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  1. Well, "disgusting behaviour" or not, I'd say that's game set and match. It's very clear from the above that payment of a deposit constitutes a sale, the broker can't have it both ways.
  2. It's just occurred to me that I'm sure this particular broker, along with a view others, used to take the view that a deposit was a commitment to sale, a sort of down payment, if you like, which was only refundable in the event of some significant fault with the boat being revealed by a professional survey. As far as I know Great Haywood still operate this way, ie their view is that a deposit effectively locks you into the sale. If I am right, the broker we're talking about has changed their policy, and it makes you wonder why, unless it is to allow them the freedom to do what is being alleged in this thread.
  3. Plenty of red diesel where I live, about 50 miles from the nearest waterway/coastline... We were without petrol/diesel for five days so folk were getting desperate, I'm sure some weren't able to resist the temptation.
  4. The broker states quite clearly that once a £1000 deposit is paid, the boat is removed from the market. They will of course say that it doesn't mean no further offers can be accepted, but that doesn't pass the test of reasonableness. If you paid the deposit and it was received by the broker before the unconditional offer was accepted, you are 100% in the right, that's all there is to it. The broker is playing fast and loose because they probably think you won't sue. Plus, they already have such a shocking reputation, among those in the know, it can't sink any lower. I feel some sympathy for the seller, who was probably advised by the broker that this is all above board and of course as a seller you would choose to believe that... But the seller could resolve this if he chose to. It illustrates what a bear pit the boat market is at the moment, how many of us watch this from a distance and think glad I'm out of it. I do hope some normality returns in the not too distant future but somehow I doubt it will.
  5. Matrix is probably the wrong term - the heat exchanger, the mass of tubes in an instant GWH that the water flows through whilst it's being heated by the gas flame. I must have left a small amount of water in there and the tubes are small bore and quite fragile. One of the many things about boat design, not just narrowboats, that annoys me is how difficult it often is to thoroughly drain the water system. In some case there is no provision at all. Yet the vast majority of boats spend their winters unoccupied.
  6. I used to work in the flood damage restoration business so I am paranoid about this sort of thing. Even so, despite assiduously draining down my boat every winter, a few years ago I returned to discover a burst water heater matrix. It had been a particularly hard winter, but I was so sure I had drained the matrix thoroughly it never occurred to me there would be a problem. I think if you don't have regular access to the boat in the winter the non toxic anti freeze is a wise precaution - no-one knows how bad/cold the winter is going to be.
  7. Well it seems like a good idea but it sounds as though the OP's boat wasn't designed like that, otherwise it wouldn't be "life threatening". I've certainly seen at least one installation where the tube was buried away right down in the bilge with no obvious access to it. I guess having a gas locker type compartment is seen as a waste of space on the modern narrowboat. Incidentally I've noticed a couple of boats for sale recently - older boats - where the bowthruster tube has been sealed from the outside.
  8. I've often wondered about the wisdom of steel bowthruster tubes. Even if the thing is blacked or treated in some way, there's no way most owners are going to remove the thruster every time the boat comes out of the water and that tube is a pretty harsh environment. Plus, how many surveyors are going to give an opinion on the condition of the tube? I can imagine there must now be a fair few older boats with aged rusting thruster tubes, it sounds like Glenda's boat is one. Unless the tube is within a sealed compartment there's every chance a perforated tube could cause a nb to sink.
  9. I notice that the GUCC also employed their livery colours of white, light blue and dark blue in the counter bands. I don't doubt there was a visibility aspect to it but that doesn't explain why/how white over red became so ubiquitous. There's evidence from pictures of working boats from the past that the counter bands were painted in sympathy with the company's livery, and I wonder if it's simply that a number of fleets eg FMC used white lettering on a red background so white and red counter bands predominated. In the modern age I've noticed that Black Prince hire boats use a particular shade of cream/yellow which matches the coachline colour - but it's still combined with red!
