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, 27 December 2013

Another Maintenance Day

Weather again...

Didn't we ever have have a storm last night, and as a result we didn't get much sleep. There wasn't as much rain, as was expected, but the wind was very fierce, rocking and bumping TQ against the jetty. It's been quite windy all day, not as bad as last night, though there were a couple of light showers.

A trip in the car...

I drove to Daventry to get a drill bit, I forgot to bring some with me, though I'm sure I put them in the box. A visit to Homebase sorted it, and I was back on TQ by lunch time.

The Maintenance...

It's important to know how many hours the engine has done so that you know when to service it and the hour meter in our tacho doesn't work, they're the LCD type and we've found them very unreliable. They seem to be susceptible to extreme temperatures and damp conditions. I've purchased a mechanical type and mounted it in the cabin away from sunshine and damp.

So, I marked out the position and chain drilled a series of holes to form a circle slightly smaller than the diameter of the meter body. Then I joined up all the holes using a junior hacksaw blade and the center fell out. Next I filed out the hole until the gauge fitted loosely. The wood oak faced MDF is about 20mm thick and I had to cut the retaining clamp so it would fit in the thicker material.

Fitted but not connected yet.

A closer look.
Tomorrow I'll wire it up, time and energy permitting.

Making a move...

Hopefully tomorrow, we're going to make a dash for it, and head on down to Banbury. 

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