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  1. Stayed in this location in summer 2021 and spotted this guy who I seen on a YouTube video from 2016 I think and here he was still there. The collection of sh*t tip boats taking up a nice mooring spot tee’d me off. Council had a skip there full of rubbish generated by these boats. We stayed in the area a few days waiting for a brush pack for our alternator then we went down to Bristol and round to sharpness on the lumpy water. 
    There many other boats that need “taking out the water “ London being a place they need to get a grip on with CM’s taking up all the space. 
    Rant over as boat sold now sorry to say next adventure is 6 months off road camping round outback Australia then it’s saga cruises from then on lol

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  2. On 01/09/2023 at 07:43, Tonka said:

    My wife was born in Addiscombe and my 2 daughters were born in Mayday. We got out of there in 2007 so I know what you are not saying

    I was born in New Addington at #15 xxx moved to #19 xxx when 4 and left when 21 never to rtn but to visit parents. 

  3. On 20/08/2023 at 23:38, MtB said:


    Amazing! Are they delivered in a Tesla, too?




    When I was a 11year old back in the 60’s I did a milk round on weekends on Sunday that was 1200 pints the milkman his son or daughter and me. My pay was 2 shillings a day 10 pence in todays money lol milkman today I bet doesn’t do 1200 pints in a week

  4. 12 hours ago, Tonka said:

    Well you probably deserved that just for being in Croydon


    12 hours ago, Tonka said:

    Well you probably deserved that just for being in Croydon

    Croydon was ok back then now it’s the knife capital of London. Not going into reasons as to why that is so because I will get cancelled lol. 

  5. On 23/08/2023 at 16:59, Tonka said:

    Probably not after one of them was murdered the other year

    Murderer got 37 years for that I was a prosecution witness in the case, last time in court was as a 21 year old in 1973 racing my Triumph Trident round Croydon lol 6 month ban  and £160 fine. 

  6. On 25/02/2023 at 19:39, david909 said:

    So I bought a canal boat. A 60foot, 1994, trad' narrow boat. 
    I'd not bought a boat before.
    The brochure gave the appearance that the boat was in great shape. The survey I had done revealed a somewhat grittier picture, but I'd fallen in love and, on the strength of advice from the boat broker that the work that needed doing would cost me around £13-16k, I negotiated a stiff price reduction and went ahead with the purchase.
    There was some serious mis-selling involved, which I will be looking to take action over. 
    I took the boat to a nearby boatyard and was given a series of very reasonable figures for the various bits of work that needed doing that were beyond my skillset.
    However, things have become nightmarish. They've already had £18,000 off me (because the hull needed completely replating instead of patching and apparently the steel cost £17k.) Everything they look at costs way more than originally stated or wasn't mentioned but "needs doing". New engine mounts. New propellor. I was told that a gasket set would cost a few hundred quid. That's now changed to £1800. I asked for a complete engine service and was told £380. THat's changed to "thousands if we go ahead with it, or put it back unserviced and take your chances". I'm looking at a final bill of around £30k+ for what amounts to hull replated with a single sheet of steel, and blacked, new anodes, engine mounts, a new propellor, the engine removed, cleaned, oil sump gasket replaced and engine replaced, a hatch into the diesel tank because "there's no other way of cleaning it out", and water tank cleaned and painted, and that's it. This makes the final cost of the boat north of £60k and the toilet still doesn't work and the inverter also doesn't work, despite both showing up as working in the survey I had done.
    I'm on the verge of nervous collapse, if not actual bankruptcy over this.
    Do these costs seem unusually high to anyone? (They do to me.) (This is not in London, or anywhere near London.)
    I told them there was a strict budget involved but that has been ignored. I stand to lose somewhere around £50k on this as it stands.
    I have no idea what to do or where to turn.

    I had the engine removed due bad oil leak and poor access mounts replaced, leak fixed, new drive plate while engine out. Total bull £1300 inc parts labour and of course vat. While engine out I cleaned out bilge and 2 pack painted complete area paint supply in the £1300. The boat was 2003 I got her in April 2019 with 1995 hrs on engine sold 3 years later for same price and with 6010 hrs  on the engine. 
    problem is there are sharks out there seeing your situation you are nothing more than a cash cow to keep bleeding dry. Our boat I did not do a survey as survey was there from 1 year before I went round checking what he had flagged up. Still the cheap sods Who I got her from still had me over over some minor issues. However Karma got them with the boat they brought within 2 weeks of me buying their old one was condemned by the surveyor as the gas locker completely rusted out survey before buying not after I thinks. couldn’t stop laughing for a week 

    By the way complete engine service £ 400 tops plus gaskets as required not a complete set, if they charge for a set take from the left over gaskets as head gasket is very expensive if brought on its own so take back the left overs you paid for it it’s yours not theirs. 
    hope it comes good for you


    best regards Ken

  7. On 23/07/2023 at 15:41, Tony Brooks said:


    In that case, phone the CaRT regional office and explain, I am about 98% sure they will accomodate you.

    I had just this issue in market Harbrough called up the local licensing officer told him I had just come out of major surgery he said fine no issue stay as long as needed. Also he said I see my your movement record on the system you are a cc’er that moves most days so not taking the Mickey stay as long as you need. 

