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  1. Mine expired last year when I left the exam a bit late, then failed needing a new gas hob.  Sourcing and fitting a new one, boat gas safe engineer, retest.  I contacted CRT and they weren’t bothered. Just said to keep in touch and get it sorted ASAP. In the end I think we were 2 or 3 weeks over. But very good point about the insurance. 

  2. 12 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:

    C&RT have conducted surveys to assess the number of liveaboards - the problem being as many are "keeping under the radar", they lie and the true figures are masked.

    I’d hazard a guess that almost 50% of long term moorers are actually live-a-boards from what I’ve seen. As you say “keeping under the radar”. No one seems to care. 

  3. 6 minutes ago, dmr said:

    Yes, every time we go past a marina full of new posh boats I do think "these good folk are subsidising my lifestyle". A lot of people hire boats, and there are a lot of gongoozlers, the narrowboat is even more iconic than the London Bus (Routemaster), I think we will be ok, though the routemaster has gone 😀i

    I also think this. The holiday business is huge, and those posh boaters arent short of a couple of quid.  Not at all convinced this is the end. 

  4. I’ve read through this. And unless Ive missed something really obvious, it seems to be a case of read before you sign. If you are not prepared to pay a non refundable deposit, why are you paying it?  I work in a business where we challenge contracts and understand exactly what we just signed. In private life I do the same. 

  5. 8 minutes ago, dmr said:

    I can't deide, boating and liveabard boating is really growing but a lot are entitled selfish folk, not the hardcore fanatic boaters of a few years ago. Will the new people on their £200,000 widebeams want to get their hands dirty and fix the canals?  and now we have the cyclists who are more interested in the fast tarmac surface and see the water, boats and bridge 'oles as a problem that needs modernising/removing. It could go either way. Proper boaters are dying out 😀

    Hit the nail on the head I think. But then does it matter?  I’m a hooby boater with a cheap project boat. But those guys at Crick with the 200k widebeam might be our saviours. What will they do if there is no where to float their mansion?

  6. On 09/11/2022 at 18:15, Paloma Bob said:


    By any chance would you be selling the Rinnai water heater ?


    Hey Paloma Bob. I know you have a trade going with these older open flue units. Ive got an 80s narrowboat that might well have been fitted with one, or a Morco or Paloma, but wasn’t. I could buy one, from you probably!  But do you know of anyone who can retro fit one?  
    Thanks if you can help. Jak.  

  7. A grand + for a cratch or two for pram cover. I was disappointed as I did fancy a cratch. Can’t say the same about a pram cover.  I thought that was pricey for some canvas and poppers. But guess I’m just one of @MtB’s tight boaters 😱.

  8. 2 hours ago, David Mack said:

    Yes. At least you will then know where the water is rather than having it running behind the lining and doing goodness-knows-what damage.

    If it is a regular problem you could always hang a bowl under the vent to catch the water.

    ^^^^^^ this, exactly what I did to prevent an occasional damp bed!

  9. 29 minutes ago, Rob-M said:

    Our Numax leisure batteries are coming up to 10 years, the other purchase was another Numax battery ssca starter.

    Wow. I was happy with 6 years. Then a major issue. The bank stopped holding charge and there was a nasty rotten eggs smell. I’ll admit I was impressed to get that far with basic cheap sealed led acid batteries. So I replaced all 3 with the same batteries. If I get the same performance over the next few years I’ll be very happy!


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