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magictime

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  1. Indeed we do! I knew you'd spot that if no one else did. He told us he's in his 60s actually, but he does look and seem younger.
  2. I appreciate that it's not equivalent to a 'bare metal' job, and we've had to leave it to Robert to judge what's adequate in terms of rust treatment etc. At the end of the day we thought a bare-metal repaint costing 3 or 4 times as much would have been overkill for a boat that is 'only' 15 years old and with existing paintwork in very fair condition; the money we saved has probably paid for zinc spraying and epoxy blacking an the hull plus new double glazing throughout (the fitting of which itself included treatment/glossing of any rusty areas round the window openings). Robert acknowledged himself that the roof will be the first to go, and left us most of a tin of Dacrylate for when it's needed. For now it's had 5 coats and sanded areas, so we'll see how it goes. Just to be clear, when you talk about the conditions Robert 'agrees' to work under, those conditions have been 100% dictated by himself: we booked his first-choice facility for as long as he said he needed it, plus an extra day just in case. If he'd asked for two weeks, that would have been fine by us.
  3. Just returned to the boat today after its week in Stafford Boat Club wet dock, where Robert Naghi has been painting it. 'Ferndale' is now 'Forever Changes'. Very pleased with the results, although it certainly won't be to everyone's taste! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend Robert as a painter. We tried to be realistic about what we could reasonably expect him to do in a week, but when he came to start work he was volunteering all sorts of little and not-so-little touches like bits of paisley, a design on the roof hatch, painting the poles & gangplank, to make sure we really got the look we wanted - all within the basic price he'd quoted to paint our 55ft boat, which was a little under £3000.
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    Rain!

