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  1. I would sell yours, by that one and pocket the £64940, to do it up a bit! 🙂
  2. More pictures here: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/severe-fire-coventry-canal-boat-20498402
  3. If this is intended to suggest that simply paying a deposit establishes a binding contract, then much as I respect mrsmelly's knowledge of and buying/selling of boats, I am not sure it is correct. With a house it is the paperwork (together with the deposit) that establishes the contract and sets out the consequences (loss of that deposit) of not following though with the purchase. A deposit with simply a handshake but no paperwork is at best a "gentle(wo)man's agreement", that a true gentle(wo)man will honour but others may not!
  4. There are valid reasons why this could happen, without any dishonesty. A boat doesn't have a defined "date of birth": is it when the shell was started / shell completed / fit out completed / delivered "new" to first owner, etc? Even if there was an agreed date, I am sure there would be plenty of sale particulars drafted when a boat is "x" years old, but which then pass a "birthday" without those particulars bing updated so are ""x+1" when sold. And a one year difference doesn't really matter at all - it is not like there is an MOT certificate which expires after 3 years.
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  6. Spellcheckers can certainly result in some confusion, as with the current thread On Why A Weir Lock. 🙂
  7. I am not an expert on aquatic life, but isn't it possible that reducing the water temperature slightly will also reduce the reed population? So a win-win! 🙂
  8. Agree that looks likely. In their blog the entry on acquiring "Qualifications" is only dated November 2020.. There won't have been much instructing going on since that date,so it looks like there isn't a great deal of experience. No mention of any BCU or similar affiliation either.
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  10. It's a nice idea, but in practice it is probably not as simple as just turning a valve on/off. Even with just a short length of pipe to an outside tap I now drain that length when I turn the water off each December - because when I didn't, it split! Draining multiple pontoon pipes multiple times over a winter is probably too much hassle.
  11. The Basingstoke regularly uses ash to seal leaking gates. See Boaters' Notes on the last page of https://basingstoke-canal.org.uk/bcs/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/basingstoke.pdf
  12. Do you mean the Bridgewater Canal (near Manchester)? Or the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal (in Somerset)?
  13. If you are going to include Length and Beam I would prefix the actual figures with "approx. ...". They probably won't be exactly as specified when built, and you don't want any comeback if the buyer can't subsequently get through a lock or bridge hole somewhere. It isn't "British Waterways Index Number" any more. I am not a lawyer but "... laws of the Country of England" is an odd phraseology, and only shows up online in a single website generating bills of sale! Something like "laws of England and Wales" would be more common. You need a space for the si
  14. On your plan, once the money hits your account (and the boat belongs to the buyer) you both need to check the insurance position of you operating their boat. The worst case scenario might be that the boat sinks, is uninsured, but you still have an obligation to deliver it!
  15. Not condoning what he is doing in any way, but not sure it is "millions"* 10 rooms at £250-300 a month only brings in £30-35000 a year - and that's assuming they are fully occupied, summer and winter. And he is incurring at least some expenses: diesel, generator, registration, quite a lot of solar panels in the picture, etc. Plus the cost of acquiring the boat at outset: either capital or loan interest + insurance. (* unless perhaps he has 10 similar boats)
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