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  1. tehmarks


    Because I'm self-employed with odd and long working hours, and in busy periods I frequently work longer than two weeks without a day off. I was continuously cruising - legitimately and without taking the mick - and so some dead-of-night locking was par for the course unfortunately.
  2. Frog in your throat? 😉
  3. It works very well, though you have to keep an eye on it to stop it boiling over if your stove is doing anything more than ticking over.
  4. It might just be me (though judging by the confusion in the thread possibly not!), but I would take 'survey' to mean an out-of-the-water hull survey.
  5. I did wonder whether something had drastically changed in the past two years...glad to hear that's not the case!
  6. It is indeed. Are you familiar with the boat?
  7. Very aware of the problems that generators can pose, as a long-time lurker and previous liveaboard. I came to the conclusion last time that running the engine to charge batteries didn't seem optimal from a wear or a cost perspective, and spent two years on the cusp of buying a generator despite having a perfectly capable modern engine to charge with. Everything is a compromise, eh?
  8. I was already suspecting a lack of alternator and planning to need a generator for power and charging. That's no real hardship though. No. 2 mostly applies. I wouldn't say that I'm into vintage diesels specifically, but into the sort of boat that's likely to have a vintage diesel in it - tug-style with back cabin and engine room. Owning a vintage diesel doesn't put me off, but I do want a much more realistic idea of what I'd be getting myself into. And no key-operated electric start - this particular engine is apparently hand-cranked! No premium involved that I can see in this case.
  9. From the Maritime and Coastguard Agency via Facebook It's a work of pure fiction, it would seem.
  10. Currently looking with interest at a boat that ticks almost all of the boxes I'd like ticking, within budget, and will be arranging to go view in person as soon as I can find time. The thing is...it has a vintage engine. A Gardner 1L2*, to be exact. I'm certainly not adverse to putting time and effort into the upkeep and maintenance of the engine...but I don't have the first clue about vintage engines as things stand. Can anyone give me an idea of the usual regular maintenance requirements that are needed to keep such an engine in good condition (beyond the usual oil and filters changes that modern engines need), and how much time I could expect to invest in it? And for bonus points, how easily it'll be to acquire the knowledge and skills to keep on top of regular maintenance myself? * - I understand this might be a bit 'weedy' for a boat of any decent length, but I figure that's something I'll soon notice on a test cruise if it's a problem.
  11. tehmarks


    Oh yes, I forgot about the roof leak around the Paloma chimney, and the flooding of the bilge with a full tank of water when the pipework froze. And yet I'm still not put off? Sanity is being questioned, for sure. Thankfully I suspect it might take a while to find the ideal boat this time around, so plenty of time to reconsider...😉
  12. tehmarks


    I can remember very clearly my first and only stint of living aboard...two years of temperamental access to electricity, of arriving back home after days away for work to a damp and freezing cold boat in the depths of winter, and of moving the boat in the pitch dark after work when all I wanted to do was cook and sleep. ...and yet, here I am, longing to live on the cut again as a continuous cruiser and very seriously looking at boats (from afar thankfully, currently in the Alps). Boat life - you really can't beat it, can you?
  13. Hi all, I had some engine cooling problems last night, and need to pick up a new cap on the way home tonight. Unfortunately I didn't have a look at the cap last night and I'm nowhere near the boat currently. Does anyone know off the top of their heads what I need?
  14. Apologies for the late reply - I ran away to Cornwall for a week! Some options to look into, thank you all who've contributed.
  15. I don't have to be moving south, but I wouldn't like to head much further north than Braunston. Suggestions on the K&A or Oxford Canals are also welcome, as that'd fit with my future plans.
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