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Caraboat General / Re: Helterskelter goes to Wales
« on: November 16, 2018, 08:39:04 PM »
Great Pictures,
Thanks for putting them up Vic..

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Caraboat General / Re: Helterskelter goes to Wales
« on: October 30, 2018, 12:38:46 AM »
Hi Vic,
Great to hear from you, It was seeing the article in Canal&Riverboat in Feb 2004 of you and Mirage at Frankton locks that made me think how versatile a Caraboat could be, little did I know that one month later I would buy Helterskelter at a local boat yard that was closing down.

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Caraboat General / Re: Helterskelter goes to Wales
« on: October 14, 2018, 06:50:52 PM »
Hi Sarah,
Hope you can post on your adventures with "Ruby Tuesday" as It would be great to hear about what other people are doing with there boats whether it be using them or working on them.
All the Best
Neil & Bev..

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Caraboat General / Re: Helterskelter goes to Wales
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:33:08 PM »
If you click on image 3103 and the ones on the Aquaducts they should play as videos :)

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Caraboat General / Helterskelter goes to Wales
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:13:26 PM »
We had planned to go on the L&L this time, but as that was closed due to the Summer water shortage I decided to visit the Llangollen and Montgomery Canals instead. I reasoned that as the Llangollen was a feeder supply for the Shroppie it would surely be open and it is such a lovely trip.
We towed to Whixall Marina and launched there, its on an arm off the Llangollen Canal called the Prees branch, the Slipway is a bit of a steep one and guarded by a family of Swans but we were soon launched and on our way to Ellesmere.
20180915_115422 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180915_115535 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3188 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr
We reached Ellesmere that night and passed Telfords offices at the entrance to the arm there, we also met some friends there on Wilderness boats who by chance were cruising the Llangollen for two weeks.

20180916_105552 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr
IMG-20180915-WA0003 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

We had booked to go down through Frankton locks onto the Monty the next morning which was lovely, the first two are a staircase and then a couple more, then you come to Graham Palmer lock which is named after the man who founded the Waterway Recovery Group.

IMG_3085 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3088 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180916_131510 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180916_143144 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

Over the next couple of days we explored the Monty and once we got to the current head of navigation we walked down a bit to look at the work the Shropshire Union Canal Society have been doing along with the WRG, there was a tripboat down there and Historic boat Saturn. one day we got a bus into Oswestry to have a look at this pretty Market Town, the Monty was a lovely quiet trip probably the opposite of the Llangollen with all the hire boats.

20180917_101416 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180917_094128 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3114 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3115 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3103 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

We returned back up onto the Llangollen and headed on through Chirk to Trevor over the big Aquaduct in very windy conditions then up to Llangollen where we stayed a night in the basin.

TUUS2212 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3167 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_E3172 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_E3138 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180919_172359 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

We returned to Whixall over the next couple of days having had a great week
Neil &Bev..

IMG_3181 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_3180 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr



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Creighton Gull General / Creighton Gull in Indiana
« on: August 19, 2018, 10:31:27 PM »
This was up for sale a couple of years ago in the US, I have never heard of one that survives over here so this is probably the only one. Unless anybody knows different of course.. https://boats-from-usa.com/not-specified/creighton-70906

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Caraboat General / Helterskelter at the Cumbria Steam Gathering
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:16:00 PM »
Last weekend we were at the Cumbria Steam Gathering at Flookburgh, we entered the Period Caravan Class and low and behold won best Caravan, so we were very pleased with that. weather was very wet on the Sunday but we had a great time looking at all the old Cars and Bikes and steam vehicles. and old Caravans of course.
ALL the best,
Neil and Bev,

20180727_172854 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180727_125857 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180727_123425 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180729_124934 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

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Caraboat General / Re: Holes???
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:49:03 PM »
Hi Sarah.
Helterskelter only has one drain in the well deck, and some do have non return valves fitted so this was a known problem, John Nelson told me that his boat which was a MK 1 had a lower well deck and he used to use a plug in the hole to stop the water coming up when sailing. Helterskelter also gets water coming into the gas lockers if I have four people on sometimes.
hope this helps.

