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  1. yes - 0 7 9 0 8 8 8 5 0 3 4. we found it hard to get thru to him mobile to mobile so if you have a landline ring him from that, we always got thru, whereas mobiles were hit and miss. we chose him on the back of recommendations from this forum, tap his name into the search function and you will get a wider view/recommendation than just me! 

  2. hello with an update!

    we have put an offer in subject to full survey on "fool of a took" a 58ft liverpool boats at venetian marina. does anyone have opinions or experience of the vessel? its an isuzu, cruiser stern (not my personal favourites im a bit of a traditionalist) with stove and diesel heating. we looked at quite a few boats and found our must have lists changed a lot the more boats we saw, the more we talked about it and took on board the advice from this thread so thanks to you all. we will see what the survey comes back with but the open plan layout, facilities and fit out work well for us.

    two days into our fortnights hire with chas hardern my partner fell ill, and was rushed from audlem into hospital with kidney failure. harderns have been absolutely fantastic, completely understanding and very supportive in collecting the boat from nantwich at a time i suddenly needed to be in the hospital with my partner. we cant thank them enough. it was not the relaxing winter cruising experience we expected but my partner is at least slowly recovering now. 

    so many thanks to you on the forum, its a wealth of knowledge which is great to reference, and to those who helped with our initial questions and straighten out our thinking! we will keep the thread updated with our progress.




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  3. Many thanks for your replies everyone! Great advice . And apologies for the radio silence,life and work getting in the way of boat shopping! We have had a look at Titan and a couple of other boats and are thinking our “must haves” are changing... We are continuing to look at boats in our budget and keeping our minds open. In the meantime we have booked a couple of weeks over and into the new year with chas hardern to keep us sane !! and will update the thread as and when we find more we like or with questions to what we don’t understand! Thanks again

  4. Thank you all! It’s invaluable to get the opinions of people who are in the know!

    dmr we don’t particularly feel the need to have a vintage engine, they just happen to crop up on boats we like! but it certainly wouldn’t put us off up until prohibitive parts costs or the like if that makes sense.? We love to potter round the van, changing and checking, cleaning and sprucing, so it is something we view as part and parcel of having a moving home, again if that makes sense? 

    Great feedback from everyone thank you

  5. Thanks rusty69. Yes in a way we do know that but we are here for opinions from people who have more experience on the water hoot hard!) than we do so thank you. In my eyes, older means a survey where we should be thinking about, Hull thickness, blacking, overplating, and history? What have we missed?

    Hoot hard = not hard... fing computers!!!

  6. Thanks rusty69, good advice and just the plan for tomorrow and next week... We’re just not very sure of the mechanical/ structural if we do see something we like... it’s a bit nerve wracking! Was everyone in this position at some point? We’ll get a survey whatever, just  want to soak up the experience of people who know... 

  7. hello,

    long time lurk first time posters...

    background. We are a couple, who are both self employed and our work takes us away from base always, sporadically in winter but throughout the summer months is usually guaranteed times of work for us. We own a self build camper van which we have enjoyed for several years all over Europe so we are used to space restrictions, leisure batteries, leccy and water savvy ness, frosty mornings and folding the bed down... and then realising the cutlery’s underneath it! Doh!

    we’re learning, going to brokerages, marinas, etc but feel that we’re at the point where we need to try a boat so looking for a two month hire in Cheshire, yeah we know... - really hard to find! It would be a great short term, long time taster for us but if  this doesn’t happen we’ll do another 2 week holiday hire... or...look at boats in our budget with a layout we are happy with for now and more than prepared and able to do fit out work to suit us.

    opinions on these two boats please from those with the knowledge (all of you!)

    at swanley bridge “Titan” www.narrowboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boats.phtml?id=2912

    Lister jp13 engine? does that equal more expensive to maintain or replace parts?

    general opinions of the boat in terms of blacking, layout, heating in winter etc?


    At great Haywood ”Evelyn” www.greathaywoodboatsales.co.uk/images/pdf_files/EvelynBrochureMainPage.pdf

    Short bsc certificate. Am I right to think this?

    any and all opinions are genuinely greatly received. I know everyone has their own opinions on cruiser vs trad, pump out vs cassette etc so we really do appreciate contributions from you all. Thanks for taking the time to read!




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