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Sally Grim

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  1. Why on earth would one be paying a lot of money for a marina mooring, if not to use it as a home mooring, and a place to put the boat when one is not out cruising? Can't be many who are paying for a constantly empty berth. I don't quite see why this is worth the bother for CRT. Is there something here I'm not getting?
  2. And remember you need an anchor before you venture out on a river - an anchor that is correctly fastened in the boat!
  3. You can use https://canalplan.eu to plan your journey. It's quite some trip for a first time. Are your daughter joining you, or are you single-handing? There are courses both in boat handling, and in engine maintenance, which may be useful. I did the latter at River Canal Rescue, it was very good for a novice like me. http://www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk (A membership might also be a good idea.) Willow Wren does both types. http://www.willowwrentraining.co.uk Good luck with your undertaking - I hope you will enjoy it!
  4. When are you doing it? You're not supposed to be boating after dark on a hire boat, so if it's anytime soon sunset time will be a factor. If it's in the summer, you can keep boating till quite late, of course. Good luck with your trip!
  5. In Norway we don't have gas in homes at all. It works perfectly fine. Of course, as Phil said, gas hobs are more easily controllable than traditional electrical ones, but induction hobs are said to be much the same as gas. But if the UK is quitting gas and converting to all electric, is the distribution network up to it?
  6. We usually cruise with our fenders up. One day we'd forgot, and going out of a lock the rope got caught in the lock gate. It pulled one of our nav lights right off. The fender was OK, though!
  7. I'm very sad to read your news. I can't start imagine where I would be without my husband, whom I've been married to 20 years this April. It's so good to hear that you at least got to experience and enjoy boat-ownership. It's an inspirational story, not crazy at all. My sympathy; Sally
  8. I see that, and I really do understand and agree, but have you ever been on a narrowboat? I might be very wrong, but your reaction to Alan de Enfield's photo leaves the impression that this is new to you. If so, I would strongly recommend hiring first, before committing. The canal society in the UK are great, I'm not saying otherwise. I've got the bug myself. ☺️
  9. I think you need to make up your mind about where you would like to keep this boat first, and then start to think about which boat would suit you. The UK, Norway, or somewhere else? Because it would be different requirements.
  10. I just meant that two 2'6 beds equals 5 ft total. Which is wider than one 4 ft bed. No further implications.
  11. I took the measurement off the layout-drawing. But naturally I have no idea how accurate it is, never having seen the Boat. As to maths, you are right that the gunwhales doesn't make up all of it, of course.
  12. 2 ft 6 each - loads extra space! Technically I suppose because you get to use the area under the gunwhale on both sides. But I'm done boat-buying for years to come. We used over a year researching, before buying. I won't be doing that again soon!
  13. I wouldn't mind changing our 4 ft bed with two singles. More space. But then we've been married for a while, so we're preferring comfortable to romantic.
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