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  1. At least they are not doing those horrible American baseball caps that make a normal intelligent bloke or woman look really stupid. Like Donald Trump!
  2. I would guess that boats suitable for living on will maintain their price.There may be a short period of panic selling due to increased living costs, but living on a boat may well become attractive to people who have not thought about it before.A mortgage for now is even more unafforable than before. Small boats, cruisers, day boats and leisure craft may well become luxuries who's expense can no longer be justified so I would expect their prices to drop.
  3. When I had my narrowboat (sigh) I used a sheet of thin aluminium and put nuts on the back of the screws to give a bit of seperation from the woodwork. Looked a bit naff, but worked.
  4. Ha Ha. Order a boat? With my meagre budget it will probably be a knacketed old Norman or Dawncraft.😢
  5. Very reassuring! Think I will go ahead and buy another boat. Been hesitating for months.
  6. Masochist!! Been through once on a freezing cold day.The further in it got colder and colder, and when I was absolutely perished an icy deluge came down from the springs above.I also had one of my nav lights knocked off. I am not going through Standedge again! 😰
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  8. Well, I did tell them I was in Huddersfield and have owned a couple of Normans. Perhaps that started their alarm bells ringing! 🐸
  9. Happy days no doubt 😄
  10. No,not for sure, but similar grp boats, eg Norman 23 weighs about one ton normally equipped. I doubt if your Dawncraft will weigh three tons. There is a Dawncraft owner's group on Facebook, who no doubt can provide the information you require, but you will need to apply to join the group. I applied to join but my application was refused! Perhaps they know something about me that I don't!
  11. As Arthur says,about six feet. There are B flat and F Trombones also known as "trigger Trombones"which have an extra section of tubing behind the bell. There are seven slide shifts on a Trombone and when the trigger is operated it takes the place of sixth position (or shift) so the instrument can be not only be played in a smaller space, as in a pit orchestra where you may have a Trumpet or Clarinet player right in front of you, but also the trigger makes playing certain bits of music that require large movements of the slide, much smoother. As for volume,with practice the Trombone can be played very quietly as well as having the ability to obliterate a full orchestra. If you see a symphony orchestra on tv, you will see (because of 'elf and safety) perspex screens between the brass section and the rest of the orchestra.
  12. An old steel boat is risky without a survey unless you are very knowledgable or a gambler or have pots of money ( like Mtb!) For us relatively poor and risk averse boaters a grp boat makes a lot of sense. There is at the moment a Nauticus 27 for sale on Facebook and e bay which looks mint.These are very fine boats indeed, and this one has a reserve of £12500, which I think a bit overpriced, as for that price I would expect it to be well equipped but this one only boasts a two ring hob.It does however have a trailer which at the moment means it could be transported to wherever without worrying about stoppages. To kit this out as a livaboard I reckon would 2- 3 thousand doing it yourself, and considerably more to have tradespeople doing it. I would love to have it, but it's too dear for me.
  13. Get a boyfriend.🐵 Ducks and runs for cover.😝
  14. I agree, they are still cheap entry into boating. The cheapest seem to be Dawncraft and Norman. Dawncraft are more roomy and the 22's and 25's have almost 6ft headroom, but I think they are ugly things. Norman 23's, 24's and 27's are (in my opinion) better looking boats and usually have 6ft headroom but, have the floor following the curve of the hull, and many owners level the floor across as it makes walking inside easier, but reduces headroom by a couple of inches. If you are lucky, you may find a grp boat that has been kitted out for living aboard, cooker and oven, hot water, cabin heating, shower, solar etc. and may have a diesel engine, but will likely be coupled to an Enfield transom drive which are very expensive to service and repair. Outboard powered is cheaper and simpler,but being petrol powered there are drawbacks.
  15. There is a Sue Rider charity shop in Sowerby Bridge that has a very large collection of secondhand books.
  16. One finger is the American gesture. The traditional British gesture is two fingers. Too much American television and film influence. 🐵
  17. No, buy a Thetford 135, bought one recently, only £65 from a caravan shop. After all it's only for poo and wee, so why spend a load of money on one.
  18. It's been my experience that when seals give up on toilets,(both domestic and boat/caravan portables) on re-assembly they either leak or do not seal properly. I found it saved hours of pratting about with a toilet that defied all efforts to make it leak proof, to buy a new one.
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  20. Convert the mill into high end apartments (like the Titanic Mill near Huddersfield) then you could pay someone to make stuff for you on the lathe.😄
  21. Some time ago on "Wheeler Dealers", they were refurbishing a Messerschmitt three wheeler and it had a perspex canopy. The mechanic (Ed) used a jigsaw to cut the canopy to shape, and about three quarters of the way through the job, CRACK! and bless the tv company they left that in and didn't edit it out. Shows that even professionals can drop clangers. Sorry, Ed wasn' t using a jigsaw, it was a reciprocating hand saw.
  22. Don't think you will get windows off the shelf, you will need to make your own. Use 4mm acrylic which you may have to order off the internet unless you can find a local supplier. It looks like your windows are in an ally frame and having replaced the windows in my Norman, I am sorry to tell you it is a pig of a job. The frames are easy enough to get out, but dismantling the frames is not. they are held together at the corners with steel strips and tapped for tiny screws which will be rusted solid, and will most likely have to be drilled out.They will most likely be scrap when you have done this and will have to make new corner pieces out of ally and use small self tappers to re assemble.(cut or file the points off, or on tightening up you can crack the new perspex) You will also need new rubber seals (Seals Direct) and suitable mastic to seal the frames to the cabin. A tip! when you have got the frames out, cover the opening with plastic sheet and gaffer tape, cos it is guaranteed to piss down as soon as you get the frames out! Best of luck As Tony says, polycarbonate will probably be better for the job. Use the old window as a pattern, and use a cutting disc. DO NOT use a saw or any reciprocating device, it will crack it as sure as eggs is eggs. Just thought, there was an excellent post with drawings some years ago on the Norman Owner's Forum on replacing Norman windows. If you Google it, and click on "problem page" it is in there somewhere. I will try and post it across although I am pretty numb at doing this sort of stuff.
  23. I agree, that overalls or bib and brace with knee pad pockets are much better. Bib and brace with knee pad pockets is my boating "uniform" When mooring up,because of my bad back, I find it easier to drop to my knees to tie up rather than bending.
  24. I have heard he is very knowledgable especially regarding navigating the Trent. Wasn't he sacked from this forum for being rather outspoken?
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