  10. Does anyone remember those "Burma Shave" signs they used to have in the states such as.. I think CRT should resurrect the idea, especially as going at under 4mph the helmsman has plenty of time to read them. What about: MOORED BOATS AHEAD KILL YOUR SPEED OR VERBAL ABUSE ...IS GUARANTEED!
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  12. It's also very confusing for the new wave of canal boaters. I imagine a lot would sail past thinking I'd like to turn round but my name's Smith.
  13. Oh come on, that would take all the fun out of it. What are internet forums for if it isn't having endless discussions based on conjecture and opinions with no hard facts in sight?
  14. This is great stuff guys. Just to be clear, it's not limited to hire boat locations, or even marinas. I'm thinking of a situation that I've personally experienced where you suddenly have to leave the boat for a few days, or a couple of weeks, and get home somehow. So you could broaden it out to long stay moorings or safe locations.
  15. Jeez he can break Aquadrives too... Respect. Must be that 40 odd years of experience.
  16. Bear in mind that once you get beyond Tinsley you are on a river navigation and beyond Rotherham the locks are massive - this might be a bit intimidating if you have little or no experience. As Alec says above you don't have to keep the boat in Sheffield - given that there's only one way out it might be better to look either North or South, you have quite a bit of choice within easy travelling distance. You can download a canal network map or look on the CRT website, or get an app such as OpenCanalMap to get an idea of where things are.
  17. I agree we don't know the facts, it's just sad that it wouldn't come as a surprise if it was true.
  18. I think, in good old boating tradition, they just used whatever was lying around at the time..
  19. It's just bizarre though isn't it. Folk are piling onto the canals like never before, the narrowboat market is crazy, yet we are discussing canals being closed and restoration plans under threat.
  20. What about an Inspection launch...? Now you're talking. Always wanted one but never had the nerve.
  21. I guess this is the final nail in the coffin for the restoration of the Northern Reaches then... It may be loose talk, conjecture etc but it wouldn't surprise me at all if it's true. On a recent thread I was defending my assertion that the Lancaster is no longer a genuine "wide" canal simply because it's impossible to navigate parts of it in a deep draughted narrowboat, let alone a wide beam boat. Most of the traffic on the Lanky shuttles between Lancaster and Brock it's full of weed at the bottom end and as shallow as a paddling pool at the Northern end. I suppose some will say it's chicken and egg and if CRT won't maintain it properly then folk won't use it but the vast majority of "boaters" on the Lancaster are just playing at it and couldn't care less if they can't get any further North than Hest Bank. Of course it is ironic that the few narrowboats that do cruise the full length are by definition quite intrepid, but if the numbers using the Link are decreasing (are they?) you can see why CRT might want to call it a day.
  22. I forgot I agreed to start a thread on this. It came up on another thread where a hire boater was asking about hire bases easily accessible by railway. I thought it might be useful to gather together information from members not just on hire bases, but yards and marinas eg where boats could be left/collected, that have easy access by rail. As far as I know there's nowhere where such data is readily available. By "easy" let's say within a mile of a railway station but feel free to propose any that are a practical proposition to get to by train. Depending on the response I'll collate the information for easy reference.
  23. Ooooh I do love a round of "Pet Hates".......... -Tractor seats on a trad stern boat -Dropped gunnel windows - ugh -Boats that have the name of the couple written on the cabin side -Boats with stupid names like Narrow Escape, Meander, Dunworkin etc -Folding tiller arms I'd better stop now before I alienate myself from the entire membership.
  24. I've always been sceptical about this "tunnel bands" theory. If you are following another narrowboat in a tunnel you don't pick out the white bands on the stern of a boat in front as your headlight is pointing slightly above horizontal and the bands are too low. In any case the old working boats wouldn't have had a powerful tunnel light would they? So I'm not sure (is anyone) where the practice of painting red and white bands on the stern of narrowboats comes from. IIRC the old British Waterways boats had yellow and blue bands, so I think it's origins are in fleet identification.
  25. Box shaped cabins only really work aesthetically and practically if you have wider than normal side decks, dutch barge style if you like. As for "The finest narrowboat shells you can buy", er, no.
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