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Minormatt

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  1. Minormatt

    First boat - considering buying an 1860s ice breaker...

    Have you noticed that Tattenhall and Venetian both have short boats at the right sort of money?
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    First boat - considering buying an 1860s ice breaker...

    I've been to Braunston a few times over the last few weeks and have had a brief nosey around the outside. Not the boat for me (far too small) but I love the look of it!
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    First time buyer advice

    Next boat found, 1 owner from new with stacks of paperwork. Not as "nice" as the last one and 5 years older but has some distinct advantages. (As with all, it will need a few mods). Was also professionally refitted in 2013 Being surveyed by Steve Hands early next month, fingers crossed for a good result!
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    Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    I was thinking blowing exhaust...
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    Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    Of course... because they arn't floating and flat the water level could go above the pipe before there is enough depth to re-float. Should have twigged that!
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    Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    Can anyone explain the need for the exhausts on to boats to be bunged during the refloating? Im sure there must be a good reason - but I can't think what!
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    Number of people

    Thanks guys... its a shame but this boat wasn't right for us... onwards and upwards. Spotted another and its a private sale so not sure how well that would work survey wise
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    Number of people

    Hi guys Next question, next boat... Looking at a pretty tidy uptogether one. Its a 2006 55ft Midway Boats narrowboat and its all uptogether with all the paperwork etc. The problem is the CIN plate shows 4 people and on occasion we would want up to 6 people on board. How much of a problem is it? Would it be possible to get it "uprated" to 6 if so what would be involved? Thanks
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    First time buyer advice

    Basically the contract turned up and it became apparent that there was pretty much none of the documentation there should be... between the offer and now they have been attempting to get copies - and haven't managed it. Still sure the boat is a good one - but the lack of paperwork was the issue Contract never signed, no money changed hands and Nick even said he wouldn't have gone ahead when in the same position. We have been told they will let us know if anything else turns up which may be suitable and would be happy for us to put offers on other boats
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    First time buyer advice

    Holy thread revival... Boat has fallen through (before any money was spent) and the broker agreed he would have done the same thing. Been and looked at another which is ok... broker seemed very keen to point out that surveyors "always" say the bottom of boats are unpainted (and even if they were it would scrape off anyway) and that a surveyor would issue a new bsc from a full out of water survey if asked... does that sound correct? Was looking at a 2003 boat being sold by the marina that built it
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    First time buyer advice

    Hmm thats what I was thinking... high impact but low probability - and potential resale issues. Will have to see what invoices etc there are. But we haven't seen them.
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    First time buyer advice

    So... Found a surveyor (£10/ft) Got the contract to sign... and it transpires that there is no evidence of VAT paid - which wasn't mentioned before. We should get the bill of sale to the previous owner. Boat was part x'd to back to Liverpool Boats, and the new owner bought it off them (private sale). We should be getting a copy of that invoice. What is the worst that can happen, and whats the likelyhood of it being a problem?
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    Surveyor recommendations Cheshire?

    Thanks very much - do you have any contact details?
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    Surveyor recommendations Cheshire?

    Hello again guys... As I mentioned elsewhere the offer has been accepted on the boat... Not having much luck with surveyors now, either booked up for months, out of area or distinctly un-confidence inspiring... at the moment the only viable option is the one the boatyard suggests Does anybody have any other suggestions for surveyors in the Cheshire/Nantwich area? Thanks in advance!
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    First time buyer advice

    Unfortunately not... thats its main drawback. No different to the old camper van though
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