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  1. 5 minutes ago, Bee said:

    We had the first on a 45` narrowboat, just tied on the towpath, not a proper mooring, pregnant again so built a 62` narrowboat and travelled with it all over the place then pregnancy no. 3 sold the boat (not just because of the kids) and bought a tiny 2 bed house - 3 kids in one bedroom, then the whole family moved into a three bed house,  Now have a small boat in France and two of the (now adult) children love it - the other one doesn't really get boats. Anyway he's got about 20 guitars so he can't fit on a boat.  Still got the same wife so it can't have been that bad! Oh, there was a selection of cats as well. There is never a perfect time to have a family and if you wait until you have got the right house, the right job and all that silly planning stuff you will end up old and grey and childless.

    The last sentence sums it all up in a nutshell. 

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  2. The base unit is good, japanese, usualy mitsubishi. However the marinisation leaves a lot to be desired and parts are a complete rip off. Service parts are available provided you dont buy vetus, just buy mitsubishi. Marinisation bits cost an absolute fortune. I have owned one and used vetus equipment on two commercial boats. As a choice it would be at the bottom of my list but wouldnt put me off buying a boat I liked.

  3. 3 hours ago, MtB said:


    Unless you specifically want to cruise the (very few) short-lock waterways, I'd suggest looking at longer boats than 50-57ft. Anything under 57ft commands a premium over longer boats as most newbies imagine they want a boat that will 'go anywhere' when in actual fact most of us turn out to be perfectly happy with the 95% of canals that 70ft boats fit. Best length of all is 68ft, as this give you some slack space in 72ft locks.


    Also, I'd suggest a trad as to live aboard, maximising the interior space is a Good Thing. Otherwise you are paying licence and mooring fees on 7ft of outside boat you'll only use 1% of the time, given you plan on living on a home mooring. 



    Completely agree apart from the trad stern, my favourite was always cruiser. However 68 foot is perfection, followed by 70 and then the rest. I think the OP can find any other stuff out tats already been posted on earlier threads. Widebeam even better apart from cruising range of course.

  4. If you fancy it, do it, you cant do it when your dead. After 30 years admitedly without youngsters on board we have moved back to a house, its a nice house in a fab area, its no where near as good as living full time on a boat. Much of the stuff modern day families have for their babies is just unnecessary crap, cut most of it out. A widebeam would be awesome. We lived on narrow and wide over the years. If you realy enjoy boating life, you will miss it moving into a boring house and you will never get your time back. You are dead for ages. King Charles the first was beheaded in 1649 and no body has seen him since ;)

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  5. As above. We always had about 150 feet or a bit more on two reels. That means you can moor behind the numpty who has left his 70 footer on the water point and gone off. Even if you are facing the wrong way with a 70 footer yourself you can then still get water. Of course you can slap alongside, said numpty if you wish.

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  6. 8 minutes ago, system 4-50 said:

    10mm sides from the baseplate to say 6" above the water line?   This is where most of the attrition is done, so wouldn't it be beneficial in the long run?

    My widebeam had 8 mil sides and a 12 mil bottom. Unlike most so called widebeams that skim across the water, it was so heavily built it had a 3 foot draught. No problem on the decent sized waterways that it was built for and used on. I wouldnt have liked it on a narrow shallow ditch such as the K and A or GU though.

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  7. Ive had several different types. Forget the silly amp hour counter bit and they are good for checking tail current against voltage etc etc. The NASA is my favourite every time as it has a sensible display size and is waterproof. The display size means you can glance at it from a fair distance without the need of a grandchild to decipher it.

  8. How old is the boat? I never had a survey of any of my 8 boats, saved me thousands. Ive read many surveys and generaly they are not worth the paper they are written on. More get out clauses than soft Mick. Await incoming.

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  9. 1 minute ago, Wanderer Vagabond said:

    Probably because I've travelled to more recycling centres (getting rid of waste boat oil) throughout the UK over the past decade or so than you appear to have done in your usual 'know it all way'. I can, if required tell you of the one's who wont even let you in if you either don't have a residents permit or cannot otherwise prove your local address.


    All I pointed out was that your observation that getting rid of asbestos was easy, isn't a universal situation, nothing that you have come up with alters that.

    I agree that some are a pain in the arse, but its not hard to find a sensible council. Its offside realy that its a postcode lottery as to where you can take differing stuff to get rid of. The realy awful thing is that even though Selby take anything, they have many areas of tipping in the countryside by scumbags. Anyway, pub time now.

