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Wooden you just know…?

As I get (slightly) closer to getting my own boat a strange thing happened.
You see, I predicated my budget on doing the fit out myself, I have been sparkys mate, wired houses, am a dab hand with the plumbing and always considered myself to be a decent chippy.

So when a friend said could I help outfit their business premises with a partition wall and fit a shower and new toilet (mascerator- type; due to distance from soil stack) I said sure. Help them, and help me brush up my skills!

As they say on the tube “Please mind the Gap”…in this case between the thought and reality!

A certain amount of slippage has ensued in the timetable. I am also less sanguine about my skills chippy skill as I was!
Granted it has been about 5 years since I last completed a major project but can I have lost all my skills in that time??

Thankfully not! But I am SERIOUSLY more rusty than I thought!

Just as well I have my good friend and bandmate (he is a fantastic lead guitarist) JOHN BRADBERRY a great Chippy and live aboard boater (Mob: 07931645497) He works on lots of boats and is based at Batchworth Lock on the GU at Rickmansworth. He has volunteered to help me when I [finally] get the boat.

Actually he is also the one who let me loose on the tiller of his broadbeam so I could experience the difference between steering a broadbeam and the small boats I have driven in the past! A brave (some would say foolhardy) soul!

His boat is intact but, I lost a good hat to an overhanging branch. Have CART never heard of “Preventative maintenance”? Like cull the trees BEFORE they fall in the water and become an obstruction?

However, it does bring home a fact that this forum and the “Living on a Narrowboat” blog illustrate time and again-research is no substitute for experience!

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Solicitor by profession. Grumpy old Bugger by experience. Ex-HM Forces, Ex-Firefighter, Ex-perienced in life! Am within a gnats whisker of achieving my dream of living on the cut! Sometimes it seems the Gnat has thicker whiskers than Duck Dynasty!

GM - Wednesday,7 May, 2014

Unfortunately skills not used do tend to decrease and can be difficult to recover.

I am refurbishing Clarence saloon and am finding the same thing. Having to practice routing and the like before I work on good timber. :)

 

tramman - Wednesday,7 May, 2014

sir you imply that the c.a.r.t have a brian silly boy if wit was sh.t they would be in need of 5 gls of syrup of figs to find the one cell they have or maybe employ that welsh apprentice die by here. (diarrhoea). perhaps they should employ old o.h.m.s.motto we the willing having done so much with so little for so long are now qualified to do any thing at all with nothing at all.

tramman  

 

GM - Wednesday,7 May, 2014

tramman said
sir you imply that the c.a.r.t have a brian silly boy if wit was sh.t they would be in need of 5 gls of syrup of figs to find the one cell they have or maybe employ that welsh apprentice die by here. (diarrhoea). perhaps they should employ old o.h.m.s.motto we the willing having done so much with so little for so long are now qualified to do any thing at all with nothing at all.

tramman  

 

Sorry probably my poor grasp of English grammar but no understand

 

tramman - Thursday,8 May, 2014

sorry g.m.but it was meant for stlyon not very good at english grammar ether being welsh x irish gypsy& proud of it 

 

Paul Smith - Thursday,8 May, 2014

tramman said
sorry g.m.but it was meant for stlyon not very good at english grammar ether being welsh x irish gypsy& proud of it 

Don’t worry about the grammar. I fully understand the content of your posts, and I enjoy reading them. Long may they continue!

 

tramman - Friday,9 May, 2014

thanks paul .going back to the days when a narrow boat had to work for a living does any one know what happened to the miss Bruges,s used to have the boat yard at higher poynton there dad had the right to fly a blue ensign he took 5working boats to dunkirk & brought them back they did about 10 trips i think but where used mostly as floating jetties to the bigger ships &ferryboats off the beach new his butty boy he used to work for cadbury with his own boats carrying mostly coco beens from liverpool up to there place used to be always drunk you had to carry him to his tug put his hand on the tiller point him in the right way . he always seemed to get there o.k.

tarmman 

 

stlyon - Monday,12 May, 2014

Tramman,

I got the point loud and clear! Laughed hard. Not heard the “Welsh Apprentice” one!

My gramar died year ago. We buiried her next to Grandad!

 

LaurieWink

 

stlyon - Monday,12 May, 2014

Tramman,

I got the point loud and clear! Laughed hard. Not heard the “Welsh Apprentice” one!

My gramar died year ago. We buiried her next to Grandad!

 

LaurieWink

 

tramman - Tuesday,13 May, 2014

stlyon where you never in contact with royal welsh we had one of there drill srgs. with use for a bit he was from the hills of snowdonia like me so both had welsh as a first tongue you know the type of thing whose coat is that jacket .while he was with us he got us all 28days confined to camp for after being asked where he was from. blaenau ffesestiniog he replies. merv surprised you did not know where that is sir we have two main exports slate & rain we are the p.ss pot of north wales every thing including the handle no sense of  fun these brigadiers

tramman.

 

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