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Mike Jordan

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About Mike Jordan

  • Birthday 29/02/44

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    Ive been a waterways enthusiast for more than 40 years and a boat owner/builder for about 35. In that time Ive built and fitted a number of shells and fitted out others made by various fabricators. Although Ive fitted ready built engines I much prefer the financial and quality advantages of marinising my own, I have always had a liking for the leyland 1.8 diesel. (2013 Update)Author of - "Narrow Boat & Dutch Barge Joinery Designs for Boat Fitters" ISBN - 978- 0-9576824-0-5
    (And still making the occasional cratch board)

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  1. On the understanding that it's not the best answer to the problem it would be sensible to glue the bottom or one side rather than all round. It's rarely a good idea in my opinion to use masses of glue when fitting out. If you are fitting a bulkhead and door combination which stretches right across the width of the boat I've found its better to allow the door to close up to a partial bulkhead rather than into a rebate. This solves the problem caused by cold winters when the steel she'll contracts and the timber expands due to atmospheric moisture. My photo gallery contains a shot of an internal door with a solid oak raised panel in it, fitted by a so called boat builder in Bath. It was one of many doors on a boat which destroyed themselves in the first winter afloat. They were competently made by someone with no idea of the amount of allowance needed to allow the panels to move with changes in moisture levels. Mike.
  2. Retro fitting bulkheads is always a bit tricky to do and make a sound looking job. One idea that may help you is to use a batten screwed to the surface of the linings with a groove in it the thickness of the new bulkhead and about 9mm deep. You can conceal the fixing screws in the groove and then slide in the bulkhead material before putting the door frame in place. If no other fixing methods are available the bulkhead material can be glued into the groove. Mike.
  3. Best place to buy diesel

    The garage at Wheaton Aston is normally the most competitive for many miles, I can't recall ever having passing by without topping up there. The price is displayed at the pump by the bridge. Mike.
  4. Hi Big Col & WotEver Nice looking piece of work, well done. Mike.
  5. I plead guilty to the charge of self promotion! The book was part of my retirement, it seemed a waste to fail to record the various plans and making systems that I had used down the years. Graham's book is very good for all matters on fitting out generally. Mine only gives detailed plans and methods of making internal fittings and furniture etc. It's intended to assist competent woodworkers to make the items, everything from porthole shutters to extending beds and roof lights. Also handy if you are not a fully competent woodworker but want to explain what you need done by someone who is capable, but can't spare the time make drawings.
  6. Also on Amazon - Narrow Boat & Dutch Barge Joinery Designs. By Mike Jordan
  7. Side hatch windows

    The easy way is to have a secondary internal frame made with a pair of doors glazed with laminated glass ready hung in it. The tricky part is ensuring that the Internal doors are weather proof if you intend to allow them to get rained on. The internal doors can be folded back to the internal linings and secured with turn buttons when a clear opening is required. None of the plastics materials are really proof against scratching.
  8. Solo Blacking

    Brushing on the blacking is hard work, for years I had used a Turks head brush to put it on. Then someone suggested a small paint roller was better with a brush being used to cut in any edges. I didn't rate the idea but decided to give it a try, it was magic! Fast and with a good finish and much lighter work than using a brush.
  9. Staircase Locks

    There is a simple rule to remember with conventional staircase locks - first one in your favour and all the rest against you.
  10. What "Vintage" narrowboat hulls should I look out for

    As a tradesman with a father who is capable of sheet metalwork you should be well placed to build your own shell.I have a similar background but had no family members who could do metalworkers but Have build several shells in past years. Fabrication is easier than woodworking, no joints are involved, you just run welds .where the plates join. Visit a few boat builders and look at the products. They are simple constructions and £10,000 buys a lot of new steel but not much in terms of ready made boats.
  11. Photo Gallery

    Hi Daniel Thanks for the help, Ive got it sorted now. Mike
  12. Photo Gallery

    I have managed to find nine of the photos from my gallery, are the others lost or awaiting discovery somewhere?
  13. Removing old bitumen when blacking

    Haven't done it personally but I have seen it done quickly and easily with a large gas torch and a scraper. Obviously not an inside job and one requiring some care to avoid damage to paintwork.
  14. Bulkhead size

    They will normally fit diagonally through the front doorway. It's much better and easier to make a template of the required shape and cut them outside of the boat. It's catch 22 ! If you are using the shell as your storage area. You need to buy in bulk to get the cost down but moving the sheets around inside the boat as you work burns up time and energy and slows progress. It's better to buy as required and install the sheets before buying the next batch. Cutting four foot wide sheets in a six foot wide area is one of the great joys of fitting out. Best of luck with the project. Mike.