    We had two rather grotty days' cruising in the rain last week, but at least we could consoles ourselves that it should help with water levels. The Ashby was certainly low beforehand, and as we head towards the L&L it could all get a bit nail-biting later in the summer without a bit of rain. Easy for us to say just now - the boat's in wet dock all week being painted, while we're staying with relatives in one of those 'house' thingies.
  6. We have our own special technique. I come in slowly at an angle and swing the stern in, give a burst of reverse, and the missus jumps off at the stern holding the centre line. Then the boat starts drifting out either at the bow or at the stern, or sometimes both. My wife tugs ineffectually on the rope for ten or twenty seconds before asking me if there's anything I can do from my position on the back deck a few feet out into the cut. Then I go forwards a bit, back a bit, forwards a bit, back a bit, while she walks up and down alongside, until the stern comes in again. Then I step off, take the centre line, and pull the boat in from wherever it's ended up this time. Never fails.
  7. Thanks all. Just phoned Bourne/Teddesley Boat Company (they seem to go by both names) and it looks like they can fit us in next week. Silly of me really, I'd more or less dismissed them figuring they'd be focused on their boatbuilding (which I know is much in demand), but being only an hour or so away they've got to be the obvious choice with an issue like this - I don't want to risk knackering the engine or anything because of leaking oil.
  8. We discovered a leaking sump gasket the other day while cruising on the Coventry, but had no option but to limp on to Stafford Boat Club, checking the oil level every few hours, due to being booked in for repainting in their wet dock. So, first order of business when we pick the boat up will have to be getting the issue properly looked at (an engineer from Streethay diagnosed the fault for us, but we weren't in a position to hang around until they were able to lift the engine out and deal with it). Teddesley would have been the obvious place to try first, but apparently they don't exist any more! Does anyone have any up-to-date recommendations of nearby boatyards, ideally in the direction of Autherley Junction, we should be trying (or avoiding, for that matter)?
  9. Interesting to see people's figures, and to hear views on the best way to budget for 'lumpy' expenses. FWIW: being liveaboard CCers, we don't distinguish between 'boaty' expenses and other living expenses. On a monthly basis, we generally manage to stay within a budget of £550 for diesel, gas, internet, TV licence, phones, groceries, travel and 'other'. Then we allow another £2400 or so for 'annual' costs - licence, insurance, RCR membership, engine servicing, and expenses like Christmas and birthdays that would otherwise disrupt the monthly budget. In this first year of living aboard, we are spending a heck of a lot (£15k?) up front on improvements/pre-emptive maintenance, partly in the hope of keeping our future year-to-year costs down: e.g. zinc spraying and two-pack epoxy blacking, a repaint (albeit not a 'bare metal' job'), new double glazed windows, new cratch cover. From here on in, everything that isn't either a 'monthly' or an 'annual' cost as set out above - from maintenance/repairs to new batteries - will be funded out of a £10k pot set aside for that purpose.
  10. You might well be OK through Standedge - though do check requirements obviously! For all the hype around it being low, the first thing CRT did when we went through was plonk foot-high floodlights on the roof front and back! Oh and why 'all the way to Liverpool'? Surely for Birmingham you'd turn off at Wigan and head along the Leigh Branch and the Bridgewater? Yes those swing bridges can be heavy. But I guess with a bit of patience, you could be waiting for other boats to share the labour with you. E.g. if you waited at the bottom of a lock flight, you could travel with that boat through the locks and then through the next however many swing bridges, till your timetables diverged, then wait again at another lock flight. My wife (who works most of the locks!) has just asked me to add that if you do the Hudderfield Narrow, you'd then have the broad locks of the Huddersfield Broad and the Calder & Hebble to contend with - the C&H ones in particular being heavy work again. Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I think trying to 'buddy up' with passing boats on the L&L might be your best option - it just might involve a bit of thumb-twiddling.
  11. I think that might be a good choice, if you don't fancy the tidal Trent. The Rochdale can be be hard going, especially through Manchester; and obviously you know about the Wigan flight and the swing bridges etc. on the L&L. The Huddersfield Narrow has an awful lot of locks, but once you find a rhythm it's not the slog you might think. Our routine is to start a lock filling/emptying and then have my wife go ahead on foot to set and open the next, so that I can cruise straight from one to the other without having to try and pull in at the sides (where it's very shallow and hence easy to go aground). Do a search of this forum and you'll find tips on good overnight mooring spots. The tunnel is 'an experience' but CRT don't leave you do it alone - a pilot accompanies you on your boat. No-one could say it's an easy canal - I'm not even sure I'd say it's easier than the L&L - but it really is worth doing (it's probably our favourite canal, in fact), and the obvious choice if you're not fans of broad locks and swing bridges. From there I'd suggest the Macclesfield (very attractive, narrow, few locks, avoids slogging through Manchester) and the Trent and Mersey (narrow again). Then it depends which bit of Birmingham you're heading for, I guess! Oh, and don't forget to check for stoppages: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices#form
  12. Yeah, health problems will do that! Between my brain haemorrhage in 2017 and the workplace stress that was really beginning to take its toll on my wife around the same time, we quickly gained all the perspective we needed to sell up, move aboard and get cruising. Nine months in now and loving it. Enjoy your travels!
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    Mikuni MX40

    I'd get in touch with Ed at Four Counties Marine Services - 07922 163072 - https://fourcountiesmarineservices.com/ Fixed our MX60 for us recently, obviously knows these systems and seemed very happy to discuss/give advice over the phone before jumping straight to the call-out option.
  14. I can see that, although it does sound as if the problem is very much caused by overstayers rather than visitors making legitimate use of the longer, 14 day limit. The usual restrictions are presumably lifted over winter because CRT feel it's just not necessary or appropriate to apply them at a time of year when holiday boating has slowed to a trickle, and CCers have poor weather and multiple long-term stoppages to contend with - which seems right to me. (NB I'm not saying that CCers can't be expected to keep moving over winter, just that it surely becomes more reasonable to move not very far and not very often.)
  15. Sorry, I thought you were making a general point. I wasn't talking about a particular area.
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