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Gary Peacock

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  • Birthday 12/29/1965

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    Trying to make a living!<br />Plus when I get time Writing, Charity work, Local history, Transport History, Travel and Website development.

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  1. Hi Gary, I could do with a chat about La Miellette. Jac


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    2. Captjac


      Hi Gary, 

      way back when you were building La M I was watching avidly, and jealous. Now 10 years on and I think I might just have a chance to buy LaM. Can you tell me, was it built for a David Baker of the place, La Miellette in northern France? The reason I ask is I’m going to look at it very shortly but I think the agent may only give me a couple of hours over the weekend. I really want more time than that. So I suppose I’m wondering how I might be able to contact the owners. I’m not trying to do the agent out of his commission. I just want to know the untold non advertised low down. I know I’m grabbing at straws, absolutely any help or info would be great. I know I’m asking a lot of you, but I’ve got to try. I’ve read your comments about doing the wiring especially under the dash board, looks fantastic. Regards Jac

    3. Gary Peacock

      Gary Peacock

      Hi Jac,

      Yes it was built for Dave and its La Miellette in Guernsey actually,  I don't have any direct contact details to him unfortunately but the boat was well used and enjoyed by Dave and his wife, he changed a few things over the years from it's original format the side hatches and dog box from memory and Keith who was involved in the build went to France to do this and service things regularly up to a year or so ago. If after you have looked you are still desperate for more info I can probably get some contact details for Dave from Keith.
      Dave is very much a businessman and would probably have no problem talking to you even with the broker involved provide the broker will play ball, this boat is going to be way beyond the abilities of the average inland waterways broker.
      The boat is a very high spec at the time even cutting edge, but it is worth remembering it was designed for France and Europe not for the U.K.
      I don't have any detailed info on anything we built because the Administrators took the lot when Ledgard Bridge went tits up and we weren't interested in doing a Phoenix job to buy that and an empty order book back, but I designed and installed the electrics etc so I can remember a rough spec on most of that side. 
      There are some pictures here that I still have-

      If you need anymore help give me a shout.


    4. Captjac


      Hi Gary,

      I have an appointment to see the boat 10.30 Sunday 1st Sept.

      I will be there on Saturday 31st. Yes it would be great to speak/see Dave, but if he’s in Guernsey he won’t want to travel that far I don’t think. If you or Keith want to tell him, he might choose to get in touch. Having said that is it safe to transmit personal info on here? It is so long since I used this site I just don’t remember how secure it is. I’ll leave the contact details to you and Keith. 

      Thanks for the photos they bring back so many memories, reminding me of how I drooled over it. I wish I’d kept them, I WILL keep these. If you can ever think of anything else to help get me on LaM I’ll thank you in anticipation. Also please give my thanks to Keith. 


      Ps I don’t suppose you might know a surveyor?

  2. So what happened to Gwendoline then?
  3. "I know we will have a boat safety certificate." Why would you on a new boat?
  4. I would ask Stirling for their view on the things!
  5. Disconnected skin fittings very near the waterline seemed to be the cause, maybe the weight of the snow or collected water put them below the waterline?
  6. The change from working to recreational does in theory fall under the remit of the RCD. But of course that only applies if you were to sell it on within five years from completion.
  7. People are now claiming VAT back on qualifying broad beam boats and barge style narrowboats in light of previous tribunal rulings. Even if the builder is no longer trading it seems to be possible to claim back the VAT paid due to incorrect VAT assessment at the time of purchase.
  8. You could try these people- http://www.hovercraftconsultants.co.uk/document.htm
  9. I was trained by both Mastervolt & Victron and before my day they were one and the same. Victron have a large R&D department and a very small sales department. Mastervolt have a very large sales department and a smaller R&D department. Both companies have had occasional problems with their products in recent years and rectified them satisfactorily. I personally prefer Victron because I have had less problems with it and the price is a bit less if you use the third party ESP panels and accessories from Energy Solutions. I do also like Mastervolt but find to do a job based solely on Mastervolt components it can become eye watering expensive and Mastervolt UK used to be absolutely awful to deal with but since that roll is now filled by Aquafax things are probably a lot better now. Both manufacturers are in a far different league to the "Dark arts enthusiast kit" will it work or won't it that is so beloved in the Ditch crawling world.
  10. On a stability course I attended much was made and demonstrated about the negative effects of the loading of narrowboat roofs and who potentially would be responsible if one was to capsize! I took it with a pinch of salt but it might be worth considering I do know that by the legal tests of stability narrowboats can be a bit near to the mark already in many cases.
  11. You are really stuck with the manufacturer- Phone: 01302 742 520 (int +44-1302-742-520) Fax: 01302 750 573 (int +44-1302-750-573) email: sales@oilstoves.co.uk Address: Harworth Heating Ltd Blyth Road Harworth Doncaster South Yorkshire DN11 8NE They have a bit of a reputation according to some of being a bit difficult to deal with but in all honesty we never had any really big issues just the normal hassle you get with many marine suppliers.
  12. Like I said Sterling is very popular with the believers that are happy to pay the marked up prices for the additional stickers. I aren't involved in selling it anymore and don't have a problem with people buying it or not buying it I will quite happily install the stuff if people believe it suits there needs. I still like Victron and Mastervolt personally but that kind of kit is a now getting a bit complex plus pricey for most ditch crawlers to have installed. The ditch crawling market does seem more happily suited to some of the kit sourced from the Far East and badged for sale in the UK by the various importers.
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