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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Friday, 19 April 2019

New attachment screws

I didn't like the stainless steel socket countersink head screws that were fitted and I couldn't find what I wanted to make the job look a little more authentic, so I modified some screws.

These were made from hexagon head screws.
They'll look much better than what was there before.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Modifications requiring engineering works

It all started with a decision to purchase a new boarding plank and after measuring up it was found that it wasn't going to fit the roof furniture, it needed to be wider. This is where I come in.

This is what I did:-

Remove the furniture from the roof sealing the holes with CT1 sealant, and take to my workshop.

Removed from the roof to my workshop.
Start with removing the rubber gasket from the feet using a scraper and a file to get any burrs removed. This will help to seat it flat on the fixture.

Clean and deburr the feet.
Make a fixture using a piece of mild steel. Drill and tap four holes M8 through the steel and attach the furniture using four M8 cap head screws.


...and tap M8 through.

This ensures hole centres remain the same after extending the upper part.

I later changed the countersunk screws for cap heads to provide a little flexibility.
Next I milled the spacer blocks I'm going to use to extend the framework.

Mill this end to clean and mill the rebate, then mill opposite end to length and rebate.
(For the eagle eyed, I did square them up in the vice before machining).
  Cut the feet off with a hacksaw leaving them attached to the fixture, and then cut the remaining part in half.

There's no going back now!

Mounting upside down in the machine vice, mill the cut face to clean and then mill a rebate to match the block. Then do the same on the other half.

Machine a rebate to match the block.
This is how it should fit together:-

It's ready for soldering.

 Set it up in a make-shift fixture for soldering:-

Silver soldering the joints.
The metal is so big it acts as a heatsink so butane/propane wasn't going to be hot enough. Enter MAPP gas. If you don't know, Google it.

First two joints made.
Another make-shift fixture required to solder the top bar to the feet whilst the feet are held in the spacing fixture.

L/H joint completed.

R/H joint completed.
And here it is, just needs a bit more cleaning and polishing and a coat of lacquer.

The (nearly) finished item. 
 Now I have to do it all over again for the other one. 😉

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Not traveled far today...

...just a few miles further along the Middlewich Branch.

I serviced the engine after I let it cool down for an hour, changed the oil and filter, I didn't want the engine to have old oil with harmful combustion products sat in the engine during Winter Maintenance.

I bought these before Christmas, they were the best price I'd seen for a long time...

There was only four left so I bought them all.
More tomorrow.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

A stroll along the canal and some fish & chips.

We took a walk back to the junction with the Trent and Mersey Canal and turned left to see the Middlewich Boats site now abandoned.

Further up is the Big Lock pub and last time we were here there was a block of flats newly built next door. Now they extend for about another 250 metres.

We thought the pound between the top lock 74 and middle lock 73 was a bit low when we walked out, when we came back...

There was the odd tyre, a large road sign, bits of guttering and loads of fenders. No bicycles, supermarket trolleys, safes, guns or bodies though.

Being as we're in Middlewich it would be rude not to visit the fish and chip shop in Booth Lane. We always have fish and chips from here when we visit Middlewich, probably the best fish and chips in the world.

Later in the afternoon we slipped our moorings and headed out into the countryside.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Middlewich 180

It was a surprisingly long way to Middlewich, but as we approached bridge 26 we realised Stanthorn Lock was just around the corner and then the former breach site.

This was a major operation and the photographs shown here and other publications don't do it justice. You have to be here to appreciate the extent of the damage and scale of the works involved in its repair.

A big thank you and we'll done for a job completed on time and  (I guess we'll never know for sure) on budget.

The embankment is really steep on both sides.

Looking back toward Stanthorn Lock.

Onward through Wardle Lock and did a 180 in the basin and then back up again through the lock.

It's disappointing to see how scruffy the old lock cottage has become since Maureen's passing. 

If you click on the image it should enlarge enough to enable reading.
The weather forecast says tonight it's going to freeze, but I don't think the cut will ice over, it's been too warm and it'll take a few days of hard frost to bring down the temperature of the water enough.