  10. 1 minute ago, Wanderer Vagabond said:

    And your evidence that 'most' recycling centres will accept it is? You seem to have been in couple (one of which was last year) a lot of them have changed their rules since the start of the pandemic so I would suggest that someone who claims that 'most' accept asbestos on the basis of two examples just might be the one who is the tw*t;)

    Have you always been a bore? Log onto Selby council site TODAY and read what it says TODAY, not last year. If you find it hard to understand pm me or ask on here and I will explain that you can take pre arranged large amounts. They are  very helpful there.You as usual are wrong and will not admit it. I am sure they arnt the only one. Also taken at Lampeter, both local to what I have needed so why do you think there are no more UK wide? 

  11. 3 minutes ago, David Mack said:

    Calderdale will accept up to 8 sheets/200Kg of asbestos cement sheets per year. Free disposal, but must be double bagged, delivered only to the Halifax central waste site and by appointment only. And you must take it yourself - if a builder or contractor takes it it is regarded as trade waste and won't be accepted.  So presumably nobody is going to take the couple of dozen sheets of corrugated asbestos which have  been dumped in a passing bay on a local private access tracks (also a public footpath) near here.

    Yes, plenty of sites take it and have differing rules. Selby is quite easy and will accept more if you prior arrange. There is a good living to be made from " specialist " removal firms who dont like Joe Bloggs to know they can do it themselves, hence many people thinking its a problem.

  12. 1 minute ago, Wanderer Vagabond said:

    That isn't universal, a cut and paste from my local council recycling centre website,"..Asbestos - A maximum of four strong plastic bags, double wrapped and securely sealed. Please make site staff aware of these items on arrival and it must be placed into the container by the resident, at their own risk. A charge will be made from 4 January....." (the site hasn't been updated since last year, the 4th January they refer to si 4th January 2020)

    You are so quick to jump arnt you. Check out what is meant by MOST recycling.............blah blah blah. I took mine to Selby last year and whilst they ask for a set amount if you ring them they accept loads, they even help you unload. Asbestos is also accepted at Lampeter, just up the road. Most places simply ask for it if possible to be dmpened and in sealed bags. Double tied bags is accepted no question. So in short I didnt say its accepted everywhere, try reading before looking like a twatt.

  13. 1 hour ago, ditchcrawler said:

    We still have asbestos on the grass verge that I reported back in June. I would clear it up but then I can't get rid of it 

    Contrary to what many people think, asbestos is easy to dispose of. Most recycling, dumps accept asbestos. Most just ask for it to be double bagged. Dont just chuck it in general waste. The solid sheet stuff is a doddle, just be sensible and take precautions. A bit harder if on a boat with no car of course. I got rid of some last year at the tip with zero problem or cost.

  14. On 11/12/2021 at 16:55, Alan de Enfield said:


    My company car went from the MKIV Cortina to a Sierra - 'Orrible thing. It wouldn't even drive straight and wandered all over the road in a strong cross wind. I only kept it for a few months and 'passed it down' to a new rep and I got a new Cavalier SRI. A far better car but heavy steeering with wide tyres and no power-steering.

    The sri was a quick car in its day. Like you say heavy steering, it also suffered badly from torque steer if you didnt know what you were doing. Father in law bought one new A749 RDV iirc, I am good with number plates lol. I picked it up for him in Plymouth. We also used them int police for a while. Vastly, vastly superior to Ford in its day.

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  15. 1 minute ago, Naughty Cal said:

    We had a huge crop of carrots and beetroot this year. Seemed to be eating them for ages. 


    Currently working our way through the mountain of chillies as well. We didn't expect them to do well as we left them outside but we have got loads off them. 


    Nothing off the olives though. But they are only babies. We want them more for decorative purposes rather than fruit anyway.


    We are lazy gardners so nothing we grow needs much looking after 🤣🤣🤣

    Previous owner here was a megga keen veg grower, we took on every kind of veg known to man lol.  Much of which such as kale we never eat. We have taken the greenhouse down, planted grass etc. Veg is in the local shop 😂

  16. 4 hours ago, tree monkey said:

    Peaches are possible in the UK but they suffer from peach leaf curl as soon as you stop staring at them and really don't cope with the cold early in the year, it is a real faff

    We have five olive trees in our garden. Even got a few olives last year lol. Need to water em more this year as they get blasted with heat when the sun is out. Got absolutely loads of pears off the two trees also. As for veg............stuff all that messing about, weve grassed over two veg patches and planted wild flower seeds elsewhere :)

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