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  1. It’s under offer but the couple we sold it to never used her. However the broker I think did them no favours in the listing many things we did new were not mentioned at all. Also how to run things the people we sold her to would not know in the time they had her they only moved from market Harbrough to Peterborough. 
    My wife and I miss the boat life but I had a major operation in March and the issue could come back so we sold up and returned to our home which is in Goa and Calcutta India as my half Irish half German wife was born in India, heady mix I know but it allows us to live here visa free as a local as it were. 

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  2. On 19/08/2022 at 03:26, MtB said:



    They ARE better, loads better. 


    It's what happens when lawyers start getting involved in building work. 


    Where in the BSS do you think it says twin wall flues are mandatory?



    I was told when our stove was replaced  to take out and refit same stove old flue is good to go however replace with a new replacement stove has to conform to new standard ie double skin flue

  3. On 30/08/2022 at 21:17, Dobba said:

    Hello all. Hope everyone good and well (whoever reads this).


    Does anyone know of a good installer of boat log burners in the North West (I'm in Manchester)? I don't know if there's specialist boat installers or if you can go to a normal house installer. Any recommendations appreciated. 😃 

    We had one done at kings lock on the t&m very happy with it. Diesel bubble came out solid fuel fuel went in. 

  4. Save on metal to practice with on the mill by using a block of expanded polystyrene. This is what people like airbus do when using a new program on a cnc machine run the program then coat in body filler machine again then measure it tweak the program as required and repeat until it’s correct. So practice machining a perfect square etc then you will soon get the hang of it before machining a v8 block engine for your boat lol

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  5. Sorry to say we are no longer CCer’s we have sold the boat and returned home to Goa India as my half German half Irish wife was born in Assam India so we have the right to live here so happy days but no boat! Only been back two weeks but do miss the boat life. Major surgery drove the move as I was not sure about being on the cut in a isolated spot and needing ambulance again. Lucky last time we were moored at Market Harbrough. 
    So all the best to you all and happy boating. 

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  6. On 11/04/2022 at 17:09, Rambling Boater said:

    I don't personally 'wish' either way as I enjoy moving about all year around within the current rules.


    However, perhaps in the future when I become less mobile I may have to consider moving back on land. For me, living on a boat in a marina or other fixed canalside location doesn't seem that appealing at the moment.


    Us to a “T”. Because of emergency operation and follow up stuck in market harbrough since early March. Spoke with licensing officer he had no issues at all because he could see by our cruising record we were not in his words “piss takers”.  I get fed up seeing the same boats in the same location year in year out. One outside Debdale marina comes to mind always between debdale and around foxton locks. 

  7. On 28/03/2022 at 16:41, Tunicle said:

    Hello, hopefully this is the correct place for help. trying to find on site facilities to move a 57 ft narrowboat from lorry into canal. Is there a list of boatyards/marinas which have on site cranes to lift from lorry onto canal? Are local knowledge if no list, looking for one close to Staffordshire (so Trent and Mersey or Staffs and Worcester or Coventry Canals in first instance)


    Thank you

    Debdale just north of foxton locks

  8. 6 hours ago, doratheexplorer said:

    There are currently two active threads on here which both involve new members looking for advice on their first boats which they plan to have built.  In both cases the boats they describe are likely to give them some issues.


    It seems that both new members have had their ideas sparked by watching boating channels on youtube.  These channels tend to portray a world of idyllic loveliness which inevitably makes their viewers want to join in.


    I'm not surprised by this, since it's the way youtube works.  Content creators get paid from the adverts which appear before and during their videos, and the more people who view, the more they get paid.  So it makes perfect sense for their content to lean towards making the canals look perfectly lovely and focus only on the positives, minimising the negatives.  This is because the majority of viewers are non-boaters who enjoy pretty and relaxing videos of narrowboats chugging along next to flowery hedgerows and under interesting old bridges.  I get it, I really do.  I'd rather watch a video like that, rather than a realistic portrayal of narrowboat life.


    But the upshot of this is that more and more people are getting a skewed idea of what boat life is actually like.  A friend came boating with me last weekend because she's thinking of getting a boat.  Why?  Because she's been avidly watching youtube videos and sucking up all the loveliness...


    Broadcast TV shows don't have quite the same impact it seems because they're just short series.  But these youtube channels put out new content every week, drawing their viewers further and further into their world.


