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BilgePump

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  1. OP should be able by youth, income and fair amount of equity to release some of that equity by remortgage/second mortgage as he has suggested. I don't think he was ever looking at those dodgy 'equity release' for the elderly ripoffs. Seeing mention of £2k for a mooring is this properly residential (Council Tax?) or would you have to go under the radar, spend more than half your time out on the cut?
  2. The crucial thing in the short term will be if you (OP) propose CCing or need a residential mooring and if so what their availability is. Having owned a boat before, acknowledging that you'll be 250-300 per month worse off by moving aboard and letting out the house, suggests that your costings are well informed and not out of thin air. The diesel engine question is a non-issue. If you are concerned about taking out too much equity then as a single guy why not just move aboard a smaller, older, cheaper boat and see how the next 12 months of politics / economics pan out? If property prices rise then you can take out more safely, if they fall you won't be in negative equity territory without an unprecedented drop, if nothing changes you just need to work out whether you want to live another year as a liveaboard.
  3. I agree with much of this, my comment about dobbin was a flippant one, and certainly it would take a lot to install 10 thousand charging points but there are people on this forum with solar boats, steam boats, rowing boats, punts and sailing boats. If someone wants to cruise 12 hours a day year round then current solar tech isn't up to it., being frugal with power and either taking a winter mooring or minimum distance CCing when the sun isn't putting much at all in, is possible with current tech. As for the network of charging stations, I wouldn't expect CRT to provide the infrastructure or electric for free but marinas are in an ideal position to offer this facility as a charged service, half day mooring plus electric.
  4. The canals and narrowboats existed long before the diesel engine. Diesel gets banned? So, how long before someone starts a specialist towing service? You know, a man and dobbin the horse. Canal boats are fortunate in that they don't need to punch against tides and waves; get one moving and you can easily drag a 57' boat yourself. Stopping it's fun! Forget the future of diesel as a deal breaker here. It isn't. Should that remote possibility ever come about then every diesel boat will have a similiar re-engining cost. A nice recent boat like the one the OP suggests would be a better one for someone to throw what £10k? at to change over to electric. You're in a lucky position and if you can maintain your work and income living afloat then imho it's a no brainer.
  5. I think so, iirc there is a sign on the towpath to that effect, or at least there was last year.
  6. Last survey was possibly a necessity for a fully comp insurance premium on an older boat I'm guessing the boat is around the twenty odd k mark, old but well maintained, if the the last survey is to be trusted. If it looks good get it looked at by your surveyor. Less than 5% of the price to get it checked out. Overplating would be the biggest expense on an older boat so look for something that if you look after it, it won't need it during your ownership. . Just make sure the paperwork you have seen ties up with the reality in the drydock.
  7. Problem is that at the end of these long term moorings, going towards whaley, there is a small but popular winding hole and then a short stretch and bridge on a narrow, shallow canal. 'Tagging on the end' ends up being hundreds of yards down the canal. There aren't tons on places where it makes sense to stop but being able to moor up for 48hrs near to the town should be preserved as possible and in this instance that would be at the marina end. Boaters may not be the most important part of the economy but if everyone has to push on to near Tesco in Whaley it would be a loss to New Mills.
  8. just checked on the CRT map where their bollard is and it shows the start of what I always thought were long term moorings stretch (Whaley end of New Mills marina), and is there possibly a sign about the marina managing them on the towpath? Sure I remember seeing something about that last year when cycling because I was a bit naiive about how the towpath mooring is let out. If it's anything like my CRT mooring though (miles away) all signage round them is for no mooring or 48hrs and very confusing. Sneak in my spot if I'm not there, no worries.
  9. ^^ wot @mrsmelly said could simply be condensation and not an actual leak causing moisture. Timber lives, it will swell, contract and eventually deteriorate. The battens are touching the hull and will be the first bits to suffer from any moisture. Do make sure though that the water isn't coming in from any roof vents etc first. Boats and headlinings are always fun!
  10. Think this maybe right. Are there 48hr signs next to the Swizzell's factory bridge which opens into the diesel and pumpout end of the marina? Passed a week ago but had to pass through. Wanted to moor for a week near Disley but the bank was too iffy so had to go through new mills towards Whaley stopping short of the swingbridge. Bit of a walk to either New Mills or Furness but nice spot. Think that they're winter moorings. eta: one thing to remember is that the marina is up at the newtown end. You have to walk right down to the lights, turn left and up the street to find the town proper.
