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  1. Horace42

    Time to go

    Extract from message from CRT - Richard Parry - just received by email: '... we are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel. As a result, and to help those who live-aboard (along with those who would need to travel to their boat in order to move it) we are suspending the requirement to move every 14 days. The suspension will be kept under review in line with revised government guidance, applying initially until 14 April....'
  2. ....and will you be able to get fully comp insurance on it.....?
  3. Except during construction...the noise will come from 'passing' traisn. Loud or not, soon out of earshot - and psychologically, as you know what it is - and gone in seconds - (thus ignored - and out of mind).....unlike, by comparison, for example, to noise from adjacent boats with engines running at unsociable hours - with no sign of any let up....! That is what irritates me.
  4. It is not beyond the wit of engineers and physicists to invent ways of providing 'heat' without CO2 emissions, or by containing it at source, or even collecting it afterwards. The blunt instrument of banning the use of fuel that causes the problem would just delay the solution - until the loss of 'heat' becomes serious and/or the alternative' fuel runs out. A tourniquet around the neck is a quick fix for a nose bleed.
  5. Thanks. There's great merit in what you say. A temporary marina makes sense if we 'live' on our boat in between selling and buying. Many years ago - first thinking of moving but in those days to a canal-side property - we would find a place for sale - moor up moor - knock on the door with a hold-all full of money and pay cash. But what is the price? Do you have any prices for non-rusting metal?
  6. Thanks Sea Dog for your kind thoughts. No complaints - and many happy years of boating. Goodness knows how much money (and time working on it) we have spent. An ignorance stemming from a simple 3 question philosophy on life when we have a free choice: Do we want it? Can we afford it? Do we need it? If a definite yes-yes-yes, then we go for it. Only 1 'no' usually kills it. Edit. Re keeping our boat, it gets 3 no's.
  7. Interesting point about stray electrics --- my boat at the end of my garden (unused and occupied for most of the year) is permanently connected to a 230vac land line (but fitted with galvanic isolators) If pitting takes place in the unpainted areas, even a brand new boat can have bare patches due to scratches - where the electric current focuses - then I imagine my boat would be full of holes by now - but is not - being absolutely dry in the bilge. Rain-water gets into the engine bilge when the covers are not on - and is pumped out when necessary.
  8. Yes! it was tongue -in-cheek on my part. Sorry.... it is my dry sense of humour frivolously creeping into a serious question about the longevity of a steel narrowboat. ........... and please don't call me Shirley!
  9. Yes Alan, I agree with you wholeheartedly about the surveyor... . Yes an 'opinion' - not traceable to any national standards for hull thickness - but based on many years of experience - and delivered with smug arrogance....a waste of money .... but regretfully a procedure embedded in the boat ownership 'system'. As you probably know know better than me, CRT with compulsory 3rd party insurance, and the insurers particularly for fully comp, make regular surveys mandatory for valuation. Having jumped through the hoops I am insured ...... except in my case .... although the insurance company might have to pay me for the 'loss' of my boat, and CRT for cost of emergency removal of an obstruction to navigation), there is a risk they might ague I am not insured for the latter, and sue me to recover their costs in excess of the insured value. It all comes down to trust I suppose....or lack of in my case. All on the more reason to give up boating.
  10. I vaguely recall I was told (by boatyards, mariners, BSS MOT people, paint-makers etc) that blacking was required for insurance purposes.
  11. Alan. I think I read your original article. It was one of the reasons I decided not to have my boat replated. No regrets. If I find one, I will let the new owner decide what to do with it.
  12. Thanks David. I will check out Kedian - but honestly as part of a puzzle to complete the picture, rather than any serious intention having the work done.
  13. Thanks Bee. I think you have summed it up quite well. You mention eBay - I will have a look.
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