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  1. Myself and the wife are looking for some help up on the Lancaster ,as relative newbies to the canals we are hoping to take a trip down to Glasson dock, I have never worked a lock in my life so wondered if there was anybody up that way that could meet up with us and spend the day taking us down and back up either the same day or the following day, I would gladly cover any traveling costs and would also buy lunch and refreshments en route or down in Glasson, I have asked everyone in our marina and nobody seems to venture down there, my wife is disabled so I am pretty much single handed so a bit wary to try it on my own, bit of a long shot I know but if anyone is local or heading up that way anytime soon any help or advice would be most welcome , by the way its a viking 23 so not the usual nb if that makes any difference..
  2. Thank you, if all goes well we will be regulars as its not too far from our home marina ,we just need the initial instruction and a helping hand to guide us through the first time, I wouldn't attempt this with out help from Richard as its all new to us and I really wouldn't want to put myself or my wife at any risk due to being new to locks, I know this may seem a big panic for no reason for most people but to us its a first and I would rather have the help of an experienced boater for our first time down there ,so laugh all you like but to us I would rather be safe and follow instruction from someone that knows what they are doing rather than risk attempting it on our own ..
  3. Yep Richard has very kindly offered to help us out, very good of him to give up some of his spare time to assist and give us advice, I am going up to the boat on Wednesday to change all the ropes and replace a fender that we lost last time out, the bss is being done this week so then we will be ready to go, I will work around Richards free time so as not to inconvenience him too much, looking forward to it now, didn't think there would be anyone willing to help, so made up that someone has come forward and is willing to help out a couple of nervous lock virgins...
  4. No idea what it sold for, just checked out the website it was listed on and its now marked as sold https://bwml.co.uk/brokerage/sm-9458-kathleen/
  5. Looks like Kathleen has sold so they can move on now and put that experience behind them, hope the next purchase has a happier ending and they find exactly what they want and can finally get out and enjoy what they have been dreaming about.
  6. Prop fouling

    Just wondering if prop fouling is a normal thing ?, as a relative new boater ,only been out and about for a couple of months my days seem to be spoiled by getting tangled up in various discarded crap or just various floating vegetation, maybe it just the Lancaster that has this problem , I should point out that I have an outboard powered boat so untangling stuff is not a major problem but due to the design of the boat I am unable to tilt the engine totally out of the water, on Thursday we went up to the boat with the intention of a short one hour cruise to visit a pub for lunch , five mins in we are getting shouts and pointing from the tow path ,wife checks behind and says we a dragging half a tree around, five minutes later all sorted and on our way again , no sooner as I had settled down again the engine slowed reved up again and finally stalled, half an hour later the remains of what looked like a fertiliser bag was removed from the prop, reaching our mooring I was manovering into position when the boat started shaking and the outboard was jumping up and down ,looking behind a large reed/weed thing was tangled up in the rudder, on our journey home we encountered three more tangles that were solved with a burst of reverse, back at the marina I lifted the engine again to find various bits of blue rope tangled around the rudder and prop, now this is spoiling my boating up to now so I'm hoping this is not the norm and I've just been unlucky..
  7. Prop fouling

    Think I've solved the issue, I've removed the twin bladed rudder safe and replaced it with a simple single rudder extension, been out a number of times since with no problems at all, think it was the design of the twin blade contraption that just seemed to catch hold of anything and everything..
  8. Flexible water tank questions

    Just checked the inner one is £36 so worth sticking a new one in while you have the old one removed.
  9. Flexible water tank questions

    The plastimo v shaped bladder is about £60 from force4 but you can just buy the inner bag ,so cheap enough to replace..
  10. Prop fouling

    I do try and avoid the floating stuff, hoping its not a regular occurance as it could well get tiresome pretty quickly .
  11. Honda Outboard Motor Lock

    It slides over the transom clamps and stops them from being undone, I had to remove mine with an angle grinder as the lock was rusted up, its been replaced with a cheaper one from my local chandlers but its far better made than the Honda one ..
  12. Are you new to boating?? CLICK HERE

    Great stuff ,guess you have purchased Cloudy Bay then.....
  13. Is a vee berth not suitable as a bed for Paola even if it is just for rest time during the day ? It takes two minutes to put in the insert and plonk the cushion on top..when we stay on our 23 if its just the two of us we mostly use the dinette berth as the wife finds it easier to get in and out of it , again its a two minute job to drop the table and rearrange the cushions.
  14. A 295 also
  15. I was just thinking for ease of access, no point having a 32ft boat if Paola can't get on it.
  16. https://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/Motorboats/viking-255/68804 They do a bigger 255
  17. Would something like a 215 with the rear door and bathing platform be any easier for the wife to get on and off??
  18. Sounds like a plan to me, been more than happy with our outboard powered Viking, its nice to cruise around in near silence, a tank of fuel lasts me two or three days and its easy enough to get to a petrol station for me not that I have ever needed to, just go for it
  19. Are there any pubs, eating establishments worth visiting on the Lancaster, so far only found Guys and the Roebuck in Bilsborough, hoping to venture a bit further this weekend, we did visit Garstang last week but due to the wife being in a wheelchair we didn't manage to find anything within easy pushing distance..
  20. Pub, restaurants on the Lancaster

    We did that last weekend, and yep we bought a whole heap of meat , very very good , the Hand and dagger is another on our must do lists. Tried to Moor there the other day but only tow path moorings avaliable and after checking it out the wife couldn't manage the steps so that's one to try again when its a bit quieter. Lancaster is our aim next week so will keep these in mind, thanks
  21. Pub, restaurants on the Lancaster

    Currently just north of Bilsborough enjoying the view
  22. http://www.wayfordmarineservices.co.uk/product/fairline-mirage-29/
  23. There is a 26 for sale in our marina its been for sale since we bought ours
  24. Yep certainly got the bug, the Viking will do us for a year or two, only slight downside is the narrow beam ,no real need for anything so narrow where we are moored ,its fine for the two of us but when we have friends and family on board it quickly becomes a hassle, only problem is finding something with a wider beam that has all the things we need , would love a Freeman or a Seamaster but not seen one with a shower so far, apart from one but that had a disease all ,sorry a diesel engine which is a no no for us..
  25. We are more than happy with our Viking, it was one of the lowest easy to board boats that we looked at , a small plastic step makes it easier for the wife to get on and off, there is plenty of room in the cockpit for her wheelchair, enough room in the shower for her, I do have to stoop a little as head room is less than six foot, its toasty warm with the eberspacher and the gas heater is great for on demand hot water only thing that may not work for you is the petrol outboard but for us on the Lancaster its easier to get petrol than it is diesel plus its nice to cruise around in near silence, best thing we have ever done we are on it every chance we get ...