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"Hi, Do you know where Bruin could be berthed? I'm from Tamworth but now live in Derby, I went down the Coventry canal a few weeks ago from Sawley to visit my mother and didn't spot her on the canal. There is an orm' in Barton marina…"
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Bruin 5 Replies

Hi,we owned Bruin for a short period about 20 years ago, we loved the boat and would be interested to see what she is like now. We saw an Ormelite moored on the Thames last week which got us thinking…Continue

Started by Guy Robinson. Last reply by phillip collis Sep 1.

Ormelite cruiser register 6 Replies

What follows is a list of boats that I am aware of:Andante GRP registration number 69743Birdsnest  timber  Norfolk Broads 28' 6'' reg number V670 Peter Heward, formerly named Old Masts - memberBlue…Continue

Started by paul pennycook. Last reply by John Vissenga May 8.

rough times

Hi Robert,   Sorry to hear about your problems, keep looking forward to getting boating, it don't half help !!!I have not been out in Shapfell  for over two years what with one thing and another. I…Continue

Started by John Vissenga Dec 31, 2015.

Found Our Dave 2 Replies

Hi PaulIts been a while since been on the site but serious illness and the sad loss of my Mom and Brother have taken there toll on time etc I needed to share with you just before my treatment the…Continue

Started by Robert Howard. Last reply by paul pennycook Dec 30, 2015.

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Fetching Fens

To steal a title from "Slow boat through England" (and if you haven't read Frederic Doerflinger's book, try and find a copy .... it's worth it)

It might have been written 45 years ago but as regards the lower reaches of the Gt Ouse and it's tributaries, not a lot has changed.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here on these waterways, although they are challenging in some ways, when coming from the main canal areas of the country. 

Stopping places are few and the use of…


Posted by John Vissenga on June 18, 2016 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

fisherboy gearbox

Im servicing Galadriel before the season starts and on checking inside the gearbox i can't see any friction material on the clutch faces/ is this normal.

Galadriel pulls ok but the difference between  chugging along at 4 knots and full ahead at 5 knots is it just drinks petrol. I Tested the speed with a apple app.The clutch has been adjusted as per the service manual but i suspect that the gearbox needs taking out and servicing. Any ideas where I can get this carried out.



Posted by Stephen Hughes on February 1, 2016 at 9:04pm — 2 Comments

Another boating season coming towards it's end

It has been another frustrating year , as far as boating goes.  2014 was a wash out for me as my wife had a serious illness involving a lengthy hospital stay and even longer recuperation period. My only boating was a glorious week on an old sailing boat, belonging to a friend, cruising up the East coast. This spring I was diagnosed with a serious problem needing fairly major surgery. Determined to get some boating done, before going into hospital, I organised some work to be done on Shapfell…


Posted by John Vissenga on September 16, 2015 at 8:15am

getting those "little jobs" done

Some of you might remember a coupleof years ago I was worrying about the state of the sliding hatch on Shapfell and I asked if anyone else had ever removed one.

I couldn't work out how you could get the long slide out from under the hatch so I kept on putting it off and putting it off. Last week I got the tools out and dived in at the deep end.

First I slid the hatch closed and unscrewed the visible screws (The most fwd one was actually a long bolt with the nuts inside the…


Posted by John Vissenga on August 12, 2015 at 7:20pm


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