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  1. My boat had the same issue. I ended up painting it. Although I love the traditional wood effect, I can see why people paint them inside. It's seemingly impossible to keep the interior woodwork in perfect condition. It was one of my main frustrations as a liveaboard!
  2. I think ElasticSearch which powers VNC is one of the last services to start following a reboot but when I monitored it, it all happened very quickly.
  3. On that occasion, the server was rebooted, that's why. It only takes a few seconds but an error will show very briefly. Nothing to do with VNC per se.
  4. No, I don't agree with tipping. - There's a lot of people who work equally as hard who do not or cannot receive tips. Whether it be someone on a supermarket checkout or a nurse. If they want more money they should put their prices up, or if they feel they don't get paid enough, perhaps find another employer!
  5. If you move your boat frequently, who's to say you "live" there? After all, narrowboats are not built to be static. Truth is, many liveaboards with a permanent mooring don't always have a residential one. As mentioned on here, they are hard to come by often because of planning requirements etc.
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  7. My boat had both. The Eberspacher would suffice until outside temperature dropped to about 5-6°C. When it was really cold I'd use both, otherwise alternate between the two throughout the day. I previously had a 15 year old D5 Eberspacher which stopped working 2-3 times a year, on paper it was overpowered for the boat though you wouldn't have noticed it in its latter years. I replaced it with a new & smaller D4 and it was much more reliable and heated up quicker. The idea was that it would have to work harder than a D5 and in theory less prone to coking up inside which can be a common complaint if they are underworked. Not sure if Gloucester is too far from you but I very much recommend Dale at AC Automotive who specialises in Webasto and Eberspacher heating systems. When my original Eber developed a fault, he would loan me another while he repaired mine. I thought this was great. https://www.ac-automotive.co.uk/canal-boats/
  8. Unfortunately there is no useful information in the logs as to why this happens and the service always needs restarting to bring it back to life. There does not appear to be any major change in server resource utilisation at the time when the search engine fell over, so no explanation there either. All I know is that it only happens when it's running on the same server as the rest of the site. If the search engine (ElasticSearch) is hosted on a separate server, the issue does not appear to occur or at least from previous testing. A cron job to restart the service periodically and/or a script to auto restart the service when/if it goes down may help but it isn't really getting to the root of the issue hence I never did either of those, though I think it's either that or move elasticsearch to another server or upgrade/replace the existing one, unless anyone has any better ideas.
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  12. If it's priced accordingly, i.e. to factor in the lack of maintenance then I wouldn't necessarily discount it if it otherwise ticks all your boxes, but I would definitely have a survey done. If any issues are highlighted during the survey, you can potentially use it as a negotiating point to bring the price down.
  13. RichM

    BSS. ??

    Not surprised reading this. I had my BSS cert done two years ago, not very thorough. Without meaning to sound disrespectful, the chap was far too big to get into the nooks and crannies and have a proper look. The only things he really checked were the smoke/carbon monoxide alarms along with the fire extinguishers. I had someone else check it over not long after. He also did another boat next to mine at the time and commented that the electrics were not earthed properly, but issued a certificate anyway. No doubt the owner would have given him a hard time if he didn’t pass it. I can imagine many people would be less willing to part with their cash without a certificate in their hand. It’s too easy for rogue examiners to avoid any potential aggro by just signing a piece of paper and then being done with it.
  14. Some people say you don't find a boat, the boat finds you. My advice is to spend time looking and figure out what kind of boat you need, they all have different layouts, different quirks. Some are designed and suitable for liveaboard, others not so. Work out what your priorities are for a boat and aim to find one which ticks most boxes, while also remembering you will probably have to make some compromises/sacrifices somewhere unless you have one built to your specification. (££££££££) Some boat brokers will give you the keys and let you look at boats on your own which may help give you an idea as to what would suit most. There's also many useful Youtube channels which share some insight but be mindful that not all are experienced boaters.
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