At 58 feet length, TQ (as we call her) is a steel hull narrow boat built by Colecraft and fitted out by Elton Moss Boatbuilders. Currently based at Aqueduct Marina in Cheshire we're able to cruise some of the most popular waterways in Britain. The Shropshire Union, The Trent and Mersey, The Llangollen Canal, The Four Counties Ring and Cheshire Ring and more.

Our friendly Syndicate decided to go down the Self Management route on 1st March 2012 and so far it has been very successful. Please visit the other pages in this blog to see the new Web Site and if shares are available for sale. (There'll not be many).

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Friday, 19 April 2019

New attachment screws

I didn't like the stainless steel socket countersink head screws that were fitted and I couldn't find what I wanted to make the job look a little more authentic, so I modified some screws.

These were made from hexagon head screws.
They'll look much better than what was there before.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Modifications requiring engineering works

It all started with a decision to purchase a new boarding plank and after measuring up it was found that it wasn't going to fit the roof furniture, it needed to be wider. This is where I come in.

This is what I did:-

Remove the furniture from the roof sealing the holes with CT1 sealant, and take to my workshop.

Removed from the roof to my workshop.
Start with removing the rubber gasket from the feet using a scraper and a file to get any burrs removed. This will help to seat it flat on the fixture.

Clean and deburr the feet.
Make a fixture using a piece of mild steel. Drill and tap four holes M8 through the steel and attach the furniture using four M8 cap head screws.


...and tap M8 through.

This ensures hole centres remain the same after extending the upper part.

I later changed the countersunk screws for cap heads to provide a little flexibility.
Next I milled the spacer blocks I'm going to use to extend the framework.

Mill this end to clean and mill the rebate, then mill opposite end to length and rebate.
(For the eagle eyed, I did square them up in the vice before machining).
  Cut the feet off with a hacksaw leaving them attached to the fixture, and then cut the remaining part in half.

There's no going back now!

Mounting upside down in the machine vice, mill the cut face to clean and then mill a rebate to match the block. Then do the same on the other half.

Machine a rebate to match the block.
This is how it should fit together:-

It's ready for soldering.

 Set it up in a make-shift fixture for soldering:-

Silver soldering the joints.
The metal is so big it acts as a heatsink so butane/propane wasn't going to be hot enough. Enter MAPP gas. If you don't know, Google it.

First two joints made.
Another make-shift fixture required to solder the top bar to the feet whilst the feet are held in the spacing fixture.

L/H joint completed.

R/H joint completed.
And here it is, just needs a bit more cleaning and polishing and a coat of lacquer.

The (nearly) finished item. 
 Now I have to do it all over again for the other one. 😉

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Not traveled far today...

...just a few miles further along the Middlewich Branch.

I serviced the engine after I let it cool down for an hour, changed the oil and filter, I didn't want the engine to have old oil with harmful combustion products sat in the engine during Winter Maintenance.

I bought these before Christmas, they were the best price I'd seen for a long time...

There was only four left so I bought them all.
More tomorrow.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

A stroll along the canal and some fish & chips.

We took a walk back to the junction with the Trent and Mersey Canal and turned left to see the Middlewich Boats site now abandoned.

Further up is the Big Lock pub and last time we were here there was a block of flats newly built next door. Now they extend for about another 250 metres.

We thought the pound between the top lock 74 and middle lock 73 was a bit low when we walked out, when we came back...

There was the odd tyre, a large road sign, bits of guttering and loads of fenders. No bicycles, supermarket trolleys, safes, guns or bodies though.

Being as we're in Middlewich it would be rude not to visit the fish and chip shop in Booth Lane. We always have fish and chips from here when we visit Middlewich, probably the best fish and chips in the world.

Later in the afternoon we slipped our moorings and headed out into the countryside.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Middlewich 180

It was a surprisingly long way to Middlewich, but as we approached bridge 26 we realised Stanthorn Lock was just around the corner and then the former breach site.

This was a major operation and the photographs shown here and other publications don't do it justice. You have to be here to appreciate the extent of the damage and scale of the works involved in its repair.

A big thank you and we'll done for a job completed on time and  (I guess we'll never know for sure) on budget.

The embankment is really steep on both sides.

Looking back toward Stanthorn Lock.

Onward through Wardle Lock and did a 180 in the basin and then back up again through the lock.

It's disappointing to see how scruffy the old lock cottage has become since Maureen's passing. 

If you click on the image it should enlarge enough to enable reading.
The weather forecast says tonight it's going to freeze, but I don't think the cut will ice over, it's been too warm and it'll take a few days of hard frost to bring down the temperature of the water enough.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Middlewich Branch

Wended our way from Bunbury to Calveley and stopped to fill the tank with water, and stopped again a couple of hundred yards along to visit the cheese shop. Note to self, worth a visit.

We cruised past our base, which seemed a bit strange, and headed toward Middlewich, found a nice spot to moor, and settled in for the last night of the year.

Today I removed the roof furniture, I have to make a modification to it to accept a wider gang plank.
Although they were fitted with gaskets there was evidence of water ingress, sealant should also have been used.

I have temporarily filled the holes with CT 1 sealant,

No sealant.
Water ingress is evident.
I'll blog about this modification when I do it, now where's my hacksaw?...

Sunday, 30 December 2018

After yesterday's weather, back to normal.

That was weird, one day of strong winds and back to calm and dull, which is ok for us.
We had a long way to go today, what we did in two days will be done in one today, so an earlier start was required.

Cheers Cheshire Cat, see you another time.

The start of today's journey.

