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  1. Hi, I'm hoping to find some people who live on the canals to hang out with and find out a bit more about the boating scene in Birmingham and maybe make a few pals.
  2. Hi, My wife and I are both 41, and we have two kids. We've been really thinking recently about the pace of life, working all hours to cover a mortgage, building fees, bills and all the other costs in life, and having enough at the end of the month to scrape by. We're really needing a change. I can even reduce my working hours, - I just need a laptop and 4G connection to do my job. A friend of ours who lives in Bath has told me that a few people he knows, have become 'liveaboards' and never looked back. We have had the idea in the back of our minds for a while to go and considered it an option to do some research. I was wondering if anyone would be so kind to tell us of their experiences and how it has worked out for them? Possibly - and I know this sounds awfully cheeky - would anyone in the Bath area, maybe able to have a chat in person? - I will be in the UK some time in August. We're UK citizens, living in The Netherlands, looking to return to the UK as the stress and cost since Brexit is taking quite a toll on us. Best wishes, Chris.
  3. Hi everyone, we are new to the community and new to boating, so looking for some advice on a boat we are considering buying (for a small business with commercial mooring; not live aboard). Before viewing the boat we were advised (by boating friends, sadly not local so couldn't come along) to look out for rust on the waterline and in the bilge. There seems to be rust in both areas (see pics), though we're unsure how superficial. The owner unfortunately has not had a survey done, though it has been out for reblacking about three years ago and he says should be slightly overdue another three coats now (Comastic). It's a 55ft 1999 narrowboat which will also be needing a new engine. Obviously we'd be looking to get a full survey done before commiting anything, but my question is, based on these issues, is it worth it at all or would it be better (particularly given our inexperience) to walk away (or possibly try to haggle down substantially)? We're not shy of doing the work, but would like to pay a fair price and know what we might be walking into. Perhaps estimated price ranges (for boat or work) would also be useful, though I know this might not really be enough info to go on. Thanks in advance! Attached are some pics we took of the rusty areas:
  4. I'm very new to the boat would, I know very little. Any information would be helpful I'm an architect student and a design consultant. I had a friend of mine who has just brought a 12ft widebeam and it's between 50-60ft long, he asked me to design the interior for him. I was shocked at the space inside and after talking about how much the shell cost him and how much it costs to live on the water, I fell in love with the idea. I love small spaces, but i dislike narrow spaces, so a widebeam is perfect for me, but I don't see the point in having an overly long boat. I wanted to be informed or advised is there anything wrong or disadvantage of having a widebeam only 30ft long? My friend tells me that will be a maximum of 24ft living space. I have put this in a CAD programs and come up with a few designs. I believe I could easily live comfortable and happily within this space. I'm worried about electric and water consumption. I like to shower every day. I also pretty much spend all day working on my pc and laptop, I'm worried the tv/monitor will consume to much power. Any advice or any information will help. I don't plan of paying for mooring, I like the idea of traveling up and down a lock each week or two
  5. Hi all! Might I draw on your collective wisdom please. So, this is the current state of my water tank in the bow, I have a plastic tank I use in the galley for drinking and cooking. I've bought a flexible tank roughly the same size and my current plan is to fit this into the bow tank space. I was going to dry the tank out fully, then do a wire brush and I have a can of bitumen type paint (specifically for potable water spaces) to apply. I'd love to insulate the space too, I have some underfloor insulation (the silver type) which I thought would help protect the flexi tank too? In terms of attaching to the pump, any tips? The outlet for the flexi tank is 12mm, I'm guessing some blue hose and a clip will be okay? I surely don't mind a bodge but wondered if there was a neat solution to connecting these through the stop, the filter and into the pump? Thanks everyone in advance, all help gratefully received! EDIT: Images do not seem to be rendering correctly, but it's a rusty-ish tank attaching to a shurflo type pump:)
  6. Hi All, Booked a boat called Little Pea from Clifton Cruisers in Rugby for a week in August. Can you suggest some routes to take from Rugby ? Open to all suggestions for routes: Rings, out and back, long days, leisurely cruising. Hopefully your advice will help my planning. Thanks Mark
  7. Hi we recently had to have some work on the base of our hull as well as blacking. Our boat has been in the water for 48hrs and the blacking is appearing faded at the base of the hull? For instance where plating has been added is appearing silver through the water. It is along the side of the bank we have been moored but I would have thought if enough blacking was placed it would appear blac for longer than 2 days? Is this normal/ too soon? Can anyone give advice? We paid someone to complete the blacking also.
