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  1. Sounding good Mike The broker has already confirmed they are acting for the owner who is a private individual, not a business.
  2. The replies keep coming in.. The broker has not raised VAT as a specific issue it just that it appears appears in the boat's brochure. The company Eastern Caravans has nothing to do with China and the boat was built in England and will stay in the UK. I have no plans to cross the channel in it! I believe Pat Buckle and another firm was at one time involved in building the hulls which were then fitted out by Eastern Caravans as some of their skills were transferable to boats. Thanks again for the comments.
  3. Thank you all for your replies. I feel more confident than before but there is still a small grey area in that if it is not important then why does the broker draw attention to it?
  4. I am thinking about buying a narrowboat. She is 15 years old, and is reported to have had two owners. She was built and fitted out by Eastern Caravans and I have viewed her. The fit out seems to have been done well and the boat is in fair condition. My concern is that the broker advises that there is no original documentation to show that VAT was paid when she was first built. On looking this up it appears that using HMRCs formula that she would have attracted Vat at purchase, and if this was not paid the liabiliy would pass on to me as last purchaser. I obviously have no wish to pay one fifth of the vessels value extra if the taxman knocks on my door. My question is, is this a likely scenario and could it be used to negotiate a lower price? Also is there any way of checking to see if the VAT was paid in the first place? Should I be worried or not? Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.
  5. Thanks for your post. You pays your money and takes your chance ...
  6. Hi The reason I raised the topic was that the seller has revealed in the advert there are no anodes so no need to take out of water to find this out! However Ditchcrawlers post that they only protect 6 foot of hull is interesting as I have seen many boats with only 4 fitted , which probably explains the extensive pitting I have also seen!
  7. I have seen some boats usually ex hire for sale without anodes. I am looking at the older end of the market.Would members consider such a vessl worth the cost of a survey or would they generally look elsewhere? Thanks any advice appreciated.
  8. Is a Barrus Shire 1200 actually a Barrus Shire 20? I think it dates from 2002. Unfortunately I can not find this model on the Barrus site. Thank you
  9. Thanks to all who replied. I feel happier about checking out the boat now.
  10. I am looking at a possible boat to buy with engine listed as Barrus Shire 2000. The boat was built in the year 2000, but according to the web, Barrus had an engine model called Barrus Shire 2000 then. The web was not helpful with any further information about this model so I do not know if I would have problems later with manuals and parts. I have seen on another post for the Shire 2002 that it may be a model 45 engine? I would be grateful if anyone out there who has a Shire 2000 could tell me a little more about it. Thank you
  11. Thanks to all that replied. Most answers confirmed what I suspected about the quality of these boats. I guess you get what you pay for. By the way I was joking when I said they were elongated caravans.. they are obviously narrowboats but as some have said, built in a different way.
  12. The idea of cruising the cut in an elongated caravan seems odd, so I wondered what others think of these boats? Any input pro or con appreciated. Thanks
  13. Thanks.. now I know , and the list will come in useful in future. The cockneys round here did not know what I was talking about and some got quite agitated when I asked the question!
  14. What are 'cants' on a narrowboat hull. I have been looking at boat ads and this term keeps cropping up. Thanks
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