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  1. Well, if it was built in 2006 with a 10mm bottom, there may well be cause for concern! I think it'll be dawning on you by now that year of build and original thickness are quite key parameters when asking this question. However, 2007 is a while ago for a survey to be taken as an indication of current condition. Any assumptions made on that information are little more than assumptions. We all know what assumptions are the mother of, don't we? You're right to wonder about this and I commend you for asking because, when we buy a boat, it's best not to be at home to Mr F. Up.
  2. CRT Boaters Handbook. There are some mildly contentious areas, of course, but you won't find yourself swimming against the tide too often if you accept it as a genuine attempt to foster harmony and you're minded to conform. Welcome and happy boating!
  3. If it didn't tell you the temperature, it was broken. If it did tell you the temperature, what else were you expecting?
  4. I'm with Bizzard on this - multiheat. Good mix of easy lighting, heat output, low ash, reasonable burn rate.
  5. I work on 2.5 days per bag when winter cruising with the stove 'in' 24/7.
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  8. Making sure the jacket spuds are in tinfoil so they don't pick up any fumes. Bonus!
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  12. Actually, that does look pretty clear to me, thanks for posting that Nick. Looks like all we need to do is have a spare pair of reading glasses available!
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  14. You need to qualify that Foxy: is that just when you're in Finland and the boat is here or all the time?
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  17. Its sad that challenging a BSS inspection is so often raised here (and I'm not suggesting for a moment that you're not right Nick). You'd hope this would be the domain of a regulatory body in such a field, wouldn't you? Clear guidance, available to the boat owner and inspector alike, would seem to be a prerequisite to avoid this kind of issue. It's not really complex stuff, is it.
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  20. In the navy, before it got all PC, polishing brass was what men under punishment got to do. My wife hasn't moved with the times, so our brasswork (thankfully there's not a lot of it) usually gleams without resorting to varnish.
  21. And the Archimedes award goes to.... David Mack - For heading off a dozen posts saying: "fit a bigger prop"; "try nitrous oxide"; "add an extra cylinder made from a yoghurt pot", etc. Nicely spotted David
  22. Stoke-on-Trent boats certainly used to build a few 'spec' boats between bespoke orders. They build nice boats from what I've seen and it would only take a phone call to see if have coming up at what price. They're unlikely to be cheap, because they don't build cheap boats, but it might satisfy your prudent approach. Eta. I bought a second hand Simon Piper spec boat, second hand but virtually unused. All boats are someone's idea of a perfect compromise - Piper's experience allowed them to build something very good indeed. I don't believe they build spec boats now though.
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