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  1. The suitable boats I have found on Apollo Duck have been situated all over the country yes. But a good handful of them have been around the Midlands. Ones closest to me in terms of geography seem to come with a London price tag and I have been less impressed by what is on offer down south for my budget.
  2. Hi All, I've posted a couple of times regarding my intention to buy my first liveaboard narrowboat. Long story short I found a boat that I thougth was for me, drove 300 miles to view it, and the boat was not as advertised so I left it. I currently reside in Brighton so there are very few brokerage's even within 100 miles of where I'm situated. My new plan to to rent an Airbnb/travelodge/hotel etc around the Daventry area once lockdown is lifted so I am closer to the action and can view boats coming on the market immdiately. I have also given my d
  3. That's a shame. I thought there might be some specialised options for him.
  4. Hi All. A friend of mine has shown enthusiasm in regards to purchasing his first boat and has asked me to ask this fantastic online community about loans/mortgages some new boaters might be able to obtain with little upfront capital. He is self-employed and runs his own online business for reference. His desired budget is around 40k. I believe he wants a cruiser stern but isn't much fussed on the layout/model/design as long as it is functional as a liveabaord vessel. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks
  5. Yeah we've rulled all crossbeds out. I dont seem to fit on those either so it's always disappointing when you see a fit out with one.
  6. Yes it seems to be the case that the boat owner is responsible for providing the measurements. It is unfortunate, though, that cabin height being such an essential requirement was not double checked or something to that effect. We called up specifically to check the cabin height and still had our time wasted. I wish it was something that was readily disclosed by boat sellers. My budget is £50,000 and it seems that I can get a late 90s/early 2000s boat in that price range which is of good quality. As I understand it, the newer ones are likely to be taller. Anything before the 90s looks to be
  7. HI all Yesterday my partner and I went up to the midlands (a 300 mile round trip) to view a boat which I'm intending to use for liveaboard purposes. We first found the boat listed on brokerage site and loved it. I called them up immediately to check the cabin height to see if I could fit. I was assured the vessel had head room of 6'6 which was great news. We had been swooning after this boat for the best part of a month, we also put down a holding deposit on it so we could be the first people to view it once lockdown ended. This ended up being slightly point
  8. Hi All, My partner and I are going to view a boat that we intend to purchase as a liveaboard sometime soon in the coming weeks. Apparently brokerages are permitted to opperate for the sake of liveaboards during the lock down. We're currently based in Brighton but will be going up to Coventry to view this boat. This is obviously a very long way for one boat which we might not like the feel of in person. Can anyone suggest any other marinas in the Crick area aside from ABNB, Braunston Marina, New and Used Boats? I feel our options will be limited due to the pandemic. All
  9. Thanks for your reply, Jen! No I think we will be avoiding the brackish and tidal areas for our first year. We've seen enough videos and it just looks too stressful for our first year! We are more than happy to go the long way around (Grand Union/Oxford) as we are in no hurry to be anywhere, luckily. Thank you Dr Bob! I think it'll definitely be beneficial to keep our plan flexible - cake included.
  10. Hello everybody. My partner and I have decided to spend our first year on our 60ft narrowboat cruising! Our plan is very loose and we don't have anywhere in particluar we need to be (thankfully). However, our plan so far has been to go from Coventry towards Wales (and do the Llangollen), then backwards onto the Shropshire Union canal to then travel down to Bath/Bristol area. From there, the Kennet and Avon seems lovely too. We will be starting our journey mid June (when I expect the canals get busier) so we will hopefully be enjoying Wales in the summertime. We are both nature lovers and
  11. Thank you for the all the replies, Regarding the Alde gas boiler, Is this used to heat the water as well as heat up the boat via the centrel heating? I plan to use the stove for the majority of the heating purposes so will the aldi still be costly if it's used just to heat the water? Thanks
  12. Hi there, I intend to use it as a liveaboard. I'll have to look into ALDE boilers. I've heard them mentioned a few times before as fairly pricey to operate. Thanks for the reply
  13. Cheers, Rob! I must say it is at the top end of my budget, Would you value it more around the 45k mark?
  14. Hi all, I would like anyone who cares to do so to give me their honest opinions/first impressions on this boat. As a novice I'm not sure if any alarm bells are ringing in the ad. Looks fine to me and I'm excited to view it! All opinions welcome. https://www.greathaywoodboatsales.co.uk/shop/aloysius-ii/ Thanks very much
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