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The dog lady

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  1. The dog lady

    Recommend a boat painter?

    Thanks KenK. We will take a look at Aston and Ken. As you say, it's how probs are dealt with that matters.
  2. The dog lady

    Cruiser taff rail

    Philjw...It's a narrowboat cruiser deck. Existing rail is wooden and falling apart. Flyboy..thanks will have a look.
  3. The dog lady

    Cruiser taff rail

    Does anyone know where we might source a steel taff rail? ( I think that's the term? The safety rail around the aft deck). The boat we are hoping to buy has a wooden one which is starting to rot.
  4. The dog lady

    Recommend a boat painter?

    Thanks to everyone who replied. We've been quoted around £10K for a complete re-paint by two outfits - one hand paints and the other is emphatic that two-part paint and spraying is the answer. I accept we will have to wait quite a while but there is a fair degree of rust on the roof and aft deck and around some of the brasswork. We've been advised that it won't get any worse in the short term but it's unsightly and spoils the look of the boat. I will follow up some of the recommendations on here so thanks again.
  5. The dog lady

    Recommend a boat painter?

    We are thinking about a complete repaint for a boat we are in the process of buying. Can anyone recommend a good painter within reach of Crick? We have heard conflicting advice about hand painting v spray application. It's a huge investment for us so any input/advice at this stage would be very welcome.
  6. The dog lady

    How much to spend

    Ditchcrawler - we are - if all goes well. But there was a lot of 'discussion' along the way re price, how much to pay, style etc. I favoured a cruiser, other half fancied himself standing proudly at rear of a trad, tiller in hand. So guess whose view prevailed? Just storing up info/advice for an 'I told you so' opportunity.
  7. The dog lady

    How old is too old?

    That was our thinking Neil. Big cruiser back - room for everyone! It's heartening to think that so many people buy their boat to suit their dog. We bought a gallumping great SUV just so the dogs could travel in comfort.
  8. The dog lady

    How old is too old?

    Thank you Cuthound that's interesting advice. I know what you mean about dear old departed dogs - been there.
  9. The dog lady

    How much to spend

    Thanks to everyone who replied and for all the advice. It seems buying a boat as a novice is a minefield.
  10. The dog lady

    How much to spend

    Probably to ancient to think about buying a second boat in future (if there is one). This purchase will probably be a one-off.
  11. The dog lady

    How much to spend

    Settle a 'point of discussion' please. Could more experienced boatsters tell me their opinion on a reasonable amount to spend on a first boat, assuming money not too much of an issue? Looking at a boat for holidays, weekends, occasional longer cruises. Wanting to retain some of the investment so would the wisest buy be a 2009 luxury fit-out at £60K+ or an older £30K well-used example? Probably want to sell in 5-6 years.
  12. The dog lady

    How old is too old?

    Will share all soon as we get the keys. A few hurdles to negotiate still, so won't jinx anything. Our local waters are the Gt Ouse and Nene.
  13. The dog lady

    How old is too old?

    More pearls of wisdom. What a wise lot you are. Sensible advice though but too late to think twice - been awake at 4am for the last week wondering what on earth we've done and how to get our money back! We have been dithering for nearly a year, looking at so many boats the broker must be sick of us. So now or never. Survey in hand so we are on our way.
  14. The dog lady

    How old is too old?

    Honestly,, you lot! Anyway, am preparing to jump in the deep end.
  15. The dog lady

    How old is too old?

    Not sure how all this sex stuff got mixed up in here - I thought this was a sober, chaste and learned forum for serious boatsters!? Me and him are agile enough but middle-aged labrador might take some persuading to hop from tow path to rear apron. Might have to rig up a mini-gangplank. Anyone else have dog boarding issues?
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