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chubby

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  1. Generation Decision

    As i say , my comments were a bit tongue in cheek - just come back with a few more details about your expected usage if you are uncertain about it & folk on here will be very helpful . Ive always found it so . Maybe stating what kind of equipment , specific if possible etc . Those in the know about electrics , battery charging etc can then go about giving advice which will prove very useful , so do come back with as much info as u can cheers
  2. Generation Decision

    When you say " we havent done a power audit " do you actually mean " we cant be bothered to do a power audit "? . It sounds like theres more than one of you so im at a loss as to why you would not do one . I expect that without doing one you are going to be guessing about how to go about achieving what you want . Worse than that youre asking the forum to guess aswell . So do a power audit or youre asking for trouble . " due to work commitments .... reliance on 240 v " . This comment could only be more vague , if you wrote the same sentence in swahili or Thai . So what items r u referring to as it could be anything from a camera , a computer - to a number of growlights for a floating weed cultivation business . You will find you get little response unless youre more specific . This isnt meant harshly , its largely a bit tongue in cheek but the there is no " one size fits all " answer when it comes to boat electrics , power generation & battery requirements . Without the numbers theres nothing to crunch Not that i can help with spefics but the folk that can will NEED them cheers
  3. sounds like essex possibly .... probably basildon .
  4. Selling a 65 ft boat privately

    when i bought my boat it was a private sale . After viewing the boat and considering the matter further i put in an offer . The offer was 8K below the initial asking price ( 5 yrs ago ) . On the day of survey we travelled on the boat to the yard . Survey was good apart from a problem with gas so the seller offered to knock £300 off to cover the cost of a gas bod . He was v keen to sell as money was needed for a house deposit . Folllowing this we went to my bank and i transferred the money into his account . Under NO circumstances whatsoever would i have given them or anyone else selling privately a deposit . Offer was made , survey booked , survey conducted , money transferred , bill of sale signed & transferred. Job done in 7 days start to finish .
  5. Buying a boat ?...Cautionary tales..BEWARE !!

    I think there might be some " Tim & Pru " effect involved . Just my own cynical view mind you . It seems to me that boats are being somewhat overpriced , if not very .. Some asking prices nearer to the capital , are shocking . I also get the impression there is a good market of buyers - those who are retired & have spent too much time watching a pair of fogeys on telly & being swept up in the " romance " of waterway life , either as a liveaboard or a marina moorer holiday boater possibly using a lump of thier state pension ? Another type of buyer might be someone looking for a home due to housing costs . Then if course theres everyone inbetween including experienced boaters . The two types of buyer i mention are , it seems to me , a newish breed of buyer & the " rush " to get aflloat asap could lead to poor judgement . I dunno - im theorising . A boat advertised with " recent survey " & " full inventory onboard , ready to sail away " etc can make folk go " oh lets buy it dahhhlling ... its perfect ! Look at shiny taps & laminate flooring - ohh corian worktops .. etc etc etc " . Combined with brokers and thier " we cant get our hands on boats quick enuff blah blah " it can make buyers think " if we don t move quick it could be gone next week " . I get the impression boats are being snapped up quickly when they come on the market , often at prices i find astonishing . Sometimes i look on Whiltons website and it seems to be that every other boat is under offer and i think " Jesus , whos buying these overpriced boats !?" . My guess is its a buyer whos looking to " live the dream " ( how i hate that phrase ) or take it to hackney and " live the nightmare " . Inexperienced ( potentially ) buyers , some perhaps wearing rose tinted specs . Therefore some sellers will be looking to mug punters and if boats are selling fast then its boom time for surveyors aswell . Like any trade , there will be an element of dishonesty aswell the more professional . I considered selling my current boat ( still umming & ahhing over it ) but will probably just keep it & make improvements as im not sure i can be bothered to get involved traipsing around the Uk and organising surveys at £600 - £800 a time . I trust my boat - its rarely let me down & so why bother ? My boat is a Liverpool 58 ft Trad ( of the correct beam ) From what i understand brokers can sell them quickly as the market want then because theyre not silly money and are just solid boats that can get folk on the water at reasonable cost ..... BUT when i see on the duck some of prices folk want for thier Liverpools & compare it to what i paid 5 years ago it shocks me so thats why i think that already high selling prices encourage potential buyers to accept " recent surveys " as a means of saving money & getting afloat quicker . What does my head in the most tho is the term " recent survey ". Its totally meaningless when u consider a survey is only valid on the day it is carried out . A survuy could be a fortnight old but as far the surveyor goes , its already out of date & theres no comeback for the buyer if they find faults . Using a surveyors own definition a recent survey should be no older than 24 hours . Beyond 24 hours the written report is kindling . I used a surveyor . I trusted him . The boats report was a good one . I negotiated 8K off the asking price plus another £300 on the day due to gas issues . I talked beforehand with the seller over a cuppa & asked about thier ownership of the boat , looked at the file of receipts etc , asked why they were selling & trusted my instincts that all was ok , so i made an offer . Im not knowledgeable enuff to forego a surveyer & i would use one again but never from a brokers list and would never trust a recent survey , though i might use it to determine whether i go ahead & commission my own . Just thoughts ... mostly cynical cheers
  6. Brilliant stuff cheers Id like to do fit soundproofing panels to my engine bay but the amount of panel needed would be expensive so i would need to build a box alot like this . There is a steel cross bar running directly above my engine tho onto which fit the boards covering the engine bay . There is very little clearance between top of engine & bottom of this steel cross brace so will need some working out . As i say , ive read your references to your demountable soundproofing box & the " not quite hospital silencer " you got from TW marine ( if i remember rightly ) & wondered how you put it together , so thanks again cheers
  7. Mr Brooks I have read several times in past threads your reference to the box you built around your engine . Your correct to say that this means using less soundproof sheet & therefore less expensive . Any chance of a picture or two as id be keen to see how you did it . If its hassle , or if im just being a cheeky sod , no probs . Cheers
  8. Brexit 2017

