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  4. It is a pre purchase full survey.
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  8. Hmm. I'd quite like to hear the steerer's side of that story. MP.
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  10. If lightening strikes an all steel narrowboat the hull is likely to act as a Faraday cage so little if any damage is done, maybe a bit of burned paint.
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  14. It's almost impossible from the report to understand what exactly was happening, but seemingly there was a woman with 3 children having lessons in one or more kayaks. There were 2 instructors, but presumable the children, one of them just 5 years old, were alone in the boats, and mother was watching from the towpath. All that and no-one saw a boat approaching, and the only way to avert a possible collision was for one of the instructor to leap into the canal. That is a very poorly run school to my mind. When we were a RYA school we had to submit an accident report for any such incident - I won
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  15. Despite various definitions, opinions etc. the true answer is actually whatever the surveyor defines in their scope of work and terms and conditions. It's down to the client to decide whether the scope is sufficient for their needs.
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  18. I'm with you on this one Brian. I feel it is not helpful to tell new boaters what they must do without also saying on what experience the advice is based - having bought one narrow boat and sold none is hardly a wide experience of the subject. New people coming on here are looking for advice and they don't know who is experienced and who is not and I feel if we offer advice or instructions it is only fair to the new comers that we say what our own experience is. It is good to be helpful where we can but I think we must be careful that we are not giving a "bum steer". Hagg
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  19. It really isn't anything to worry about. Boating isn't rocket science. Just take it slow. If you're not sure, or worried, about locks, find somewhere to moor up near one and go and watch people come through, offer to help and ask for advice. Everyone was a beginner once, everyone has made mistakes, and we've all lived through them. The crucial bit is to take it slow, and don't let anyone rush you. Most of the rest is common sense and courtesy. Steering feels weird when you start as, unlike a car, you're not steering by moving the front of the boat, but by moving the back end. Bit l
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  20. Many casual river/canal users are blissfully unaware of the circumstances faced by boat steerers. As has already been pointed out, the profile of a narrowboat obscures a very large area of the water in front of it. They probably don't realise that boats don't stop very quickly, they don't go backwards very well and can't turn at right angles. At the same time, some boaters don't seem to understand that canoes and paddleboards are often under (out of) the dubious control of total novices and do not make allowances for that. Also, if they are confronted by a 'sudden' appearance of 1
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  28. Shortly after getting married, a friend of mine made sure his mother-in-law saw him getting the dog to lick the plates clean then putting them straight back in the cupboard. She didn't come round for a meal for years afterwards ...
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  30. "Barge came out of nowhere..." - presumably it was beamed in from starship Enterprise. Or maybe barge was chugging along at 2.5mph, in sight for several minutes, but despite the coach being responsible for small children in the water, he/she wasn't paying attention. Yes, that sounds more like it.
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  31. its not hard to miss something that low in the water if it suddenly appears from say behind a moored boat and its view is already blocked by your hull shape. do they erect warning signs at a suitable distance when running the sessions to warn approaching craft of the possibility of inexperienced paddlers?
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  34. As Stuart Mills explained at the recent HNBC AGM any funds accrued from the sale of property and e.g. the marina businesses is re-invested in other property which will hopefully bring in a better return (much of this property is not waterway related) and the investment return is actually performing better than average despite the move in recent years to 'safer' investment. These sale funds cannot be used to pay directors wages (or anyone else's) nor pay for maintenance as otherwise eventually there would be no property left to generate the much needed revenue to help maintain the waterways.
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  35. And closing the doors behind you. Nice and cosy - even if the stove isn't lit, you should get plenty of heat from the engine if the side doors are closed.
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  36. I suspect that Covid distancing rules would mean that a lot of things CRT need to do weren't actually possible.
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  39. I go along with much of that but remember this particular broker seems to have attracted more than its fair share of stories relating to sharp, if not downright illegal, practices. I feel it was important to let the OP know about the reputation and also point out other potential problems inferred from the sales bumph. Forewarned is forearmed and she is now far better informed. I hope it all goes well with the OP and she ends up with a nice reliable boat but we will see.
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  41. I totally take on board that advice from someone with minimal experience such as myself needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, so to speak. I apologise to the OP and any other prospective buyers if I have painted an unrealistic picture of buying your first canal boat. I got involved in these particular threads because I was concerned that a decent but possibly naive and unsupported young buyer (no disrespect to the OP intended) might be at a disadvantage going into dealings with a wile secondhand boat salesman.
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  42. Wouldn't it be good to use a fuel that is more environmentally friendly ?
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  44. I am aware of your vast experience of sea going boats and you have told us of the many jobs you have had in a wide variety of professions but I think you will agree that your narrowboat experience is limited to buying one boat. While some of your advice might be a preferable course of action it is not the only one yet you tend to be a bit dictatorial when you give advice. haggis
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  46. So as a member of the IWA's Sustainable Propulsion Group, focussing on HVO use in boats, I'm half way through a trial using HVO in the sort of combinations of devices and engines usually found in typical inland waterway craft. Equally relevant to lumpy water vessels I think. As you rightly say, Volvo have given OEM approval to HVO use in their engines along with pretty well all diesel engine manufacturers worldwide and we have all but accounted for all of them now, including the manufacturers of base engines later marinised. We are just about to conduct trials in the more exotic en
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  47. I am not bothered about that, just the fact that you were telling an inexperienced boater that she should insist on what bill of sale a broker uses, with in all honesty is a joke. What you do is up to you, I'm not bothered, but if you mislead others I will speak up.
    2 points
  48. Marvellous. Every time I go out on the boat now, I wonder if I'll get home again. The four counties ring is going to be busy as none of the hire boats can go anywhere else.
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  49. I think gutter sealant is black, comes in a tube and is Butyl based.
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