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  1. Thank you all so much for the input! Maybe someone will recognise her on our travels. Hope we’ll meet some of you as well, though marrying up boats, faces along the way etc with you lot (no offence intended at all!) might take a bit of doing. Maybe you’ll give us some clues if we meet! Btw, my Uncle was Peter Goss. I don’t know if any of you remember him? He ran boats out of Cosgrove many decades ago all built, I think, by Colecraft. His own (a series of them) were called Argus I, II, III etc. Think he got to V or VI. Others were Pegasus, Romulus and Remus. He died late last year at the age of 94 and we miss him very much as he taught me everything I know about narrowboats and canals. I hope he would approve of Pan91!
  2. The mooring bollards are a bit unusual too. I hesitate to call them cleats because of their shape. Look kind of unique and “hand made” so to speak. Again, makes me wonder if she was a prototype/one-off or experimental build. Anyone recognise them? These days I imagine they are bought “off the shelf”?
  3. I’m beginning to wonder if the D&A Marine bit is mythical!?
  4. If you still concur, I think a trip to Stibbington maybe in order....! Would the bow shape be more typical of a river builder?
  5. Wow! Thanks guys! This is getting really interesting! My photos of stern rail (@70liveaboard) are not good because of awning and because I was obsessed with the hull at the time! However here they are... .....you can can just see one of the gas lockers by Fred’s foot on stern deck. There is one port, one starboard. ooh! Just found a few more pics so you can see stern rails and gas lockers. didnt take many of interior as had pics on sales spec (and obsessed with hull design!!!) However should be able to rectify that next week when we complete, handover and commence our maiden voyage in her!!!! How exciting is that!!!! (Sorry folks, getting just a wee bit over excited here!!) PS all the beautiful non slip decking has been added by Fred. Guess what? He’s a sheet metal worker!! Ditto the stern platform.
  6. Ooh! My head is reeling with all the information! But thanks, guys, for all the input! Yes, can confirm strakes fully welded on top, stitched below. (Surveyor noted no significant corrosion underneath but is this really a good idea??) Calcutt Boats fitted the BMC 1.8 engine and Roger remembers the owner was aHilary Peterswho was involved with Canal Cavalcades. Ive heard of Pat Buckle but not PKB. Would love her to have been built on the Nene, though, because I sailed that as a child. We think very little has been done to her interior since she was built (except being very well looked after). She is fitted out in sapele mahogany. Rather lovely with a beautiful sheen though probably difficult, if not impossible to get hold of these days. And/or a bit pricey!!? I can see the resemblance to Lazy-Daisy. The flanges to the fore cabin sides (what on earth do you call those bits? Bet they have a name!) look very similar as well. .....The thick plottens as they say! Are any shells still built in this country? Seems a lot are built in Gdańsk and suchlike and shipped over these days!
  7. Ooh, that’s interesting! A good lead to follow up. here are a few pics. (At this point I have to restrain myself from posting a complete album from every possible angle etc!) v excited to hear what folks think...... I should add (though patently obvious) the latter photo was take after pressure washing.....the keelblack has failed badly! Won’t be using that product again!!! Cxxx
  8. Hello Folks! Sorry for the silence.....immensely busy....but after several trips up and down the country, a very thorough and efficient surveyor’s report, a lot of thought and a huge amount of excitement we are......about to become the new owners of Pan91! Thank you for all the replies..... I’m sure a huge no of questions will follow! Also some pics as we still haven’t got to the bottom of who built her (more on this below!) Looking forward to meeting people and maybe identifying a few of you by your boats along the way as we start Pan’s Progress: The Odyssey later this month! Cheers! ps Anyone got any thoughts on the route we should take from Droitwich to Lancaster ..... our maiden voyage, so to speak!
  9. A&D denying responsibility for the build of Pan91. The boat that looks v similar on their website was built by Union Mill (Wolverhampton) but seems that company didn’t exist until c.1998....too late for Pan91, unless she was a prototype, maybe. The investigation continues! Getting v excited ......survey takes place on thurs am!
  10. I did wonder about that.....when I looked at the site I only saw that it was a historic dry dock. Now I look more closely the boat in the picture is very similar ( superficially, at least) to the one we’re looking at. I shall be ringing. Them first thing mon am I think! Good tip off! Thanks!
  11. Ok! Survey being done end next week so will take photos and post them! That’s brill. Thanks!!
  12. Yes.....you could well be right. In which case, what clues could I look for that might identify the builder? (No commissioning plate as far as I know.) If we do buy her I would consider it a matter of honour to investigate her history!
  13. Hi there! Someone please tell me if I’m doing this wrong/right! Tried posting last weekend but I believe there was a major event in canal history taking place (I hope the happy couple are enjoying wedded bliss and everyone else has recovered and rejoined their vessels without mishap or hangover!) so I m going to try picking your collective brains again! We’re looking a boat for sale that has the builder recorded as D & A Marine. Built 1991. Anyone heard of the builders or know anything about them? Could possibly have been a one off build .....though the name suggests more than that. would be very interested to hear any ideas! Thanks!
  14. Yes, maybe I’ll ask the question again in a day or so. Thanks for your help and ideas! We’re a bit obsessed with the subject atm!
  15. Yes, just had a look at the site. Maybe was an early experiment!? She’s a kind of reverse layout which might have been unusual then? Been reading a lot about Hull thickness/corrosion... our main worry really. we noticed a lot of rust below bow decking. (We’d taken off the steps from forward cabin up to bow well if that makes sense.) would we have been looking down on the top side of the base plate?
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