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  1. Arthur, I sympathise with your predicament. Chewbacka in #17 has summed up my feelings. Bad neighbours could spell disaster when in a static home, and not much you can do about it, except move (probably at a serious loss in value). Many of your gripes about mooring are 'see-able/hear-able' when looking for somewhere to moor - so pick one that suits (and like us, you probably do anyway). Unfortunately we have to take a chance on noisy/smelly engines being run during unsociable hours - albeit a nuisance, but we have the option of moving on. I wouldn't give up boating just for the reasons you give. Notwithstanding, most of your the gripes are valid, but probably of less concern to us, because we are faced with the prospect of giving up boating ourselves due to various physical limitations that have crept up on us in our old age. Handling a 15 ton boat itself, along with lock gates, paddles, lift/swing bridges, etc, (not helped by poor maintenance). We have to recognise that it puts us at risk of serious harm in an accident due to our weakness when sudden calls for extra strength are required.
  2. Good point. I like the idea of bio friendly washing up liquid (soap and shampoo as well) - for those who want to avoid making grey water in the first place - and when coupled to more hostile things like bleach, etc - if such a bio friendly thing is available - then helped with 'official guidance. Somewhat along the lines of rules now to prevent discharging bilge water contaminated with oil and diesel into the canal. It would certainly be a start in the right direction
  3. Lots of good advice already given. But look at it from the logistics angle. How many boats have you looked at? How long have you been looking? How many more will you have to look at, and how long will it take to find another boat you like? If the batteries are the only 'sticking' point here, then it is easily fixed by replacing them - a few minutes work (metaphorically), and you're as good as new - and something you can leave until later. It is all very well measuring the voltage - but the question is how long they hold their charge - which a lot depends on the load. The basic test is to see if the engine bursts into life instantly when the start button is pushed - or does the engine struggle - or worse just an ominous click? ....and for fun, put the gearbox in drive to give some extra load for starting. Try it a few times in quick succession. If the engine starts OK, you have a functional boat. I appreciate this is a test for the starter battery, but very important because everything else falls into place, where the domestic batteries (how many?) are usually separate from the starter battery, thus can be charged and kept going until it becomes a nuisance - especially if you have to run the engine whilst moored in order to watch TV at night. That will be the time to replace them....as other boaters are likely to tell you......... If however, the engine does not start, then you might have grounds for a reduction in price, albeit the seller will need to fit new batteries to get the boat running - so you pay the full price, but at least you know the batteries are good.
  4. ....interesting....is there a 'diesel conditioning' product available that can be used to boost old diesel? I've got a 5 gal drum full of diesel about 15 years old......
  5. They probably can hear it. They are just not bothered by it.....!
  6. From what you say I am inclined to agree....perhaps not. Probably a logistics problem the marina could not cope with...but I was thinking along the lines of a special arrangement. Alternatively, in this mobile phone control age, consider some sort of remote sensor, camera and switching device....backed up by someone local able to visit the boat if called in to deal with emergencies.
  7. Thanks for the link. But I was curious about what it might cost for a narrowboat. Has anybody had it done?
  8. I completely drain my boat and put antifreeze in the engine and central heating system. I run a dehumidifier and a trickle-charger, both on a timer - and leave a couple of lights on ( a 'lived-in' look to tow path users). l have an EOG mooring so electric power failure would not go unnoticed. A marina could provide this for the OP.
  9. Just had a look at the links. Amazing ! What sort of cost ??.
  10. A boat pulled in and moored close behind us.... they said it was because they had tried to moor a number of times, but because it was shallow, they couldn't get in close enough. Their logic was that as our boat was tight to the bank it was likely to be deep enough for them as well. Another time, a boat pulled in, used our mooring pin temporarily until they hammered their's in. Then unloaded a noisy smelly generator. Hopped back on board to watch TV (noisy as well.)
  11. There would be an underlying policy document - from which there is an assumption you compy with all the terms - leaving lots of wriggle room to avoid paying out..... What would be useful here, is for victims of claims rejected by 'clever' clauses to tell us.
  12. Yes, and probably a boat stuck in a lock would add a bit of interest and excitement to their walk along the canal....
  13. I am guessing about the cause. What if the boat was going up, but for whatever reason, at about half full, changed their minds, and decided to empty the lock to back out, or maybe if single-handed, open the gates to share it with a following boat. And then not realising it, the bow was caught on the cill........the lock rapidly refilled hoping to 'cure' the problem - but not with any success. ... although it does not explain how the lock became almost full with a completely submerged boat.... PS. Sorry. Did not see the previous comments along these lines. I started writing yesterday -
  14. ...... 2 days is a bit ambitious .... but possible at 12 hours per day. Personally it would take me a week or more. But if a 14 or 15 hour day is necessary to meet a strict timetable, would there be restrictions on using manned locks on the Severn and Avon? ...or can you travel all night if need be. .
  15. ...and also if the boat, due to old age, got unknowingly wider - that the insurance company could say was due to lack lack of proper maintenance....
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