Monday, 12 March 2012


I find this quite exciting, but then I'm a sad git at heart.......

A neighbour of ours, (for whom we did the fab paint-job last year), told me the other day that her boat's engine was dead, had ceased to be, had shuffled off this mortal coil and was singing with the great choir invisible..

(Actually, she didn't say that, but she's not much of a Monty Python fan and I am, and it's my blog, okay?).

Anyway, the engine's knackered.

She rang RCR, who came out, prodded the engine's corpse, and gave her the number of some bloke in this area, who arrived, did the same, and quoted her £3,500 to supply and fit a reconditioned unit.

Now, I don't have a terribly high opinion of this individual, as he seriously mucked some other good chums of mine about some time ago......

However, on the off-chance that he can actually read, and therefore, may be reading this, I shall refrain from naming him.

But £3500 to supply and fit a recon unit?

'Cobbleurs', as I believe they say in France...

I have spanners.

I have a mate who trained as a diesel fitter with The Royal Engineers.....

I have just come across three RSJs which will be surplus to requirements at work when No.7 R & D shed has it's new gas crodulator installed.....

And Facilities Management have said I can have them!!

So far, so serendipidous.......

Wednesday is my day off, so I may sneak aboard with a tape measure and see if my cunning cantileverage plan will make it off the drawing board.

Watch this space!


  1. The other alternative would be to hang the engine off a convenient bridge. It has been done before, around in Cambridge.

    Footbridge over the tail of Bottisham lock?

  2. How about "Bridge Over The River Quy"?