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  1. Grand Union books

    Arteries of Commerce. Just found my copy. it has a limited edition label loose inside which reads The Waterways Museum Stoke Bruerne 'ARTERIES OF COMMERCE' a limited edition of 1000 reprinted from the 1930's original, in hard covers No. 23 A soft back is also available The 23 is hand written.
  2. Grand Union books

    Arteries of commerce was reprinted as a limited edition with a certificate around about the time Blisworth tunnel re-opened. My copy is not available at the moment for a closer look. There was also a ribbom plate done for the same occasion.
  3. £150 fine on long term moorings

    How long before the scroats deface the signs with a spray can. Once defaced enforcement will be very difficult or possible impossible.
  4. BCN Challenge details released.

    We were entered but there was some serious hull repairs needed so rather than risk anything we decided not to participate. Just for the perdantic ones I did let the organisers know, so that if they got more than 50 entrys we would not be stopping anyone from entering. It is a sad fact of life that deep drafted boats and shallow canals do not go together. We will I hope be doing 2018s event and will be our usual polite and helpfull selves when it comes to letting people past, lifting a paddle for those following and getting a lot on the blade so the others don't
  5. Do single socket windlasses exist?

    If you have a single big eye windlass then all you need is a short length of 90 degree steel section of the right thickness cut and filled to fit inside the existing big eye to reduce it down to fit the small eye. One problem with this is if you use a long throw big eye make sure you miss the balance beam with your knuckles. If you are good with a file then the insert can be made a slight force fit that needs a tap on the metalwork of a gate to fit or remove it. windlass insert.pdf
  6. A tale of two JP3s

    Getting the broken stud out - a couple of ways. Find a engineering place with a spark eroder and take the head to them. Or A blunted left hand centre drill might do the trick. I saw it for the first time and could not work it out at first. Milling machine going the wrong way for drilling and a centre drill in the chuck But I kid you not they do exist. http://www.phantomdrills.co.uk/shop/product/left_hand_drill_bits
  7. London Canal Museum Talk

    From the Museum own web site. "Illustrated talks are held at 7.30 pm, on the first Thursday of each month except August. Most speakers illustrate their presentations with photographs. The museum is open 1000 to 1930 on the first Thursday of each month. Admission to talks and museum is charged at the usual museum admission charges. The programme is given below. In the event of any last minute changes to lectures or other events the site will be updated if sufficient notice is available."
  8. Move my engine by boat ?

    Churchward I think you may well be right about the weight being a bit light. Ballast barrels, we use the blue plastic ones 44 gallons capacity therefore 44 X 10 = 440 ibs per barrel. 5 barrels in the back of the hold gets the counter almost flat on 5 X 440 = 2220 lbs. That works out to just over a metric Tonne Dont know where you been boating Pete but you need an awfull lot of rain to get the shuts and a pallet under water. I did take a 5 cylinder ( not sure of the make it was a long time ago ) one for a ride one year it was in storage in the hold and it had a holiday. That was just sitting nicely just towards the back of the middle of the hold.
  9. Move my engine by boat ?

    150 Kilos is 6 X 25 Kilo bags of coal to get things into perspective. If you were bothered about the draft put it just a little forward of the centre or if you have ballast barrels empty one of them and put the block at the back of the hold
  10. How to do canal locks like a Boss!

    Not to be critical or nit picking and no offence meant. "Not to mention the naughty bits - as in - looping the line around gate guard rails - OK if you know what you're doing." Butty rudder is easily damaged and without an engine to keep the boat on the gate or a strapping post in the right place the alternative is the rail on the gate. That the rope is low down thus lessoning the mechanical advantage as well so very little force on the hand rail. Where the balance beam has the raised large metal rectangular hand hold at the end of the beam a couple of wrap around that is also used.
  11. Old Petrol

    Dont know if it will work with old petrol rather than with fresh petrol but you can get an additive to keep petrol in good condition while in storage. Put "fuel stabiliser" into ebay for a choice of products
  12. JP3M Winterise raw water pump?

    Dont forget to drain the gerbox / reduction box as well if you have the water cooled one fitted.
  13. Query about balance beam ends

    The cleat could well be for a line of the fore end when you need to hold a boat as far forwards as possible. A butty in a lock the rudder is vulnerable so you take a line off to keep it on the gate.
  14. Flexible hose for water pump.

    Aquarium shop or a industrial pipe fitting supply place.
  15. Morso Bottom vent jammed

    If you get the lead ( graphite ) out of a pencil and make it into a fine powderl and mix it with some oil to make a thick paste. Put some on the threads that are jamming and it will help to stop them from seizing up again. Or see if you can get a little bit of copperslip to put on the threads.