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Halsey last won the day on November 6 2018

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    Canals, Dogs, Model railways (ERA 3)

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    Retired at last!
  • Boat Name
    Horatio - Hardy 25
  • Boat Location
    Stourport Midlands

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  1. Buy good used - the worst boat I ever owned was a new build - you spend a season finding problems and sorting them before you can relax. So 1-2 years waiting for a slot, 1 season building, and then 1 season sorting - who has 4 years of their life to waste AND whilst boats are generally pretty good at holding their value the first year is a bad year for depreciation. Lots of boats around that are nearly new and well priced £60-80K unless you are looking for a top named builder..... What about the Brinklow Sailaway at Norton Canes - the shell and engine alone are worth £70k.
  2. Bring Out Another Thousand.......... I rate Rugby very highly and their integrity/process - as to your other comments I couldn't possibly comment - BUT remember they are working for the owner and are very good at achieving quick sales so get on their email list and be prepared to travel the day after you get a notification I'd like to say this will be a fun process - the end product will hopefully be worth it but the process particularly at the moment will be fraught!
  3. Proper paint jobs start around £5k and range to £15K - they are called "maintenance" and add limited value unless just done and you know by whom and can see pictures of before and after - they are however one of the main reasons a boat is put up for sale and a good bargaining point for you - don't rule out doing it yourself On price/valuation quite simply you don't know enough to make sense of it but generally brokers are pretty accurate - they don't want boats on their books for ages - that is where a private boat will sometimes catch you out they may be pushing too hard and not finding a broker to agree to sell at their figure so they try it themselves
  4. Wow where to start................. Deciding on your budget is pretty critical and whether the reasons for high price are an issue for you like who built it what vintage engine is inside and what level of electrical provision you want being a particular one - IMHO you don't need to go over over £60k and for under £40k you will be buying work or compromises I wouldn't buy privately but that'd just me and it depends on budget as cheaper boats say below £30k tend to transact without brokers (all of these are generalisations but based on 50 years experience and ownership of app 15 very different boats over that time). I'm not so keen on the reputable broker philosophy as there are good and bad but I would rather buy the right boat than worry too much about which broker - BUT you do need to understand who you are dealing with so you react accordingly. You will get many opinions on here as to who are good and bad based on hearsay and direct experience so work out which is which. Based on actual experience I would be careful buying from Whilton/Venetian and GHBS and would have no issues buying from Rugby Braunston Longport Limekiln and ABNB - many others are available.......... If you are a real newbie HIRE first and look at as many boats as you can in your local area and definitely visit the Braunston Triangle. That will get this topic going so lets see what others have to say ............. Just noticed you have a connection to Langley Mill so visit Paul Barbers Yard and go and see Ian Parrott at New and Used both are boaters and both will give you good advice
  5. Hartford used to be a great Marina - in the 70's my parents bought a Carrington ex hire from Erith and they restored it and kept it there
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  7. Many thanks for all that - I've looked at other pics and there is no trim tab - the anodes are relatively new - rudder kit ordered as I might as well as she is coming out and marina manoeuvring is very tight around some very posh boats. Thanks for the manual link J
  8. Just ordered a rudder/hydrofin kit as boat coming out next week so no time to wait and deliberate hopefully £200 well spent This my leg - 1988 vintage - don't know what model it is
  9. I suspect its all about 5 tons with 150HP v 20 tons with 18hp! Once my morse cable is chawed and the controls work smoothly and can be relied upon I suspect I will do better BUT I didn't know about bolt on rudders so that might be a good thing as there is a lot of slow speed manoeuvring in the marina to get to our berth. Is this a normal thing to do or is it a bit like trining wheels on a bike?? Also would a bigger/smaller wheel help with or without a lorry drivers handle?? Cheers
  10. I'm already finding the downside to (Volvo) sterndrives firstly the bl**dy thing won't go in a straight line - driver error I suspect🙃. Secondly you have to take it out of the water even just to change the morse cable - as is happening next week. The trouble is our chosen boat only came sail drive or sterndrive not shaft! All a good learning curve - but we are still glad we bought her as we are enjoying our boating again...............
  11. Or not - doesn't anyone want my "proper" chimney chain....................!😂
  12. This examination and certification may well be a requirement of your marine insurer.’ ................ we can all edit text to suit our own purposes as I intimated much earlier in this now very boring thread why would anyone want to try to find a way around regulations designed to ensure your safety just accept them and move on and you and your boating neighbours will be safer
  13. "Boat Safety examiner, Andrew Phasey, explains the regulations regarding gas safety:‘If your privately-owned boat is used by you for leisure or sporting purposes, there is no legal requirement for you to use a properly trained, qualified and Gas Safe registered operative to work on the gas system of your boat’.‘You are required, though, to ensure that the work conforms to PD 5482-3:2005, the code of practice for installations in boats, yachts and other vessels of lengths up to 24m.‘Furthermore, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, you must take account of the health and safety of yourself and other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions.‘If, for example, you fit a gas appliance to your boat, best practice recommends that you employ a Gas Safe registered operative, who is qualified to work with LPG on boats, to examine the gas system and appliance. If the requirements of PD 5482-3:2005 or BS EN ISO 10239:2000 are met, the Gas Safe operative will issue a Gas Safety Certificate. This examination and certification may well be a requirement of your marine insurer.’" The above text is not edited by me and is a full and direct copy not to be edited to suit differing messages.
  14. This year will (hopefully) be a one off so any tips based on past experience however well intentioned will probably be unreliable - but I guess its a fair bet that anywhere that is usually busy will be busier??
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