Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Thames at Richmond


The Thames at Richmond
Originally uploaded by AndyRob
I like the fresh spring greens in this picture of the River Thames at Richmond

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Braunston Historic Boat Festival

Braunston Historic Boat Festival

Northamptonshire

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Narrowboat For Sale

Outdoor and Services

Windows

Eight large Dutch Barge style windows and two side doors/windows (one by the bed and the other in the lounge).

75 Gallon Water Tank

Large water tank located under the front deck area. There is a filling cap on the front deck and access to the tank is through a hatch located in the kitchen. There is enough room to add a further tank if required.

Gas Locker

The Gas locker at the front of the boat contains three propane (orange) gas cylinders. These are connected to the Gas systems on the boat and feed the Gas hot water system and the Oven. The locker also contains an in-line ‘Bubble’ gas leak detector.

Central Heating

Three hidden radiators (two in the lounge and one in the bathroom) are fed by a drip feed a Kabola E5 diesel burner. There is also an in-line Calorifier Hot water tank that gives an extra supply of hot water when the central heating is switched on.

External Paintwork

The Boat has been painted (Poppy red sides with a Cream roof) within the last two years however this is not complete and some parts need re-touching and others areas have been primed recently ready for painting.

BSC (Boat safety certificate)

The Boat was recently inspected and now holds a new BSC to 01/04/2013.
A full Hull survey was completed in 2005 and can be provided on request

Mooring

Boilerplate currently has no permanent mooring. She is currently moored on the Mill Stream in Oxford which is part of the Thames and has been in the same place for three years. There are water points on the far side of the stream and a place to empty the toilet as the end of the Oxford Canal (the Hythe Bridge Arm containing permanent Narrowboat moorings) runs parallel to the Mill stream at that point.

Build

Boilerplate was sold to me as a shell with only a little history known. The Survey indicated that she was only 10-15 years old and due to the unusual features (large Dutch barge style windows and very large fore-deck) was probably a private build. A full History can probably be traced using the BW (British Waterways) registration number, this is unfortunately something I haven’t had the time to do.




http://www.narrowboats-online.co.uk

Friday, September 04, 2009

Waterways in Scotland

The waterways in Scotland are not connected to England at all, and consist mainly of the Celedonian canal. There is also a picturesque Crinan Canal in Argyll and Bute, and a recently restored Forth & Clyde and Union Canals in the Lowlands.

Scotland has a 137 mile (220km) network of inland waterways.

The Falkirk Wheel is the world's first and only rotating boat lift.

The Millennium Link was an ambitious £84.5m project with the objective of restoring navigability across Scotland on the historic Forth & Clyde Canal and Union Canal.

The challenge faced, was to link the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 35m (115ft) below the level of the Union Canal. Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these has been dismantled in 1933, breaking the link.

What was required was a method of connecting these two canals by way of a boat lift.




Saturday, June 27, 2009

Small Canal Boat



Small Canal Boat
Originally uploaded by 'Peter'
Small Canal Boat by 'Peter'.
Taken on the Erewash Canal, Long Eaton, Derbyshire.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Yellow Boat by Andy Roberts live at Havering Folk Club

The song was inspired by a yellow boat on the River Thames inland waterway at Richmond.

Andy Roberts performs yellow boat at Havering Folk Club




more about "Yellow Boat by Andy Roberts live at H...", posted with vodpod

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Richmond on Thames


Richmond
Originally uploaded by Andyrob
A scene from the river Thames at Richmond, London

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Save Our Waterways Petition

Signing up to ask the Prime Minister to introduce legislation to solve the short term funding problems that have been caused by the cuts that Defra has made, and threatens to continue, to the budgets of British Waterways and the navigations the Environment Agency, and to ensure that long-term funding is made available to enable the inland navigation authorities to maintain, improve and restore these important parts of our national heritage.

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/SaveOurWaterways/Ad7K3KEpjBhJBjiF7LAxacW

The petition was created by Will Chapman and reads:

'We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to introduce
legislation to solve the short term funding problems that have
been caused by the cuts that Defra has made, and threatens to
continue, to the budgets of British Waterways and the
navigations the Environment Agency, and to ensure that
long-term funding is made available to enable the inland
navigation authorities to maintain, improve and restore these
important parts of our national heritage.'

Friday, March 27, 2009

Greylag Goose Sleeping


Greylag Goose Sleeping
Originally uploaded by Andyrob
Greylag Geese are making a come back on the waterways, regaining some of the niche which has become overpopulated with Canada Geese.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oxford Boat Lapping

Oxford is a major centre for bopating and inland waterways, being a junction point for the Thames with other rivers and navigations.

Here's a video of a working boat making its way quickly downstream, showing the skill needed to turn when running with the current.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Frozen in


Frozen in
Originally uploaded by Pete Gray 1
Canals freeze in cold weather so the narrowboats just have to sty put until it thaws