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Post by BotleyBouy on Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:23 pm

Here it is, at last...

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Currently named "Barbu II" but I'm not keen on that so a re-name will happen. "MV Millstone" has been suggested but it looks more like an "Emily" to me.

It's in very good order but needs some elbow-grease and TLC. It's got the 1100cc X-Flow so it's a later one. The previous owner was told 1969 when they bought it so that's what's going on the paper-work.

The canopy is OK and has a few seasons left but I'd quite like a hard-top so there's no point in changing it until one comes up.

There's lots of bit and bobs needed and the pulpit has had an argument with a lock gate at sometime (and lost) but nothing major (I hope). 

Mates with pressure washers, DA polishers and access to woodworking equipment are being offered beer tokens and days out so all being well it will be nice and clean and shiny in a few weeks.

The water claimed its first prize today; a full tube of Autosol.

At what stage does "It" become a "She"?  Laughing

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Re: New Boat!

Post by Poachermas on Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:51 pm

Looking good,have fun!

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Post by F23 flittermouse on Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:50 am

BB wrote
At what stage does "It" become a "She"?


Usually when the problems start !!  lol!

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Re: New Boat!

Post by bigscale on Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:21 am

Good luck with your new boat hope SHE serves you well
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Post by RichK on Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:28 pm

Glad you found a boat, they are always a she as they are always expensive to maintain  Wink
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Re: New Boat!

Post by Minerva on Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:16 pm

Not if you service her yourself.

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Post by Minerva on Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:19 pm

BB where are you going to moor her?

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Post by RichK on Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:50 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Not if you service her yourself.
I do my own maintenance, but it's everthing else to keep her looking pretty, like my good lady that costs  Smile
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Re: New Boat!

Post by JohnR on Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:02 pm

The Boat Name Database is sadly lacking some data, notably the year she was built, but I wish Gandalf had the power of Barbu II Laughing

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Built by Freeman - Length : 6.71 metres ( 22 feet ) - Beam : 2.11 metres ( 6 feet 11 inches ) - Draft : 0.01 metres ( 0 feet ). Fibre Glass hull N/A power of 999 HP. Registered with Canal & River Trust number 37448 as a Powered Motor Boat.  ( Last updated on Monday 30th May 2011 )

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Post by JohnR on Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:05 pm

Isn't there a hard top on eBay at the moment?

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Re: New Boat!

Post by Minerva on Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:39 pm

...and on freeman cruiser Facebook...although maybe same one...
Personally I think the hard tops are a bit claustrophobic on a 22. I am a big fan of white hoods and in this hot weather I leave the starboard side attached and swing the port side over the top...so I can stand and steer but keep the sun off the back seat (with rear part rolled up too and sides off) .... much better than a hard top.

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Re: New Boat!

Post by BotleyBouy on Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:46 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:The Boat Name Database is sadly lacking some data, notably the year she was built, but I wish Gandalf had the power of Barbu II Laughing

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Built by Freeman - Length : 6.71 metres ( 22 feet ) - Beam : 2.11 metres ( 6 feet 11 inches ) - Draft : 0.01 metres ( 0 feet ). Fibre Glass hull N/A power of 999 HP. Registered with Canal & River Trust number 37448 as a Powered Motor Boat.  ( Last updated on Monday 30th May 2011 )
 
Thanks for the info John. I'll double check tomorrow but I was told it was standard beam ie 7' 6" and it doesn't feel tighter than the other 22's I viewed. In any event, as it is on the Grand Union at the moment a narrow beam will be an advantage. The loo door opens the full width of the opening between the loo and the cupboard if, that's any indication.

"..power of 999 HP" Not so sure about that  Laughing  

Draft : 0.01 metres ( 0 feet)Really? It definitely floats in the water (not on top of it) and by more than 10cms.

I thought the hard-top on eBay was off a 23? Or is there another one?

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Post by BotleyBouy on Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:49 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:...and on freeman cruiser Facebook...although maybe same one...
 Can someone send me the link(s) please? I can't find the one you're referring to. 
Many thanks.

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Re: New Boat!

Post by Steve_P on Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:23 pm

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Post by F23 flittermouse on Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:35 pm

BB from the pictures it's more than likely a standard beam (7'-6"). The narrow beam side decks are much narrower, in fact really just a ledge !
Another general check, the NB usually have a weed hatch over the prop under the rear bench seat.
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Post by bigscale on Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:05 pm

i take it you measured her from the stern end i made the same mistake if you measure from front window you will find 7ft 6 inches
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Post by bigscale on Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:12 pm

i take it you measured her from the stern end i made the same mistake if you measure from front window you will find 7ft 6 inches
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Post by BotleyBouy on Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:48 pm

Thanks for the link Steve. It looks just the job so fingers crossed on that.

Under the centre of my bench I have a storage compartment. If it has a weed hatch I haven't seen it yet. I'll have a look under the storage compartment tomorrow.

As for checking the beam, I'll find the widest point and measure there using the stick method suggested by Flittermouse on another thread.

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Post by Minerva on Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:04 pm

Another way to spot a 22 narrow beam is to observe the lower wooden rubbing strip. The mahogany was a flatter shape than the standard and mounted nearer the water line with a metal strip in the middle. Therefore judging from the photos this looks like a standard 22.

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Post by F23 flittermouse on Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:07 pm

Minerva, without wanting to disagree, from what can be seen on the 'bow' photo of Barbu11, there appears to be a central metal '''pail handle' type metal strip on the wood rubbing strip ( could be wrong ?)
My 23 has that too and she's certainly not a NB !

Because Freeman's came new with a miriad of options that could be added, it is a mistake to assume a certain feature defines a type, there are NB's without weedhatches too !

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Post by Minerva on Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:31 am

Derek I was referring to the lower rubbing strakes on the hull...not the rubbing strip on the hull/superstructure join with the ally/rubber bit on top. All the NB I seen had this lower rubbing strake feature plus weed hatch plus keel extension under prop and smaller prop. Had a lovely one one moored behind me for years...Cyril John...lovely boat that was.

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Post by Steve_P on Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:10 pm

My NB 22 doesn't have the galvanised strip that SM describe in their literature but does have a much flatter, wider profile lower strake than I have seen on other 22's so may have been retrofitted.

Another good indication would be the bow runner as I understand that these were not standard on the NB version not to mention the absence of the reduction gear on the rear of the gearbox.

For reference, st the step in the gunwall, the NB measures approx 100mm (barely enough to get a foot in) which is a very obvious visual difference from the standard beam.

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Post by Chris Meyer on Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:45 pm

Congratulations on your new boat, I'd say its a wide beam without any doubt.

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:18 pm

Enjoy Smile

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Re: New Boat!

Post by BotleyBouy on Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:12 pm

Thanks to all for the positive comments.

It's definitely a standard 7' 6" beam and there is no prop inspection hatch. Today's jobs included checking the power supply to the horn, spot light and mast light. None of them work but there is at least 12V and continuity to earth on each of the plugs. The main job though was cleaning the canopy... 

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It's come up really well with lots of elbow grease and detergent but what product would you guys recommend for a final clean which would help bring up the colour and give it a bit of a shine?

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