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  1. 9 hours ago, MtB said:

     

    No offence intended, but I have been wondering it it might be the same for you. There is no denying the enjoyment and fun to be had from planning and executing a project, but if your goal is to get out boating (and I'm not sure it is!), then buy a second hand boat first and USE IT while you design and build your dream boat. This will colour and shift your views on how you design your ultimate ideal boat immeasurably.

     

    I really do feel you are missing a trick by dismissing this idea (already suggested by someone else right near the start of this thread). 

    AHH but 12 year old You tubers know best 😉

  2. On 15/07/2024 at 16:26, Alan de Enfield said:

     

    We took a visitors mooring for a few days in Plymouth (at the Mayflower marina) for "The Cat", it was £30 a night but for that you got all the electric you could eat, potable water and your own bathroom, complete with bath, shower & sink. Very good restauant on site, mechanics and sailmakers on site - every thing you could want.

     

    Being 23 foot beam they fitted on the outside pontoons alongside the moorings for the Princess boats awaiting sea trials..

     

    We then took a swinging mooring off Torpoint.

     

    Big neighbours alongside the swinging moorings.

     

    View from the waterside at Torpoint of RFA Fleet Replenishment ship ...

    I used to live aboard on my first liveaboard boat there in 1973 onwards 🙂 One of my little girls now owns a house directly opposite that length of moorings. Small World innitt.

    On 15/07/2024 at 16:26, Alan de Enfield said:

     

    We took a visitors mooring for a few days in Plymouth (at the Mayflower marina) for "The Cat", it was £30 a night but for that you got all the electric you could eat, potable water and your own bathroom, complete with bath, shower & sink. Very good restauant on site, mechanics and sailmakers on site - every thing you could want.

     

    Being 23 foot beam they fitted on the outside pontoons alongside the moorings for the Princess boats awaiting sea trials..

     

    We then took a swinging mooring off Torpoint.

     

    Big neighbours alongside the swinging moorings.

     

    View from the waterside at Torpoint of RFA Fleet Replenishment ship ...

    I used to live aboard on my first liveaboard boat there in 1973 onwards 🙂 One of my little girls now owns a house directly opposite that length of moorings. Small World innitt.

    On 15/07/2024 at 16:26, Alan de Enfield said:

     

    We took a visitors mooring for a few days in Plymouth (at the Mayflower marina) for "The Cat", it was £30 a night but for that you got all the electric you could eat, potable water and your own bathroom, complete with bath, shower & sink. Very good restauant on site, mechanics and sailmakers on site - every thing you could want.

     

    Being 23 foot beam they fitted on the outside pontoons alongside the moorings for the Princess boats awaiting sea trials..

     

    We then took a swinging mooring off Torpoint.

     

    Big neighbours alongside the swinging moorings.

     

    View from the waterside at Torpoint of RFA Fleet Replenishment ship ...

    I used to live aboard on my first liveaboard boat there in 1973 onwards 🙂 One of my little girls now owns a house directly opposite that length of moorings. Small World innitt.

  3. 3 minutes ago, Bee said:

    Far too many variables. Half the 'fun'(?) is sourcing materials at the best prices and research, best insulation, ballast, construction and design, types of flooring, panelling, lighting, windows etc. etc. The best advice I can give is to keep it simple and make sure you can access everything - including under the floor. 

    Absolutely. Especially consumables such as water pump. When you buy stuff ensure you buy two water pumps and keep one as spare for when it breaks.

  4. 40 minutes ago, Stroudwater1 said:


    Perhaps there’s a section of the buffer bar stuck behind it? More likely a sausage (fender variety usually black hanging off boats, sometimes coming off, inedible) 

     

    It’s a hefty gate is that. Possibly needs balancing better? 

    My Mrs could still do it every time on her own, I never had to get off the boat. She is five feet four and fairly slim but has the knack when it comes to locks. I do miss the boat 😩

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  5. 9 minutes ago, Tonka said:

    Maybe they are good tradesmen 

    I don't know about your area but down here every trade is rammed and picking jobs. Be it to do with property or landscape gardening the blokes are all fully booked. Getting a thing done is a nightmare even when willing to pay top whack. Just getting someone to Limewash my house has been a nightmare 😩

  6. 1 minute ago, bizzard said:

    Can't watch any of it including Rugby, they just make me feel tired. Don't mind a bit of peaceful snooker.

