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Hopefully this works! We have done a fantastic article on the caraboat and Ben and Michelle restoring thereís! :)



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Caraboat General / Re: New name, new chapter
« Last post by michael-griffin on June 12, 2018, 11:03:43 PM »
Hi, I get involved in the annual boat check/count with CRT, all they record is the boat number they have no interest in the boats name, think how many boats named heron or kingfishes etc  you have seen.
As Phil says if you use the 30 day explorer you donít need to register as this type of licence is there for a visiting boat, boats on trailers and boats moving from, for instance EA waters to other EA waters via CRT waters, ironically you can get a 30 day explorer without the need for a BSC by doing a self declaration.
best wishes
Mick G 
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Caraboat General / Re: New name, new chapter
« Last post by phil riley on June 12, 2018, 10:30:28 PM »
Mr Towed was never registered so all you need to do is supply the new name for your licence(if you are using a visitor licence).If ,however ,you are using a full licence,then I believe that you will have to register it.This is my understanding unless someone knows better.
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Caraboat General / Re: New name, new chapter
« Last post by Sarah Jones on June 12, 2018, 10:12:06 PM »
Do you have to register a boat name?
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Caraboat General / Re: Leakage
« Last post by neil m 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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Caraboat General / Re: Towing and Launching - modifying the front hitch
« Last post by neil m on June 11, 2018, 08:44:21 PM »
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
« Last post by neil m 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: Leakage
« Last post by Tom Bradley1 on June 11, 2018, 05:54:22 PM »
I had a persistent leak on the front aluminium quadrants on Little Sue II some
15 years ago. 3mm bolts through the window frame & the quadrant tightened down onto polyurethane mastic seamed to fix it but I added a gutter below the window just to be sure. The gutters drained onto the gunwale. Drain holes were drilled in the gunwale and a silicone bead made the top of the gunwale a gutter.

There is even a page dedicated to leaks on my website which had disappeared but recently reappeared  although it now it has some very annoying adverts.
http://www.geocities.ws/littlesue2323/leaks.html

I also added a cover http://www.geocities.ws/littlesue2323/cover.html

Tom
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Caraboat General / Re: Towing and Launching - modifying the front hitch
« Last post by Tom Bradley1 on June 11, 2018, 02:56:45 PM »
I added a nose wheel to my boat (Little Sue II sold 15 years ago). Its uprising how much force it is subjected to especially when you motor onto the slip but very handy. I smashed up a few casters & think I ended up using a solid aluminium wheel. The frame was 3mm steel. A caster might last 5 minutes if you are lucky.
My website has spontaneously reappeared but it does come with really annoying adverts now
http://www.geocities.ws/littlesue2323/hitch.html

I launched with the car until the back end was just touching the water then articulated the hitch & continued with the car only just getting the back wheels wet but depends on the gradient.

Two hitch locking Tee handled bolts with a security chain so they would not work loose were fitted & it towed very well afterwards.

I didn't a tail wheel but a skid might protect the fibreglass.

I enjoyed watching your boat on TV last night & will watch it again before it gets deleted. I have used that same slip after a trip from Bradford on Avon. Mine caused quite a stir so two must have been even better.

Tom
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Caraboat General / Re: Towing and Launching - modifying the front hitch
« Last post by phil riley on June 11, 2018, 02:08:50 PM »
Hi Ben,take a look at Mr Towed (sorry Ruby Tuesday) .That`s how we did it for 14 years and it works fine.No wheels or anything at the back,just make sure you,ve got a bit of weight in the front before launching.We used to have all our tins of food and bottles of drink in a box on the floor at the front until after launch.(this also helped with noseweight while towing -more noseweight better stability-especially as we always towed with the motor in place.)As for the bolt,we just used 2 big bolts and nuts and tightened them up for towing and slackened them for launching.
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