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paul pennycook commented on Brian Lister's status
"Hi Brian cant say with certainty but I would be very surprised if they are trough hull - Paul"
Apr 8
Brian Lister posted a status
"engine bearers in Elmlea have square bolts at the fore + nuts on bolts at stern are they thru hull or can i remove them without sinking her"
Apr 5
John Vissenga posted a status
"just going through some old photos and found the before and after photos of "Shapfells" prop"
Mar 30
John Vissenga posted a photo
Mar 30
Brian Lister commented on Brian Lister's status
"Got gearbox adjusted, I think... it was forward it wouldnt hold mistake, counterclockwise props indeed...."
Mar 30
Brian Lister posted a status
"Got engine started on bench, pumps water, runs ok, gearbox goes into gear but wont hold reverse, just got to get it in the boat now"
Mar 29
Brian Lister commented on rob brownhill's status
"some sites like this one linked have some records as an example, you may be able to follow up on this in a wider search."
Mar 18
rob brownhill posted a status
"How can we find out when our boat was built?"
Mar 12
paul pennycook posted a status
"had a fabulous day in Thrupp on Escape on Sunday, it really feels like the winter is behind us and we have plenty of water!"
Mar 12
Brian Lister commented on rob brownhill's status
"just tried going on to stanilands web site to see if they still have the wooden 40 footer for sale and the entire site is down, they havent shut downt he shop and brokerage have they?"
Mar 6
paul pennycook left a comment for olly hampson
"Hi Olly if you explore the site you will find some of the history, in fact the grandchildren of the Orme family have uploaded some interesting detail. The boats were built in Leicestershire and were originally timber. The Ormes built caravans…"
Mar 3
paul pennycook left a comment for Martin Hampson
"Hi Martin, yes hours of fun, but well worth it Ormes are a quality boat - paul"
Mar 3
dennis howarth left a comment for Martin Hampson
"hi martin and welcome to a wealth of knowledge and experience on Ormelite cruisers""
Mar 3
paul pennycook posted a status
"welcome martin let me know if you need any help with the site _ paul"
Mar 3
Martin Hampson is now a member of Ormelite Cruiser Network
Mar 3
olly hampson posted a status
"Got a fair amount of work to get her up to scratch first thing is to replace the engine woefully under powed"
Feb 24



article about a couple of old friends

as mentioned this article about boating over the yearsContinue

Started by paul pennycook Jan 29.

Lyin' lo and her fisherboy gearbox 2 Replies

Hi,Finally got Lyin' Lo (formerly peggotty Jai) into the water last weekend at Christleton and coaxed her very ill watermota to take us to our moorings.The engine only runs on three legs (bent push…Continue

Started by Mike Hummerston. Last reply by Mike Hummerston Oct 31, 2013.

Gear box/clutch 4 Replies

I am having trouble with a slipping clutch. I realise that I can adjust it from the very helpful stuff Paul posted, but I am wondering if I have got the right grade of oil. I am using SAE 20, but it…Continue

Started by Jack White. Last reply by dennis howarth Aug 7, 2013.

Water System 6 Replies

Hello, Chrisamy still on the Wey! Does anyone have any ideas on the water system? We have never had hot water although there is a big copper tank under the cooker and loads of bits of pipe. It was…Continue

Started by deena rudolph. Last reply by paul pennycook Jul 23, 2013.

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family boating

At my Mums funeral last week I met a couple of old friends I havn't seen for at least 25 years, I am posting an article about them in the forum that includes mention of my Mum and Dad

Posted by paul pennycook on January 29, 2014 at 2:30pm

.....There's this big sign over my head that says "Sucker"

I have this bad habit of not saying NO! even when common sense says I should.

I have just signed up for a crewing job on a dutch barge delivery run.    I thought he said from Sheerness ( Kent) to Maldon (Essex). It was only when he started saying that it shouldn't take more than four or five days that I started worrying! The last time I did that trip it only took two tides, what sort of wreck was it that would take several days!!!

It became clear when he explained that…


Posted by John Vissenga on October 4, 2013 at 6:03pm

Any Ormelites for sale?

Hello   everyone

I   am  currently  a narrowboat    owner   looking to  downsize   to  an    ormelite  due  to  age!

Have   met  up with  Jack   White at  Ely  in the  summer  really  impressed   with  his   boat  and  I  would  now  like one

Anyone  thinking of  selling   please contact me through the  site


Rod   Sterry

Posted by rod sterry on September 7, 2013 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

Why do they call it a drydock?

On Thursday I went to move "Shapfell" to a berth closer to the our so called drydock ( it used to be a floating drydock made from an old barge, It now no longer floats and is used as a hard ) 

I was a bit impatient and tried to reverse Shapfell out of its berth before there was sufficient water, as I did so there was a loud thump as the prop hit the bottom while going hard astern.  I went ahead to pull her back to the berth and after a hesitation she moved forward,

When I tried…


Posted by John Vissenga on August 27, 2013 at 9:47am — 1 Comment


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