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roland elsdon

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  1. roland elsdon

    Liveaboard issues

    Quite so and i am reflecting on the fact that in 25 years of residential boat ownership and 15 years of semi residential ownership i have not actually met anyone who i would describe as scum. Colourful yes criminal yes strange yes mad yes boring yes , but scum? how you see yourself is frequently a reflection of how others see you. ive been called worse than scum simply for owning a boat but its like water off a ducks back because it just aint true.
  2. roland elsdon

    Liveaboard issues

    Why do you perceive people who live on boats are scum? I lived on board for 25 years and met a diverse range of people from multimillionaires, minor royalty, entrepreneurs industrialists, through teachers bin men Dr’s alcoholics, artists boat painters to retired disabled and unemployed people. None were scum, they were human.
  3. roland elsdon

    EREBUS ice-boat

    Hello Pete over the years wondered what happened to you!!! Remember the laps of little venice and towing the atalanta up the grand union with your wooden tug.
  4. roland elsdon

    Historic Boats for sale online

    So a josher with a pumpout is the pits but a grand union with a bucket is sublime. Ill remember that sat in the unlined engine room on the loo with condensation falling on my head. Of course if im really pure i walk down the ice encrusted gunnel to get to the loo coz theres a bloody freezing cold bulkhead in the way.. luxury
  5. roland elsdon

    Poo boat

    Thats a bit harsh. Narrow widebeam narrowboats is one i heard recently for a ninefoot wide thing. however do all widebeam boat owners also by silly fat cars like w ank wovers and geeps and oversized utes so they can be a pain on the roads too?
  6. roland elsdon

    Strange prop fulls

    I didnt go that near... hook off the blade with the shaft into a bag and into the bin at suttons . If someone finds gold ingots it the bins at suttons its their gain. Im not investigating
  7. roland elsdon

    Historic Boats for sale online

    We have a lot of practice this year and I look forward the resulting paint replacement next year. Crt believe maintance should be done by boats slightly over the normal size wearing down the overhanging branches broken coping and crap filled canals for them.
  8. roland elsdon

    Historic Boats for sale online

    Surely its your slightly flash mota that causes sticks and dust. Flogged ours for a zero tax rated 73 mpg box and left it in garage - zero cost this month. Boats a bit battered though big lumps on this trip You must be working hard boat was weeping unloved tears when we passed yesterday
  9. roland elsdon

    Historic Boats for sale online

    I said that about thaxted in 1984. Im not buying it unless we can load it, and someone needs to lend me £1000 , and we need a mooring in london. Within 2 hours my then girlfriend had sold a little tupperware we had , ( we were at the national rally) she got them to annouce a cheap boat for sale over the tannoy, and someone wandered up with a cheque . Then Blaggers asked me to take a load from Atherstone to Stoke. When Jim Mcdonald offered a stinkhole mooring at a price in scotch , I had to shut up and buy the boat. 2 days later we boated her to braunston. We lived on porridge and beans for the next six months, boy was it worth it.
  10. roland elsdon

    Historic Boats for sale online

    Are but what to do with it?
  11. roland elsdon

    And another one!

    Been down the cov recently? Councils could solve their finance problems by applying council tax
  12. roland elsdon

    Strange prop fulls

    3 strange prop fulls ( out of many) on the coventry and ashby canals this week. Clothes 2 pairs of jeans and one top with the arms or legs knotted around heavy iron? Weights, all almost stopping engine. not sure if local fishists( they did crap like this in the 80s and 90s) or disposal of evidence . Any ideas. once off prop didnt look too close...
  13. roland elsdon

    Off Side Mooring

    Yes it was about 20 mins on phone from australia
  14. roland elsdon

    Off Side Mooring

    I dindnt ive never been a cc er under the new regime i swapped moorings without telling them.. henious
  15. roland elsdon

    And another one!

    Im sure they will find a residential mooring with fitting out facilities easily.i know of one right in london at the moment. I think its about 21 times the cost of the boat. Actually fitting out may be an issue Just checked with my broker its gone. Cheap
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