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Neil2 last won the day on April 7

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  • Birthday 23/05/56

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  1. Fradley is full

    Wine in pubs and restaurants is a complete rip off isn't it. We don't eat out a lot but the last time we did , with two friends, the wine bill was the most expensive item. Wine is also the reason for the increase in alcohol consumption across the nation and probably obesity as well. It's too easy to drink a lot in a short time. Beer, by comparison, has a sort of self limiting factor, especially if you stick to the sensible stuff. We should return to being a beer drinking nation, who's with me..?
  2. Boat Stretching enquiry

    Just a postscript to this which some might be interested in. What Dave suggests sounds straightforward enough and it is an option I was considering. However, the problem is most narrowboats have a bow shape that starts aft of the front bulkhead, so the hull has to be cut back to the start of the curve and the new section "staggered" to fit. As a result the front 2-3 feet of the boat has to be stripped out which might not be a big deal on some boats but with ours, which has the galley at the bow, it turns the job into a kitchen refit. Must admit I naively though it was just a matter of cutting off the bow immediately in front of the bulkhead, with little or no disturbance to the cabin, and welding in a new section. It may therefore be, literally, back to the drawing board for us.
  3. Newbie concerns

    I've seen plenty of heated arguments and even incidents of physical violence on our travels, though I will admit most of them were between married couples and mostly at locks..
  4. Thoughts on this tug

    Kyle is another good example of a boat that you think would have sold by now, but very few people will know about Malcolm Pearson and the real beauty of that boat is below the waterline. Then you look at the internals and you realise there are only a handful of potential buyers for such a boat. A lot of admirers, yes, but how many prepared to part with money? I had a friend who had a Doug Moore tug and after a (very) small number of tyre kickers and people who had no idea what a tug was, he took it off the market after about a year. I reckon it's going to be a while before scarcity improves the value of these boats, if it ever does. Most of them are in the tricky section of the market where anyone with that sort of money is going to have a good look what else is on offer, which leaves the tiny number of people who really, desperately want a tug. There's a lot of us that would quite like one but very few that just have to have one. I think, sadly, both Kyle and the Les Allen are about £10k overpriced.
  5. Box or rail

    The integral handrail stops water pouring down the side of the boat which helps window frames stay watertight and arguably keeps the cabin sides cleaner, but the gutters get dirty very quickly. Also they are harder to grip and you cant lash ropes/fenders etc to them. When I had a boat with tubular rails I wanted integral rails. Now I've got them I want tubular rails. That seems to be the unwritten law of boat ownership.
  6. Thoughts on this tug

    That's an interesting point about the fixed bed being "in the way" during the day, I had to completely strip out our bedroom to remove ballast a few years ago and when I saw the space of the room I was sorely tempted to leave it like that but the fixed bed is non negotiable as far as my wife is concerned. We even had a permanent bed on our Waterbug. I think I read somewhere that newly commissioned tugs are extremely rare these days, which could be bad news or good news for the owners of existing boats.
  7. What features drives boat prices

    Interesting discussion this, personally I've always been envious of boaters with vertical exhausts as I think the main danger to health is sharing a lock with an idling engine with the exhaust a few feet below the steerer. At least with an exhaust stack the fumes are heading skywards. All the fuss about diesel engines in urban areas does make you think whether the continuous exposure to exhaust fumes on a narrowboat is a genuine hazard to health.
  8. Thoughts on this tug

    It's a lovely looking boat, but a 55 footer with no fixed bed? I'm sure I read somewhere recently that it's almost unheard of for someone to commission a tug style boat these days, which either means there is little interest out there in them or it could mean the values of secondhand boats is going to rise...
  9. What features drives boat prices

    I have come to pretty much the same conclusion. We would have a long boat but for the fact that the Northern canals are pretty much out of bounds to anything over 62 feet, and 57 if you want access to everything. Being from the North there's no way I would buy a boat that couldn't fully navigate the system but I couldn't live full time on a 57 footer, so two boats it has to be. It actually makes financial sense as well as boats over 62 feet and below 40 feet is where you get best value for money these days, hang on did I just say it makes financial sense..
  10. Painting Over Antislip / Non-slip Roof

    Surely all that matters is getting the old paint really clean - why would you need to sand it isn't the surface already "keyed"?
  11. What features drives boat prices

    If you're comparing this boat with other 70 footers there are two factors affecting the price. First, anything 30 years old, or coming up to that, is entering the territory where insurance starts becoming less straightforward, though there is at least one company that doesn't discriminate until the boat gets to 40. Second, the engine, especially if it is hand start only, puts it in a limited market. I know a couple that have an immaculate 65 foot trad with a beautiful old Dorman engine - it certainly isn't overpriced in my opinion but they have had a I think 2 or 3 enquiries in six months.
  12. Twin pack or Bitumen

    There was a boatyard in the North West that was offering an epoxy coating service without grit blasting a few years ago, they tried used a scabbler to remove the blacking... This enterprise did not last very long.
  13. Thoughts on this boat?

    I think the dry dock at Grendon I'm thinking of is part of the Alvecote operation, I'm still not sure that "Narrowcraft" actually build their own shells, others may have better knowledge.
  14. Thoughts on this boat?

    Narrowcraft is that dry dock just before Atherstone isn't it? They may have fitted it out, but who knows who built the shell. That's why it's cheap for a nine year old sixty footer. It's not a looker that's for sure, the front well is way too short in fact it looks like a stretched boat to me. But the spec is very good and it has a good engine and the all important flexible drive I can't tell whether it's Aquadrive or Python Drive but to me it puts £1500 on the price of any boat.
  15. Skipton Visitor Moorings

    I think this a case of really bad luck, no-one could describe Skipton as a remotely dodgy location, I guess this sort of thing could happen literally anywhere if you happen to be in the wrong place when someone with mischievous intentions comes along. The fact that the police are taking it seriously suggests it's not a routine occurrence.