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  1. The dry dock or crane operator will also have insurance, and should refuse to dock or lift a boat that appears too fragile in their experience. The surveyor should advise if they have viability concerns. Then the dock or crane operator will also watch when the boat is put back in the water to ensure it still floats. If a boat is damaged during survey, then the potential purchaser can walk away. Deposit refund may depend on the contract terms. The OP's main concern can probably be addressed by not confirming her purchase until after the boat goes back in the water following the survey. To minimise future delay, she could investigate potential docking sites in the area in case the possible one is not available.
  2. We take our house cat on the boat when we go cruising on our boat. It seems to work best with cats that are close to their humans. However, the cat never enjoys the transfers and we do have a rule that we stay on the boat for a minimum of 3 nights to make the disruption worthwhile. Otherwise we found that they do become accustomed to having two homes. We offer distinct fixed areas for feline eating and toilet on board. We avoid stopping near roads or canal junctions. We also open the cratch cover on just the land side when we stop. We try to keep the cat in overnight and don't let her out in the morning if we plan to move. We also shut the cat in when we are doing locks and only let her out into the well deck under supervision while on the move. (No paws on the gunwale.)
  3. Try Boating then Licensing then Useful Downloads
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  5. I suspect part of this is that the government think RYA represent inland boaters.
  6. Exactly. I doubt CRT and other inland navigation authorities will be keen to install boat cleaning facilities at every junction. Inside Preston Brook tunnel springs to mind.
  7. Showing a light in both directions would be better IMHO.
  8. I found this advice to clean the hull of the boat puzzling because the water in which it sits will move between the waterways. Also the advice to pressure wash the baseplate when the boat is out of the water will not be possible in some dry docks. I thought it was written by someone who didn't know much about our boats/boating.
  9. VAT on electricity for 'house boats' should be charged at 5%. However, any admin fee applied by the marina operator will be at 20% VAT.
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  11. I certainly opened an executor's account with NatWest for my mother but that was some years ago. If I recall correctly, the names under the signature line were mine and my co-executor 'as executors for ...'. It didn't stop the counter staff asking if I had any plans for investing the money. More recently, HMRC sent a tax refund by cheque for my father when I dealt with his affairs. When it is necessary to use an executor's account, I don't think the method of receiving or making payments makes any difference.
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  13. I think it is different for narrowboats.
  14. It is my understanding that, traditionally, etiquette was to pass over the stern. Also to call out 'coming across' before stepping onto the boat.
  15. As VAT on red diesel is 5% but it is 20% on white diesel, there should be some saving.
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