  8. We have given up the boat we were cc’ing for 3 years now returned home to Goa India. We have had around 2 meters of rain over around 6 weeks monsoon season here, pity we can’t send you some. Next adventure is 6 months plus camping going round the outback of Australia nicking sons 4x4 for the trip. Some tracks over 1000 miles all dirt and you can do whole track in around 3 weeks and meet no one. Good as you don’t meet c’moorers either. Lol

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  9. 9 hours ago, dmr said:


    We had a hint of smoke from the exhaust, dunno what they were complaining about. I looked yesterday and we have now done 14,000 hours on that engine, its proper smokey now.

    It was very good cider.

    Our boat had 6000 hrs on it and not a hint of smoke. Oil changed every 250 hrs air filter washed ever750 hrs (k&n) proper maintenance works wonders prevention is better than cure I say. Mind you 50 years of large passenger jet maintenance has something to do with my mind set all things mechanical. Lol. 

  10. On 07/04/2023 at 14:43, IanD said:


    I do believe *you're* well out of touch given price rises over the last couple of years... 😉


    DAMHIK... 😞

    Probably closer to £40k today for a high-end series hybrid with a big LFP battery bank...

    I was in Debdale and a new electric boat was just being finished. Spoke to owner battery bank cost was £40,000 he’ll of a price to pay that to 5kva gen set in the well deck up front. What a waste of money in my view. 

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  11. On our boat had router with dual antenna inputs with omni directional antenna outside the boat. Roaming all over as cc er’s only once or twice got no internet phones no signal but got the internet ok. Our provider was O2. 
    The antenna outside I had on a magnetic base stuck to a bracket on the front so could put pointing up to get best signal and turn upside down when moving so as not to hit bridges etc. In this pic the antenna is the white pole looking item on the front of the boat on the L/H side


  12. On 30/01/2023 at 00:00, MtB said:


    Gwarn, what did you put?!!!


    "More like a submarine" or something along those lines, perhaps?







    Believe it or not UK hunter killer subs have booze on the boat. Had a ex girlfriend’s hubby show me round his boat HMS xxxxxx

    and had a beer in the ward room beer kegs were the stools clipped to the floor with cushion covers over them to sit on lol

  13. On 26/01/2023 at 22:50, ditchcrawler said:

    Just mention it on Facebook and there will be a queue by the door.

    We sold ours on “Apollo duck” within 4 weeks we were moored in Market Harbrough on an extended stay due to my hospital visits. Boat taken away from there and we stayed in a abnb for a month before returning to our home in Goa India. Miss the boat life after 3 years of moving almost every day. However now in Australia visit our 2 boys and planning another round the island lol road trip last one 9 years ago lasted 4 months and over 17,000 miles. Trip to take place mid 2024 like cc’ing but on land lol

  14. On 22/01/2023 at 04:58, Alan de Enfield said:


    Some folks 'buy the dream' and then 'sell the reality'.

    We sold our live aboard in may last year to a couple going CC ing. After doing BSC and blacking it was up for sale offers above £6000 less than they paid us. Big hit for them after just a few months ownership. Broker did them no favours with the listing as well so much he could have said to up the price like, new drive plate new engine mounts just overhauled travel pack alt. Service just done new pumps etc etc none of that listed. Felt sorry for them dream turned nightmare. 

  15. On 26/09/2014 at 19:32, Grace and Favour said:

    That's a great deal cheaper than most householders would have to pay as a call-out fee for their local plumber, sparky, locksmith etc

    I had to get change a door lock on a car dealership on Park Lane which was owned by a friend who had gone to Germany for Christmas.  It’s was Christmas Eve and a Saturday afternoon £30  Chubb lock cost me a eye watering £700! However the day before he sacked a employee who still had a key and there was a car with a list price of 7 figures plus inside so £700 seemed cheap to protect this asset. Lock man very happy with his Christmas bonus!

  16. On 11/12/2022 at 21:24, carp-addict said:

    The tank sizes are in the boats documentation and also the sizes and I have checked the volume using the sizes with an online calculator

    I havnt dipped the tank as I dont think theres a straight drop into the tank

    Theres are fuel cocks on each tank plus a drain valve

    I will check the breather outlets when the weather improves slightly

    I would imagine that the gauge would in reality only read from one tank and would  assume that both are level 



    If the tank is square measure the W. L. H multiplying three sides and find total cubic cm divide by 1000 that will give you the amount in ltr ie 1000 Cubic cm = 1 ltr

  17. 21 hours ago, MtB said:


    An alternative fact, made up by snowflake boating newbies.




    Agree I had to move when water frozen “couldn’t wait it out” as needed services and as a cc moving when water frozen fact of life. Mind you extra slow past plastic and wooden boats. 
    also EXTRA care when getting on or off and round locks. 
    Another point if you do go in stand up and take off heavy coat and woolly stuff as they are heavy then it’s a bit easier to climb out then into a warm shower fully dressed and strip off in the shower. Came to this idea the hard way lol not dead winter but water was cold that was for sure. 

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  18. On 23/10/2020 at 16:23, vicafloat said:

    Hello fellow boaters.  A friend of mine is having difficulty with his Bubble diesel stove and cannot find a specialist in the North West to come and service it.

    Have any forum members got any recommendations?  Thanks in advance.

    Weld some chain to it and use it as a mud weight. Mine went in the bin changed it for a solid fuel stove had no end of problems with the bubble. 

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  19. 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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  20. 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

  21. 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. 

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