    I don't know what the answer is, but I do blame youtube for encouraging many new boaters onto the cut when they have a very innaccurate idea of what's in store.

    Please send my way as our boat will be for sale soon as to me at time writing this recovering in hospital after 2 nd blocked/ twisted bowl operation. I’ve just had 9 days with NO food and lost 7kgs in weight. Plan is sell boat and return to our home Goa India. Maybe straining to open stuck gates/bridges not doing me any favours 

  9. On 10/03/2022 at 21:51, vanboosh said:

    So Penton Hook lock is closed, which means Chris can't get down our way for another couple of weeks. Any ideas? We don't need a lot, just enough to keep our heater going until Chris can get through, so I guess maybe a trip to the local petrol station with a jerry can, but I'm not in love with the current diesel prices at the pump!

    Penton hook marina just below the lock mega bucks to buy but may do

  10. On 11/03/2022 at 13:19, LadyG said:

    I don't see the problem, the stuff got re-cycled, just not by the LA, but by a third party. 

    I've been stuck on the boat for four weeks, and had to conserve all my waste,  two very large plastic log sacks.

    Far too much packaging, but that is inevitable unless we go back to 1960s when you went to the grocer and he cut butter off  a block, cheese from a large cheese and filled your own bottle with sherry from a barrel. The wrapping was greaseproof paper, no plastic film.

    I don't think there is any way of stopping the use of plastics, everything is dependant on plastic film, bottles, containers. Even waxed paper drinks cartons have plastic,  medicines are in foil and bubble wrap, non recyclable. 

    I remember getting loose frozen peas as a kid for mum that stopped when she found a frozen wood lice lol. But I agree so much was loose packed in paper bags 4oz of sugar coated lemon drops pls for 6d

  11. Have people here been able to join a boat going up river which has vhf aboard can do the course and buy a set but don’t want the expense. Used to radio use as had DC 10 and Airbus taxi approval when in work as aircraft eng but Lic expired now. Had fun doing that had total radio failure while taxing round Gatwick in a dc 10 and brake failure in a A 300 while approaching live runway crossing all in a days work lol l. Anyway would like to transit with a legal Lic holder   

  12. Barrus’s  after sales seem a bit wanting I removed the travel pack alternator to have new bearings installed as it’s run 3000 hrs and prevention is better than cure. If bearings fail a very expensive alternator gets wiped out. While it’s off I removed the tensioning pulley and the bearing was very dry and as it’s done 6000 hours time to replace it. Guess what Barrus who installed the travel pack when the engine was new don’t keep any spares not available they say. Anyway 4 countries marine who is doing bearing replacement will source a replacement and install but it’s not a straightforward job but I am sure he will come through. 
    Disappointed in Barrus if you supply from your factory a complete engine as shown by the manual supplied you would think they would supply the parts required to service it as they shipped it. 4 countries marine a very good see his web site his work is top notch. He installed a upgraded alt for the domestic batteries and they operation since has been so much better. 

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  13. Just need to get out from winter mooring in marina. Getting fed up looking at boat next door. Don’t care where we go just get out on the cut. Been in here doing jobs that require being in a marina otherwise we are out on the cut 365 days a year. Sadly boat will be sold in early 2023 as we are to return to Goa India which is a main home after I retired me a Brit wife is half Irish half German born and brought up in India I know it sounds a heady mix but she is 100 % pukka Hindi speaking Indian. She loves the boat life but it will be time to rtn home plus I need a hip replaced and with NHS as it is I will be dead before getting it done here. 

  14. Spoke with a electric boat owner a little while back and he said the battery pack which is Lithium cost him wait for it £40k, now if they last for 8 years that’s £5k a year replacement cost even if lithium cost drop by 50% bearing in mind the demand from the auto industry that’s still £2.5 k a year plus a diesel generator running costs so please where is the up side of going electric I ask myself. Also told me that he can get a day’s cruising on a charge well dipper-de-do for that money I would want a lot more than that. So me I will stick with my 4 pot oil burner with 6000 hrs on the clock and still runs sweet as, oil change every 250 hours g/box every 500 hours together with fuel filter. Air filter is K&N so wash once every 6 months so that’s me done for routine maintenance. Lot cheaper than electric that’s for sure. 

