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Mad Harold

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  1. Had similar on my last narrowboat.My simple fix was to use Stixall to make a couple of "diverters".Squeeze it onto the roof and leave a rounded bead,or if you feel artistic,you can shape it to an elongated square.
  2. Have had two fairly elderly grp boats and the two insurance companies I used didn't require a survey for comprehensive insurance. A grp boat is a safer insurance risk than steel,in that there is no corrosion to eat away at the hull,so perhaps contact the company to ask if a survey is necessary.
  3. Yes,that's true,but my view is coloured by my location (Huddersfield!) so around here you don't go boating,you go locking!😰
  4. Choose a part of the country that is relatively flat. Hills = locks,and as you have stated,you don't want your holiday to turn into a locking excercise.
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  8. Trouble is,standards vary from one examiner to another. What one examiner finds acceptable,another might throw up his hands in horror! Before I bought my current boat,I looked at several and although they all had a BSC some of the things I saw had ME throwing up my hands in horror. A couple of examples, Rubber hose conecting the gas hob. Non ISO 7840 petrol hose. Petrol tank venting inside the cockpit. Sliding windows sealed shut with silicone Electrical wiring like a rat's nest.
  9. A cheap and cheerful coolbox can be mad from a large biscuit tin.I have a steel ammo box to keep milk,butter,cheese and cooked meats. Simply cover the box with a wet towel and the evaporation of the water keeps the box cool.
  10. There are copies still available secondhand.A site called Biblio has three at the moment. No doubt other secondhand book sites will have copies too.
  11. English Rose,if it was me looking at this boat and I really wanted it,then after satisfying myself that the interior was ok and the engine started easily without too much smoke and clatter,it leaves the most important part,the hull.You may be able to negotiate a discount without a survey. I would get my overalls on roll up sleeves and lie beside the boat and run my hand along the hull as deep as possible along the full length. Does it feel as rough as a bear's backside on a frosty night,or nice and smooth.It will probably be somewhere in between.The baseplate you will have to guess. Without a survey,there is little else you can do. Buying or not is your choice depending on how risk averse you are. I know members of this forum will point out that all elderly boats feel rough below the waterline,but there is rough and really rough pitted hulls.
  12. Simply give them a big smile,look at your watch and shout "it's two thirty"or whatever time it is. Even if your boat is a big 'un,I really can't see that at 2mph you are going to cause a moored boat to move much unless it is tied up with a couple of feet of slack.
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