Slipped the mooring at around 09:30 (early for us) and headed South. First stop to pick up some provisions at Egg Bridge.

They made an effort to style the bridges in those days.

Built in 1770, rebuilt in1937
 All I found was this:- A road-bridge was built over the canal in 1770 so the Egg farm would not be cut off from the main road now known as the A41.  Thus Eggbridge Lane was named!

Shame about this...

Typical of local authorities, come on guys, you demand we bin it, we demand you empty it.

This is the start of tick-over alley.
 We counted the number of moored boats - 121; plus about five or six spaces unoccupied. Let's just suppose the average cost of mooring there is £1500 a year. (It's probably more). You do the maths.

This looks like a new build, and very tastefully done too.

Locks were hard work, that's why Lin's doing them........................Take cover!

The locks are in an awful state up this end of the Shroppie, they leak like a sieve, so much they take ages to fill, and the gates only just open against the weight of water in the pound. The good news is there's bits and pieces lying around to indicate that work is about to start soon.

Bunbury Staircase Locks were the last of the day, these weren't too bad, though they still need work done.

Even the cutbacks are being cut back...

You would only just get a wide beam through here.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

And the wind blew...

Didn't it just, especially along the three mile long stretch of moored boats, it was whipping up into breaking waves on the water. The farmer who owns that length of land alongside the cut must be rolling in it, hundreds upon hundreds of moored boats.

We made it to Christleton, managed to wind and moored at the Cheshire Cat. Yes we did go in and had a nice meal. Gammon egg and chips, but they had just sold the last two Wagyu Beef Burgers, our first choice.

It was just too windy to use the camera today, had to concentrate hard and I nearly got blown off the counter by a sudden gust.

What a contrast to yesterday, and tomorrow is forecast to be back to light winds again. We'll see.

More tomorrow.

Friday, 28 December 2018

The plan was...

...Lunch at the Shady Oak.

No such luck as it's closed, and has been for a while by the look of it.

Oh well, nothing else for it so moor up, and lunch on TQ. Linda's finest Turkey and Noodle soup followed by a slice of Christmas cake dawbed with brandy cream.

The journey here was pleasant, though the locks were bloody hard work. Beeston Iron lock is particularly in a poor state of repair, we had to tie our bowline to the gate and carefully reverse TQ to assist with opening it.

Here's some pix:-

Approaching Tilstone Lock.

These little beauties were on display at Beeston Stone Lock.

Beeston Stone Lock.

Wharton's Lock.
More tomorrow.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

I struggled to pass the Olde Barbridge Inn.

We slipped our moorings late again, we must be getting old.

Stopped in Nantwich for some provisions and a pasty and stopped again at the water point to refill.

We caught up with a boat that passed us while we were refilling. It turned up the Hurleston flight to Llangollen as we went straight on.

It was painful passing the Barbridge, but it had to be done otherwise we wouldn't get to Chester,  especially with our late starts.

It's been dull all day, heavy cloud but dry.

At least it's not raining. 
Moored just short of Bunbury, wide locks in staircase tomorrow, looking forward to that. 😊

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Another lazy Boxing Day...

Had a late start, E 4 B, emptied the ash pan, brought in some wood and coal, disposed of all the rubbish and had a tidy up. Makes ya feel better for the rest of the day.

Slipped the moorings at 12:20, exceptionally late for us, and we didn't go far, only just outside Nantwich.

So much for the lazy Boxing day...
Filled the stern gland greaser, (I always seem to end up doing that job), investigated the shower room fan light, (we're gonna need a new one), changed the reading lamp near the galley...

Out with the old...

...In with the new.

More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

So this is Christmas.

Had a lazy morning, opened a couple of prezzies...

Less of the "Old" please.
Chugged on down to the winding 'ole at the bottom of the Audlem Flight, did a 180 and came back to where we started.

The turkey was almost ready by then.

After a lovely lunch we watched a couple of LotSW dvd's then crashed. 😴😪😴😪

Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas Eve and all is well.

We stayed overnight at Barbridge and moved on in the morning. Stopped briefly in Nantwich to water up and then Lin spotted the chandlery was open so I went in and bought a couple of bags of smokeless to lay in overnight.

Onward, and through Hack Green Locks where we moored up.

First thing was I had to change the fuse in the 12v TV supply socket. An easy job, but required a bit of ingenuity to get the cables back in behind the socket. It's all working correctly now and we can use the telly from it or charge phones etc. with a suitable USB adaptor.

Shown working with adaptor plugged in. There are two other USB charging ports in the ajacent 240v socket which can be used when the inverter is on.
I've been told I'm not allowed to do any more work until after Christmas.

Lucy's here...

Sunday, 23 December 2018

We're here at last.

It's been a while since I last posted, Three in their wisdom wouldn't let me upload credit to my account last time, but this time they've updated their website and made it a little easier and managed to load up without a problem.

Had an awful journey up the M5 and M6, heavy rain all the way, started out at 04:40 and arrived at around 08:00. Couldn't do much more than 60 in most places due to spray and visibility, and then there were 50 mph limits in various places and 30 mph through Brum.

We unloaded the car and loaded the boat and went through the usual checks and got ourselves under way.

Through Minshull Lock, Cholmondeston Lock and ended up moored outside the Barbridge Inn where we met a couple who were interested in purchasing a share. We showed them around, explained the detail, and I think they went away with their heads full of info to mull over.

What's next? Into the pub of course, and we started with a curried parsnip soup followed by a Butchers Platter and very nice it was too.

Later, back in TQ, we crashed...

Nice and warmy.