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PeterCr

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  • Birthday 09/09/1956

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  1. PeterCr

    How hot was it in your boat today?

    It would certainly make life interesting! A few deadly snakes and spiders might go along with them.
  2. PeterCr

    How hot was it in your boat today?

    You lot make me laugh. We're from Australia and by our standards it's a cool summers day here today. Hot is 36 to 42. 45 when it gets there. Where we are today it's 28. We spoke to several people today who complained that it's too hot to get on the water. Make the most of it, it's probably going to be 18 and raining soon.
  3. PeterCr

    GU Leicester currently unavigable

    It's open again, they had the pound filled (and those above it sufficient for navigation) by just after lunch. This morning there was 2 guys there who knew exactly what they were doing. They were local, lived less than a mile or 3 away, and knew every lock and pound. They were on call yesterday all day (and one even complained that he couldn't have a drink as he was on call) and they were never called. Instead of calling the guys who knew the area and were ready to go they called someone who had no idea, not her fault. The 2 guys were quite disappointed they weren't called, they said they would have worked through the night to get the water up, but they didn't know. At least they got started this morning and by about a bit after lunchtime it was navigable. Disappointing to see that the workboats had windows smashed and anything else available destroyed, including all the wiring for the machinery pulled out and trashed.
  4. PeterCr

    GU Leicester currently unavigable

    Yes exactly. I asked the woman why she didn't know and she said they were emergency staff and they had to cover an area from Wales in the West down to about Stratford, and here and somewhere high up to the North. She'd never been here before. I asked if she had some sort of map or other information from CRT showing the reservoirs or other useful information and she said that she had nothing.
  5. Currently we're stuck on the GU coming out of Leicester going south. Late this afternoon some kids have completely drained a pound a couple of locks up from where we are at bridge 105. I've had a look and it's about 6 inches deep. They also untied some CRT workboats which have floated all round the canal and have smashed all the windows on the boats. There's a woman from CRT there and another person coming but although they've closed the paddles they don't know where water will come from, so can't comment on whether it will be up tomorrow or not. If you're heading this way I'd take it easy until there's more news. Not good for us if it's a long process, no winding holes anywhere around here. Cheers
  6. PeterCr

    What is the rough cost of a new gearbox?

    Yes we're thinking of that too, and today I'll be looking at hire boats as we would dearly like a month or so on the water this summer, so perhaps it's a hire boat again and get serious about buying a little down the track as you suggest. Maybe the perfect boat will come up as we're hiring, who knows. One issue also is that we are looking for a nice boat in reverse layout. There are very few really good reverse layout boats on the market, and we keep hearing that reverse layout is what everyone else wants, probably for the same reasons. So we're wondering if we should just forget about the reverse layout and look at traditional layouts. More to choose from.
  7. PeterCr

    What is the rough cost of a new gearbox?

    Yes quite. I have thought of that and it's one of the reasons I'm considering coming over now. Summer is almost upon us and I haven't found the perfect boat yet so if we want to do some boating this summer that might have to be it!
  8. PeterCr

    What is the rough cost of a new gearbox?

    Hi Mike, my wife is English (well now Australian but originally from Nottingham) and we've been over there many times and hired many times over the years. Usually a month at a time, and as I'm now retired and she's retiring we'd love to do longer periods, including quite a few months this year then about 6 next year. Beyond a certain point it doesn't make so much sense hiring. As well as that this is our retirement activity, and as we can afford it we'd like our own boat. As for coming over I've spent months tossing up with that. It's not quite as easy as staying in a B & B and looking at boats. We've got quite specific ideas about what we're looking for and are looking at the higher end of the market cost wise, and there's very few boats that come up that we'd seriously consider. And I know what we are looking for is what quite a few people are looking for, so actually buying a boat is quite hard when competing with everyone else who are looking at the same thing. I've seen boats that we might consider sell within hours. I saw a boat come up a couple of weeks ago that we'd consider, sold within about 8 hours. The cost of perhaps months of accommodation, plus the usual airfares and car hire, is also an issue. But more so the problem is what to do to fill in my time. A boat we'd consider might come up every few weeks, and in between I'd really have little to do. To give you an idea I've spent the day looking at boat for sale websites (I've got about 60) and see one boat we'd look at seriously at the moment. (I am right now trying to follow up with a contact over there about that boat.) That being said I'm considering coming over now, and I'm looking at accommodation options, but even if I come now there's not much to look at along the lines of what we're looking for. I've watched the market for a few years and in the past I'd have a bunch of boats to look at at any time. Not so much now. So trying to buy from here isn't simple. I know many people have bought from here sight unseen but in the current market by the time I've got in contact with a broker for some more photos (there's rarely any photos of the engine for instance) and asked for some more details of some specs I'd like to see the boat is sold. I tried one broker for extra photos recently and he wasn't interested. I assume he knows the boat will sell easily (it did), so he doesn't really need to bother with me. Not easy unfortunately.
  9. PeterCr

    What is the rough cost of a new gearbox?

