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alan_fincher

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    Hertfordshire
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    Building a very small fleet of ex working boats!

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    Retired (from Computing)
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    "Sickle" & "Flamingo" (both built 1936, by W.J. Yarwood and Sons)
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    Grand Union (Southern)

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  1. CRT and continuous cruising

    Laws and bye-laws don't tend to prescribe what you can do. They tend to prescribe what you are obliged to do, or must not do. Nick is correct that the 1995 act places a maximum allowed stay time requirement for those not having a declared place the boat can be kept, but doesn't actually place the same requirement on those who do. CRT, on the other hand seem to expect that all boats must move on after the same time interval, whether they have a home mooring or not, but it is actually only a legal requirement for those with no home mooring. I suspect that most people who do have a home mooring, (actually legitimately used when the boat is not in active use), do not find a requirement to move on elsewhere after 14 days onerous, and hence accept CRT's line on it, even though not supported in law.
  2. Historic Boats for sale online

    Situated on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Wiltshire at present but can be moved easily. A bit unusual on the K&A ? (Sorry! - Couldn't resist!)
  3. Moored in the wrong place.

    It's like any other water point - so you can fill your boat water tank up!
  4. Connecting two skin tanks

    Sorry, but that makes no sense. If the engine has a correctly working thermostat, it is simply impossible to overcool it. With a thermostat you simply can't have a "too big" skin tank. EDIT: Sorry should have read on - I see several others made the same point!
  5. Talking engines

    ................unless you wan't something ultra-reliable that doesn't even need heater plugs on the coldest of days, on the very first push of the button or turn of the key. Then pre-1960 can still beat 21st century, sometimes. Irrelevant though as a mainstream modern boat is unlikely to be so fitted - it's a specialist thing.
  6. Talking engines

    You say "3 or 4", but have listed 5! The "Shanks" engine from Barrus is a totally different beast to the "Shire", and despite what you say, has never become "Mainstream". The fact that it hasn't probably says it should be avoided. No idea what you consider "later model", but for years the Isuzu engines marinised by HMI were very much "Mainstream", and the only thing to outnumber them might have been the Kubota engines marinised by Beta. For a secondhand "mainstream" boat in the (say) 5-10 year old range, I would have thought both Beta and Isuzu very strong choices. Vetus seems to sometimes attract attention for spares being pricier than some of the alternatives, but how important that is, I'm unsure. I seem to have read about a lot of engine mounts breaking on Vetus engines. You don't mention gearboxes. One with a PRM Newage is invariably a better choice than anything else, and a hydraulically changed model a better choice than the cheaper manual models, (all "in my opinion", of course!). Hurth boxes are not so well regarded.
  7. Opinions on fibreglass cabins

    A steel top, provided it is sound and not covered in rust will in my view always be a lower risk option. Whilst some GRP top boats were/are OK, others are notorious for leaks both where they join the hull, and between separate section of the top itself. (Harborough boats in particularly, but if it was the one you were looking at earlier that wasn't a Harborough - it might have had a Teddesley top, I think). You should expect to pay significantly less for an otherwise equivalent boat that is GRP topped rather than steel topped, (and hence you would need to price it cheaper too, if you need to sell it on). Look for evidence inside of the results of leaks. On cabin joins particularly, though damage to internal linings could be feet away. Also along the whole join to the hull. GRP topped boats are generally old enough that the engine may well be "old school" as well. An air cooled 2 or 3 cylinder Lister, maybe, rather than a water cooled unit. Such engines can last many decades, if well maintained, but equally there are lots of boats on the market with Listers that are really quite "clapped". EDITED TO ADD: Also wooden handrails attached to a GRP top can be another point where things go wrong, and leaks occur. (Not all GRP boats have wooden handrails, though).
  8. Historic Boats for sale online

    I've never heard of them sized by the litre, so I have little idea how impressive that could be. Like this?
  9. Historic Boats for sale online

    Unless the "do you know if Tycjo has been sold to anyone" post was a superb bluff!
  10. alternator warning light.

    Do you mean that? I would expect W to have Tacho connected, and not be connected to waning light.
  11. Historic Boats for sale online

    We have asked, but Pete's not telling. Based on absolutely zero knowledge, (e.e. nothing more than a pure guess), I'm still going for Otley.
  12. Moored in the wrong place.

    That's a closed Facebook group, so anybody not a member of that group will not be able to see it.
  13. Single Alternator

    I would just like to point out that in the above posts the quote that says has somehow been credited to me. Unfortunately I don't think that at all!
  14. Single Alternator

    I'd take a completely different view. On many narrow boats that have 2 alternators fitted, all one is ever doing is keeping the starter battery topped up - which in practice is close to zilch. It is the second one that is actually doing 99.9% of the work providing domestic services. Only if you have the two paralleled in some way, or can easily switch between one is much gained by having two. Many boats do perfectly well with one, but if you are worried about having no redundancy if it fails, simply carry a siilar one as an easily substituted replacement.
  15. Time limited moorings over the winter months

    Yes but such signs are intended to keep people out. Sensible signs at a CRT short stay visitor mooring should make people want to use them, if local businesses are to benefit. Putting up hostile notices undoubtedly deters, but, as I have said, I know for a fact it also deters some genuine visitors who would stick to the rules as well as those that have been classed "piss takers".
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