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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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Decided to take a last minute.

Arrived at Wigrams at around 09:15 and transferred Lucy first to get her settled in before the rest of the gear. Then it was bacon sarnie time, and after a cup of coffee I got down to fitting the galvanic isolator. These tasks look really easy in the instructions, but when it comes to it there's far more than first meets the eye. First I had to trace the mains lead from the rear socket inlet to the three way switch. Then decide where to mount the isolator, and this had to be very close to the mains lead in order to keep it all simple. With the isolator screwed to the rear bulkhead, the earth wire in the inlet lead was located and cut, a ring terminal fitted and connected to the isolator. Next an extra length of earth wire supplied was fitted with a terminal and connected to the isolator and the other end connected to the previously cut earth wire with a tubular crimp. With all remaining wires properly connected and checks for tightness in their terminals, the cover was placed back on the rear of the three way switch.

It's the finned black box.

Stray current monitor

Later we decided to move out of the marina and cruise toward Braunston. Did the engine checks and turned the key to start her up and "Click". Aha! so we still have the intermittent starting fault as before the starter motor refurb. More work needed here I think.

So we find ourselves about half way between Napton Junction and Braunston Turn Junction, Pasties in the oven, beer in glass and Pink Floyd's - The Endless River on the iPad - Brilliant.

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