    Thanks Sea Dog, it's not easy in the current market as a beginner. I'm doing my best and spending hours reading forums and researching online trying to learn as much as I can. Sadly from Australia it's doubly difficult and we've almost got to the stage of giving up and waiting to next season to see if the market cools down. Not an easy introduction into narrowboat buying for a first timer.
  10. PeterCr

    What is the rough cost of a new gearbox?

    Thanks guys, probably being too critical. Trying to tick too many boxes. As a first time buyer, it's hard to know exactly what to make an issue of and what not to. I did research Hurth gearboxes extensively, not having heard of them before. And I recall the comment somewhere here roughly along the lines of "every time I come across a boat sitting on the side of the canal with a gearbox in bits it's always a Hurth gearbox". So I figured I should make a few enquiries.
  11. PeterCr

    What is the rough cost of a new gearbox?

    Thanks Mike, Alan. I'm actually looking at buying a boat and I'm trying to educate myself about as much as I possibly can, being an inexperienced newbie to boat buying. I'm trying not to be a Joe Public with little or no idea, as Seadog has suggested in another thread that some buyers are. I figure it's better to ask the question than wonder. I've seen boats for sale with Hurth gearboxes, and after spending quite some time reading about Hurth gearboxes here I get the idea that they aren't the best gearbox around. So I thought if I was to buy a boat with a Hurth gearbox it wouldn't hurt to have some idea first what it would cost to replace the gearbox if it failed. Better to know and have some funds waiting rather than get a shock if it happens. Sounds like it could be a bit of a minefield though. Not easy to educate yourself when buying your first boat, though this forum is priceless. I'm learning - gradually. But I figure the real learning will start once I own a boat!
  12. The topic pretty much says it but I thought I'd enquire if anyone had any idea of the rough cost of buying and getting a mechanic to install a new gearbox, say a PRM 150? Does it vary much with the engine type? And what sorts of things should I be thinking about when considering getting a new gearbox? Thanks and cheers.
  13. PeterCr

    Should I buy one of these boats?

    At least if we had to change the name to Rats the signwriting would be cheap. Only 4 letters!
  14. PeterCr

    Should I buy one of these boats?

    I get the feeling the brokers don't have to try hard for sales at the moment. We saw a boat that we'd consider and so I emailed the broker asking for some extra photos of things that we couldn't see in the few photos they have put up, and for a few more details. 4 days and haven't even had a reply.
  15. PeterCr

    Should I buy one of these boats?

    A while ago I did look for someone like that, in the past Matty did that and I contacted him but he said he was a little busy and probably couldn't help so much in the current market anyway. He did produce a shortlist in the past but said it was hard to do so now when they were selling fast. I have more recently spoken to a surveyor and he's been great, even dropping in to view a boat for me when he was going past. I'm not so sure that he'd take on a lot more than that though, he surveys. But he has been great to date, though I've only asked about one boat. I have thought, and I think suggested here a while back, that there could be a business for someone over there who knows their stuff helping foreign buyers like us. I know quite a few people, including from here, have bought unseen, and a buyers agent would be extremely useful. I even suggested that a while back as a business idea to a liveaboard guy who wrote a boating newsletter but he wasn't interested. Whilst we live in Oz my wife is from Nottingham and still has family there. Our first trip was about 25 years ago in a 20 foot grp we borrowed from the inlaws. 5 weeks over the Llangollen and we were hooked. Couldn't do that now in a boat not much bigger than a bathtub though! Since then we've hired quite a few times and always loved it, usually a month or 5 weeks at a time. It pays to hire for 5 weeks, it costs roughly what marina costs and licence etc add up to for a year and there's no maintenance to pay. But this year we could do 2 trips, each about a month or more, but she retires next year (I'm retired already) and we'd like to do 6 months next year and following years. Hiring is fine for a month but for longer use it gets expensive and as we can afford it we'd like our own boat rather than a hire boat each time, though I know we could do long term hire. And whilst the value of the boat might drop you do have an asset you can sell when the time comes whilst hiring is money gone. Maintenance - well that's another issue but we'll just get on with that. And we're continually surprised at how many Aussies we meet on the cut when we're there. Plenty of us own a boat there and do back to back summers. Just not us yet but we're working on it! Sadly we moored up 2 years ago behind an Australian couple who were selling their boat, exactly what we wanted, but just a couple of years too early.
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