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  1. What do you think of this boat?

    When this boat was still in it's first building phase, Will Trickets name was never mentionned anywhere, and so I don't think that he had much (if anything at all) to do with the building of the hull. The original owners fitted the boat out themselfs, I remembered their wooden bathtub. Peter.
  2. Boat dimensions

    The picture of the boat you're showing here is a Branson luxemotor design, which is 1.5 times the lenght of "Bee", and "Bee" isn't a luxemotor but a tug, and very pretty at that, I've been lucky enough to see her in the flesh, and really like that boat very much, but I'm biased as I'm quite used to seeing all kinds of different sizes of Dutch tugs. Branson does a tug-kit too, which is better to compare with: http://www.dutch-barges.net/tug.html Peter.
  3. Boat dimensions

    The boat you looked at that has the swimmingpool is the ad of a luxurious hotel-barge, have another look and you'll see that it's not in the same price-bracket either. The barge the OP is interested in starts just below the photo of the hotel-barge, and the price is 1/10th of the other. Peter.
  4. Vertical clearance concerns...

    I don't think that you need to worry for the time being, and probably after they've finished will the Brexit stuff, it's hard to see them kicking out the Brits the day after. They will surely still let the Brits in, but if they'll still let you in is the question . Peter.
  5. Vertical clearance concerns...

    toomanyairmiles didn't give us any more details of the Dutch barge he's thinking of buying, but if it's an old one, the A-B-C-D classifications didn't exist, IFAIK these only came into life for pleasure boat when the HIN numbers started, so if it is an old(er) barge, there won't be a HIN number and no other classification of a category. Peter.
  6. Vertical clearance concerns...

    Hi Richard, I could be wrong (of course) but I think that this is the one you had in mind, it is a Lemsteraak, which is a beautiful boat. It would be a great experience to go for a trip on her, only for a day, as that's all they seem to offer, and only if the weather conditions are fair enough. https://sailingbargedrifter.wordpress.com/ Peter.
  7. Ledgards boats and compost toilets

    It's not really surprising that their max speed is only about 6 kph, as their underwatershape is almost worse than that of a brick. How can the prop get the water it needs to push one of these boats forwards ? Several years ago I took some photos of one that was out off the water somewhere in France, and I didn't believe my eyes. The owners removed a perfect 70 of 75 Hp Yanmar to replace it with a Steyer engine of twice that power, and a 5 bladed prop to replace the 3 bladed. After that the boat was a bit faster, so they were happy, but it would have been much cheaper to change the shape of the stern and get a better swim. Here's one photo that showes more or less what the Ledgard Bridge wide beam looked like that I saw. Peter.
  8. Historic Boats for sale online

    Thanks for your answer. It was the most logical-and best way to do a job like that. Peter.
  9. Historic Boats for sale online

    After having sheated the hull in steel, the wooden inside has been removed, so if they wanted it to be narrower, they could then have easily enough have pulled the sides a bit closer together before the continued with the fitout. I don't say that it has been done that way, but if it hasn't been, it could have been done without too much effort. Peter.
  10. Belgium or Holland?

    Here's a link to another Belgian based company : http://www.canalboatingholidays.be/ No idea about their actual prices but enquiring doesn't cost anything. There are many boat rental companies in the Netherlands, if Belgium doesqn't work out. Peter.
  11. Water Wanderer

    I would really like to see your photos of the "Water Wanderer" too, if you can find them. When she was operating in France she was booked through Continental Waterways and often cruised together with a smaller barge that was named "Water Wanderer 2" this was to enable them to accept slightly bigger groups. Peter.
  12. Pulling/Towing a boat

    Thanks for this posting captain birdseye, it's all nostalgia for me, I haven't been back there for ages. There used to be a world famous boatyard in Medemblik (Jongert) were they built mega yachts, sail and motor for the people with too much money. Enkhuizen, where my mother and sister were born, and Hoorn are both very picturesque harbour places where you can see lots of sailing charter barges during the season. I remember more of the trainride that I always enjoyed, even while sitting on the hard wooden benches, than of my grand parent that we went to see when using this steam train, my granddad died when I was 2 and my grandma when I was 5. Peter.
  13. A memorable trip for all the wrong reasons

    My sincere condolence Dave, it's so hard to lose someone you've dearly loved, even kowing that this very sad moment is arriving, it's hard to accept, and I feel terribly sorry for you, life can be (and often is) very hard, I wish you the strenght to carry this heavy loss. I'm happy to read that you managed to give Bev one last cruise on your boat, she must have appreciated that. All the very best to you and your family, Peter.
  14. 60 x 10 engine size

    That is a sure thing Mike, as with the 44Hp's you've available now (since the prop adaptations) you can do more than with the max power you had before. Peter.
  15. Peppers the widebeam

    Hi Peppers, I wish lots of success with this BIG job, it will be really nice do build the boat (inside) the way you want it, and not having to live and adapt to someone else's work. I may be a bit too late with this warning as the thing is surely installed already, but if I were you, I would replace your VENUS B.T. for a VETUS one, as these are much more common in case you need it repaired at some stage . Peter.