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  1. http://www.hillfarmmarina.co.uk/ Had an email today that Hill Farm is set to open soon. No longer relevant for me but maybe of interest to some of you.
  2. Could these three not be combined into the space of any regular second bedroom on a regular boat? You could get something lower than 56k, and spend the surplus having the space redesigned to suit your needs?
  3. My two pennies re heating - I have only a 4kw multifuel stove, and live aboard full time. Heats my 57' boat nicely, and because it's well insulated I don't need to keep the fire in 24/7. But I am out at a full time job during the day.
  4. With a £45k budget it's surprising you haven't found one a bit newer (up to 10 years old) that's laid out pretty much how you want it already. What issues are you finding with the ones you're viewing? Edit to add - if you put your "wishlist" on here I'm sure you'll get plenty of suitable links from folk!
  5. My question has come about because I'm selling the boat, and the survey was particularly thorough (more so than the one I had when I bought it!). If there's a chance they won't work (fully expect they've never been shaken monthly, certainly not since I've had it) there's no point in keeping them as spares. I'll contact the company and they can collect / recycle them or something.
  6. Thanks chaps. I thought the same - no expiry date, so assume if in the green they're still good. Cheap enough to replace however so maybe I'll do that. Seems a shame to just chuck the old ones though.
  7. The three 1kg fire extinguishers on my boat are probably 10 years old (installed by previous owners). All are happily sitting with pins in the green. Do I need to replace these at some point? Is there any official guidance on this?
  8. Sounds similar to mine. I have an immersion heater which I switch on when on shoreline, takes about an hour to heat the tank. Don't have this switched on with the engine running because the engine is heating the water anyway through the calorifier. Maybe switch it on (if you're on shoreline) and after an hour if you have hot water - you have an answer.
  9. I found this useful. Not a complete answer though... http://www.soliftec.com/Boat%20Stoves%201-page.pdf
  10. She25


    Argh! Sounds horrendous. Well done you for being brave enough to do that!
  11. If that was in response to me, no it isn't too bad. I have a dressing gown lay over the duvet so ready to cover up before I escape from bed. And of course slippers before I touch the floor. Yes, I got rid of carpets and have a wood floor. That said, I've never really felt the cold. And if I have visitors, I do make sure to light a fire and keep them warm!
  12. Worth a real boater writing up an article for publication?
  13. Always surprised that everyone seems to go for keeping the fire lit 24/7 if they're not on board. I'm no scrooge but don' t see the point in heating when I'm not there. The cats have plenty of fur and each other to keep them warm. Keeping my coat on for an hour until the newly laid fire gets warm works for me. A 20kg bag easily lasts over a week. If I don't get in until late I don't bother with a fire either - but I do cheat with hot water bottle or electric blanket.
  14. She25


    I have a cratch cover and grow herbs there but no flowers. When I've had the side rolled up for a few days and take it back down I noticed a few dead wasps in the folds. Today I've basically been held hostage by three live ones that appeared as I wanted to go out (yes I'm VERY scared of them and had no spray to deal with it!) Does anybody else find they like to shelter under the cratch cover this time of year, and more importantly, what are your tips for getting rid and putting off?
  15. I wonder why your first line is true, if the second line is! Hopefully you won't have to fall in before employing it. Agreed. Imagine getting all cosy and prepared for a day of cruising through winter weather. Count the layers you'd put on. Then imagine swimming across the canal (or wharf, much deeper) to try and find a suitable place to pull yourself out. Then imagine not being able to move much or pull yourself out because you're so heavy (with all the layers you just counted), and so shocked by the cold. Hopefully there'll be somebody strong nearby able to yank you out and maybe break your ribs in the process. I did stuff a hot water bottle down my top once. Lovely
  16. I know a fair few canal dwellers love their folk music. Anybody into jazz and classical? Jacqui Dankworth (daughter of Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine) is joining my orchestra to sing some Shakespeare-inspired numbers in a couple of weeks. Not only that, Michael Collie (of BBC Midlands Today) has an incredible theatrical voice and will be narrating Gregson's The Sword and The Crown. Promises to be a fun evening, slightly different to what you'd expect from an orchestral concert at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham. It's 2 minutes walk from Gas Street Basin (maybe 3 minutes stagger on the way back after you've visited the bar). Details and tickets - https://www.facebook.com/events/1733532330247717/
  17. I'd say you have a sensible approach, and a decent idea of what will be involved. Not got a family on board with me but know of one and they manage just fine. I'd make sure your kids can swim, but understand the cut is not for swimming in - and how dangerous it can be. You can't watch them every second and if they should fall in accidentally (fully clothed and weighed down, shocked by the cold water etc), you need to know they're as safe as possible. This family are continuous cruisers and able to find a circuit that suits cc moving requirements and keeps them within commuting distance of schools. As long as you have a vehicle that gives you quite a wide cruising area. Marie Brown's books are brilliant. Shows the difficulties in moving aboard and gives a fair impression of some of the issues you'll face! If ever I did have a family, I'd love to bring them up on the boat.
  18. I was going to look into Chromecast dongle (I'm also on 3 with unlimited data but very limited hotspot tethering). Saw on the ad for it yesterday that it requires wifi though. Have just ordered HDMI cable and will be very excited if this works! Nothing like cosy autumn / winter nights with a bottle of red, the fire, candles, cats and a box set!
  19. Nobody has mentioned there is another route from the marina - go up the three locks from the marina and turn right at the junction, which takes you down to Diglis basin. 17 locks in all (if I remember correctly) but nicely spaced out. There are usually volunteers on the three outside the marina anyway (they're very deep, which is why the side ponds are there). Plenty of turning points if you didn't want to go all the way to Diglis, or up to Tardebigge or on the Severn. Importantly - the pubs are good. Carvery at the Eagle and Sun on the juntion, pub grub at the rudge at Tibberton, Mediterranean at the Gardeners Arms at Vines Park, pie and mash at the Old Cock Inn Droitwich, gastro pub at the Queens Head Stoke Prior.
  20. Apologies if there's a similar thread somewhere, but thought it would be good to have a list of decent marinas / long term moorings where we could share knowledge of upcoming vacancies. I'm looking at moving from my current marina and need to find somewhere in the Midlands (South Mids ideally but open to further afield) where I can be a "higher user" and bring cats. Would also need electric. Can anyone suggest places to try (have checked CRT but only leisure moorings available currently)? TIA
  21. Anybody know what's happening with this? When I bought my boat a couple of years ago this looked an ideal place for me but doesn't look like anything has happened since. http://www.withybedmoorings.com/
  22. Haven't seen anybody mention an eco fan. I just have a mid-boat stove with an eco fan which circulates the heat nicely. Definitely a knack to managing the heat from your fire is the difficult bit. I got rid of all carpets, and accept that life in slippers and a few well placed rugs are much nicer.
  23. Lovely words JP. I saw that his funeral will take place this Sunday, info at Droitwich marina.
  24. The gentleman's mother has been talking to the local news about what happened. She confirmed the rudder got trapped. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-36902019
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