Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



First snow

We have now had @Coalboat deliver gas by Van, Boat, and now train!

  Ashton Packet Boat company have their own 2 foot (24″) narrow gage railway. 

National Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition 2015

Tas, Bob and I headed over to the National Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition 2015 in Harrogate.

Model Boat Show at The National Waterways Museum

On Saturday I went along to the Canal and River Trust’s National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere port (on the Shropshire Union Canal) for the Model Boat Show.

Narrowboat for sale: Wood Dragon

57ft Aqualine Manhattan Narrowboat cruiser stern. 57ft Aqualine Manhattan narrowboat in good interior condition powered by Isuzu 35hp diesel engine with 40 gallon fuel tank and stainless steel propeller shaft. Steering is from large cruiser stern with teak seating/rail. Layout… Continue Reading →

Best laid plans of planners and builders…

From my recent post about the planned school for the land at New Islington Marina / Cotton Fields in Manchester, you may recognise this diagram from the planning submission: Now the cunningly awake ones of you will have seen in… Continue Reading →

Royal Mail Charges Revisited

In my post “Royal Mail Charges” I typed the opinion of a member of staff in Royal Mail staff in their Plymouth call center. However, subsequently to that, I found the Royal Mail Forwarding December 10: 1. If a recipient of… Continue Reading →

70ft Tug narrowboat for sale

70ft Tug style narrowboat for sale, £69,995 Detailed steelwork with recessed panels, 4 x sets of side doors, Houdini hatches, Pigeon Box and a trad stern by Paul Barber Boatbuilders Ltd. Professional fit-out offering 2-4 berth accommodation with a Boatman’s… Continue Reading →

Royal Mail Charges

For years I have been having post forwarded to me using the following method: As you can see The Royal mail seem to have taken exception to this, and stuck a “Postage unpaid deficient postage” / “Revenue Protection” sticker on… Continue Reading →

Harry Beck Style Canal Map

The first diagrammatic map of London’s rapid transit network was designed by Harry Beck in 1931.[3] Beck was a London Underground employee who realised that because the railway ran mostly underground, the physical locations of the stations were irrelevant to… Continue Reading →

The Tail of one CITY^H^H^H^H Town

I am reading the Swindon Masterplan Report (Draft Rev C), while the document is not all about canals; in fact very little of it is about canals, the Swindon Evening Advertiser would have you believe it was a well supported plan… Continue Reading →

Solar Power on Boats

A while ago I looked at Solar Panels (Photo Voltaic) and did some research, (including reading a very hippy book [Electrosmog[note  electromagnetic “smog” is caused by mobile phones and the masts needed to power them, as well as microwaves, computers and electrical equipment…. Continue Reading →

nbArianrhod is now sold

nbArianrhod boat has now been sold, b0atg1rl and I are now offering for other peoples uses, If you are interested in utilising So You Wanna Buy A Boat please use the contact form to send b0atg1rl a message. We are… Continue Reading →

View our boat

Following on from Springer for Sale b0atg1rl and I will be down at nbArianrhod on Friday and Monday. If you want to come by Frouds Bridge marina and say hi. Please contact us via SoYouWannaBuyABoat.

Springer for sale

UPDATE! nbArianrhod is also listed on Tomorrow (Thursday 23rd), b0atg1rl and I will be down at her, as we have a couple of viewings, If you want to have a look, or want further details, please contact her. ‘nbArianrhod’… Continue Reading →

An update

It’s been a fair while since I last wrote an update to my blog; back then b0atg1rl and I were looking for a boat; since then we have bought ourselves a 58ft Semi-Trad called nbSteven (the name will be changed when… Continue Reading →


At Gloucester dock there was a lovely 57 foot narrowboat called Wanderin Star (Wanderin Star PDF) for £39,000 “Wanderin Star” would make a comfortable live aboard. She was built by Oxley Marine in 2003, she has a Beta B 38 diesel engine… Continue Reading →

Gloucester Docks Look around Part Two – Shops and Retail

Following on from Part One, I found this article titled “A Walk on the Wild Side around Gloucester Docks” on Narrowboat World, where Alan Tilbury talks about his experience of Gloucester Quays: The state of the area was something that I had got completely… Continue Reading →

Tweet Pirating #OWCTGT #RiverThemes

Today I am Pirating with a number of #BoatsThatTweet in Oxford, @Galoot (Cat Who Laughed) and @Gbilder of @nb_coqui, and @OdyAuto of @workboatpug on the Here are some fun photos from the trip up so far 🙂 Lunch at the… Continue Reading →

Towpath Books – Word on the water

The London book barge, sell books from a Dutch barge called Dianti, at the weekend they were in Camden Lock; it looks like a great second hand book shop, will have to go back and have a look when i have… Continue Reading →

Book 32 – The Canal Boat Manual

The Canal Magazine’s Canal Boat (and inland waterways) Manual is similar to Living Aboard (Towpath Guides) however it has a lot more large colour photos; and is Add Supported; in some ways this is quite helpful as it allows you to quickly jump… Continue Reading →

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