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sniffy the great

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  1. sniffy the great

    Electric Motors?

    I’ve seen a quirky boat for sale which would be an interesting alternative to a GRP cruiser. Wooden construction with fibreglass “sheath” and powered by a Minn-Kota E-Drive electric motor. Anyone had experience or knowledge of such a combination. The boat is 20’ long. sniffy
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    I Thought Estate Agents were Bad - but Boat Brokers...!

    They certainly seem to do quite well for a minimum of effort so not a bad idea. Doug
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    I Thought Estate Agents were Bad - but Boat Brokers...!

    Because it’s irrelevant. My issue is not to do with prices or offers - it’s to do with basic service. Read my previous post to get the point of my post rather than changing the question then being surprised when it’s not addressed. Not that I’m blaming you - it’s customary on internet topics to drift away from the actual topic. Thanks for taking an interest anyway. Doug
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    I Thought Estate Agents were Bad - but Boat Brokers...!

    To return to my point. The lack of enterprise and energy of brokers. Here are three examples of recent dealings: 1. A boat that has been over four months on a broker’s books and not sold so, according to several posters above, probably overpriced. I made a low offer. Refused. Fair enough. The broker says the seller wanted something closer to the asking price. Fair enough. I didn’t feel it was worth it so didn’t increase my offer. Time passes and the boat is still for sale. As someone with some sales experience, I am totally amazed that the broker hasn’t deemed it worth their time to make a follow-up call or email. In their shoes, I’d certainly keep in touch with someone who had shown interest in an item that they still haven’t been able to sell. If I made it clear I was no longer interested then they should obviously not bother me but I haven’t. Basic stuff. 2. I’m interested in a boat in a marina which is a six hour round trip away. I spoke to the broker. “Where are you coming from” he said. I told him. “That quite a trip”, he said “so ring us before you come and we’ll try and make sure someone is here to show you the boat”. Try....! Sorry mate, if you can’t be bothered to make absolutely sure you’ll be there, I’m not driving for 6 hours to look at a boat. 3. Another boat, even further away (600 mile round trip). Very few details on the ad so I emailed to ask one specific question (is there a toilet compartment?) and for more photos and details, particularly service history. After a couple of days, the broker got round to answering. In answer to my specific question the reply was “no toilet on board” - a somewhat ambivalent answer. The response to my request for more details was to send me a pdf of the ad that was on Apollo Duck which is where I contacted them from in the first place. I emailed back to say thanks but I’ve already got that info, can you send some more and some more photos? No reply from them in over a week. The boat is still for sale. Experiences like this are what make me feel uncharitable towards brokers. Respondents to this thread have suggested it’s my fault for looking at the wrong boats, putting in offers that are too low and in general not adopting the meek, respectful tone towards seller’s agents that a prospective buyer should. Maybe that’s how things work on the world of boat sales. Doug
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    I Thought Estate Agents were Bad - but Boat Brokers...!

    I don’t know how many of the replies above are from brokers - a lot sound as though they are - but they don’t reflect my experience. I’m talking about the suggestion that the market is so buoyant that the boats are “flying” off the moorings (flying boats?). I have a watch list and most haven’t sold in the month I’ve been watching them and most were on sale for some time before I listed them. Doug
  6. I’m looking to buy a boat. I’ve seen quite a few I’m interested in that are being sold via a broker. However, even though I reckon that this is not a lively time of the year for sales, most of them don’t seem interested, at best, and downright obstructive at worst. Only one of the ones I’ve dealt with have thought it worthwhile following up on my interest. I’ve put offers in on boats that have been on sale for over three months. The offers weren’t accepted, fair enough, but you’d think that the fact that I’m interested in a boat that hasn’t sold for a while would be enough for them to follow up with me; try and create a dialogue between me and the seller. No chance - they just don’t seem interested. All the initiative has to come from the potential buyer. The brokers are happy to do no selling apart from sticking a basic advert on Apollo Duck and then waiting to collect their 6% commission. Or have I just been unlucky? Doug
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    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
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    More GRP Cruiser questions

    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
  9. sniffy the great

    More GRP Cruiser questions

    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
  10. sniffy the great

    Oh man; decisions....!

    Not round here🙁 Doug
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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