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About Bromleyxphil

  • Birthday 07/01/62

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    No boat yet but it will be "OWT"

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  1. Well an interesting evening I met the guy and his partner and now know he has a genuine reason to sell the boat. I did lots of measuring and need to work out how to fit in what I want and if it will work with the window placements. The guy didn't know what an RCD was let alone have one. Is this a deal breaker? its lined out in 20mm kingspan which seems to be stuck to the boat. Is this as good as sprayfoam? Should I be worried about what is behind it? it has a canaline 38 fitted. Good engine? Big enough to do rivers with a 57ft boat? A bit of water in the engine bay and a bit of rust on the driveshaft " I will try to attach a photo" Should I be worried? it has had a "professional" paint job which looks quite good but you could see the joints in the big plates on the top and body and it seemed to be blistering a tiny bit on the front deck. The white panel lines and the name was all "stick on" which I didn't like. Is it easy to get the stick on off? single glazed hopper windows and port holes? appriciate your thoughts Phil
  2. Thanks Alan I must admit 1 was the first thing that sprung to mind. I had done a little reading up but your explanation helps. Phil
  3. Thanks again guys for all of the information, my understanding is that the boat is only 18 months old and I am going to view it tomorrow primarily to measure the window layout and see if I can fit my layout in. I will ask about all of the documentation you mention, what does an RCD look like? I am then heading to Crick at the weekend and will then make a decision. Am I right in thinking I don't need to rush as sailaways come up regularly or can just be ordered. The main saving on buying this one would be delivery time saving.
  4. Thanks guys so the usual precautions, as many bills / receipts as poss and do the transfer at his house. Bank transfer? The best way to pay?
  5. Hi guys Hi guys I am going to have a look at a sailaway that someone bought from a recognised builder and then due to personal circumstances hasn't been able to fit out. If my prospective layout works on it and I can agree a price what processes would you advise to determine the ownership of the boat? My worry is if there is some kind of finance stake in the there a HPI type search? Phil This at least may curb some of my wild and whacky ideas.
  6. That's 51 ft what is the length of your boat ?
  7. I have started drawing up some initial ideas for my boat once fine tuned a bit I will put them on here for your suggestions. I want a 57 ft semi trad and am working on 42ft internal length. Is this about right and is 57ft the length to go for? Phil
  8. Hi guys, sorry to quote myself but it's just to let you know where I am up to. I have been away in China so not much has changed since my last posts. I have however booked the campsite and the tickets and am on my way "wife as well" to Crick next weekend. I was wondering if you folk with more experience of this event had any advice of how to get the most out of the show. thanks Phil
  9. I have always used Shaun at for all of my tanks. he will make any shape at a good price Phil
  10. Well "no one" thanks for answering. That sounds like a decent solution do you have a ventilation space above? Thanks Pykebird did you use sprayfoam onto the steel? Can I ask both of you Did you paint the steel first? Does it make the boat warmer? How long ago since you did the job? Thanks Phil
  11. I am at the start of my research into the design and build of a narrowboat so am asking many questions. Why does no one seem to insulate under the floor on a narrowboat, I read lots about older boats rusting from the inside under the floor. When I ask, and I do, the only answer I get is "it's for ventilation". I know you have to have ballast down there but surely that can be worked out and incorporated into the steel floor at build. If the floor was then grit blasted, two pack painted and then spray foamed flush to the spars, surely there would be no need for said ventilation and the rust couldn't get in. Sorry if you are sick of educating folk like me but I can't look at something and not question if I see another solution. Phil
  12. Hi I have a motorhome on a 24 v vehicle and run a 24 v domestic battery system with a solar array. The system works very well and I run as much as I can at 24v. Fridge, Webasto, water pump R3626 344 here I use one of these to run a 12 v system for lights and other things I can't get in 24 v Hope the links help Phil
  13. Thanks for the welcome guys Some good advice already and I know I have lots to learn but I am looking forward to the journey, gaining a lot already just by reading on here. Phil
  14. Hi Folks, My name is Phil and I'm a retired teacher who has just managed to persuade his wife that we should have a narrowboat. I'm in the very early stages of planning buy and then to fit out a 57 foot sailaway. I have always been a builder and frustrated engineer and having built houses, extensions, Motorhomes "this is the latest one"the project itself doesn't frighten me. I am about to embark on the research and intend getting onto as many boats and talking to as many boaters as possible. I'm hoping to be able to pick some of your brains but my biggest fear at the moment is trawling my wife around boatyards and putting her off with boats she doesn't like and folk who don't enthuse. Where are the best places/shows to go to, and who are the best people to talk to. Cards on the table we have been on a hire boat in the past and we both loved the experience but the wife hated the boat, in her words "a dump" in other words "a hire boat". I know we love the mobile life and I know I can build a boat to the standard she would want. I just need to get there! Phil