Sunday, 14 August 2016

Replacement toilet tank etc

So, the saga continues.  We have agreed to the work being done.  I will report the results when the work is finished.

The work.  So, we need a replacement tank.  This time it will be stainless steel.  The pipes will be, I believe, ABS kit.  A better tank fill indicator will also be fitted.  I expect the job to be done early September.  Not been on boat since then but will be popping up for a few days each week for the next couple of months, just need to keep the odorloss topped up.

I will try to take some before shots but only if I care to remember.

Two more jobs on the line, an engine service and deep clean and a refreshed stern gland packing.

Don't buy a boat if you cannot keep it maintained say I

The cratch cover looks nice.  Fitted a few weeks ago


Gives us the extra room we need and helps with seating options.  Will be interesting getting used to it.

And before





Sunday, 3 July 2016

Oh, the smell!

Well now, not been blogging lately and the title gives a clue why.

We had a plastic waste tank fitted a while back and, keeping it simple. The top tank seal partly failed. This occurred for three reasons:

The tank seal was poor
The tank fill indicator failed
The vent pipe into the tank was poorly fitted, leaving a small u bend into which rain water, having entered the vent on the roof, stuck in the u bend stopping venting.

Trying to now get quotes to fix.  We have decided to get a stainless steel tank, a better fit and a carbon filter.  Problem is finding a fitter.  We have asked for quotes but no replies have been forthcoming, so far.  Whilst we can boat, the smell is wiffy.  Next week I am going to apply a temp fix, using sealant, lots of it, and ensure the u bend is clear.

Anyone in the Kings Bromley area wants to quote, please do!  nblola1@gmail.com

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Walk to Trent Lock and a chance encounter

We, and friends walked our dogs to Trent Lock, which is not all that far from home.  Popped to the Steam Boat to be told that at 13:30 they were not taking orders until 14:30 because they were busy.  Now then, if that was my pub I would be taking orders, making customers clear of the wait.  Had they done that, we would have had another pint and waited.  As it was we upped sticks to the pub across the road. Odd.

Anyhow, walking towards Cranfleet, I spied Maffis boat Milly M, and not far Maffi himself having a chin wag.  Nice to meet you Maffi http://narrowboater.blogspot.co.uk/

Lola dog then decided to roll about in cow shit, what a pong.

We boated last weekend to Rugeley and back.  Next week it's half term so we are heading from Kings Bromley to Nottingham to Tixhall Wide and back to base.  Now it's a wee while since we did this trip (to Nottingham that is) and I am so looking forward to it.  I just have to get over a three day trip to Liverpool on business and a day and a half in Nottingham.

July it's a trip to Budleigh Salterton and August, back to the delights of Barcelona.  Then, the Trent and Mersey. September it's USA on business with, perhaps another visit to Gdansk. 

Last week was Bristol and Swansea.  I need to go to Newcastle and Southampton soon but not in the same week!  I enjoy travelling to meet my staff but it's simply not possible to be everywhere all the time.

In the meantime, the lovely Mrs D's business is going from strength to strength www.aureliabio.com  Not your usual run of the mill business but if you have need of a biochem CRO,look no further.