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koukouvagia last won the day on December 29 2011

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    1912 Braithwaite and Kirk motorised butty

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  1. How do I build a Perspex window in a side hatch?

    Make sure you get good quality acrylic sheet. The stuff sold at B&Q etc. is thin and scratches easily and becomes discoloured. I used 5mm acrylic sheet from http://www.cutplasticsheeting.co.uk/ Bolts and handles are fastened using 3mm nuts and bolts. Acrylic sheet is easy to drill. The cranked bolts are located in small tags. Because the window overlaps the window opening, no rain enters the boat and there is no need for any sealing. Because this is part of an undercloth conversion, there is a small strip of canvas which prevents the top of the window from letting in rain. If I had a conventional cabin side, I'd add a discrete strip of wood at the top of the windo opening to act as a rain divertor.
  2. BBC last night

    Actually, there were some real experts who were consulted for the programme - Barry Argent and Laurence Hogg, especially. I was asked if I'd like to talk about FMC on camera, but I knew every mistake or slip of the tongue I made, however small, would be pounced by the forum. So I declined
  3. clutch removal Kelvin J4

    I agree with billh's comment. It doesn't take much rubbish between the prop and the stern post to prevent the clutch engaging properly. What happens when you put it in reverse?
  4. Historic Boats for sale online

    When we had work done on Hampton, we really had no choice but to replace because the overplating would have been seen as ugly patches above the waterline. Also there were parts of the hull that had overplating over overplating. Cutting out the rotten iron and replacing in steel is highly skilled work and took nearly three months to accomplish. Looking at the finished result you can't tell that the rear end is largely steel.
  5. Historic Boats for sale online

    A really good conversion. Unlike many adverts this one has plenty of photos. At that price, I'd say that it will sell quickly. I'm presuming the undercloth cabin is steel.
  6. Historic Boats for sale online

    I’m not sure that £35K is an excessive price. True, it you simply wanted an unconverted, empty, unmotorised butty to pair with a motor, then it would be very pricey. If you bought a cheaper butty, you might have to budget for remedial work that could easily bump the price up. However, if you intended to convert a basically sound boat, with a steel baseplate and a sound back cabin into a motorised butty like Hampton, then the economics make a bit more sense. I would guess that for an extra £40k you could get a first class motorised boat which has an interesting pedigree. For those interested, here's the more or less finished conversion of Hampton at Stoke Bruerne and Foxton earlier this summer.
  7. Historic Boats for sale online

    This is a very fine boat. Elegant lines and an interesting history. It'll be fascinating to see what a new owner will do with it.
  8. Now if you had a Kelvin all you'd need would be A sense of touch (the cylinders should be "as hot as a man's hand can bear"); Keen eyesight (there is no oil pressure you just have to make sure the reservoirs are full and the dipstick is at the correct mark before starting out); Good hearing (keep listening for the splashing sound to show that the Rae water pump is working); A sense of smell (to detect anything overheating).
  9. Photo of towy and kubina exit lock at the port

    I've had all sorts of people use my images of the Kelvin when I had Owl. I can't say it bothers me. At least two of these were for commercial gain. I hope Ray isn't deterred from sharing with us the pictures he manages to dig up. He isn't attempting to pass them off as his own.
  10. Oh dear

    Lady on towpath: Is that on old barge? Me: Yes, It's an historic butty. Lady, looking at the Watermen's Livery Company registration number (1396): Is that its date?
  11. March of the Wide Beams

    In 2014 I counted 48 widebeams tied up between Cowroast and Stoke Bruerne. In 2015 there were 56. In 2016 there were 78. This year I was too disheartened to count, but there were at least half a dozen tied up in stupid places.
  12. Converting working boat to live aboard

    Yes, I know what you mean. However Hampton has had an undercloth conversion for at least 40 years. It is generally thought that one of the reasons for the dearth of historic butties is that very many have been turned into motors. What we, and others, have done is to prevent this from happening. If someone really wanted to put the wooden ellum back, I know where it is. I have no intention of having a horse for Hampton in the interests of preserving historic accuracy, hence a horse substitute - an hydraulic drive.
  13. Converting working boat to live aboard

    I haven't got the figures to hand for restoring Owl, but if you want to see what's involved in restoring and converting historic boats, take a look at the two websites below. The figures for Hampton are, however, fresh in my mind. Over the years, it's cost around £90K. I fitted out the undercloth conversion myself for around £10k. The original uncoverted boat cost £9k, but since then some of the best in the business have sorted out the rotten footings, base and stern, have rebuilt and fitted out the back cabin, have made a steel ellum with its hydraulic drive. It's also had a new paint job and has been lettered (by Dave Moore of this forum). I know I could probably have had a good second hand Hudson for that price, but I like the idea of preserving a 106 year old boat for the next generation. It's worth noting that a boat like the newly restored but unconverted England is on the market for £65k. Some have expressed shock at such a price, but I bet it reflects realistically what it would cost to do a first class restoration. For another 20 to 30k you could then have a good conversion. However you do the sums a good converted historic boat will cost around £80k. You can't do it on the cheap. See www.narrowboatowl.com and www.buttyhampton.com
  14. Wood burning stoves to be banned in London

    The proposed new terminal for cruise liners at Greenwich will cause huge pollution. Each behemoth spews out the equivalent pollution of 2000 lorries. Another of Boris' bright ideas.
  15. Historic Boats for sale online

    It is perfectly possible to add a steel undercloth conversion without A frames. Hampton was converted over twenty years ago and, according to a recent survey, has not spread in the slightest. The key is to have strong steel gunwales.