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RiverRo

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  1. The situation is very messy at the moment , Brexit and norther Ireland issues have tied Waterways Ireland hands to be able to update bye laws, On canals there is only 28 current full time livaboard places (20 in dublin and 8 in Shannon harbour ) and the waiting list is longgggg, they can’t add more with out facilities and planning permission etc very long story there are non residential permanent moorings that legally only let you “live on the boat for 90 days a year” most livaboards have these and everything is fine they are just hoping as it seems that nothing comes of it as waterways Ireland are trying to get the system sorted to accommodate more On the Shannon there’s private marinas where you can live and pay a marina fee - public harbours have a 5 day rule in summer so you must keep moving , and during the winter period (1 November - 1st April) you can get a winter mooring permit in a public harbour and stay permanently
  2. Thanks for the heads up Peter. I booked Giles of ‘your helmsman’ in the end, hopefully it’ll have opened up by next Monday when he’s due to move her. Have p&s booked and road transport to Ireland a week later all lined up so fingers crossed they have it sorted soon!
  3. Thanks for the insights folks. Reckon I will just ‘jump in’ the deep end and hopefully emerge unscathed!
  4. Thanks for all the info Peter! Yes feel a little more confident I could do it myself after checking out the boaters guide!
  5. Like I said, I’m a complete novice, have no experience on a narrowboat apart from the short run when buying, so any starter tips would be appreciated. She’s a 52 for narrowboat, 35hp. Need it moved from King’s cross to p&s in watford. Don’t know what the going rate is but would have thought £100-£150/ day would be reasonable
  6. Hi guys. Absolute novice here, but just bought a narrowboat in central London and need to bring her up to p&s marine for some work before shipping her to Ireland. The broker put me in touch with someone who could help move her, but the price for doing so seems very high. So the question is, if I was to fly over and move her myself, firstly would it be feasible on my own, and what would I need to know before doing so. (I’ve had a quick run through on how to start the engine already and she seems to run fine, and I’m sure i could steer fine (I’m mostly unsure of how to navigate locks!) Alternatively, could anyone recommend anyone trustworthy who would run this trip for me at a reasonable rate. Thanks in advance!
  7. Thanks for all the suggestions andy sorry to hear of the horror stories...to update, we’ve found the money to get the grit blasting and epoxy, figured it’s the safest bet....presumably if any holes do appear after blasting they would have rusted through eventually anyway, and the idea of over plating doesn’t sound too appealing, now or further down the line....presumably any holes that did appear would be noticed and welded? Or would this require over-plating? (we’re going with a well reviewed boat yard so presumably they’d check steel integrity after blasting, but I will make sure to talk to them about it) The hull survey does mention evidence of rusting from the inside suggesting there were issues there that have since been dealt with, as it now appears dry... If we were to sell the boat down the line I think a history of epoxy coating would satisfy any buyer doubts (?) Also, we’re moving the boat to Ireland so I’m not sure we’d have the same level of boatmanship over here when it comes to narrowboat maintenance, so probably best to get it done before shipping
  8. Thanks for all the info. Reckon I’ll just get her blackened for now and see where we are in a few years as unsure whether we’ll be in her long term
  9. Looking for a bit of advice...I’m looking at buying a narrowboat which comes at a good price, however the survey recommends gritblasting and painting the baseplate, because apparently it is thinner than usual and has ‘widespread pitting’ There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to baseplate maintenance from what little research I’ve done, ie painting or leaving as is because of thickness/lack of oxygen etc. I would prefer not to have to blast and paint it if I didn’t have to because of the expense. Here’s an excerpt from the survey for more details.... ‘The base plate had a nominal thickness of 8mm, but point thickness measurements indicated some diminution. The majority of readings were above 7mm, the lowest reading being 6.1mm. Widespread pitting, not uncommon on narrowboat base plates, was widespread, resulting in shallow craters with an estimated depth of 0.5 – 1mm, but no loss of structural strength was detected with hammer testing. 1. Given the comparatively thin base plate, grit blasting and applying a protective paint coating would greatly reduce the chance of serious diminution in the future. However, boatyards are reluctant to take on this work due to the limited access beneath the hull.
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