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Boaty Jo

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  • Birthday 02/19/1960

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    Just about retired woodworker / writer
  • Boat Name
    Now boatless, formerly Vrouwe Johanna, 'M' and Gift of Spirit
  • Boat Location
    Was Belgium / Holland / France / Whixall

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  1. This popped onto my Facebook. From the piece..... "It is disappointing to report that we needed to serve over 50 enforcement notices to owners of vessels found on the river, but not yet registered for 2022." May be of interest.
  2. I have an e-bike. It's re-opened the cycling world for me die to knackered legs. Great, fun piece of kit. One climb I do is a 2 1/2 mile category 3, averaging about 4 MPH on the way up (getting uncomfortably close to Yorkshire a the top.) Coming down again, nearer 30 MPH, which is technically illegal on an e-bike I suppose.
  3. There are a couple of interesting graphics here relating to CARTs income and expenditure. It's a bit more involved than merely paying license fees to keep the locks in good nick. In other words boat licenses alone certainly don't cover basic infrastructure and running costs.
  4. This I suspect is a polarizing topic
  5. Prompted by the 'Canals may have to close' thread, reference shortage of lock gates, there's a thread running on the Dutch Barge Association site about the potential downgrading of some French Waterways. I'm not surprised frankly, having travelled many of them, some are very isolated. Some smaller canals are popular with hotel boats, others with hire boats (The Nivernais for example), but others, though lovely to travel are very quiet. It wasn't unusual to see just the odd boat all day on some stretches. I'm sure money is tight as it is everywhere, we could see the beginnings of a pinch when we finished 6 or 7 years ago. Maintenance and weed issues. I know that many (newer) boaters ambitions are 'modest' regarding their cruising itineraries, but I'm sure there are others who want to try further afield. What I'm saying is, don't leave it too long perhaps.
  6. Seems to me the OP is wishing to negotiate from a position of weakness. I.e., lack of knowledge. First, ignore the 2019 survey. I suggest engaging a surveyor / valuer to confirm the asking price or suggest an alternative. Then make an offer subject to a satisfactory out of water survey of your own including in a compression test.
  7. Don't know how up to date this list is, but it may help? Surveyors
  8. Have you checked out the 2017 survey for potential problems. Looks like a small water tank at 300 litres? If you're going cruising for a few years, get the engine looked over, including a compression test.
  9. https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/marine-oil/ Sorry, try this.
  10. Yes, and the one I used, although the tin has changed: https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/marine-oil/
  11. I used Owatrol a lot when Holland-based on Dutch folks recommendation. I left 2 pieces of mild steel outside over winter, the one treated with Owatrol was rustless. Added about 10% to all top coats.
  12. From a couple of days ago..... Not much flowing in and Longlees lock given some anti-dribble assistance.
  13. "I've been troubleshooting this over months." I think it may be time to get somebody in who knows what they're doing.
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