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Derek R.

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Derek R. last won the day on October 5 2017

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  1. From the persective of the cut, insurance was only required if you went on the tideway. A licence was required, but there was no boat safety scheme or compulsory insurance even in the eighties. If you had a survey done it was for your own peace of mind more than anything else. Now, it's where do you moor Sir, do you have a recent survey Sir, may I see your insurance papers Sir, do you live aboard Sir, are you intending to stay here long Sir. And if you live aboard, notice that when you apply for car insurance, how many brokers will not entertain anyone living afloat. Then we lost the derogation on Red diesel. We live in interesting times, and a lot of it is based upon fear and misrepresentation of truths. Trying to get an answer from the likes of Michael Gove for example - not a chance. But I digress. Apologies. Happy days.
  2. Love that back cabin. The table flap castle reminds me of the style of Fred Winnet, though his were simpler. Castle central with pond in front with reeds.
  3. Looks like top of the New'uns to me.
  4. From what is seen in the image, I would be inclined to agree with Paul. The woodyard men are making use of an 'opportunity'.
  5. That wheelhouse looks North country to me, but the roof tiles foreign. No idea.
  6. Yes, he has done a very good pair of videos dealing with Brindley's solution to water ingress at the Wet Earth Colliery on the River Irwell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OxIEnVBVLM&feature=emb_rel_pause
  7. Very 1930's concrete styling.
  8. Or rigging the alarm up to the bilge pump. Actually, living afloat stopped us from sleeping soundly - period. We still don't. Whether it's bilge pump; ducks nibbling the hull sides; or the bump into the far bank having been untied by some joker in the early hours. Then there was the firework dropped through the vent.
  9. Another possibility? https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17&lat=52.63478&lon=-2.00927&layers=6&b=1 . . and another? https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17&lat=52.63837&lon=-2.01934&layers=6&b=1 Both have tramways beside, but not knowing the canal beyond the image frame makes ID difficult.
  10. The second image in that Ebay set show the stanchions laying on the deck, so they must be fairly easy to detatch. I recall his son was autistic? It may or may not have been why stanchions were put up.
  11. " . . . the dairy files". I bet that'll get milked! Sounds like a sterling chap does Alan Brown.
  12. Sailing does appeal. The only time I have experienced movement across water under sail alone, was off the coast of Fishguard. We were in a 50ft motor sailer and once clear of the harbour hoist sail - and we simply took off! The vessel was over seventy years old, wooden, and reeked of Stockholm tar and diesel. It was glorious! But I fancy this would be closer to my pocket, and preference:
  13. Judging by the number of vehicles and vessels that were built and used well over seventy years ago and which hold their price (though fluctuations can occur), it would seem that there are many who are younger than the vehicles and vessels, who are quite willing to spend their spondooliks. This is a fact. Cars, motorcycles, boats and aircraft, all have their admirers of all ages. Enthusiam is not something constrained to the age of the individual, though nostalgia does undoubtedly have an effect, but only amongst those who, perhaps at one time, did indeed own or use such vehicles. I think 'interest' crosses age barriers. I think any 'peak price' is purely down to a desire to own an particular thing, and it only takes two people at any auction to see prices go through the roof. If such persons are not present at auction by person or internet, then prices may tank, or sadly like ELIZABETH, remain unsold (as far as I know). Built in the fifties, this collection of mismatched Vincent parts (and some missing) sold at auction for £91,000 Another pallet full of severely corroded Brough Superior parts from the 1930's, went for a quarter of a million quid. Model T Fords from the 1920's sell for between £10,000 - £30,000. Possibly a lot cheaper to maintain and run than a historic narrow boat too!
  14. There are a great many places one can go to discuss the items howardang mentions and of course they do affect us all to some degree. But on the History & Heritage section these items have been mercifully absent. Whilst the older types of sailing craft are of passing interest to many, there are also specialist forums and websites that serve. They are beautiful to be certain, but most likely viewed by the regular 'clientelle' as things seen from the window of a passing train. They are in another world.
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