No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Propellers and a Windlass part 2

Saturday 11th June 2011.
Moored at Stoke Bruerne.

First the Windlass, Ringmain Technology who make the LockMaster racheting Windlass offer a superfast delivery service, in fact its so fast than after receiving our cheque on Friday it was delivered to Jaynes sisters house in Derbyshire at 7.30am on Saturday which was handy because they were coming down to Stoke Bruene to visit us so we now have the Windlass. 

Windlass in normal mode.

And in very heavy paddle mode.

The Stoke Bruerne Gala is going well, Thursday night I (Jayne stayed on the boat) went to watch a performance by the Mikron Theatre Group in the Marquee entitled Hell and High Water, the story of the Bridgewater Canal , England's first Canal. Friday night we were in the Boat Inn just before Happy Hour finished, then over to the Museum Green for Fish and Chips from the chip van, bit of confusion regarding the time of the chip vans arrival as the programme said 7 o'clock but the ticket said 8 o'clock, anyway it was 8 and well worth the wait, then it was the beer tent.

The Mikron perform Hell and High Water.

Today the Gala opened to the public, the we had sunny intervals and, after a slow start it became quite busy. 

Some residents in the Village really enter into the weekend offering Cream Tea's or Champagne and Strawberries.

Strawberries and Champagne served in an English Village garden on a sunny afternoon.

Tonight we are off to Navigation Inn for a meal.

Next we move to the continuing story of our noisy Propeller, Crowthers had told us that in their opinion our boat was under Propped with a 20 x 15 Propeller and the noise was possibly Cavitation, but I was suprised when they told us that with our engine and gearbox ratio the boat should be fitted with a 24 inch diameter Propeller, which we couldn't fit due to lack of clearance, however they have a solution, they can manufacture a 20 inch Propeller with a larger blade area which will produce the same thrust as a standard 24 inch, we will order the new Propeller in the Winter ready for us to fit when we dry dock the boat for Blacking next spring.
A picture of the difference in blade area can be seen on Hadar's blog.

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