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Old 08-09-2010, 13:30   #1261
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Yeahaa 66 i saw that too...For a moment I thought it was a converted horse trailer. Then I thought if she can get two of these build they could connect like a train. One for her Soul Mate
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As I looked at the stern it occurred to me that it closely resembled a 5th wheel trailer. So, if one would weld in a king pin, you could pull your truck under it, hook up and with some dollies on the bow, be good to go over land as well as sea! Not a bad idea that.

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You could be onto something there Thomas, although 'Drive - Float' doesnt quite have the same ring to it as 'Fly - Drive'
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Yeahaa 66 i saw that too...For a moment I thought it was a converted horse trailer. Then I thought if she can get two of these build they could connect like a train. One for her Soul Mate
Back in the olden days, when barges were steam powered, the engine occupied the space previously used by the bargees family, so they towed what is known as a 'Butty', a smaller vessel which they lived in, preserving the vital cargo space on the main barge
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Old 08-09-2010, 13:37   #1264
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Thats awesome Anjou. It also solves the problemo of how to make a bigger living space that can go around snaky corners.
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Hey Anjou I'm also a pilot, so ya' know, maybe you could rivet on some wing thingys, some kinda vertical stabilizer, flaps and ailerons, the extend the prop shaft and mount you one big whopping prop, then......well.....it's an idea anyway.

I've never cruised the canals over there, but if they aren't all connected, then the 5th wheel idea would make the portage easier, ya' know? In any case, it looks like a great home.

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Holy moly BoatMaN! You hit a submarine! Welcome back! Good to see you!
Cheers Salty, Margo and everyone else.... good to be back at base again for a wee while.... till the next one....
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Nice one Anjou... where's your cruising grounds gonna be.... You know on a fine day you can get across to France in her and do the French Canals when the Old Country starts to wear thin...
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Congratulations, Anjou, in getting your hands on her at last. She's quite sturdy looking. What will you power her with? Enough to go up-current in European rivers? If you put a Victorian whore house decor in her, with lots of velour's, antique oil lamps and porcelain, you could probably charter her for several hundred a head per day and make a lot of new friends while fattening the freedom kitty. Can't imagine a smoother sweeter way to travel through the continent.
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No power needed! Just ask for a tow!
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Are they still using horses? I just happen to finally be reading the Hornblower series, or the part that I bought, and am on Hornblower and the Atropos which begins with a barge trip down river and canal to London with wife and kid, to assume his new command. An interesting peek into 19th century England, tho' so far, I prefer the Aubrey/Maturin series.

I'm not sure Anjou would be happy without an engine to tinker with.
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Ahhh nothing makes a woman more appealing than black diesel oil under her fingernails and a spot of grease on her cheeks, ya' know?

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I think she is going to mount a couple of high end 250 hp outboards on her, and build a flybridge. I'll bet she could get her to plane just fine
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Nice boat Anjou! Hello to all the single sailors! Ok, sorry for barging in (pun intended), please carry on.
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the shyte realy hits the fan
You mean, "The fertilizer hits the ventilator"!

Now, as perfect as that boat looks for exploring European canals, it reminds me of a hybrid between the two U. S. Civil War ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimac. Of course, they didn't have like this total babe at the helm - they were busy booming and kabooming.

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