  8. Hi - We have two friends from New York visiting us for the last week in July. We plan to spend 4/5 days on the canals. Over the last 10 years we have been on several holidays including Avon Ring, Middlewich to Llangollan, Macclefield , Mon and Brec, Norfolk Broads, and around the Crick area (where good friends keep their own boat). We have never cruised during school holidays, and we are concerned that we would find the most popular routes busy and frustrating. We'd plan to travel for 6 hours a day; so about 100 miles/locks for the planned holiday. From our limited experience our candidates for these 4/5 days would be: 1. The Lancaster Canal, (though the complete absence of locks is not in its favour) 2. Sowerby Bridge up to Todmordon on the Rochdate Canal. 3. 4/5 day on the South Oxford canal (spending a day in Oxford) Will the Rochdale Canal as busy as those I listed above? Sadly Scotland is out as it's too far in the time we have. Any advice would be gratefully received, Mike and Evey
  9. Hello there, Thanks to all who helped with my other two posts regarding the rebuild of my first narrowboat, Silflay. The engine is all back together now thanks to everyones good advice.. My new mission is to find out who made her! Silflay is a mid seventies 50 ft cruiser stern with a similar age lister sr3. her registration number is something like (i dont have it here, its on the boat) 46959 but I have checked on Jim sheads site to no avail.. If I can work out how to post an image or two could I please ask you wise folk to cast an eye over them to see if you can see any signs of who may have made her.. I am prepared to think she was privately built because she does have a low ceiling height that seems odd for a company built boat. any help at all will be gratefully received.. thanks.. s
  10. Hi. I'm not really where to look for advice but hoping someone can help me. I currently have a 27ft Springer ( I believe) that I want to site on land and use as a Glamping accommodation. Is there someone near that could advise/help on conversion? Really lost on the technical side. I love this boat and would really like to see her in use. I'm in Ashbourne, Derbyshire if anyone fancies it?
  11. Hello lovely people, we are starting to look for our first live-aboard and saw this boat. It ticks lots of boxes, the price allows for modifications so it's on the list. My concern is the plate thicknesses... 6mm bottom and 3mm top appear very thin to this novice, even with the epoxy coating. Is this an issue?
  12. Hello, So I'm thinking of buying my first canal boat, and I'm a self confessed newbie and would really appreciate any advice. My reason for buying is I grew up on sailing boats and I love being on and around the water - this boat is currently docked in a marina in the city centre and why spend hundreds on a water front studio when I can stay on a lovely boat. I'd also love to meet the community and generally enjoy the lifestyle. The boat I'm looking at is valued last year at 35k for insurance purposes. It's 60ft from 1996. She was also shot blasted, 2-pack epoxy coated including base plate and had 12 new anodes fitted in 2018. So the boat was lifted out last year and they didn't get any work/plating done - the seller assures me that he wasn't told of any work that needed doing. We agreed on a price (aprrox 30k), with the agreement that I get a survey, and if there's any work that needs doing after the survey up to £2k, I'll split the cost here. If it's north of 2k, I'll get my 10% deposit back (which I haven't paid yet) and pull out of the sale because I would struggle to pay much more. The seller seems like a good character, and in the interest of a quick sale (he almost sold it in July and the buyer backed out last minute), he's knocked a further 2k off the price agreed if I do not get a survey and move in this month. Me, being in my 20s, I can't afford to buy this outright so I'll be getting a loan, so this is quite attractive. The present anodes will need to be replaced within 6-12 months, which will cost about 500 quid and need a lift out, so from that perspective it makes sense to get it lifted out for a survey now. On the other hand it would save me money on rent moving in quick, and over the summer I might put it on airbnb over the weekends whilst I'm off in my van rock climbing, which could allow me to live rent free for some of the year. Do you have any advice? Do you think the discount is a good one? Or do you think this is a massive alarm bell for issues underneath? Do you have any advice for ensuring I get my deposit back in the event of a no sale for the given terms? We've drafted a contract, but not through any official board so I don't know how to guarantee it's enforcement. From where I'm sat both ways have their own risks, so I'd be very grateful for any experienced folk to let me know what they'd do.
  13. Nati

    Kelvin K2 engineer

    Hi guys about to buy boat with kelvin k2 engine however engine is disconnected and before I pay for the boat I want someone experience to have a look at it and hopefully connect it for me so can anyone help me find person that have a clue about this vintage engine? I know those engine are very good and I would love mine to run thank you
  14. Hey, I've been looking into living on a narrowboat for around a year now after it being a life long dream! I am currently in the process of trying to secure a mooring spot in Manchester. I am struggling to find any websites or direct contacts too the marinas etc based in Manchester, in order to pop my name down on the waiting list or whatnot. Therefore, I was wondering if anyone could advise me on the process of getting hold of a mooring spot in Manchester?! Any advice would be amazing Thanks Chloé
  15. I am currently looking at a 34' narrowboat that has a V hull. I was unaware that this was an option and assumed all narrowboats were flat bottomed. The construction is 6-5-4, again, I thought that most boats were 10-6-4 but I really know nothing about boats! Can anyone advice me the difference / advantage / disadvantage of a V hull and the thickness construction?
