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sniffy the great

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  1. sniffy the great

    More GRP Cruiser questions

    Mike - I just looked at Seamasters as a matter of interest. Not many on Apollo Duck but those they had were from the sixties. Did they cease production that long ago? What is it that you particularly liked about them? Doug
  2. sniffy the great

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    After spending a fair time asking questions here, I think I know that now😊. My budget probably means I have to compromise because if I go for a narrowboat with what I can comfortably afford, I’m more likely to get a piece of crap. I managed to grasp the fact that a River boat is ment for rivers but if it gives me a reasonable experience on the canal as well, I’d rather do that than just give up and stick to walking. You see where I’m coming from? Doug Mike - that’s what I thought. Seems to offer a possible compromise between features and affordability. Doug
  3. sniffy the great

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    I was talking to an old boy on the canal this morning and he’s been enjoying his Birchwood cruiser for 11 years, going up and down Caen Hill flight to Bath and to the Thames in the other direction. So, I’ve had a look at Birchwood boats and found a few such as this one: https://www.apolloduck.com/boat.phtml?id=580814 It seems to tick a lot of boxes for someone (me) who’d like to get on the water in a vessel which I’d be happy to live on for a few weeks or more at a stretch but who finds a suitable canal boat a bit pricey. I’d be looking to use the boat mainly on the K&A and Thames. Any opinions on this boat type and it’s suitability? Thanks Doug
  4. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    Not round here🙁 Doug
  5. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    Here is something I actually have kniwledge of - I walk along it every day and it seems to have plenty of space to me. There are choke points but by and large, there’s plenty of room so don’t be nervous or shy - the K&A is waiting to welcome you. Doug
  6. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    I was looking at the Freeman because on another topic I started here, someone said the Freeman 23 was a good choice because it had a displacement hull unlike the 24 which is semi- displacement. Regarding the canal I’d want to use it on, it’s the K&A. I don’t know if that’s counted as “wide and deep” or not.😳 Doug
  7. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    Right - well the owner has turned down my low offer - he wants “nearer the asking price” but didn’t specify (it’s via a broker). It’s been on sale for over 3 months so I’m not jumping in. Tomorrow, I’ll go and look at a Freeman 23. Twenty years older, made of “plastic”, petrol engine but at a quarter of the price. All options still open Doug
  8. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    Neil2 yes, I’m trying to keep a sense of proportion. What was absolutely compelling was the habitation - it was as if it had been designed to our specification. We’ve looked at lots of boats and this was the first one to have that feel. Anyway, I’ve just put an offer in which is two thirds of the asking price. Obvious this doesn’t commit me to anything but it will be interesting to see the response. Doug
  9. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    This is an aspect of narrowboats that does make me pause. As someone who likes the cruising, the scenery, the ambience of boat living but is more or less a mechanical ignoramus, I wonder if my spectacles are too rose-tinted. I don’t think I’ve done an oil or filter change in my life - wouldn’t have a clue how to start. I suppose these days, there’s a handy video on YouTube. I notice that the details of this boat say there is no running hours gauge. Is this unusual? Presumably without a gauge, it’s necessary to keep a log of the engine running hours. I also guess it’d be a good idea to change the oil and filter right away just in case? Doug
  10. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    Well done getting what you wanted. I intend to start the process of offers tomorrow - starting really low😊
  11. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    Alan - thanks for the offer. I’ll let you know if we end up buying it. Doug
  12. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    I was thinking of an offer subject to survey. This would necessitate it coming out of the water. If the survey was ok, then I’d get the blacking done while it was out. If it wasn’t, I.d back out and swallow the cost of a he survey. Sound sensible? incidentally, it has a Lister LPWS3 engine. Do these have a reputation, good or bad? Doug
  13. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    Started the day off with a GRP cruiser firmly in our sights - viewings lined up etc and research done here: And then we spot a narrowboat on sale 😊10 minutes away and think “may as well take a look en route to Cruiser#1”. Guess what? Fell in love with the narrowboat. But it’s 3 times the price of the most expensive cruiser we were considering. We are going to have to put in an offer, even though it’s not been out of the water for 5 years so we’d have to pay for that and a survey. But it was just what we’d always imagined. I’m going to have to make an offer and hope for the best. Hey - why do we get these ambitious ideas at our time of life? Doug
  14. sniffy the great

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    Good input everyone - much appreciated. It’s true, I know sweet FA about boats so all the help is greatly valued; maybe I’m coming to this a bit late in life (70+ a fair bit😊) but I’ve got the bug. I think a survey would be good. It’s not the thought of how much is at risk but more the reassurance that I could have a boat to enjoy and not angst about. Doug
  15. sniffy the great

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    Naughty Cal, Wotever, Phil and MichaelG - thanks for your input; quite reassuring in a way. Michael, I should correct a slip of the keyboard, the boat I looked at was a Freeman 24 but I guess what you say pretty much relates to that model as well. The owner is asking £7950. I wouldn’t say it’s perfect but it’s pretty good. Could do with a good clean out in the cabin but furnishings etc look fine. Shame there’s no washbasin in the toilet compartment but I guess that could be added. Doug
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