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  1. Thanks for the idea of the rubber mats. Do you have a link for them? Edit, don't worry, found it! https://www.homebase.co.uk/rubber-interlocking-mat-black_p377115
  2. Many thanks for all the responses. I am aware of the problems caused by damp, but this appears to be something much more vicious, as the bags have only been up there a matter of days, and it does look like spots of paint stripper have been dripped on the roof. I took a picture, I hope it appears here. The top coat was wrinkled and softened, it just rubbed off when touched. It's dried flaky now. Bit annoying as I touched up all the rough bits of the roof last year. Lucky I still have some paint left!
  3. A couple of weeks ago I stocked up with half a dozen sacks of Excel, stuck them on the roof, as I had done in the past, and was surprised to find when I took one down that there was a patch where the top coat of paint had been stripped off. (Wrinkled and softened) Plenty of people seem to store coal on the roof, presumably without problems. It's Rylard enamel paint. What causes this, and is there any way of stopping it?
  4. Hello, Happy New Year, and thanks for all the posts. While there is a small part of me that would have loved to buy the boat mentioned (was it really three years ago!) I'm afraid that in the end I plumped for the safe course and went for one with a standard, boring, but ultimately cheap and easy, Beta 43. I did weigh up all the pros and cons, and this forum has been very helpful in that respect, with many useful tips. I have to admit I admire passing Gardner's with some degree of envy!
  5. Thank you, all, for your very interesting and varied comments. Of course there will have been similar discussions before, and I'm sure this won't be the last. This shows that it is an important subject. If you haven't already seen it, the "How to be a considerate boater" pages have a great deal of information that I have found useful in the past. (http://www.willowwrentraining.co.uk/considerate/howto.html) This is what they say about passing moored boats: also: I was honestly surprised at the number of boaters (hirers and others) who cruise past with hardly any reduction in their normal speed. Not a huge deal, but it is inconsiderate. Even tied up like a kipper, with springs normally reserved for rivers, you can sometimes hear the ropes groaning under the strain. And yet, it's clear that some just don't recognise it as a concern. I'm sure we have all seen boats cast adrift after their pins have been pulled out. I was also dismayed by the amount of rubbish left along the canals. The GU near London is in a class of its own here, but this is even apparent out in the countryside. Some of it clearly not left by boaters, but equally, some definitely was. Fenders, plant pots, solar led flowers, a disposable barbeque, even a lifebouy were all items that we picked up or picked out of the hedgerow on our travels. I'm quite sure that no one on the forum would do this sort of thing, but perhaps if we all encourage each other to clear up some litter as we go along and dispose of it properly we could all do our bit to help keep the canals cleaner and tidier.
  6. Just been on an extended canal stay, which was most enjoyable, but I only have two things to say to fellow canal users: 1. Please, slow down when you're passing moored boats. 2. TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME WITH YOU It's not too much to ask, is it?
  7. Thanks again. I have to admit now that it's not my pic, and not my boat! I just googled "narrowboat dolly" images and found this thread here: I've tried to attach an actual pic of my boat's dolly...
  8. Doh! It never occurred to me that it might not be to do with tying things up! Thanks all for your very speedy replies.
  9. Quick question: why do many dollies (that you attach lines to at the stern) have a round cylindrical object at the top, but only on one of the two. I'll try to attach an image to illustrate....
  10. Many thanks for the replies and the sage advice. I have the luxury of not being in a hurry to buy, so I will continue to look out for my perfect boat (if such a thing exists!) I can quite see that having an old engine could become an addiction. By the way, the 4LK in the OP has a PRM750 with a trolling valve, is that a 'good thing'? I haven't been able to obtain any more details about it, the prop, or the condition.
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    Hello, I'm new here, and have been reading up on this engine and Gardners in general. I am flirting with the, probably very bad, idea of buying a 60' narrowboat that has one fitted. From what I have found so far, I gather that although it's a great engine, parts are difficult to come by, servicing could be a nightmare, and it is probably/certainly overpowered for this type of boat. I think I would be buying an 'engine with a boat', as opposed to a 'boat with an engine'. Would this purchase be a folly, a liability, a very expensive hobby, or a good investment? I would be interested to hear any comments and ratings on my enthusiasm or stupidity.
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