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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:46pm

Post Subject: General Canal Boat Questions

Hi There I wondered whether if someone out there can help me? I am a student at the University if Northampton and as an engineering project we have been asked by the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum to design canal boats that would appeal to the younger generation. I have a few questions: We want to make our boat 55ft with a steel hull - what engine / gearbox combination would be good for this size boat. The Isuzu range of engines looks good coupled with a PRM Gearbox (these seem popular) Is there such a thing as a diesel fuel cooker / stove ? Any help would be much appreciated Many thanks Andrew


Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:11pm

Post Subject: General Canal Boat Questions

As a retired FE lecturer I never cease to be amazed at the number of university students who try to avoid doing the hard basic research. By all means come back and ask for comments on your draft proposals but do the initial research yourself. Google is your friend who will help you locate suppliers. From there download or ask for the technical specifications so you can use them to ask the suppliers intelligent and "to the point" questions. I will give you one clue - Google Dickinson Stoves and then do a bit of research into ease of use, servicing and user experiences. Now I ponder the all but universal use of gas cookers on boats, I wonder why that is. The Canal Museum could operate a boat that is wider than a typical narrowboat to give far more internal space but that may well require a different engine to one specified for a narrowboat. Do some research into problems related to the electrical supply on boats and find out if this is to be used for day trips with overnight charging or longer trips relying on on-board generation. A major part of your education is all bout researching the project and asking others is not research, in fact it is not far short of plagiarism. Come back and ask our thought when you have a draft proposal. Tony Brooks

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