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tehmarks

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  1. I've made my mind up what I'm going to do (buy the boat), and I'm looking for informed opinion on something I don't really have the knowledge to form an opinion on (how urgently a loose prop will need looking at). The opinion is clearly that it needs looking at urgently, so that is what I'll do. What I do have is a rough idea of what it could cost me, and I'm perfectly happy with that.
  2. Not that particular broker, no. I don't consider that I'm relying on the survey; it was good confirmation of the impression I got with my own eyes while poking around the bits you might expect to be rusty, damp or dodgy, and I'm happy with the risk I'm taking on by not having a survey carried out myself. And when I sink in three months time, you can tell me you told me so! That's all the information I need. You are right, I'm certain the cost is the reason it wasn't addressed while it was out of the water, but I'm also confident it'll cost less to resolve than what I've negotiated off the asking price. And I think the original asking price was otherwise very fair - so I'm happy. Out of the water it will come.
  3. I'm currently in the process of buying a boat (😁). The vendor recently commissioned a survey and the boat is very evidently in very good condition, so I don't feel the need to commission my own survey and thus the boat doesn't need to come out of the water. The blacking is in good condition too and won't need redoing for a while. Except that one of the few things the survey did pick up on, and the only thing that'd require it to come out of the water to be rectified, is that the prop is loose and is able to rotate about 5 degrees in either direction around the taper. I don't have any experience of loose props or any real knowledge of why it might be loose, and it'd be much more convenient if fixing it could be deferred - if not until the boat next needs to come out of the water (next winter at the earliest), then at least a few months - June would be ideal. Is it something that likely needs immediate attention, or is it something that might be able to wait a while? Obviously if it needs to come out it needs to come out, I have no problem with that, just wondering if it's the sort of thing that could wait until a more convenient time? My range over the next six months won't be more tha 100 miles or so, all on canals. Obviously I won't be going anywhere near rivers while there are any questions or doubts. (If you're wondering why it's my problem rather than a useful bargaining chip - I struck what I think is a very good deal for the hassle of dealing with the survey recommendations myself, and it was reflected in the price).
  4. tehmarks

    Why!?

    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.
  5. Frog in your throat? ?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I did wonder whether something had drastically changed in the past two years...glad to hear that's not the case!
  9. It is indeed. Are you familiar with the boat?
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. From the Maritime and Coastguard Agency via Facebook It's a work of pure fiction, it would seem.
  13. 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.
  14. tehmarks

    Why!?

    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...?
  15. tehmarks

    Why!?

    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?
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