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Grassman

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  1. What do I look for when buying?

    Frahkn I think you will be hard pushed to find a boat with all those specific requirements or even most of them. Even if you lived over here I think you would be hard pushed. Like many who buy second hand boats you have to be prepared to compromise a bit otherwise your chances of finding a boat will be minimal. The boat we ended up buying didn't satisfy all our requirements but we've managed to live happily with the parts we compromised on for the 4 years since we bought it, and that's as a live aboard too.
  2. What do I look for when buying?

    From your internet search I think you need to draw up a fairly substantial list of possible purchases, as many as you would have the time to go and view, because when we were searching we found quite a few boats which looked great from the photos, but were anything but when we actually saw them. I agree with the others in that if you could fine somebody here who knows their way round a boat who could check out some for you, that would be your best bet. Another issue you may have is that recently boats are selling quickly. I know of a few that have sold the same day they were first advertised. So if you have the time I would recommend you come over here for at least a couple of weeks. If you are able to arrange a flight at fairly short notice after you see a boat that looks to be the one, perhaps it may be worth asking the brokers if you can leave a small refundable deposit just to hold it until you can get there to view it. A kind of 'expression of interest' deposit to show them you are serious. I've always found most brokers to be very fair and accommodating so it might be worth trying.
  3. Cratch - What Is Important

    I would never be without mine. When we bought the boat I was determined not to let it become a store room and 5 years on and it's still clear of 'junk'. It's my conservatory where I can sit and relax, watching the wildlife - on several occasions a kingfisher has perched on my headlight totally oblivious to the fact that I was sitting only a foot away. You can see so much more around you than when sat inside the boat below the windows. It's my sanctuary, where I can sit and read, go on my computer or listen to music (using headphones of course), and escape from the wife's inane TV soaps and other drivel. It has zipped side windows so I can roll them up on nice days, and in winter the heat from the stove filters through the slightly ajar door enough to keep it warm and cosy. Definitely go for it, but as to which is best a vinyl or cloth one I'm not even going to go there !!!
  4. Bad Fishermen

    I've increasingly this last few years seen fishermen with just a rod and a plastic bag. Many of them I believe are of Polish nationality who have a reputation for eating the fish they catch. So they've no need for all the fisherman's paraphernalia, just a bag to take their catch home in.
  5. The marina that never was....

    Barry showed me around the site a few months ago. There's a lot of land around it too, some of which is high up and offers great views of the surrounding countryside so there's huge potential to do other things with the land in addition to the marina. But as often happens, it's all very well owning something like this but the cost of development is huge as well as having the time and the inclination do it.
  6. How to stop being unmoored by yobs

    Just prior to our arrival in York a couple of years ago there had been a spate of boats being untied from the moorings, the consequences of which can obviously be more severe than on a canal. So in a addition to the bow and stern ropes I used a length of chain threaded through the centre fender hanger and through the mooring ring and attached a padlock. Given the river's reputation for it's changing levels I made sure the chain was easily long enough. This at least would be enough to prevent the boat floating down the river in the event. I realise the fixing isn't designed to hold a 16 ton boat, but it could just be enough to buy some time. Maybe it was a bit OTT but I'd had stronger ones fitted. Whether on a canal or river, as well as being a deterrent a chain has the advantage of being noisy if somebody messes with it, so if you're on the boat there is a chance you would hear it even when asleep. Thankfully, in over 4,000 miles of boating, a fair bit of it moored in cities and towns, we've never had the problem but for very little cost we now have that peace of mind. As for the OP's problem, I cannot think of a viable solution except to find somewhere with something like Armco to attach their boat to more securely.
  7. Mooring rings - how far apart?

    I had some welded onto the gunnels each side. One at the front level with where the cabin starts, one in the middle, and one where the cabin starts at the back of my cruiser stern. Some will think that's a bit over the top, but they are really useful and give so much flexibility when bollards/rings are poorly placed and are great for making spring lines.
  8. Mooring rings - how far apart?

    They rarely match up properly for my 62ft nb. I thought it was because many are positioned for the more common 57/58 ft boats but it appears not from what you others have said. ca
  9. Brum

    I'll echo that. The Staffs and Worcs Canal below Stourton Junction is one of the prettiest stretches of canal I've been on. Folk go on about canals such as the Llangollen but this easily equals it in my opinion.
  10. Birmingham canals

    Yes, great to meet you today Kelpie. My first ever canal boating was on the BCN during the drought of 1976 when me and some mates hired from the original Alvechurch Boats. We were aiming for Stratford but due to lack of water we couldn't get past Kingswood Junction so we turned up the GU to Brum and spent and enjoyable few days on the BCN which included having to reverse half a mile back out of the dried up Soho Loop. Not being able to explore very muc was compensated by the fact we were able to consume copious amounts of beer whilst moored outside Bobby Browns and The Longboat pubs .
  11. Birmingham canals

    It all about interpretation. The canals of Venice are all individually named as if they were streets so each one is classed as a separate canal meaning that with so many of them it has many more canals than Birmingham. However add all their canals together and their total length in miles is less than Birmingham's. Hence the misconception that Brum has more canals than Venice. It doesn't, but it does have more miles of canal than Venice. It's just me being pedantic
  12. Birmingham canals

    Point of order. Venice has more canals than Birmingham but Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice.
  13. haza

    So who did the service haza?
  14. Ideal Pram Hood design

    I hated the idea of having a pram hood and when the cruiser stern boat we bought had one I was going to get rid of it especially as we live aboard. But I'm so glad I didn't. It's a cumbersome pain to take it down and re-erect it but so useful for taking off wet clothes in and towelling down the dog before entering the cabin, hanging washing in, working on the engine when it's raining, keeping the rain from entering the bilge and a bit of extra insulation especially when it's windy. Being a cruiser stern it's a large area but I only keep a few bags of coal in there as using it as a store room defeats the object somewhat because we never cruise with it up so would have to remove stuff each time we went out. We are out cruising for most of the summer so in April I completely remove it and put it back on in October/November. Then for the occasions we go out in winter which are usually for only a few days at a time I leave it in-situ and just collapse it when we go out. As for keeping dry when cruising I have one of those umbrella holders that attaches to the tiller because even when wearing decent wet weather gear the rain can still make your clothes feel damp as well as getting in your face/eyes (and made worse because I wear glasses) and it at least keeps some of the rain off. At low bridge holes it can easily be swung to one side whilst going under and swung back when through the bridge.
  15. Reporting this year's findings ...

    I find that some don't acknowledge you so you don't know if they've seen them or not.
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