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  1. Wow 'joy stick' not seen that before.... I'll stick to tiller. & an electric front lifting section ??
  2. The hull & superstructure looks easier to build. Looking at the interior, windows, bow cabin door etc, I can see where a lot of additional cost is. However the hull shape looks to be an easy shape to build. However I haven't seen it close up, so just from the pics. Looks to me to be 'slab' (ship style).
  3. I quite like this boat. Refreshing to see something different. Of course the paint job makes it look more streamlined than it probably is, but overall I like that. Plus it's possibly easier to build.
  4. I didn't know Brucie had a boat.
  5. Could always take the tank home and empty it there. Unless your getting public transport back home, then you might get some looks.
  6. The job I hate the most, painting. Hope it is inside or bugfest springs to mind.
  7. 25ft Dot, don't get many up for sale, lovely little boat, a little trivia the range name 'Dot' named after Chris's mum after she passed away. (Chris & his wife owned Hallmark).
  8. @Mike1951 Happy for you, enjoy.
  9. Good luck with your new boat, looks lovely.
  10. Yeah, I'm an old fogie but I like it, nothing on tv, lets face it.
  11. I like youtube, very entertaining. Regarding the narrowboat channels, they're o.k. not doing any harm, only to themselves.
  12. Yes, I think it was a case of, if a customer wanted a boat but had limited funds, they'd use a builder that produced low spec hull's like the wysiwyg. Although in fairness to Clubline they did build some reasonably nice hull's to. But the wysiwyg was bottom of the price scale, on a par with Springer, possibly even cheaper than Springer hull wise. Swanline weren't a bad little hull, certainly better than the wysiwyg, but depends on your funds I suppose. Anyone heard of Jaris Boatbuilders on here. They were also out of Manchester/Salford ? also Doug & George out of Hull/Grimsby ? (springer'ish style hull)
  13. Correct, Mike is dead. Another older thread, sorry. Mike was a pretty prolific hull builder back in the day, he taught many of those around today. I knew him in the 80's to, not well, but business wise. They had a clever accountant shuffling companies around.
  14. Well I'm sorry I've dug this older thread up, but I knew Chris who owned Hallmark quite well back from the mid 80's. They were in Salford back then, then moved to up near Bolton iirc. There they had two large workshops together, one producing steel shells I think, mainly for other fitting out companies and also for themselves. I am surprised after spending some time reading through this whole thread that a few posters think of them as purely budget, when really they weren't, they simply had a budget ranges. But I guess it depends on how long you've been around the boat industry. Regards the part I read that said there wasn't anything much at the disposal sale, when I was there there were around 27 hulls in total at Chester end 4 inside the rest out in the huge yard there. They also had around 7-8 on the floor at the fabrication workshop in, iirc, Longeaton could be wrong about that location but a friend of ours went as he worked for the council, Newark way or there abouts. Huge place with lots of boats on the go is the impression I got from him. It was a joy to read this thread and if your still around OP please respond, geat people they were, got lots of boaters on the canals with those budget ranges. (I do know the reasons behind the closure at Hallmark). Just saying my current boat is a small Holly class 'iirc' built by them, before the 90's budget stuff, back to 87. It is correct they used many shell builders to, they seemed like they were always pulled out with work. They also used Clubline and the - wysiwyg - shells. Anyone remember those on here ? I'm glad I searched now, very interesting read. I'll search Mike Heywood next.
  15. We had a 25ft tug style on the Lancaster when it was a short'ish stretch. We loved potting up and down, very easy no locks. Oh and being in your 70's doesn't mean there isn't lots of time ahead, just if you want to spend that time comfortable or not. The motorhome mentioned was a good idea, see lots of places very comfortable and always places to park and hook up.
  16. In all honesty I would say don't do it. Get yourself a small boat and use it for weekends/holidays. Living aboard late in life isn't any fun unless your fairly fit. The wife and I are not that far behind you age wise and we lived on a boat when we were younger. It's great when your young, but we find going to spend a weekend on our boat (small boat) is hard work sometimes and your certainly ready to head back home. Just my opinion.
  17. Well we all live and learn, it's what life is about.
  18. I've known of quite a few that give up after a year or two. Usually a stopgap I guess, not surprising the cost of housing etc. But young people eventually, if starting families etc, move back onto land. Just what I have come across over the many years. @Thomas: Yes, I would agree that many stick it out, we did 15yrs but when we got back on land life was much easier. However we still wanted to have a boat so we got a small one for the odd weekends and holidays.
  19. Mill scale I think is what I'm thinking of, not sure. Told a long time ago now. That said, I haven't had any of my boats blasted with anything, other than the odd can or stone when cruising through some places.
  20. Are there still many hotel boats on the canals ? I haven't seen any for many years now.
  21. It's more for pulling the moisture out of the steel, I was told. Helps alot with the interior steel, wear wise. Edit: thinking about it now, I think I'm thinking of sandblasting for mositure removal. Memory doesn't work well now.
  22. It was that she mentioned her husband dying when she was 25yrs old that made me feel really bad for her. Plus the ongoing effects that is having on her mental health and life moving forward. But I also feel sorry for the lad, just not as much.
  23. I watched it, I do feel for the young woman and her life struggles, it must be hard. However as for her with the boat, well she'll learn like we all had to at some point and I hope she settles and gets to really be happpy on her boat. However I don't see her as a long term liveaboard.
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