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  1. Folks this isn't my usual style of posting but as we're all going a bit crazy I thought I'd share the British Governments message with you. I don't know who made this video but he's a genius (WARNING - Contains the odd naughty-word ) Coronavirus Message
  2. Just make sure you all stay safe until the world returns to some semblence of order.
  3. Hello all, It goes without saying that firstly I hope you are all keeping well and safe. Here in the UK we're under tight restrictions and can only go out for the following reasons: Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible One form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home The boatyard is about a 30 minute walk from my house so I guess I could legitimately walk down there and back as my daily exercise. How is everyone else being affected ? Keep safe. Stu
  4. Thank you for your kind words @Denny @Phillbo your spot-on. A high blood alcohol level is guaranteed to cure all ills. At least in my mind it is.
  5. In a scene reminiscent of Genesis 8.3 the waters receded and once again the Good Lord smiled upon me for long enough to get Miss Magoo back in the water. So, for the sake of completeness I've attached some pics as my final update. Thanks once again for all your help and advice. You guys have been absolutely invaluable. Now, if we can just get rid of Corona-disease I can finally let the gin start flowing again.
  6. I did think about it but it would cost about £1,200 in transport fees vs. £550 to hire a boat. I don't have a trailer as she lived in the marina normally. The other issue with the broads is fuel as only diesel is available which is why the last owner sold the boat. At least I'll be on the water though
  7. Two years ago we bought a boat on the Norfolk Broads and shipped it to Tewkesbury on the River Avon so we never had to drive 6 hrs to enjoy the river. I'm on holiday next week and planning on going up river, but cant because the Avon is flooded so have had to book another boat holiday...Yep, back on the Norfolk Broads Last time the water got this high God was having a chat with Noah
  8. I don't think I'll be back in the water anytime soon. The Severn and Avon have both burst their banks and the water is almost touching the bottom of the boat on its stand. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8016615/Tewkesbury-Abbey-rises-muddy-waters-town-submerged-brutal-deluge.html
  9. SST - I'm a combination of shocked / saddened and stunned that someone who is refined and quality driven as to own a Chaparral would consider lowering themselves to watching Coronation Street I can't begin to describe how I detest that ****** program. As a child I was forced (Yes, I do mean forced) to endure hours of Ena Sharples and Elsie Tanner, and when I was once again forced to endure the painful experience in recent years I found it almost exactly the same. I was born and raised in Liverpool, only a few miles away from where Coronation St is meant to be based and its truly a land where time stood still. Whippets, flat caps, racing pigeons, black-pudding and cobbled streets everywhere. I shall pray a special prayer to the Lord tonight that he rescues you from your fate, before you know it you'll be saying things like "Eh-up" and "I'll go to the foot of our stairs". You're doomed unless you escape now.
  10. Would you believe it !!! All that time, work and effort and we come to the big launch tomorrow; only to be beaten with a 3.8m tide flooding the crane gantry and high winds forecast. Oh well, hopefully next Friday she'll be back in the water and I can share some pics with you of the finished touches 4
  11. Hi, Have a read of my thread. I've just finished a fairly major rebuild inc. Gimbal and bellows. The last entry has a link to all the parts and prices. Definitely a DIY job, especially with the great support here. Stu
  12. Well that's it folks, all work is completed and she's ready to back in the water. There's high winds forecast for this week and as I'm working away for most of this and next week, we've selected Friday 14th for the crane-in. Valentines day seems appropriate somehow The total cost of all the works was £1,327 (Around $1,752) and I'm proud to say that I did all the works myself. I've pasted a link below to the list of parts I fitted with each price and ebay item reference where applicable as this might help others out. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I8hBskbPRBe2f0onrYiQtR6u18mVZpoh/view?usp=sharing A huge thank you to all of you for your advice, particularly Wingnut for the guidance with the engine mounting procedure. Here's looking forward to a fun 2020 back afloat
  13. Hi guys, latest update. Big weekend of work just completed. I replaced the water pump and am glad that I did as the impeller was badly worn. Then it was on with the testing. I used a water supply muff on the out-drive and fired the engine up. Things never went quite to plan as I had no forward drive but could get reverse ok. After a bit of an adjustment on the lower shift cable I realised where I went wrong with the adjustment. I had No3 Son turn the prop anti-clockwise whilst I pushed the cable end in until the prop locked and then measured the 6 inches between the mounting hole and the centre of the brass adjuster. Then when I refitted the cable all was well and I can now engage forward and reverse gear. My mistake was trying to adjust the cable before I actually fitted the out-drive, but that's why we test these things. So that's it with the mechanical work. On the body I touched up the last bits of paint and have put the new vinyls on, and I'm really pleased with the results. All I need to do now is refit the swim platform (Due back this week) and new fenders and then we're back in the water. Some update pics below, and this is the link to the Engine Test Video. I've also done a quick Walk Around Video
  14. There's no better food to keep you going on a cold day down the boatyard
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