    I noticed in the the " metro " - a crappy free rag on the underground in london , that Theresa May has stated ( in a leaked doc ) that the North & Midlands may pay a higher price following our break from Europe . In the article she also refuted claims about US private health firms bidding on NHS contracts . I for one firmly believe her , what with her being a staunch supporter of ordinary peoples rights & wellbeing - which is obvious of course as a tory . Theresa Mays denial is all thats needed to be assured that its in the pipeline . Quelle Surprise ... bye bye NHS ETA : This is of course not a problem because " we " are in charge..... . Keep dreamin '
  9. London gets tough

    Ive just read the article aswell . Im still convinced CRT were right & the way they went about was right . Harsh but fair . To me , there was no time for dilly dallying . Just tear it down . Once down its no longer a danger . Despite the occupants situation i simply cannot find myself able to feel sorry for them . The project was dangerous & iiresponsible & they thought of no one but themselves . All those comments about how people loved it etc etc are total nonsense - theyd change thier tune if it went up in flames with two occupants on board . If the chaps a gas technician or whatever then i dont understand how hes homeless . Gas bods aren t tied to London . Go elsewhere , earn money ... if you wanna come back then do it , but if your skint & homeless why hang around ? Agreed though , it is despite everything else , a sign o the times . 21st century Britain . Makes one proud doesn t it
  10. London gets tough

    This Sir , with all due respect is complete bollocks but then you know that dont you .....?
  11. London gets tough

    Also if you leave it then how long before someone else manages gather together another pile of litter & turn it into " accomodation " Get in , tear it down , send a message to other would be piss takers , potentially save lives , potentially save the emergency services from having to attend etc etc . Then deal with the repercussions . CRT did the right thing by putting the wider community & thier wellbeing ahead of some dumb muppets good
  12. London gets tough

