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The dog lady

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The dog lady

    How old is too old?

    Honestly,, you lot! Anyway, am preparing to jump in the deep end.
  10. 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?
  11. The dog lady

    How old is too old?

    Wow thanks guys - so much encouragement. And thank you for all the tips. Of course you're right and life is short so if not now, when? Anyway, we are committed now so too late to chicken out. I saw a T-shirt in a shop recently with the slogan 'Now is the later you talked about yesterday'. Will keep you posted!
  12. The dog lady

    How old is too old?

    Thanks Rusty. We are both pretty robust so far!
  13. The dog lady

    How old is too old?

    Hi All. Complete newcomer here so apologies in advance for any guffs! The Man and I are in the process of buying a 47ft trad narrowboat, our first. He has previous sea sailing experience and we had a narrowboat hire holiday last year. My previous is limited to a dingy sailing course many years ago (don't ask). Anyway, as the day for handing over all our money approaches I am getting worried that we have left it too late to start as boaters. The Man is 72 and I am a few years behind. I know there are plenty of people older than us on the cut, but they seem to have been cruising for years. So, any supportive, encouraging stories of later starters out there? Or should we just join the local bridge club? Just to complicate things we have two (biggish) dogs who will come with us. We don't want to be continuous cruisers, just a week or two at a time.
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