  16. Hello All, I am new to this forum and hoping to glean some useful buying advice / information please. I have wanted to own, and live aboard, a narrowboat for some years now (having enjoyed many holidays / long weekends afloat in the past), and have now decided (I think!) to take the plunge and buy my own vessel. I was just wondering if you could give me any advice, positive or negative, about particular manufacturers; specifically , I want to know if it is worth spending more money on what might possibly be an older boat but one that is apparently made by a better / more reputable constructor. I came across two similar boats that I was interested in on a recent internet search; one was a 2004 Liverpool Boats 57 ft with an advertised price of around £50k, and the other was a 1999 Warble 57ft with an advertised price of nearer £80k. Both boats were similarly fitted-out with good quality interiors, and both looked to be in good tidy condition. I understand that a 1999 Ferrari or Rolls-Royce will be worth more than a 2004 Fiat or Toyota, but what I don't quite understand is this - are they not effectively the same thing (i.e. 57ft of steel), but with a different interior? My simplistic approach would say that if I took my Toyota and got the interior done by the same people who do Ferrari interiors would it be worth Ferrari money? I guess not! ;-) I have been told that the quality of the steelwork (i.e. the preparation and the general fabrication skills) would be of a much better standard on the more expensive vessel, but I would assume that fundamentally they are probably both made from the same steel that might well have come from the same mill, so am I basically paying another £30k for some neater welding?! Please pardon my ignorance, as I am wholly new to the idea of boat ownership, but I would welcome any useful information or opinions on this subject before I either end-up wishing I had spent the extra money on a 'better' boat, or end-up wondering why I wasted all that extra money! ;-) Thanks in advance. Andrew.
  17. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to live on a narrowboat and cruise the waterways of the UK. I can now realise that dream as I am no longer held down by work, relationship, pets or finances. Trouble is, where to start?! I have come to realise that I know nothing! I need to find someone who is looking for an adventure and has time on their hands to do it. That someone may already have a boat and need crew or company or may want to share the cost of a boat or just crew on a boat I buy. So many options! Probably the place to start is with finding who is willing to do a trip around most of the navigable waterways of the UK. I need someone who can pilot the boat as it is something I cannot do. I prefer the company of women but I am not looking for a romance here just a skipper! I am 61 and an interesting character I am told! Please get in touch if you think this could be you, all options are open.
  18. Hello, I'm looking for a bit of advice. I'm in the initial stages at looking at living permanently aboard, but before I go any further I need to know if its possible to live in either York or Leeds city centre. York is preferable, as close to the city as possible although happy to go to the west of York. Leeds would need to be central. I would love any advice you can give me, been trying to do some research online however struggling with a lack of links on google... is this because it's just not possible (I really hope not!!) Thanks in advance Chloe
  19. Hello all, There are a few posts about redoing aluminium windows but just wanted to double check with the more experience that my plan made some sense and for some advise regarding particular products. I have aluminium windows as per photos and what with the recent rainy weather I found at least two of them leaking pretty badly ! they are 10years old or so. (I have owned the boat about a year and a half) THE PLAN: - Remove all wood framework inside - Unscrew windows from outside (drill out any that have rounded) - Prize away windows trying to keep from bending, using a pallet knife to break seal - Rub down with sandpaper and Fertan any rusty metal behind (wasn't sure if I would need to paint after Fertan?) - Clean windows up, remove any old silicone - Use a new rubber window seal (need some help here...) *Not sure which particular product to use ! Midlands seems to stock a few types? Could someone confirm which product to use? These were the three products I couldn't seem to figure out which one to go for.... Product Code: CW-052, Product Code: C120, Product Code: CW-015 *What do I stick this to? window or boat? (I am assuming its one sided sticky) *Not sure what to do at corners, presumably I cut this into 2 long and 2 short lengths the same as window, then do I mitre the corners as best I can? - Ok, then re-screw window back in, not sure what the screws go into presumably self tapping into the boat steel ?? - Then finally ,apply small bead of silicon around window frame *Anyone recommend a sealant for this, heard mixed things about sikaflex and I understand its important to get a marine one. So... Have I missed anything?? Any tips at all really appreciated as I am a little nervous about taking my windows out, I am going to start with one ! Many thanks in advance, Look forward to reading your opinions. Martin Photos below: Above is window from outside. Above is screws attaching windows Above is more screws from outside that look like they might be a pain to get out :/ Above is wooden framework inside boat that I was planning to remove first !
  20. Hi all, this is my first post so please be gentle. Me and my girlfriend are about to buy a narrowboat. we know wat we are after but don't know which brokers to trust. Over the past year we have visited many of the well known ones and we sort of understand how it all works. But we have heard about horror stories! Can anybody give us advice on who is the least likely to take us for a ride and who we need to avoid. We know we want to go with a broker as we don't want all the admin and potential risk, but we don't know who to trust. I might be being a little paranoid, if so then tell me that! Haha. Any other advice about brokers would be extremely helpful. Thanks everyone. Jamie
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