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 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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Monday, 18 March 2013

A bespoke cover for Tranquility's main switch panel

At the AGM last October I was asked to make a cover for the switch panel to prevent the rocker switches from accidentally being switched. Yesterday, I managed to get around to making a start. The idea is that the cover is thick enough to enable the switches to be recessed, and that it's transparent so that the original panel can be seen through it. Here's some pix:-

Firstly, two adjacent sides machined to clean edges and set to be square.
Then opposite sides machined to size and chamfered all round.

Set up an absolute datum in the corner with the orange marker and "zero shift"
the datum to positions over the work where the cut-outs are positioned.
Twelve slots roughed out
At this point Blogger has stopped me from enlarging the photos and adding a caption - BLOGGER!

Aha! Found a way around it - use Google Chrome!

Next is the small switch slot and the volt meter hole is chain drilled to
remove the centre

All the oval holes are now secondary roughed
to create four sides in each hole.

All holes finished to size and volt meter hole
bored and counter sunk (chamfered to match
the external edges)

It's not finished yet, all the slots need to be chamfered, not just to be aesthetically correct but also for user friendliness.

All slots chamfered

A close-up. The white is a thin protective film
which peels off from both sides.

...And this is where it goes. I hope it fits.