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Badger Sett – Unscheduled visit to a dry dock !

Firstly, a huge thanks and recommendation from us for River Canal Rescue www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk and Anderton Marina www.andertonmarina.com both of whom have been extremely efficient and helpful to us over this past week.

The drama started last Saturday, luckily, just after our last son and his girlfriends holiday had finished with us and they were on their way back home. (I’m not really all that hot on grammar, but the way I’ve written girlfriend(s) makes it sound like he came with a couple of them, but no, he isn’t that lucky, he’s just go the one. Here’s a picture of them and you’ll also see Binks in his safe place whilst on the boat.

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The plan was to have a few quiet days after a busy couple of weeks when KLONK CLANG (sounds like something out of Bat Man doesn’t it.) WALLOP and that was us, we weren’t going anywhere other than with the current. Luckily we were still up on the Trent and MerseyCanal and hadn’t gone down to the River Weaver that we were planning to do a few days later, so we just gently drifted the ten feet or so to the tow path side of the canal.

I thought a running repair would do so popped up to the Chandler’s for some parts, but a few hours later it became apparent that fixing it wasn’t going to happen by my fair hand and we subsequently found out that we’d managed to bend the prop shaft somehow. We contacted River Canal Rescue on the Sunday morning and they were with us a few hours later as the chaps were already on a call. It wasn’t easily fixable, as I’d thought, so they arranged with Anderton Marina to come down to have a look, price up the work that then saw us get into their dry dock.

I haven’t seen many dry docks, so the one atAnderton Marina may not necessarily be unique, but I think it is an excellent idea nonetheless. For want of another word, it’s like a skip with an entrance at one end. Once you’re in they wind up a door, pump out the water, the skip (dry dock) floats and the boat inside is out of the water – SIMPLES

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Dry dock before

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Dry dock after

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The door at the front

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Ready and waiting

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Whilst we weren’t planning to black the boat until next year, we thought we may just as well get it done whilst it was out of the water so at least that’s a job done and sort of cheaper as well as we’ve put the cost of the dry dock against the repair of the prop shaft anyway.

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These last eight days or so has also given our solar panels a good test as we haven’t been able to run the engine and haven’t bothered hooking up to a shoreline either so we’ve been living off the sun alone. Not bad when we’ve been pretty much out of any direct sunlight (when there has been sunlight !) and what there has been has been through a Perspex roof.

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Should, with should being the operative word, be down on the River Weaver in a few days time and plan to spend the next two or three weeks down there so stay tuned and we’ll let you know how we get on.

And so in signing off,

Day 178 in the Badger Sett Narrowboat – 311 miles and 102 locks further on from when we started.

(You can view my earlier posts at narrowboatboysontour.blogspot )

 

 

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Newbies to this having brought our first narrowboat in January 2012. Our travelling partners are Binks & Benji (our two Hungarian Vizsla's) when we get over to the UK for holidays.

Blakie - Tuesday,16 April, 2013

NB Badger Sett said

The plan was to have a few quiet days after a busy couple of weeks when KLONK CLANG …

Good to hear that you are all sorted out, but what caused the KLONK CLANG in the first place, did the prop hit something?

Cheers,

Blakie Smile

 

pearley - Tuesday,16 April, 2013

Not difficult to damage prop or rudder when you hit something. 

Our previous share boat managed to get a mountain bike on the prop which bent the rudder post.

I ran over an Asda trolley in February and have a singing noise at certain revs ever since. Feeling the prop I think it has put a few extra nicks in the blades. When I get to somewhere with cleanish water so I can see the blades I might try taking a file to them. Never filed underwater before!

 

Regards

Pete

 

Blakie - Tuesday,16 April, 2013

pearley said

When I get to somewhere with cleanish water so I can see the blades I might try taking a file to them.

Wow, can you do that? I don’t know what R.P.M the prop turns at, but I imagine that they are fairly balanced when new. Doesn’t filing a bit off one blade throw the whole thing out of kilter?

As my premature retirement has been averted (for now) I would like to talk to you about your boat sharing experiences, but not on this thread.

Cheers,

Blakie Smile

 

pearley - Wednesday,17 April, 2013

Blakie said

pearley said
When I get to somewhere with cleanish water so I can see the blades I might try taking a file to them.

Wow, can you do that? I don’t know what R.P.M the prop turns at, but I imagine that they are fairly balanced when new. Doesn’t filing a bit off one blade throw the whole thing out of kilter?

As my premature retirement has been averted (for now) I would like to talk to you about your boat sharing experiences, but not on this thread.

Cheers,

Blakie Smile

I only meant taking a file to the rough edges of the nicks, not filing down the whole blade!

 

Actually I’m now at Sharpness and the water is very clear. It isn’t a nick in the blade but a slight dent so it will have to wait until we’re next in the drydock.

Regards

Pete

 

Blakie - Wednesday,17 April, 2013

LOL,

And there was me picturing you in your speedos, snorkel and mask, up to your armpits in the cut, crafting a new prop out of the remnants of an old Saxon shield Laugh

I guess the prop is cast bronze? Can you hammer the ding out of it.

Cheers,

Blakie Smile

 

pearley - Wednesday,17 April, 2013

Blakie said
LOL,

And there was me picturing you in your speedos, snorkel and mask, up to your armpits in the cut, crafting a new prop out of the remnants of an old Saxon shield Laugh

I guess the prop is cast bronze? Can you hammer the ding out of it.

Cheers,

Blakie Smile

Probably, but not while its in the water.

Not enough room to swing the hammer through the weedhatch and you would need two hands as you’ld need some sort of block on the other side of the blade.

The noise disappears above 1300 revs.

 

regareds

Pete

 

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