Badger at Ellesmere Port Easter 2013

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Badger Working

Another photo has surfaced showing Badger during her working days.  This shows her in British Waterways colours towing a butty.  The photo is courtesy of Lawrence Hogg and is copyright to LHP Productions.  He tells me this is the only photo he has ever seen of Badger in her working days so I sent him a copy of the one I published a few months ago.  Still only two photos, so if anyone out there knows of any others please let me know.

Ropes on Cratches

I don't know about you, but whenever I set up the fancy white ropes on the cratches (see main photo) I have trouble tensioning them due to the friction between the ropes as they pass through the eyes.  Nylon makes ideal thimbles for the ropes to pass through but commercial ones are either heart shaped, which look wrong, or very expensive.  I managed to source some from the USA at a dollar each.  Postage for six came in at $75 so I declined.

I ended up turning my own out of blank nylon rod which ended up at less than £1 each.  The ropes are off now for the winter so it will be next spring before they are fitted again.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Just coming to the end of a hard week in dry dock with Badger.  I worked out that a full length boat has about 700 square feet of side to be blacked.  Owners of modern boats have the luxury  of comparatively smooth sides which readily accept paint roller application.  Not so with the "patina" of an old boat. Try using a roller and the surface is covered but all the little (and large) dimples are still bare and that is just where the paint needs to be to do its job.  An old boat requires old techniques and I have found the best method of application is a "Turks Head" brush.  Admittedly not as economical on the paint as a roller but, then again, the best place for the paint is on the boat, not in the tin!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Today I waved goodbye to Sandbach for the last time as she descended Bosley Locks with her new owners en route to her new home on the River Wey.  Sad to see her go but I can hardly keep up with one boat let alone two.

I can now concentrate all my energies on Badger starting next week with a spell in Kerridge dry dock and an overdue blacking.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Old Boats and Boatmen

Looking at the two photos below reminds me of an interesting conversation I had with an old boatman a few months ago.

He noticed the lack of rivets around the counter wrapper plate and correctly deduced it had been replated in that area, no "washers" having been used.  He then went on to say words to the effect, "I thought as much.  They have lost a lot of the upswing in the counter in the rebuilding".

As I look at the photos and compare, my feeling if anything, is that she has gained a fraction MORE upswing.

The moral of this story to me is, listen carefully to old boatmen, they have a lot of useful knowledge to impart, but don't take it all as gospel.  Time plays tricks on old memories as I am finding out as I grow older.


Friday, 21 September 2012

Having mentioned BADGER I thought I would just put up a couple of photos of her for anyone who does  not know her.

The first photo is her present appearance and the second is how she looked when new.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Sandbach has now been sold.  Thank you to all who have shown an interest in her and she has gone to a good home with a couple who have a long history in ex working boats.


Friday, 13 July 2012

Sale price reduced again.

SANDBACH has still not been sold and the price is now further reduced to £38,000.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

The purchase of BADGER has now been completed. SANDBACH is still for sale at a now reduced price of £39500 ono.