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Boaty Jo

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About Boaty Jo

  • Birthday 02/19/1960

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Lancashire

Previous Fields

  • Occupation
    Woodworker / writer
  • Boat Name
    Now boatless, formerly Vrouwe Johanna, 'M' and Gift of Spirit
  • Boat Location
    Was Belgium / Whixall

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    joandjannamay
  • Website URL
    http://abargeatlarge.co.uk

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  1. That trip in 2014 was a wonderful memory for me but I'm no longer involved. We left St Jean for Belgium the following year. I have read that it took three years to restore, which implies that it is finished but I agree the site link at the Musee is vague. There's a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/asterpeniche and the photos section on the left seems to have plenty of the restoration. If they have indeed finished it they've done very well because parts of it were pretty tatty and rotten. There's a record of the trip here... https://abargeatlarge.co.uk/articles/aster.html I've been meaning to get a photo album together from the hundreds I took. I'll contact Charles Gerard and see if he can put me on to some of the restoration and up to date ones. I remember Fragnes Dave, it's a favourite stopping point on the Canal du Centre. I still have my T-shirt!
  2. Referring to the Euroclassic boats, my feeling is that as a novice you would find it very difficult to modify a craft. Internally not too bad perhaps, although this invovles upgrades to many systems, particularly if you're considering winter living. Batteries, heating, insulation are all pricey items and to get a yard to do it for you satisfactorily would likely be expensive. Then there's the handling charateristics. I believe apart from anything else these boats tend to side-slip. For the novice this is not easy to master. We had a flat-bottom, round bilge barge and it took a while to get the hang of (one ot two expensive lessons on the way). I see you've been on the DBA site and so you have some ideas of the difficulty involved with modifying a boat. I'll be honest, all this would put me off, paticularly if I couldn't do much of the work my self, purely from a cost perspective. One thing that sages on here say about buying narrowboats is that it's perhaps better to buy a good second-hand boat that is well maintained and tried and tested rather than a shiney new one. Budget is against you of course. But I came across a number of non-Europeans cruising in Europe (Aussies, Kiwis, American, Canadian) who bought pretty high spec boats, cruised them for 2, 5 years, whatever, then sold them on again. A good boat will hold it's price. Even though the outlay was considerably more, they had confortable year-round cruising, winter living, not many mechanical issues and they basically got their money back. Good ones that I came across regularly were Piper, Sagar and Delta to name but three. Plus any number of converted old Dutch barges, some good, some poor.
  3. Euroclassic boats do have a mixed reputation. Not to be confused with Euroship Services boats, which are even further out of budget.
  4. Just to counter the anti-H2O post, we lived in the Gare d'Eau for five years. We had extensive dealings with Max (son), and Gerard and Patricia and never had a cross word. There are horror stories from every country. We got shafted in Holland and there are people who have had problems in the UK too. Your budget of £50k for a winter-suitable boat for extended stays is tight. To fit decent insulation (and heating) retrospecively is tricky and likely expensive.
  5. The penichettes look good, that's possibly partly why you were attracted. We saw them in Lutzelbourg on the Marne au Rhin. Without researching, I suspect the larger ones that would suit you will have more than two bedrooms, one of which will be below the rear deck and second steering postion. Converting one would not be cheap I suspect not least because there are not that many suitable boatyards in France. Can you do it yourself? Or at least some of the work? If so a friendly yard may offer you space but it's not unknown for yards to charge quite a lot because their own staff are not working on the boat. They will have some form of heating but I doubt they are well insulated. Very different having a holiday (summer) boat and a live aboard. When we looked at ex-hire boats, mainly Le Boat, I thought they were expensive.
  6. Check valves hot and cold on all appliances. They will need service / replacement.
  7. This post cannot be displayed because it is in a forum which requires at least 10 posts to view.
  8. Bagpipes (noun) - I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made object never equalled the purity of sound achieved by the pig. -Alfred Hitchcock
  9. Try bedazzled or the fitout pontoon They are (or used to be) boaty suppliers I think.
  10. No expert but these Victroms have mega fuses inside the cover. Could that be it?
  11. http://gb.sparex.com/round-countersunk-square-hex-bolt-nut-m11-x-50mm-tensile-strength-8-8-78818.html
  12. Sympathies Nbfiresprite. Keep at it, thank you. There has been heated debate these past two days on our local internet discussion site. There is some very skewed reasoning. The conculsion, after 48 hours of fraught opinion (during which I was voted the turd in the buffet) was: It's against regulations for somebody to walk a disabled key-worker's dog. It's fine to go out and buy a helium balloon for a child's birthday.
  13. Boats (Barges), their transport and many other things are HERE I see your partner already has a thread running!
  14. You'll find an answer here I would think.
  15. Boaty Jo

    Unusual prop

    Helped move an old boat a few years ago which had an unusual propulsion system. The prop was attached to the big rudder. Known, I think, as a bouteur in french (type of sculling propeller in English?) I've just come acrross these photos which may be of interest
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