    I can actually watch Emma Raducanu being honest. Apparently she plays tennis?

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  7. 5 minutes ago, bizzard said:

    Every things berserk. Just turned telly on for BBC1 news, wretched football on instead, Romford playing Ned whoever they are. Blasted football seems more important than international news!!!!!

    It drives me insane. Utterly boring sport is always on the telly. If it's not mind numbingly boring football it's even worse formula one or at present bloody tennis 😠 still, no TV in the pub unless rugby is on thankfully.

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  8. 14 hours ago, Ronaldo47 said:

    In the early 1970's, one of my former fellow students, by then a junior civil engineer in his mid-20's,  was killed when an excavation collapsed on him. He had ignored specific instructions not to go down as it was dangerous, and no action was taken against his employer.

    Its often a tough call. My little girl is a senior HSE inspector and puts the files together for prosecution. We dont talk about work as after all its just work but she told me of a house she went to that was having a swimming pool built in the back garden. Neighbours were worried so she had to go look. There was a large 3 metres deep hole she tells me with blokes working in the bottom, she told them to stop for various reasons and was confronted by burly builders who said it had been passed only yesterday by buildings control and so she could sod off. She explained she was elf and safety and in a nutshell to desist or else. Work stopped, next day she was back as one wall had collapsed and taken next door neighbours garden in with it and fence. Had anyone been working down there it would have been goodbye Vienna, her actions probably saved lives.

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  9. 3 hours ago, nicknorman said:

    Presumably you wear a lifejacket in the bath then?

    We haven't got one, we have two showers. Way back in 1973 I was trained by the best and even back then when working at sea on the upper deck we wore lifejackets.

  10. The assessment is very easy, just answer one question. Can you breathe underwater? If the answer is No, then sense calls for a life jacket. Depth or conditions of water are irrelevant once the level is over about three inches. Knock yourself out falling overboard and you still cannot stand up.

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  11. 47 minutes ago, blackrose said:

    I never really understood what the benefit of the Travelpower was over just switching on your inverter? I guess it means you're not drawing power from the batteries, but if your electrical system can't handle running a washing machine while the batteries are being charged by the alternator then it's not up to much.

    The benefit I found was that we could do such as use the washing machine etc and at the same time charge the cabin batteries without losing capacity. It meant shorter journeys could complete domestic chores and fully charged batteries. Best bit of kit I had on two of my boats.

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  12. 20 minutes ago, haggis said:

    I've got all the measurements but having difficulty getting someone to make the curtains. The places I have spoken too won't make such small curtains which is why I asked for a contact who make boat curtains. 

    I had curtains made but that was near Oxford. The lady still does them at a price!! But she is always busy. If you bimble that way I can put you in touch.

  13. 3 hours ago, Fiona Highcock said:

    HI,

     

    I am Iain's daughter. I have noticed on a number of posts across the mentioning of my dad Iain. I know across the years and none so recent.

     

    It is lovely coming across these posts and even seeing my dads posts

     

    I can confirm he and Elaine, Did sell the business to retire and enjoy life.

     

    My dad with us as a family had been around canals since 1981, so lots and lots of memories made

     

    Unfortunately in June 2016 my dad was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus he passed away in the October that year.  He fought the cancer as much as he could but could not survive it.

     

    Thank you for reading 

    Fiona

    Sad news. He ran the best chandlery and was always helpful. I fitted a new shell out utilising stuff from him and lots of equipment for other boats over the years.

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  14. 2 hours ago, Naughty Cal said:

    Battery fitted yet?

    Just done it. Velly interesting result 🤔 I fink somett is amiss but will not know till it's all been run through. Water pump and some lights still work from starter battery when it's switched on in cabin. The new leisure battery is running other lights and other stuff. I would have thought the water pump and lights should run off the interior leisure battery. Anyway we will further play later in week.

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