  15. The CRT logs boats moving and going through locks and you can request a movement report from them which lists where your boat has been seen. So if you are a CC but only seen in one area they would know now what they do about it is another matter. I’ve had my number logged by log keepers lots of times for this reason. 
    As to the boats with sheds type that stay in one location it’s very hard for the CRT to action and the local council don’t want the person made homeless as they then have to deal with them and not the CRT, so we just have to put up with these type of “I DON’T GIVE A SH*T” owners. 

    Also checkers have to be careful they don’t run into a nut job that does them serous harm. So no more. 

  16. On 05/12/2021 at 21:48, Tracy D'arth said:

    But I bet it was well painted prettily.

    I did aircraft engineering for 50 years and any old a/c with a nice paint job was said to had a “Mexican overhaul” wipe over with a oily rag and a paint job. Lol. 
    I’ve helped a couple of people lady’s broken down in narrowboat and my labour rates are cheap just one or two cups of tea an hour! One lady gave away a bottle of red wine which was her husbands he was happy they were fixed but not so happy being a bottle short after. 

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  17. On 06/11/2021 at 19:32, baldlimey said:

    Has anyone tried running a 240v fridge off a seperate inverter. I'm wonderin if this would use less/more/the same power as a 12v fridge?


    We have the regular inverter charging but I believe the resting power consumption for these are quite high so I was wondering about putting a small (500w?) inverter with a very efficent 240v fridge or would I be eating through more power than a 12v fridge?


    Any advice gratefully received.







    We had a 240 v freezer power board failed due voltage outside spec that to we have a travel pack 240v system but the freezer didn’t like it on shore power fine I replaced board twice then gave up and went with 12v one expensive but it works. 

  18. On 23/10/2020 at 17:26, Tracy D'arth said:

    Some of us have deteriorated eye sight. In poor lighting conditions I cannot judge sideways distances as I have triple vision. Yes, I have 72 watts of LED tunnel lights. They point starboard and up. If there is another boat coming I can turn them off but its not easy to see then.


    There is no regulation about tunnel lights except that you have to have one so unfortunately us selfish boaters with LED lights or the idiots with vintage searchlights or massive brass car headlights can do what the heck we want. Could I suggest you try what I do and use a pair of sunglasses on such an occasion that your eyes will not adjust correctly in bright light?


    Or maybe an automatic welding mask?



    Same my light points up and to the right. To all who complain about other boaters I say "get a life" and stop complaining about every little thing.

  19. We have small dog Jack Russell pug cross now 1 year old and he is no issue for any of the issues you are worried about. If he needs to get off he will let you know in plenty of time. I’ve stopped under a bridge he gets off has his per then jumps back on. Number twos are first thing in the morning pick up and bin it so no issue there. We leave him alone for up to 4 hrs with his water without problem. He is my wife’s dog for sure but wouldn’t be with out him now. 

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  20. On 20/07/2021 at 16:08, Richard10002 said:


    I don't think col was talking about "all boats" having to move so slowly that they have to drop into neutral now and then. He was talking about "some boats" that are obviously going too fast, who excuse themselves with the "as slow as I can go" excuse.


    Given that we all manage to moor, quite precisely sometimes, and mooring requires ending up stopped, I would suggest that we are all able to control our boats with a speed from less than tickover, right down to stopped.


    There is no excuse for going too fast past moored boats. I suppose col could ask those giving him a hard time what speed is too fast, below which it is "not too fast". I've seen 2mph mentioned here a few times, so maybe that is a good starting point?


    By the same token, if boats doing 2mph or less, (or whatever speed is decided), make your boat move more than you would like, you could tie up better :) 

    I go past at 1000 rpm or a bit less which is around 2mph so able to steer also why should I waste my time creeping past at 1 mph just to please the Earl Grey tea drinker or Tesco lager drinker depending on which end of the wealth spectrum they are from. If you don't want your boat/home to moving about sell up and buy a house or better still cruise with it after all its a boat. I try hard not to loose my rag with them but having failed my anger management classes I find it hard.lol.

    On the same subject went past a fishing competition the other day must have been a 100 of them I always set the speed and cruise past them all at the same speed so all treated the same way the last one and I mean the LAST one shouted about slowing down, again making me loose the plot.lol.

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