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About roggie

  • Birthday May 18

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    High Line Yachting, Iver GU

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  1. Slough Arm

    It should be fine until the moorings (and windy hole just after), that's 3 miles. You might be lucky after that but can't comment as we are moored at High Line and don't often go 'all the way'. I would say, why not, give it a go, someone has to before the canal festival in September. I'm currently moored near Braunston on our way to Stratford so can't even pop down and have a look.
  2. VMs bottom end of river Lee.

    See, London isn't that full..... we have always found somewhere around Victoria Park to moor. Cheshunt is a popular place to moor for the station, anywhere on the Stort is tricky to find moorings, it being a river.
  3. Basingstoke Images

    The Wey is very nice, you shouldn't have any problems. The Basingstoke is different, you have to book the Lock flights both ways. We didn't manage to get under the first low bridge, near Aldershot, it's around 5'10" depending on water levels. Well worth the trip (we are told) if you can make it.
  4. Advice on L&L towpath

    Thanks for all the advice. I'm heading up to Dewsbury this Sunday to watch the Rugby League before pedaling into Leeds for the night. I'll be taking 2 days to get to Wigan before training home, staying at West Marton on the Monday night. Looks like I'll miss storm Doris and hope for OK weather, not to fussed about the temperature but don't really want lots of snow. So if anyone is on this stretch and sees a lone cycling on a Orange bike (name not colour) say hi.
  5. 'No chalk' hull survey

    I understood that the hammer and chalk is a bit old school but does give a experienced surveyor a good idea of the hull condition. They than use a ultrasound (I think) machine all along the hull but have to add some grease type substance (as they do if you have ultrasound on yourself, eg scanning pregnant ladies) and scrape off old blacking. You should see evidence of blueish blobs all over the hull. Obviously best to survey before blacking as you would have to go over the spots again. I guess you only paid for a hull survey rather than a full survey - my last survey cost just under £500 (46ft nb).
  6. Engine oil

    I buy my Morris oil from Classic Oils in Aylesbury.
  7. D.I.Y Blacking

    Uxbridge September 2015.. out Saturday lunchtime, jetwash for a couple of hours about half existing blacking came off (2.5 years old). Then used a 2" scraper (borrowed from Alan at Enfield Dock) to remove all the rest, took to around Sunday afternoon. Rytex slightly diluted with White Spirit (in the tin) then started with 4" roller (sale or return from chandlery).. oh paper overalls from eBay. Both coats took about 5 hours. On the Wednesday I added a third coat along the waterline and down to the baseplate. Only used a 5 litre tin...46ft long. Someone in the 'dry' dock had some blacking left and I used this to do some of the bottom, well the bits I could get at. You will most likely be under the roof rather than in the dock, I stayed from Saturday to Wednesday, pretty gloomy in there with a strip light the only light, 24 hours a day. Back in the water on the Saturday. Whilst there I had a BSS, full survey (insurance insisted) and the propeller nut tightened. Did the blacking by myself... Survey recommendations included bottom to be blacked.
  8. Advice on L&L towpath

    I'm considering cycling from Leeds to Wigan along the Leeds and Liverpool at the end of next month, I've always fancied doing it but doubt we will get our nb up that way for a few years (moored down on the Slough Arm) so the bike.... Any thoughts/comments on the condition of the towpath, obviously a rough idea. My plan is to take the opportunity to watch my RL team play in Dewsbury on Sunday 26th (direct train from London to Mirfield and pedal down the Aire & Calder towpath), cycle into Leeds for the night, Monday to somewhere like Skipton (Premier Inn @£34) and the Tuesday to Wigan, Monday is a gentle 35 miles but Skipton to Wigan is 55 miles so some idea of towpath conditions would be useful. Of course at the end of February it could well be covered with snow and icy, must make a backup plan if that's the case.
  9. Wanna see inside a U boat?

    Many years ago a U Boat was moored by the Thames Barrier and open to visitors, I went along and it was very cramped, with a enormous pace for all the batteries. Access was 'interesting' via the conning tower given the various sizes of people these days plus if you followed someone out who was wearing a skirt you gave them plenty of space. Pre digital camera days though. Looks like it was there in 1997 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine_U-475_Black_WidowNow rusting away on the Medway.
  10. folding bike repair

    Take it to a bike shop....
  11. Boat Insurance

    I'm with a TowerGate as well and same 5 years between surveys on our 1988 nb. They are about £25 more expensive than other quotes, plus £18 'arrangement' fee but I find their RCR cover good value and most likely worth tpuding them over other companies. Not used for a claim so don't know if they are good when you have to claim.
  12. london Boat Show

    Anyone going might notice that there are no narrowboats in the Royal docks this year, unlike previous years, but they are moored in West India Dock instead. I don't know the full story but understand that there were 'security issues' about mooring boats in the dock this year. 10 narrowboats cruised from City Mill Lock down through West India lock just after sunset last night. Short video at https://twitter.com/roggys/status/817103550916468737 return trip is Monday morning locking out at 8.30am and either back thru City Mill (depending on tidal levels) or Bow Locks. Of course City Mill can take all 10 boats rather than 5 separate lockings, most will then return back to St Pancras, hopefully before the lock shuts for weeks. I'll try to video the return trip but photos/videos don't do it justice...the river is HUGE around there.
  13. Training course for BMC 1500 maintainance

    I attended one of Tony's last engine & electrics courses back in 2012, well worth attending and I see no reason why they wouldn't be just as useful now. There is always the option of RCR servicing your engine and taking you through everything, other servicing companies/engineers available.
  14. Narrowboat on Tidal Thames This Morning

    Or this...https://twitter.com/firelambeth/status/769924926123958272
  15. Tidal Thames

    Why not go straight into the GU at Brentford? You will have to pay a licence if you go through Teddington, not sure what might stop you mooring on the tidal Thames guess you could find somewhere to tie up against. I'm not sure if the lockies at Limehouse tell their colleagues at Brentford or Teddington you are coming though.