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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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

So much done today and TQ gets her Travel Pack back.

We slipped our moorings at 08:30hrs and cruised to the next winding hole about five miles away, did the winding bit and retraced our wake all the way back to Wigrams, only stopping for sloes on the way. Lin spotted several laden bushes just before a bridge and I said I'd reverse back and let Lin disembark, but she said "No, drop me off at the next bridge". With that done Lin walked past the next two bridges and picked one sloe. She then boarded TQ and we left it almost to Napton Junction where we knew there were loads. If you're wondering, we're going to make Sloe Gin for Christmas.

With TQ moored up on her berth, we went into Reception to enquire whether Cox's had phoned and sure enough, they had. The Travel Power Pack is ready for collection so we made the journey to Atherstone again. More silver was exchanged and what looked like an brand new TPP was placed in the boot of the car.

Looks like new.
We got it home safely and after tea I got stuck into fitting it. First the main box mounted on the bulkhead inside the cabin. Relativly easy, just connect the mains outlet, Live Neutral and Earth, and plug in the other two connectors from the generator, fit the cover and half the job is done.

Box fitted ready for connection at the generator end.

Next, remove the domestic alternator drive belt, and place the TPP belt on its engine pulley and replace the domestic alternator belt and tighten. Clean the generator mounting nuts and bolts, and offer the generator up to the lower mounting bracket and place the short bolt through with washers and nut. Lift generator to upper bracket and place long bolt through lug on generator, spacer and bracket. Apply washer and nut, Apply enough body weight  to generator to tighten belt, (lean on it) and tighten all bolts. Check belt tightness.

Fitted and working.

Next make the electrical connections, wires marked 1 to 5 fit into terminals 1 to 5, simples.
Tested - OK.

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