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Blue Knight

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  1. That's a good idea indeed but I first need to sort a few 'official' things before that stage. All the best 😉
  2. Not an excellent result at all sir. In fact it has been a thoroughly miserable experience. The boat has been rejected and the battle is ongoing with the broker. That said, the broker sold it again within 24hrs to some other poor unsuspecting soul - I just need to get my deposit back and then I can put it all behind us and find the next boat. Anyway, I don't wish to detract from the OPs questions so back to you Keaney (and my apologies to you for interrupting your thread). Nothing more from me 🙂 EDIT: Yes, sorry, it was a pre-purchase survey although the bro
  3. You're a clever guy but like us we didn't want a project boat either. Ours was being sold as 'gem of a boat' by the broker but it turned out to be a proper lemon. Also, when the surveyor tells you not to move it out of its berth on safety grounds then that seals the 'lemon' thing!! Anyway, good luck with your boat and enjoy it once it's finished - I'm sure you'll have a fab time.
  4. Hi Keaney, sorry to hear that but it does happen. We had the same thing with our survey in October when it came back with a list as long as our arm with many-many £'000s of jobs to be done. I hope you get it all fixed in a reasonable time. All the best 😎
  5. He needs something like this to keep you lot in check on the cut 😇
  6. I'm not entirely sure how valid the 15% reduction actually is when compared to other companies etc. Example: Oboard Energy charge £1,001.70 for a Victron 100Ah Lithium battery, or £851.46 with the Johno discount, whereas Alpha Batteries charge a normal rate of £849.99 for the same battery incl delivery (BAT512110705). I'm sure they'll be a great company to deal with but I'm just saying that the 15% Johno discount may not be all it seems.
  7. Now you're talking my lingo 😁 We've moved from British built vans to French built and now German and we'll be sticking with German stuff now. The missus and I were supposed to visit Germany in April this year to have a pre-order chat with our preferred German manufacturer but the virus stopped our plans and we've since reverted to my long term wish to buy a narrowboat. I just hope it turns out to be everything I want it to be; fingers crossed 👍 All the best, Andrew
  8. So true sir. If this was a motorhome forum then I would be advising the newbies on anything and everything. Sadly for me I'm now the newbie but I'm getting there........slowly! All the best, Andrew
  9. Hi Alan, the staining which I refer to is associated with a different boat to one which I'm buying. I was just intrigued as to why the wood had blackened above the small fin-style Alde system. Thanks for the reply and sorry for any confusion. All the best, Andrew
  10. The boat is advertised as a 2012 model so not old at all. I reckon the stain (as I'm calling it) has been there for some time as it looked and felt to be quite engrained from what I can recall. The wood is only thin so I suspect the veneer is thin too. After reading all of the informative responses on here I've got a feeling that a straight forward clean-up may not be possible. It's a shame that I couldn't visit the boat again as I really want to examen it further. Thanks to everyone who has replied. All the best, Andrew
  11. That's really good to know Tony, many thanks indeed. I've trawled the internet high and low recently for info sources on Narrowboats and I'll say now that your site has to be the best out there. I've learnt a whole load of new facts and I've only been at it for an hour. All the best, Andrew
  12. That's a fantastic link to Tony's web site. That'll keep me busy for a while. Many thanks 😎
  13. Thanks T, I appreciate the advice. I've read something similiar tonight on Google but it's nice to get realtime info from you guys. I did try to scrape it off when I was in the boat but I clearly didn't try hard enough and I certainly didn't have a brush. Thanks again, Andrew Yes, I reckon there would be quite a bit of heat build-up in the skirting convectors when the gas heating was on full blast. Sadly, though, I didn't get a chance to test the heating system.
  14. That's good news as it detracted from the nice interior of the boat. The Aqualine was the only boat which we viewed with this issue but then again is was the only boat to have the Alde Compact gas system fitted. Thanks for the info, Andrew
  15. Hi Guys, During our hunt for a boat last month we came across a 2012 Aqualine which had dark heat stained marks above all of the many Alde radiator lower vents, pic below. This question is just for my learning but how would someone go about removing such marks? ........... or would it be a case of having to replace or paint the wood? Thanks in advance, Andrew
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