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  1. Not quite, the owner has owned the boat for 8 years, she has known that it is in need of hull works for some time and her move to land has prompted her to sell the boat. With this in mind she approached me about doing the works on the boat to get it ready for sale. I suggested she had the boat surveyed to understand the extent of the works required, which she did. The works needed are extensive and I advised the owner that the cost would be in the region of £12-15k. Based on this she made to the decision to sell. Both the owner and I have tried to be as upfront and honest about the condition of the boat as we can, which is why we have made the full hull survey available online so that potential purchasers can make a decision with a clear idea of what works are needed.
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  5. Now the steelwork is nearly finished and the really interesting phase is aboiut to start, I thought I would begin this thread. If you will bear with me, I will start with the back story. Our enthusiasm for canal boating started many years ago when we were introduced to narrowboating by some friends whose family owned a boat and invited us many times to spend weekends on the boat. When they selfishly decided to emigrate, we started hiring regularly for annual holidays (this was in the days before people needed several holidays a year for the sake of their mental health) and cruised most of the canals on the system. We looked at buying a narrowboat back in the early 80's, getting as far as drawings and again the 90's, but living on the coast and also enjoying sailing, we decided that a sailing cruiser whould make more sense so we owned a couple of those. With retirement approaching we decided that the rigours of the sea and the limited sailing season, further limited by weather and tides would be too restrictive as we got older, so the inland waterways would be our next chapter in boating. I was still working, so Jan, my wife, did all the initial research. As we had hired from Black Prince many times and liked their boats, one of their ex-hire fleet made sense. Jan started a dialogue with Leighton and all was going well until the pandemic struck and for BP the future was so uncertain, he couldn't commit to any timescale and felt unable even to take a deposit. So we decided to look at having a new narrowboat built. We started with Aintree, who seemed to be very nice people and we trekked 300 miles up one saturday morning in June 2021 for a factory visit. Although the site was a H&S hazard, the steps up to a boat we were being showed around collapsed when I stood on them and cut my shin, first aid was swiftly administered and so all was forgiven. A couple of minutes later i picked up razor sharp sliver of steel in the car park which could have easily sliced through a tyre - or a shoe. We had arrived a little early for our appointment and the salesman wasn't there yet, but Dave gave us a very good tour showing is several boats in various stages of completion. The boats were very nice and the workmanship looked great so we decided to take the next step with them, but the first indications of what was to come occurred that day. On our drive home we got a call from the sales guying saying he couldnt wait any longer for us! So the next step was a call with Jamie, the director, to discuss our requirements. He was very nice and helpful and followed up with a full spec. and a quote for a 50' boat. Jan decided she would like a little more room in the saloon, so I asked for a re-quote for 52'. This never arrived despite following up with emails and attempting to get Jamie on the 'phone, so mainly because of the communications problems and the long distance involved meaning we would have to do everything by phone, combined with a 14 month delivery estimate, we decided to look elsewhere. The next companies we looked at were Collingwood and Aqualine via New and used Boats, but Collingwood could only do reverse layout, which Jan definitely doesn't want and we had bad feedback from a couple of brokers we spoke to regarding Aqualine. We then called Colecraft and it was refreshing to deal with a boatbuilder rather than a salesperson. We sat down with Gary who sketched out the boat whilst we discussed our requirements and Sue quickly followed up with a spec. and price which after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing we agreed and resigned ourselves to a 12 month wait for the build to start. It's a big thing losing a whole year's crusing especially as you get older! Then (almost) out of the blue, we got an email in October this year asking if we would like a November start, due to a cancellation (if anyone is looking for a Dutch Style Barge give Colecraft a call), which we soon agreed to. We then started to worry about finding a mooring, only to hear that one would be available in our first choice of marina on the 1st April 2022, which fits in exactly with our timescales. If the boat is a bit earlier then they can still fit us in. We visited Colecraft for the 3rd time yesterday and the steework is nearly complete; sprayfoam next week and lined out before Christmas and our next visit in early January to meet the the carpenters, painter and upholsterers. Completion is due in March.
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  6. Yeah but..... They're young and in love and all that magic stuff. Its different after donkeys years of boating. Mrs. Bee has learned to read me like a book and I can't get away with anything. We finish each others sentences - mostly by saying things like 'You told me that yesterday you daft sod' and we have a whippet that farts all the time. Fairy dust and magic? Bollo**s
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  9. Hi Friends, I hope you're all well. It felt right to check in here, after it's been a few years since we've managed a boat trip. We've commandeered my parent's nb, Penelope, and spent the last couple of days going from Brentford to Little Venice, where we are moored on the VMs at Rembrandt Garden for another night. The canals here in London are a lot different to our normal patch - so much rubbish! So many tarps around the prop! lol. But it's been a great trip so far. We're going to plod around here for the day before heading back to Brentford. Just saying hello really, but if you happen to see us, give us a hello! Nice to be back on the canals Heffa
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  10. Seeing as you dont fit the location bill, you might as well not have posted anything rather than being negative to a polite request.
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  11. You mean they are gander neutral?
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  24. If you dropped an Atomic bomb on Liverpool, it would be stolen before it hit the ground. If you dropped an Atomic bomb on Bath, a flurry of boats would make for the space made almost before it filled with water. If you dropped an Atomic bomb on Tonbridge Wells, a protest letter would appear in the following day's edition of The Times. If you dropped an Atomic bomb on Westminster, the additional hot air would not be noticed. If you dropped an Atomic bomb on C&RT, they would find it necessary to change their logo, and therefore all their signs. If you dropped an Atomic bomb on Cheltenham, you would find that they had substituted a fake bomb. If you dropped an Atomic bomb on Basingstoke, the locals would just assume the crater was new roundabout.
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  25. That's a bit harsh considering she took on legal cover (at her cost) which is now paying to chase the surveyor. Also she is working hard to make stuff to sell - where is she asking for money? The only request is for folk to look at her website and maybe buy something she has worked at.
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  26. it’s just a shame that the other 17 boats sunk!
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  28. Fortunately the wait is over the winter - so won't be as frustrating as waiting while the weather is warm and sunny! I have asked for this so that I can lift the base of boat off the ground without hiring a crane. That'll work won't it?
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  31. I know what you mean. Yesterday me and the wife enjoyed joke 2716. Again.
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  43. I have some sympathy for anybody whose job is fixing engines on boats, I have seen so many awful lash ups on boat engines, bits of oil soaked wiring with insulation tape wrapped round twisted together connections, awful misalignment, ancient diesels sitting in 6 inches of black filth and owners who knew next to nothing about anything. And that was just my boats.
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