Lived onboard Hadar

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Kingswood Junction to Drawbridge Inn, Shirley

Lapworth flight done, check.

Bricks from Jacky loaded in hold, check.

Moored at Drawbridge Inn, Shirley, check.

Fish and chips twice and 2 pints of Golden Hen, check.

Think we deserved that!

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Keith.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Saltisford Arm to Kingswood Junction

Set off for Birmingham this morning, our Yucca plant will flower whilst we are away .

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A wet run up the Hatton locks, but we did complete them in 2hrs 45mins, now moored at Kingswood junction.

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Keith.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Further Work on the Baseplate

Today we managed to complete work underneath the floor of the hold as far as the new model railway room will go. Lagging the main water pipe to stop the condensation, painting the baseplate with used engine oil, and refitting the shutts.

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Keith.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Work in the Hold

Today we started preparatory work for building my model railway room in the hold. First we had to sort out the rubbish, which went in the bins, then moved everything as far forward as possible, which allowed us access to and removal of the first two shutts (floorboards) from the bulkhead at the saloon end of the hold.

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It is in better condition than we thought it might be. Jo set about scraping and removing the loose bits, then painted the base of the walls. It is already for oiling tomorrow morning, then we can do under the next 2 shutts. We thought that whilst we had the shutts up it was lagging the main water pipe from the water tank in the bow with some pipe insulation, to stop the condensation which appears to be happening, so I popped to Screwfix to get some and have fitted the first lengths.

Keith.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Final Work on New Generator

The final piece, an anti-siphoning vent valve fitted and connected. As the raw water cooling water is ejected out of the exhaust, this valve is required, as the generator is mounted below water level, to stop the raw water siphoning back into the engine.

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With the shelf fitted back in place.

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It is now up and running, and so much quieter than the old one, both inside the engine room and outside from the exhaust.

Keith.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hatton Dry Dock to Saltisford Arm

Yesterday afternoon, after Rob had finished fitting the raw water intake and stopcock, I refitted the engine room steps which conveniently hide and protect the stopcock from accidentally being opened.

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I then fitted the strainer to the wall and connected the pipe from the generator and used a short length of pipe to connect the strainer to the stopcock, the blue device hanging above the strainer is the special spanner for undoing the strainer.

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This morning the dry dock was refilled, fortunately there was no leaking from the new raw water intake, which is good news.

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We then waited for our friends Mike and Lynn, who we shared the locks with on Sunday, to come back down and we re-joined with them for the remaining 18 locks back to our mooring in the Saltisford Arm. We moored the other way round so that Jo can do some repair work to the paintwork on the portside.

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Keith.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Raw Water Intake for New Generator

Jo and I finished blacking this morning, just in time for Rob turned up to fit the raw water intake for our new generator. A hole had to be cut through the hull as viewed from outside.

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The inlet fitting was fitted in this hole, again as viewed from outside.

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Inside the engine room with the new inlet fitted.

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The stop cock fitted to the inlet. All ready for leaving the dry dock tomorrow morning.

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Keith.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

1st Coat

Jo and I were up early this morning applying the 1st coat of blacking before the weather gets too hot!

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Halfway there on my side.

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All finished, now off to the Hatton Locks Café for lunch.

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After lunch Jo applied the 1st gloss coat to the tunnel bands, followed by an ice cream each.

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Keith.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Into Dry Dock

Hadar went into dry dock this morning, the stop planks went in and the paddle was drawn and she soon settled down.

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The dock very quickly emptied.

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Jet washing the grime off.

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Jo and I alternated with the grinder to take the worst of the rust off, this is the first time we have have to use a grinder on the hull in 10 years.

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Blacking first thing tomorrow morning before it gets too hot.

Keith.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saltisford Arm to Hatton Dry Dock.

Moored in the dry dock near the top of the Hatton locks, ready for dry docking tomorrow for blacking over the next couple of days.

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Keith.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Radford Semele to Saltisford Arm

Following a brief stop for some shopping  at Aldi (Jo likes their cheese) and Halfords (engine oil and antifreeze for the new generator) and an even briefer stop at Tesco’s we moored above Cape locks and had lunch and a pint each at the Cape of Good Hope.

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After lunch we returned to our mooring in the Saltisford Arm.

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Keith.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Stockton Top Lock to the Blue Lias

Having got as much as possible completed on the new generator installation (bar the fitting of the raw water inlet through the hull which will be done whilst we are in dry dock this coming month), today we moved down to the Blue Lias. This has been the first occasion whilst travelling past that there has been space to moor up. We are both looking forward to our evening meal here tonight, although we have already had a pint each of Doombar when we first arrived. We also had a pleasant walk around Stockton Reservoir, which is used for fishing.

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Keith.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Almost Finished

All installed except for the raw water intake, which will be installed whilst in dry dock next month.

Fuel filter/water trap and 2nd fuel filter fitted and connected.

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Cooling system expansion tank fitted and connected.

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The exhaust pipe connected to the hull outlet. The 12v for the starter was also connected.

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Keith.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Generator Exhaust, Fuel Pump and Fuel Hoses

Some good progress today. The water lock (Silencer) is attached to a support plate and positioned on the baseplate in the boatman's cabin.

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The exhaust pipes coming to and from the water lock, into the engine room, underneath the floor.

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The exhaust pipe outlet from the generator connected to the exhaust pipe to the water lock, the other pipe still to be connected to the exhaust outlet in the hull.

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Fuel pipe fitted to the bulkhead, where the fuel filter/water trap was mounted, which will be mounted above the fuel pump. The fuel return hose has also been connected it can just about be seen in the photo.

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Keith.

Beauty And The Barge (1945)

Monday, June 26, 2017

New Generator Goes In

Today our new generator was installed in Hadar’s engine room. The steel plate was placed on the calorifier mounts to aid sliding the new generator into place.

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The new generator is lifted out of its packing crate.

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Lowering the new generator into the engine room through the side doors.

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In position and fixed down onto the original generator mounting blocks. A big sigh of relief that it not only fits in, but there is room for all the pipes etc. to come out.

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With its soundproof cocoon temporarily installed, the calorifier reinstalled and the shelf/step above it refitted.

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Keith.