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  2. Why on earth would someone pay £125k for Whitefield, a 13(ish) year old boat with a load of similarly dated electronic magic bits? How many cars of a similar age have electronic sensors, windows, door locks etc that have given up the ghost? Personally, I think that the exterior design is awful, let alone a load of aged tech that will just keep going wrong. As for the interior, each to their own. But £125k asking price for what has become an 'infamous' boat seems madness.
  3. Have just been down down that way in the car to Aldi. The boat is still there slewed across the canal at the same angle. Doesn't appear to be sitting very low in the water or badly listing. On a cold November evening I wouldn't say that the emergency response was OTT. A stuck boat in the dark could easily turn to people in the water if it had been sinking. Better too many rescuers than too few. Hopefully the owners will be able to retrieve it with some assistance.
  4. A friend told me about this and showed me a video yesterday evening. He'd been driving past and seen all the fire engines, ambulance etc parked up on the main road and stopped to see what was going on. There was certainly a significant contingent of emergency services in attendance. He doesn't know about boats but did say that the people were rescued off a sinking boat. However, the story in the MEN says it got stuck on something and doesn't mention anything about it taking on water. The photo shows that it is right by the flats (Ben Brierley wharf) overlooking the basin, at the point where the A62 crosses the canal. It could be possible that something large like a motorbike had been chucked in from the road or path down and if the boat was coming from Rochdale towards Manchester it could get stuck on said obstruction as it came through the bridgehole.
  5. It seems that there is a vicious circle of lack of use, lack of maintenance and dredging, lots of junk and a general idea that the Rochdale to Manchester stretch is one of the dodgiest on the network and therefore not advisable to moor up, inevitably leading to even less use and yet more of the same. It is a real shame as I remember the canal when it was still infilled as a broken bottle littered linear water feature. A few bits in water had old pallets and polystyrene and all kinds of detritus floating in them. At one of the restoration rallies I went to as a kid we had dinghies and kayaks paddling around amongst it all up near Hollinwood. However, as stated by a previous poster, the restoration could only complete the bare minimum for narrowboat navigation. A lot of the infill concrete is still there and when the level drops substantially it becomes visible again, a shelf going out to the excavated channel, definitely not the usual profile of a canal. The idea of a boaters' cleanup is a good one. There is a local group that try to collect rubbish on the towpath or floating at the side but that doesn't really help to keep the channel itself navigable. However, there is so much large stuff in the cut that can be got out with a bit of effort but can't easily be transported for disposal, and this means that it has to be left at the side once retrieved. Things like trolleys, mattresses, scooters etc often just get kicked back in again by the local kids. Of course, I'm as guilty of underusing the Rochdale as much as most boaters. My mooring, less than an hour away by road is something like 50 locks distant by water and I just don't have time or inclination to cruise down the Ashton to Manchester and then up the Rochdale. It's a lot easier to just throw in a kayak in the bits that I like for a few hours of paddling than it is to bring the bpat, only just to turn round and return through all those locks again. Also, the boat being outboard powered, I imagine a healthy supply of shear pins would be in order. As for mooring up going down into Manchester, occasionally I've seen decent private narrowboats overnighting in Failsworth, near the flats at Failsworth basin. (edit to add: The pub in Newton Heath is called The New Crown. If at 5'7" and nine stone, I can walk in as a non-regular on my own, without feeling unsafe or uncomfortable, then I'm sure that most people should be fine. Just don't be an obnoxious prat and antagonise the local wildlife!) Another pic of the Rochdale near Failsworth from last year
  6. 😁 Only you would look at that pic and their first thought isn't 'hell, that colour's a bit bright' but instead it's 'jeezus, the boiler flue comes out of the loft, tricky' To be honest, I quite like the colour, but maybe a bit too Greek for an English lock cottage. Don't know where this is but the road, big building at the back and graffiti on the lock gate suggest it isn't some tranquil rural location
  7. Possibly it doesn't look like it's worth the asking price, to those of us who have had boats for years, but this year, next year, who knows? You've done the biggest thing though, that will have an enduring effect on the value of your boat relative to similar craft, by putting a new turnkey engine on it. That's a known value to buy and replace and on a smaller GRP boat is a significant part of its value. With a lot of used small boat, trailer and engine packages, the engine is the most valuable bit, followed by the trailer with the hull lagging way behind. However, a Viking 23 isn't in this category. Just shy of 50k for a new one with 15hp Mariner (https://www.tingdeneboatsales.net/boat-spec.php?BoatID=4956431) Very popular and respected boat with strong demand for used ones, especially this year, I suspect you could still struggle to find a good one even at the upper end of your valuation.
  8. With you on this. The huge attraction of a boat is the freedom, the potential to go anywhere, even if you rarely do. Knowing that you can't would ruin it. Widebeams stuck in narrow canal marinas can't go anywhere without help from a crane and truck and that doesn't come cheap for such craft. If you want to be on a narrow canal, but need the space, then two narrow boats would seem to make better sense.
  9. The final post in this thread has some information about Staffordshire Boats from another member A quick search for bridgeman boatbuilder threw up a Staffordshire company set up in 2004 and dissolved in 2020, D.P.Bridgeman boat builders ltd.
  10. Time for the classic survivors to boast their heritage. "Built by Springer" should be getting some kudos. Who wants a near new off the shelf shipped-in hull with a posh fitout when you could have a boat that is made of old gasometers, is 40 odd years old and still going strong for a fraction of the price.
  11. A lot of patience (i don't have) making those licence holders in your video. They look great.
  12. GRP boats are low maintenance. I've never antifouled one floating in saltwater, let alone the canal. Any cr@p that accumulates can be brushed/scraped off easy enough. I'm quite sure that the foam between the double skin on my boat is soaked through. No way it would "dry out" if I put it on land for a few months.
  13. Yes, based at Poynton on the Macclesfield canal. They do seem to be finished to a high standard so hopefully the hulls are of a quality to match.
  14. They do work okay and can be picked up cheap enough, still now. I sold my Hobbies saw earlier this year for £30, in a lot better condition than that. Was bought by the craft teacher at a school for kids with complex needs, it's ideal for making simple jigsaws. I liked the fact that you could slow or stop it whilst keeping both hands on a piece of work. Downside is that it takes up a bit of room and you need a stool/chair to sit at it. The only reason I flogged it was to free up the space.
  15. Bought one of their universal router tables on a markdown at £13 from £30, then found out it wasn't universal enough to fit my dad's chunky old 1980s Stanley router. Needed to make a plywood spacer for it. Bandsaw to the rescue. Don't feel bad about the unused biscuit jointer. I know a neighbour whose garage looks like a warehouse of boxed Aldi branded tools, most never having seen the light of day. I've also got a few that I never really found a use for despite being convinced at the time of purchase that I'd use them all the time, like the little cordless Dremel type thing. I've been using a little Aldi detail sander a lot this past week as my Black&Decker orbital sander broke. Detail sander hadn't had much use in the previous two years but did okay as a stopgap and was less than £15 full price.
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