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Help, please. I got my sailaway back to london last month and I'm desperate to get it all wired up. I had an electrician booked in but he let me down and now I'm struggling to find anyone. Any recommendations for someone trustworthy would be much appreciated, I'd like to get the work done asap so I can get everything else done before winter!
Only a handfull of narrowboats/small vessels seem to be doing the Ellesmere Port to Weaver Navigation on the MSC this year! Admittedly the owning company, Peel Ports, make it hard work on the admin front, but after 3 days waiting and phoning (check by phone that your emailed application has been received and read - essential!) then waiting some more, we finally emerged onto the canal. Then took us just 1 3/4 hrs to get to Weston Marsh Lock, with just 2 larger vessels coming the other way on the Manchester.
Cost was £75 for seaworthiness cert, and £32 for transit on canal. CRT were the most helpful party, quickly arranging the lock opening for us. Cheshire council slow to organise the necessary swing bridge - last obstacle on the Shroppie at Ellesmere Port.
...All worth the effort though - the River Weaver is beautiful and quiet and lots of mooring spaces. Now for the Anderton.
By sal garfi
I've done a search on the forum, but the search facility isn't casting up clear cut answers (maybe I'm doing something wrong). Anyway, I am certain this question has been asked before, but for a continuous cruiser, how do you register with a doctor and dentist, especially if you don't have anyone whose address you can use for registering (ie a friend or family member)? Also, and this too has to deal with addresses, if you turn 60 while CCing, how can you claim a bus pass if you have no fixed home on land?
Another issue that deals with addresses: I have been enquiring about residential moorings at marinas and I have come across some that say outright that they will turn a blind eye to a liveaboard (or they might say something like 'it's your mooring and how much time you spend on your boat is your business'). However, to get a mooring with them one still needs to show proof of an address. In this situation, if your boat is your only home and that's why you're a liveaboard, how can you get an address, if like above, you have no friend or family member to prevail upon?
My grandparents owned a narrowboat, and I have recently been thinking about buying one. I have become really interested in seeing if I can trace their ole boat! Even just to see where she ended up, sentimental reasons really.
Here's the details:
Grandparent names: Cyril and Alice Cousins
Bought in 1984 from Cowroast Marina near Tring, she was called "Snoopy" at the time.
Re-named her "Cyralice"
Serial number is 79826 (there's a slim chance it's 79026 as the photo is fuzzy - attached)
She was first moored in Willowbridge Marina and then Gayton Marina in Northampton, on the Grand Union canal.
I checked on http://canalplan.org.uk/boats/ but she's not listed.
It was sold in the late 90's I think through the brokerage at Gayton Marina (part of Alvechurch group I think)
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