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Caraboat General / Re: Leakage
« on: June 11, 2018, 08:48:50 PM »
Great to hear from you Tom, and I wish we knew where Little Sue is now, maybe one day the owner will get in touch,
All the best,
Neil..

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Hi Ben,
From watching the more 4 program it looked like your boat was back end heavy when you unhitched it from the car as Phil says you want to add weight into the front deck to give you nose weight for towing too. the engine you have is much too big and heavy which won't help either. you will have to fit a wheel at the front on the hitch bracket like Tom and Phil's so the boat is as low as possible at the front because as the rear end enters the water it pushes up and loads the front down putting a lot of weight onto this wheel. We got stuck on a poor slipway at Silsden on the L&L when our jockey wheel broke, and have launched with the car ever since folding the hitch once afloat, Phil Hughes showed me that as the back end starts to enter the water you can pull the top pin/bolt out which allows the hitch to cantilever on the lower pin /bolt and means you don't have to go that far into the water with the car to unhitch, you really need a 4x4 for this though, I just feel that while the boat is on the car I have full control of it, though you will find your own favourite way i'm sure with a bit more practice. I like Phil use large bolts rather than pins so you can tighten the hitch up solid.
Hope this makes sense.
Bye for now..
Neil..

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Caraboat General / Re: New name, new chapter
« on: June 11, 2018, 07:49:43 PM »
Hi Sarah,
All the best with the new name, and great that Mick is taking up the great name of Mr Towed.

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Caraboat General / Re: Helterskelter on the Ashby
« on: May 30, 2018, 10:52:34 PM »
We have just got back from a great time on the Ashby canal first on the upper reaches at the Moira canal festival then we transferred over to the main navigable section at Snareston and covered some of the Coventry canal as well

20180521_072922 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180521_073359 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

Launched at Conkers waterside centre

20180520_151526 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_2124 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

Moira Furnace was built for smelting iron and is a great place for a canal festival, and highlight the restoration of this upper section.

20180520_111401 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180519_151525 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180520_112000 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

some of the entertainment included American civil war re enacment dangerous Steve and Morris dancers

Also there was Caracruiser Norwood T

20180520_173610 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180520_101723 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

After the festival we pulled out and towed the six miles to Snareston and launched at the Slipway there owned and run by the ACA if your a member you get a discount to launch and leave your car. Over the next week we sailed this lovely rural canal which has a loads to offer which includes the Battle of Bosworth visitor centre and battlefield heritage steam train line.

20180527_133803 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_2219 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr
we took the guided tour which was lifelike at times!!

IMG_2254 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr
Snareston Tunnel

20180521_133123 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180521_130301 (1) by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr
lovely Shackerston

IMG_2229 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_E2167 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_E2153 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

IMG_2180 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

The Ashby is a stronghold for the water vole as we saw many swimming about during our week along with loads of other wildlife.
Neil & Bev Mcgarry


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Caraboat General / Re: Helterskelter on the Ashby
« on: May 28, 2018, 10:33:06 PM »
Hi Mick,
It was great to see you too, and talk about all things Caraboat, hope you can get on with yours soon so we could make a show at Moira sometime, we had a wonderful week and met loads of friendly people, the Ashby is a real hidden jem in my view. pictures to follow when I get them up..
All the Best,
Neil & Bev.

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Caraboat General / Re: Caraboat Layout
« on: May 28, 2018, 10:25:31 PM »
Hi Mick,
Thanks for putting these pictures on, probably the best ones I have seen of an original layout, which Caraboat were these taken of?

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Hi Ben.
Fantastic work you have done, and in such a short space of time too, you will improve things as you go along when you see what works  and what doesn't, I see you have the original wind up Jockey wheel too which is cool.
Can't wait to see the program and hope we can get our boats together sometime
All the Best,
Neil and Bev,,

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