  11. Go up half a mile to near bridge 30 Carr's swing bridge. The boats on towpath near new mills marina are long term.
  12. No sail or deep keel so prob won't draw too much even if it weighs a few tons. Don't think he could get away with 'portable unpowered' licence though where ‘the Boat’s normal crew can, without mechanical help, launch the Boat and take it out of the water'. Oh hang on, he's a 72 yr old ex para and transatlantic adventurer, maybe he could portage round the locks, dragging the thing out with one hand, a book by Sartre in the other.
  13. In the last ten years there was a modern boat operating on the Peak Forest and Macc that seemed to be a 21st century attempt to bridge the hostel/hotel boat experience - venture was called Wandering Duck. I think they stopped a couple of years ago. Prices worked out per berth per trip for a few nights and helped as much as you wanted. Smart boat and looked a lot of fun but definitely modern facilities. Land based hostels went from bunk beds in barns to hotel style rooms, hostel boats evolved too. If glamping is glorified camping then maybe a new iteration of hostel boats could be called gloating - an old working boat, tarped over, shower room, 8 bunks, some Indian rugs and throws, a wood burner and loads of USB points!
  14. Fantastic. Same age as my dad and his mates. They're still up for the canals but can't imagine them, me or you thinking it would be a laugh to get in that bateau for so long regardless of where it was floating. Hat is off and double respect; yep the cool dude had to be French!
  15. Last week TomTom satnav told us to 'take the ferry'. We were the wrong side of the harbour and it wanted to take us to Ireland and back to get to the other side.
  16. Exactly. I remember my supervisor at uni telling a tutorial group about the importance of offsite backups. She put it along the lines of 'imagine how awful it would be if your home burns down, now imagine how much worse it would be if you also lost your dissertation and final year's work in the process.' She was trying to encourage her students to leave regular backups with family or friend living in a different building. Just didn't help that she articulated this as the need to always carry a floppy around in your pocket 😮
  17. Yep, don't rely on third parties ie; anyone else's cloud. Some people do, you haven't done so far, so all sounds good. Whatever you decide on, keep it in house. Crucial backups can be done onto any appropriate size storage medium if necessary, I swap files regularly on an old SD card and they then get pasted to a couple of spinning rust hard drives. No idea about current drives but surprised to hear that WD now are a bit rubbish. They always used to be pretty reliable.
  18. If anyone needs an extra pair of hands or just walking company in the area, I live near lock 65 and can add a bit of extra middle aged lock work if needed. If I'm not on my own boat, I'd be glad to help passage/company for any boat coming through this way.
  19. Realistically, D and A are both probably retired by now. But, in 1991, if they were very good at welding, had an understanding of the NB evolution, had marine engineering contacts who could fit appropriate engines and others who could fit them out then it could well be a good boat. If if is nearly three decades old, well kept and you like it, I guess it's not a basketcase.
  20. I've seen home builds that have been incredibly well thought out labours of love and the next owner is grateful to get the opportunuity to take it on. Maybe they only built one, but heck, it was a good one. On the other hand anyone could string together some oil drums with a bit of scaffolding, a shed, and call it a 'desirable floating abode'.
  21. at least the plastic duck is only one step removed from a real duck and not that strange place called apolloduck Yesterday on the Peak Forest I saw a weird purple/green/blue duck. It shimmered like covered in fuel but obviously healthy. Now I look on Google they're quite common!
  22. Taken in the spirit the comment was meant Tumsh :-) Best wishes to the happy couple xx eta: Welcome Catali and sorry for diverting your post. No idea about the builder but that's not to be negative. There have been loads of builders who have only done a few boats but that's not to say they're no good. Build spec, recent survey etc. Look at those.
  23. Bloomin' 'eck. Last time I looked there were over 20,000 member on this forum. Sorry Tumsh, just had to be pedantic 😉 xx
  24. Yes, the 'measurable gap' can be anything. BSS guy said I could have got away with the 2*950mm gap between the doors. Without gas prob able to be a bit more lenient but it had enough anyway with the Louvre.
  25. Can't answer that but I too would be interested to know if someone else can provide one. I'd already got the plywood door in place and my boat in the water before realising that as the opening vents in the side of the hull weren't 'fixed' they couldn't be counted. Consequently, I had to cut the hole in a rush with a pad-saw and it's not the prettiest job on the inside so I thought about tidying it up with another louvre sandwiching the ply. Didn't do it though because I didn't know how an examiner would calculate the airspace with one on each side and didn't want to necessitate a re-test which would have meant more time and money wasted on another short term licence (boat had never been on CaRT waters before and never had a BSS cert so couldn't get a long term licence until I had the BSS pass).
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