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alan_fincher last won the day on September 23

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About alan_fincher

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    Building a very small fleet of ex working boats!

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

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  1. CRT disgruntled staff

    Why on earth should I go anywhere near a site that I know has been used by its owner to attack me personally? I'll pass on that one, thank you. Mr Jay's site is like Thunderboat - I have no desire to read either.
  2. CRT disgruntled staff

    Why "gob smacking"? If you know the author, and his agenda, you can guarantee it will be anti CRT. Are you seriously suggesting it isn't?
  3. CRT disgruntled staff

    But those who SJ has in the past decided to post personal attacks on on his own website don't have that option do they?
  4. Selling my body

    I agree with those who have said this is not so. Quite a few of the "historic" set feel it is a shame that a whole era is being lost where these boats took on another existence, and worked that way for years. "Ling" IMO was an excellent example of a boat that could have been left in it's reworked state, though I agree having an HA or HR throbbing away at your feet is less desiable than having it in a forward engine room. A consistently popular boat at gatherings is the much bastardised Carnaby, which not only retains its BW reverse layout, but also the "dropped" forward gunwales. I sincerely hope nobody attempts to convert it back to a 70 foot carrying boat.
  5. Selling my body

    I think it now highly unlikely that any of the few remaining ex working boats still with CRT will ever be offered to "Joe Public" on the open market, by any means of sale. The exact mechanism seems to change each time, but unless you can put yourself forward as a heritage group or some kind of trust, I don't think you will secure one by this route. If you want a real piece of history, better looking at those privately advertised, whether on e-Bay, Apollo Duck or via the HNBC. If not already sold, "Otley" would be my current pick for anybody wanting a project. I have no real idea if it would represent more work than malvern, but my gut instinct is that it wouldn't. Most of the BW/CRT owned boats are fairly "clapped" once passed to new owners, (witness the huge spend that Chesterfield Canal Trust people have had to make to bring Python back to a good standard).
  6. CRT disgruntled staff

    If it is on the site of Steve Jay / Steve Jenkin, (Jenlyn, formerly of this forum), I imagine it was never going to turn out with views strongly supportive of CRT! I haven't read through it , but surely it would be impossible to know if responses had been suitably manipulated to support his own message? (For clarity, I'm not saying they have been, only that they could be!).
  7. How to stop being unmoored by yobs

    From what I have observed in many chandlery outlets, only two type of stake are sold..... "Definitely long enough" and "Might be long enough if you are lucky". By my reckoning if they will knock easily into a good bit of bank with anything less than a 7lb hammer, they are probably not as big as is ideal. They also look like they may very well all come from just one or two suppliers, and frankly I have not seen a lot of difference in quality, (Midland Chandlers ones look to me much like all the rest). If someone knows of a good supplier of something better made and longer than the "standard" "long" type, that don't cost a fortune, it would be helpful if they could share the information.
  8. Cheapo calorifiers?

    Actually these don't seem to be very cheap at all. Example: Fairly typical 50 gallon vertical with twin coil and no modifications. Price £344.48 I think this is probably the same thing at Limekiln Linky. Price £320
  9. How to stop being unmoored by yobs

    Back when I was first boating I never heard anything but stakes, I think, and I was very seldom North of Brum! My head says that if you moor 20 tons of boat to "pins" they are bound to come out if someone goes past, however slowly!
  10. Cheapo calorifiers?

    Seems to be exactly what multiple places are selling at widely differing prices. It says they are "own brand" but also says they are made by Mannley Cylinders in West Yorkshire, so it looks like "Copper Cylinder" are not the actual maker. I will check this out to see which is cheapest, but interesting you can specify a lot of options, (albeit at a lot of cost in some cases). Mannly Cyliders also have a web-site, but each time I try to Navigate it, it completely freezes up Firefox.......
  11. How to stop being unmoored by yobs

    I guess I must be lucky, but we have never been untied by anybody, anywhere, ever, yet........ (Famous last words!)
  12. How to stop being unmoored by yobs

    Won't they just pull the "pin" out? (Why has everybody started calling them pins - they aren't really "pins" are they? )
  13. Cheapo calorifiers?

    Yet from the pictures for each type they all look identical, (a bit like a sheep?)
  14. Cheapo calorifiers?

    I'm on the lookout for a new calorifier, and that e-Bay advert shows the pitfalls involved. Unless I'm missing something, it is seriously lacking in good information 1) Dimensions for each size 2) Bore of heating coils 3) Size of connections 4) Max tested pressure / recommended PRV pressure value. It is at least different from the relatively few types that otherwise actually seem to now be being sold. Many places are only offering the pre-plumbed models by Surejust/Surecal, (although some, like ASAP supplies seem to be branding these "Hotpot"). These are the shiny bright blue "wrappered" ones. What I found was that although several places sell a non pre-plumbed model, this time in a dull light blue, not "wrappered", it looks from the apparently identical pictures used that they may all be from the same source, even though prices being asked differ substantially. This example from Kuranda's web site....
  15. Modern "old" engines

    Current suitable "DV" series Bukh engines seem to list speeds of up to 3,600 RPM. Unless there are others I'm missing, that is hardly "slow revving" surely?