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RichM

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  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. As some will know, I sold my Liverpool Boat earlier this year to go "back to land". While it may be more practical given the current "climate", I know I belong on the water, so I still keep looking at boats for the future and would eventually like to get a circa 60ft Black Prince boat, I think? One of the things I hated about my boat is that it seemed that the designer had aesthetics as his/her priority following the professional refit she had circa 10 years ago. Things were not easily accessible, many things I needed to get at (e.g. battery bank) were a nightmare to get to and routine maintenance tasks were quite often a royal PITA. The interior woodwork was also done to such a high standard that replacing any of it (e.g. due to water/condensation damage etc) required someone more skilled than I to refurbish it back to original standard. - A problem I did not forsee when I bought her 5 years ago. Am I right in thinking that Black Prince boats being ex-hire boats make life a little easier in this regard? Also, I imagine the hulls are built to be stronger and the interiors more durable than your average Liverpool Boat construction? I don't know why though I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Black Prince boats though right now there doesn't appear to be much available on Apolloduck! Cheers Rich
  8. Patience. The VNC server has to index new content, while it's fast it's not instant.
  9. Great idea until the next owner in years to come takes the boat out onto the wash only to find water ingress due to a rusty bolt where you'd hope not to find one!
  10. Only kept them down on wide canals with double locks at least.
  11. Interesting. Something I've always wondered - What happens to boats with permanent moorings on the severn? I know they're few and far between but I've definitely seen them.
  12. Without naming names or going into specifics, there was a time some 3-4 years back when a couple former members were receiving a lot of abuse on a third party site which was being referenced here. I vaguely recall putting a check/filter in place so that these links were first reviewed by the Moderator team to ensure that the content was not abusive or otherwise inappropriate for a family forum such as this. Most members act in a civil & respectful manner and as such the use of this functionality is extremely limited/virtually non-existent in comparison to other sites, simply because it's not really necessary here. All I'm going to say is that there's absolutely no animosity here and appreciate that the now defunct filter in question may have seemed somewhat inappropriate on this occasion though it was originally set with the best of intentions to help protect those in question at that time.
  13. By default Alan de Enfield will be notified when he receives replies to this topic. If you're referring to the topic which was hidden, I have no idea. - I am not a moderator and have no visibility over what they do though from what I recall users will usually be informed if their topic is removed/hidden by a Moderator for any reason.
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