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Leemc

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  1. Leemc

    2nd viewing this week- one bit advice

    Thanks again, so much good sense. Completely happy with seller and history etc and they're completely ok for no rush transaction with survey. The recent survey is being sent to me electronically tomorrow so will post gist of that later. thanks again
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    2nd viewing this week- one bit advice

    Thanks for all your advice. I took it all onboard and acted on it! Think we are ready to proceed. The boat had a full survey less than 3 years ago. Following that the hull was taken back to steel and treated with a 2 pack epoxy. i really don't want to have another survey on the hull, scrapping off loads of patches to test, leaving us with lots of patches to re treat, when in reality everything should be in perfect order anyway. Am I mad or is it a sensible gamble? cheers again.
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    2nd viewing this week- one bit advice

    Ordered a socket tester
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    2nd viewing this week- one bit advice

    Brilliant. cheers again for insight
  5. Leemc

    2nd viewing this week- one bit advice

    Great stuff, thanks everyone
  6. Hi all, Going for 2nd viewing this week on a second hand narrowboat. If all appears well , we will probably make an offer. if you had to offer one bit of advice for things to check/ ask, what would it be? We will survey further down the line. cheers in advance
  7. Leemc

    What tools

    Love it. Thanks all for scaring, amusing and confusing me along the thread. As well as some great points. When the boat is mine I think I will need to kidnap one of you experts for a day and get you explain exactly what is going on. Might take more than a day!
  8. Leemc

    What tools

    Hi all, will be buying first narrowboat soon and I was wondering what tools would you take on board? don't think the contents of my shed will fit Cheers
  9. Leemc

    Cruising near Skipton

    Thanks Robbo ( sorry about spell check earlier) you're spot o when going down- you have to empty bottom chamber before you empty top one. Instructions are there to follow. It was the bolt on the gate paddle that was broken last week. The idea of a gauge on wall for water level going up is a great one. The point has been made about locks"biting you" and this one has proved to have quite sharp teeth. The area is fantastic and really quiet, we will return
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    Cruising near Skipton

    Agreed Ribbon, in my ignorance I thought when the middle gates opened that was the signal that all was well to proceed. As I said it was a good learning experience !
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    Cruising near Skipton

    On the way down the Niagara falls from the leaky gates drowned me threatened the galley area. On the way up we levelled the water between the two locks and opened the gates. As we moved into second chamber the front became wedged on cill between chambers. The front of boat started to point skyward and water swept across back, swamping engine. The crew hadn't opened all four gates/ground culverts into top chamber, 1 was broken (so there wasn't enough water to allow us to clear cill). Opened all and pulled boat through lock using ropes. Good learning experience but a bit hairy for a minute or two. And yes we had closed paddles behind us.
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    Cruising near Skipton

    Just spent ace few days on a boat cruising from Skipton and would like to make couple of points. So quiet, went hours on end without meeting other boats. Swing bridges, how on earth do single handers cope with these? Bingley locks amazing canal feature with fantastic lock keepers. But holy cow the next lock at Dorley Gap is a leaking, dangerous monstrosity of a double staircase. We had two horrible experiences going down then back up. Badly needs sorting or a CRT helper. We struggled and are pretty experienced!
  13. Just spent ace few days on a boat cruising from Skipton and would like to make couple of points. So quiet, went hours on end without meeting other boats. Swing bridges, how on earth do single handers cope with these? Bingley locks amazing canal feature with fantastic lock keepers. But holy cow the next lock at Dorley Gap is a leaking, dangerous monstrosity of a double staircase. We had two horrible experiences going down then back up. Badly needs sorting or a CRT helper. We struggled and are pretty experienced!
  14. Leemc

    Battery charging

    Thanks Loafer, very sound advice. I will follow up
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