Merchant, he sells almost entirely diesel, very little coal and gas. Or run it with fuel on the motor and a butty with the coal, gas, and pumpout!
  8. Engine oil help.

    That's a straight 30 oil, a monograde, rather than the multigrade 10w/30 which is thinner when it is cold for easy starting and then thickens as it warms up.
  9. Widebeams on Bridgewater

    Bargus (technically Beta - argus) - Small Woolwich. Owner is a member here- Jay4472 but rarely posts.
  10. What you can or can't do?

  11. What you can or can't do?

    Yes, "decompression lever" is the correct name for the decompression lever which is at the top of the engine. This is a separate and different fitting on the fuel pump, which opens the fuel rack further than in normal use, to provide more than the usual amount of diesel to aid cold starting, then unlatches itself and allows the fuel rack to perform as usual.
  12. What you can or can't do?

    That won't happen. It will be full not of bolts, but rivets, obviously!
  13. Driving service/help in West London?

    You'll probably be much better off joining the "London Boatwomen" group, which my wife tells me is significantly more sensible and less full of tongue-in-cheek abuse of newbies than the main group.
  14. Tunnel lights

    Keith was muttering about borrowing lots of butties to tow through with Hasty at one point.
  15. BCN Challenge details released.

    10th is pretty good for a first attempt, but we'd've scored more had the draft bonus been in place still. It does really slow you down- e.g. we took 4 and a half hours going down Ryder's Green to the junction and back up again, because of the shallowness. Lockworking was efficient (although I wasn't strapping in by that point, I was too tired to do it safely!) Our route was: Cambrian Wharf, down Farmer's and Aston to Salford, up Perry Barr, Up Rushall, around to Pelsall, up the Cannock Extension (with a photo of the foreend touching the end of the colliery basin), around the Curly Wyrley, up Holly Bank, around via Factory to Pudding Green, down Ryder's Green to the junction with the Tame Valley and return, up Spon, strap the boat around the turn, up The Crow. 26 and a bit hours, 2 and a bit hours "rest" whilst I fixed the engine. No sleep until afterwards We were originally going to go down the Walsall, but heard dreadful tales of woe as we were approaching, so went the other way around.