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  1. Really? I'm surprised... and others, for instance Dave Moore I'd guess from recent posts, will be mortified! Have a look at the stoppages and set sail asap! I can't say I relish a visit to the city centre shops, but it's a great area to cruise with so much heritage and things to see and do. That's before we even start on beer and some of the Black Country pubs! Not exclusively Black Country pubs either before I get myself into bother.
  2. If it is a paper element, someone will know whether you can change to a mesh whilst you're at it. Worth a check?
  3. Hi Kirsty, Well, you've already listed quite a few more disadvantages than advantages, and you aren't going to buy it without looking at it are you, so it might be worth a nosey whilst you don't have stars in your eyes if Droitwich isn't too far. In terms of your listing: 1. Can't tell what's going on there from a photo - could be mould or even a shadow as Athy said. 2. Kitchen one end and lounge the other is a bit unusual! Kitchen by the steering position can be an advantage for loading groceries, as the first place the dog stops and when you need a cuppa on the move. 3. That should be at least 3-4 annual oil changes, but its much easier to say the oil's been changed than to really do it, so at least it looks honest! Maybe it hasn't been anywhere since 11, or maybe the last professional service was in 11 and the owner has done the work since? 4. Most do! If it's out for a survey and you like it, then would be the time to do it - but the steel is too cold now for a decent job imho. Nick at Droitwich Spa Marina does do a decent job if you wanted it doing there this spring (I've seen him at work). 5. That's not really a negative - why would it have been done recently? You'd probably want your own on a boat this age and you'd be remiss to accept someone else's anyway!. 6. Athy answered that in terms of Liverpool Boats. You pay more for a quality fit out - just don't pay too much for something that's not worth it and remember that you have to live with it, so don't buy if you're not happy. I've just spotted you've newly added that your budget is £38k - you may be fishing in the wrong pond as 10K can make quite a difference! All boats are a compromise, but if you intend to live on it full time then your compromises need to be well chosen. The saloon to kitchen displacement wouldn't work for me, for example. Good luck!
  4. An adjustable spanner is a tool which will fit a variety of nuts and bolts equally badly. An expensive adjustable spanner is......
  5. That's a helluva proposition for a degree project! Your research should really have found quite a lot that has been attempted or is out there already. Whilst you're here, a search in the forum may also make interesting reading. Speaking as a Chartered Engineer and former mentor of other Chartered Engineers and Graduate Engineers, my advice would be to find a different project for your degree and tackle this separately if you're intent on it. It's your choice though, of course, and others may think differently. I apologise if this appears negative, but I would offer that the over-riding aim here is for you to achieve your degree. Best wishes. Edited to add that it's a really interesting subject and, if you pull it off, I hope you keep us informed.
  6. Why should that make it a good candidate to be towed? If it might sink, I would have thought it far more likely to do that whilst in tow with no crew aboard. And, this being the case, you surely wouldn't put a crew aboard?
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  9. Maybe have a chat with the chap who owns "Ampere"? That's possibly about as far up the theory V practice curve as it gets at the moment. Interesting boat, and handsome to boot imho. You might have to settle for getting your hybrid kicks in your car and keep the boat diesel for the foreseeable future - unless you have an insatiable burning desire and very deep pockets.
  10. They breed them to do that. Actually, both types were available, but noone bought the beepers that don't beep when the alternator is faulty. So, unless you can find a silent beeper in a museum, you may have to bite the bullet and get the alternator looked at.
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  13. Haha - no wonder there's always a puddle in the bottom! Plus, they dry your hands in 10 seconds apparently - all I can say is: if they think that's 10 seconds, don't buy one of their watches!
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  15. Agony bags?! Streuth, I'd move house, never mind my boat!
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  18. And that's before the Governments have to work out how to recoup the lost revenue from Petrol/Diesel.
  19. Perhaps you should have sailed off without his permission - with or without his line!
  20. Beta also do similar with their 38 and the 43, and there's plenty of both on the cut. Not sure what conclusion should be drawn though Alan - just a good range to achieve best match I suppose because they also do a 30 and a 50, and the little stuff is even closer. You pays yer money, takes yer choice I guess?
  21. Run a hairdryer over an edge and see if you can cause a dark patch to lighten. If it's damp you will; if it's an old stain you won't.
  22. Yeah, I know what you mean. Some motorway services installed hand dryers a similar time ago and they still suck!
  23. Your description isn't too far off a pretty standard "reverse layout" with the exception of the study area. The trad stern isn't a non starter either, although I note you meant semi trad. You don't need any strange manoeuvres to get from my trad steerers step, through the engine space into my bedroom, so if your Galley was there, there'd be no issue either. I'd say you should keep looking at reverse layout trad or semi trad boats, but have the study on your list of possible compromises. Good luck in your quest
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  25. I think you're being quite reasonable, although I'm also pretty sure that few folk will be mooring close just to spoil your peace so I'm not really sure what's to be done. I sympathise though, especially if you've gone out of the way to run your genny or practice the euphonium or when you're seeking peace and you get the noisy bar stewards - but then I have real difficulty understanding inconsiderate people anyway. Different matter where moorings are at more of a premium and we've all had problems where there's, say, 3 boats moored where 5 would have fitted given a bit of consideration. Then perhaps we'd all likely be happy to see bollard sharing. I think you're seeking answers to unanswerable questions. The good thing is, although you perhaps shouldn't have to, it's easy to move away from undesirable neighbours. Mike the Boilerman recently posted that 1 person in 100 doesn't have a conscience - that simple idea has helped me rationalise so much bad stuff that I don't even care if it's untrue! So, don't worry, it's only 1 in 100 that's gonna rain on your parade - most folk'll have a conscience and leave you in peace.
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