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). I CAN CONFIRM THERE ARE SHARES CURRENTLY FOR SALE!
I am having to place a watermark on the blog content as someone on Facebook is stealing photos and claiming them as their own. I wouldn't mind if they asked first and attributed it to my blog. If it continues I will name and shame them. I hope it doesn't spoil your enjoyment.
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Well it all happened at once. The Webasto water heater failed, so no hot water in the mornings and no central heating at night, not that we need it, its been reasonably warm. Actually its been failed for some time The engine failed, or to be more precise the silencer failed and has been for some time it seems. There was a big hole in it and Kevin from PBS Pittams Boat Services came to repair it for us. And what a stirling job he did too, with fast and friendly service. Of course a new silencer needs to be fitted, in fact its just as well to replace the whole exhaust system, and that will be done at some point. What happened was...as I've said the silencer was holed and diesel fumes and smut filled the engine 'ole. This means the engine is drawing in its own (nasty) smell and reprocessing it, making the smell even nastier. As it draws air in the air filter captures all the smut which builds up and eventually blocks the filter. Now the engine can't breathe, but the same amount of fuel is metered into the cylinders with a reduced quantity of air hence the lack of power and the thick black smoke.
Air filter totally choked with soot
Kevin hard at work mixing the paste
That piece of tin next to the paste pot was formerly a beer can. Recycling at its finest.