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manxmike last won the day on September 25 2017

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About manxmike

  • Birthday 05/11/1952

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    Isle of Man
  • Interests
    Theatre, Motorcycles, Canals, Motorhome

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  • Occupation
    Retired (hooray)
  • Boat Name
    No boat, motorhome instead!

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  1. I'd use a piece of aluminium tube rather than scaff - much lighter!
  2. Of course methane would make a wonderful alternative, sadly it smells not very nice. Cars could be equipped with a trailer carrying several pigs to produce the methane. This would also have the advantage of getting rid of waste foodstuff to feed the pigs. Alternatively cows could be equipped with gas collectors and a tank strapped to their backs, instead of the milk tanker calling at the farm a methane tank collector would become a common site on the "B" roads. Of course, a lot of the global warming (oops, sorry, climate change) is caused by animals farting. Since we now have mo
  3. I have acquired a rather nice oil on canvas of a canal scene by M.J. Southern and wondered if anyone had an idea of the location. I think the picture dates to the turn of the 19th to 20th century but I'm not sure. It measures 24 inches by 18 inches (frame size). I have tried to find information about the artist, with no success. If anyone fancies it, I would be happy to sell it for £20 plus carriage!
  4. I've always realised that dogs have owners but cats have members of staff. We used to have a Yorkshire Terrier who decided to wander down the gunwale, then tried to turn round to come back - he didn't make it, luckily I saw him, stopped the engine so he didn't get "prop chopped" and managed to fish him out. That was the one and only time he ever tried that.
  5. I am now waiting with baited breath to find out how this turns out. To be honest this thread has done a lot to restore my faith in humanity and the boating world. It's great to see experienced boaters happily offering their help and advice to a novice. Quick thought - would it be possible for the mods to put a sticky (or whatever it's called) creating a thread with advice for new buyers and boaters. Offering the sort of information that would help before any money changes hands. Obviously it would have to be fairly general in nature and wouldn't fit every situation, but it would serve as
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  7. 1. I hope the deposit paid is refundable 2. I trust the agreement to buy is subject to a survey 3. Looking at the rust on the roof I would seriously consider losing the deposit and running away as fast as possible. 4. If the roof is that bad, what else is hiding under the paint? I would worry about the condition of the hull below the waterline. 5. That price is very high for something that old with that amount of visible damage. 6. There are a number of very good surveyors out there, I have used Mike Chadwick in the past (07798 897397) and found him fair and reliable.
  8. I had a cheapo car stereo, but I used a pair of Wharfdale speakers, small but perfectly formed, and the sound was as good as I wanted it to be. Friends used to spend long thousands on stereo equipment, I didn't. Fair enough I have a 30% or more loss of hearing through attending live bands and when on the radio as a DJ I wore headphones a lot of the time, so quality is a matter of what suits me and my damaged hearing. Providing I like the music (and I like most music - not modern jazz, yeuch) then I'm happy, which is more than I can say for the people who have to listen to me singing
  9. Sometimes called pigeons, or if you live near the sea, gulls
  10. There was one moored at Barbridge Marina on the Shroppie for years, it may still be there. They look like a well built boat and if I was able to get to the UK I would be interested provided I had somewhere to get it out of the water! There are various companies that specialise in moving narrow boats on a wagon, so it could be taken wherever. I agree with Alan, his three salient points would need carefull looking at, but it seems reasonable value to me even if the engine is dead.
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  12. My boat developed a list for no apparent reason. One day level, two weeks later a distinct list to port. Fridge, cooker, couch, bed all to port side of boat. I managed to acquire a number of old sash weights from a company that installed double glazing and put them under cupboards on the starboard side. I carefully checked the bilges - dry as a bone, nothing new added to port side. I can only assume that as the galvanic action eroded the hull, more went on the starboard side (where the people using most electricity from the mains were moored) than on the port. This is pure speculation, I
  13. Purely as an interested spectator, do you think using herbs will serve any useful purpose? To be honest thyme isn't that heavy unless you use an enormous plant 😁
  14. That's pretty much the same as the 14 year old yoofs dying of gunshots or knife attacks who are always exemplary members of society, they help little old ladies across the road, are studying to become a brain surgeon and are loved by everyone. No-one explains why they were out of school riding a stolen scooter (with no licence or insurance) and delivering drugs, or even why they were armed to the teeth and already have a Police record as long as your arm. Oh well, it just goes to show that sarcasm is just one of the services I offer.
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