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Michael milne07/06/2016 05:16:57
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hi looking for recommendations for an easy to use build but decent size canal boat. Thank you. Mike

David Marks 107/06/2016 07:06:16
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In the August edition of MB (due out 15 July) there is to be an article on "a simple to build Canal Boat". The plan for the boat called Invictus of Allington is apparently already available from My Hobby Store. Alternatively there are kits available - see Riverside Models. The building of one of these kits was featured in MB magazine and the article is available on the Riverside website.

Bob Abell07/06/2016 08:33:39
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Just passing by.......

Why don't canal boats have Bow Thrusters?

They must be crying out for one!

Would be a nice feature to play with


Dave Milbourn07/06/2016 09:06:42
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Malcolm Frary07/06/2016 09:45:19
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I suspect that bow thrusters were science fiction when powered canal boats were developed, and not really needed because the bank was nearby and a line with somebody on the other end would do the job. Added to which, extra machinery would impinge on cargo space.

Some new canal boats do have a thruster on each corner to make single handed operation easier, providing both drive and maneuvering.

Ray Wood 207/06/2016 11:47:04
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invictus of allington oct 15 005.jpgHi Mike

Thanks for the info I wondered when my narrow boat design was being published

Regards Ray invictus of allington sept 15 002.jpg

Michael milne07/06/2016 13:33:42
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Hi we'll glad it's appearing soon. I will have a look at invictus thanks all

Gareth Jones07/06/2016 15:05:18
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Deans Marine do a fibreglass narrowboat hull, about 1100 mm long which is effectively 1:12 scale. There are lots of dolls house accessories available at that scale if you decide to design your own layout. I built a model using this hull about 5 years ago and there was an article covering the model published in Model Boats magazine in August 2012. There is a link to some photographs of it here **LINK** and a picture of the model below.

The model was fitted with a bow thruster which was quite effective but since the model was quite manoeuvrable anyway it was not really needed. It had the disadvantage of making a very loud high pitched whine every time it was used which was quite out of character and drowned out the gentle put-put of the Action Electronics sound unit.

Am I forgiven yet Dave?


David Marks 107/06/2016 18:05:38
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Ray - Invictus looks a very interesting project and a well built model. One of my current projects is a 1:16 scale narrowboat tug i.e. depicting a narrowboat which gained a second life being used for canal maintenance purposes. These were typically shortened by cutting into three sections and then re-joining the bow and stern. I used a set of original boatbuilders drawings which are available for purchase. Model is of all ply construction. I thought the construction of the bow would be a problem but it has turned out very well.

Michael milne07/06/2016 19:50:00
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Ohh that's nice got a dilemma now

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