    Surely this " vessel " is a pile of litter cunningly crafted into something that looks like a house. If it is not registed as a boat , it has no bss , no insurance & yet it has a means of cooking & heating (?) then it is basically a pile of rubbish thrown together in order to create a deathtrap . As is usual with such " accidents waiting to happen " it is unlikely to be the owners who go up in flames but poor innocent nearby . Suppose the authorities wait until the gas bottle explodes or it catches fire near other more boat shaped boats then folk will say " why oh why did the navigation authority not do anything about it ? " . Then , as if the owners stupidity wasn t plain enough they moor up 6 feet away from a No Mooring sign . Times are tough , folk are struggling , rents are bonkers but frankly these muppets are taking the piss . CRT have responsibilities to other people on the canal & adjacent to the canal & they are more important than the fuckwits who put that pile of crap together . screw em
  13. So you sold a house & with the profit you bought a boat & another flat ? In what sense have you entered into the " owning a house ( or indeed flat )is not the be all & end all " mentality ?? You still own B&M ! Its an entirely different scenario from the OP as you still have a property asset . It is still , though less so , a safety net , a fallback option & almost certainly an investment in the sense that its value is likely to increase . Its hardly selling up & throwing caution to the wind as far as i can see . You appear to have then furthered this " gamble" by buying another property ! Fair play to you - happy days , youve done well & made good judgements but i would suggest its not the same situation as the OP Yes you live once . Life is for living but theres nowt wrong with a bit of diligence or caution when considering ones options . For every one who wins at such a move - there ll ve those who got it wrong . MtB mentions a chap who made an error in his judgement speculating on property in Notting Hill , so not everyone who has a punt goes on to win . All this " one life " stuff is tedious - yes it is true , yes one ought to have a punt or two in life . Often though life is luck and aint always good luck & though we can never tell whats around the corner , spending some time thinking things thru before leaping is time well spent .
  14. Good grief My thoughts - Im not a person who believes that our 3 scores & 10 are meant for just trundling along on our " expected " treadmill of work , work & more work . Life is short & there are far more worthwhile things to be done . However a balance must be struck as work & the benefits of income are necessary . I spent my 20s & 30s travelling . I was addicted . Work was a means to an end & soon as i had enough savings i was back on a plane . The travel bug wore off in my late 30s & now in my mid 40s im worth bugger all . Regrets ..... im sad that the travel bug wore off ! Now i have to work very hard to make up for all that time spent living well . My point is that whatever you do there will be a " price " to pay . Give up your home & you will feel the insecurity that can come from knowing youve abandoned your biggest financial asset . Keep your home & you 'll continue to wonder whether the grass is greener on the other side of the fence . There is no " one size fits all " correct answer . I believe over calculating what the future will bring is futile . No one knows whats around the corner & lifes a punt . My gut reaction ( i trust my gut ...) is you keep your home at all costs . You do all the homework you need to do & do one of two things . 1) continue to live in it . Buy a boat . A small boat , a cheap boat . Not a doer upper but just a nice simple little boat . Get a mooring . Use the boat as much as poss . It could become your bolt hole away from the dreary estate . You ll look forwards to weekends & holiday time . Just BEING on a boat is enjoyable - the fire roaring , kettle on top or a nice stew , chillin out listening to music or with a book . Of course you could also go cruising at weekends or with holiday time & just enjoy the ups & downs of boat ownership . 2) Buy a bigger boat , go full time liveaboard , ride the learning curve & say to yourself " ive done it , ive grabbed life by the knackers & gone for it . If youve kept the house you cannot lose ! option 1 or option 2 = you win . If you sell up & it all goes wrong ..... then what ? So - life is to be lived yes . But balance is the key . Being hesitant , being diligent isnt being soft - its accepting that risk is present & attempting to mitigate unwanted circumstances . BUT not allowing this to dominate your life plans is essential if you are to " live " your life rather than " exist " . I think option 1 is best . If it works proceed to option 2 maybe 12 - 18 months later . You might find option 1 provides what your looking for ...... escape . Above all dont sell your home mate as its not necessary to achieve what youre looking for cheers
  15. is it me ?

    Wow Good question . On a scale running between 1 & excessively pedantic i would place this question some distance off the far end of the graph . No doubt you 'll have a terribly intellectual , exceedingly well thought out & eloquently worded response . Seems like your point is designed to further a debate for the sake of debate instead of actually making a point .
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