Jump to content
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble
Sam

Are you new to boating?? CLICK HERE

Featured Posts

34 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:

You are making an assumption there.

No, I am not assuming anything.  I'm just trying to help someone who asked a question by giving my opinion. If you think I am giving bad advice then why not post your views rather than making cryptic comments which don't add to the discussion?

 

Howard

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 minutes ago, howardang said:

No, I am not assuming anything.  I'm just trying to help someone who asked a question by giving my opinion. If you think I am giving bad advice then why not post your views rather than making cryptic comments which don't add to the discussion?

 

Howard

 

 

I read Alan's contribution as alluding to the distinct possibility the boat was intended as a static home rather than a cruising boat. Unfortunately that is likely to have gone completely over the heads of the questioner but the question about serious cruising or not is very relevant to the answers given.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 minutes ago, Tony Brooks said:

 

I read Alan's contribution as alluding to the distinct possibility the boat was intended as a static home rather than a cruising boat. Unfortunately that is likely to have gone completely over the heads of the questioner but the question about serious cruising or not is very relevant to the answers given.

I am replying following Sams reply to this post (2222):-

 

"Hi we are Paula and Heath and very tempted do take the plunge and buy. We fancy a wide beam (baby) so interested to see what we can find out about all aspects before we take the plunge (and if we do)" and in particular their comment about All Aspects...

 

There is nothing that I can see that hints about a static home.

 

Howard

 
  • Greenie 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, howardang said:

and in particular their comment about All Aspects...

 

There is nothing that I can see that hints about a static home.

 

Howard

 

 

Since they have said nothing about how they intend to use the boat, and ask about "all aspects" it is entirely legitimate to advise about this particular aspect.

  • Greenie 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 minutes ago, David Mack said:

 

Since they have said nothing about how they intend to use the boat, and ask about "all aspects" it is entirely legitimate to advise about this particular aspect.

Thank you David. I was despairing that this specific part of the thread was going to go the way of many threads on this forum!:cheers:

 

Howard

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all thanks for all your comments - its intended for leisure at the moment, but need some space so a narrow boat might be too restrictive for us and our needs. We are based in the North West I think there are quite a few waterways we can use up here.  We have seen a boat we like but it is too expensive and in a local Marina to us, where moorings are available.  You are all most helpful thanks for your comments and especially the web links - they are great.

Paula and Heath

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Tony Brooks said:

 

I read Alan's contribution as alluding to the distinct possibility the boat was intended as a static home rather than a cruising boat. Unfortunately that is likely to have gone completely over the heads of the questioner but the question about serious cruising or not is very relevant to the answers given.

Read it the same

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
22 minutes ago, ditchcrawler said:

Read it the same

Fortunately,  Paula & Heath appear to confirm that they intend to use their local waterways in the NW - i.e. cruise - so all is clarified. 

 

Howard

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Paulaandheath said:

We are based in the North West I think there are quite a few waterways we can use up here. 

 

Yup. And you can cross the Pennines via the Leeds & Liverpool or Rochdale canals to get to the Yorkshire Waterways, and from there up the Trent and as far south as Market Harborough.  Basically any of the red or blue bits across the northern half of the map below. What you won't be able to do is access the wide waterways of the south (unless you go by sea or by road).

CanalMap.gif

  • Greenie 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, David Mack said:

 

Yup. And you can cross the Pennines via the Leeds & Liverpool or Rochdale canals to get to the Yorkshire Waterways, and from there up the Trent and as far south as Market Harborough.  Basically any of the red or blue bits across the northern half of the map below. What you won't be able to do is access the wide waterways of the south (unless you go by sea or by road).

CanalMap.gif

Thanks this is great and confirms what we were thinking - thanks to all of you for your posts and comments we will see how we get on and let you all know - happy boating! :)

 

  • Greenie 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all, I am a retiree looking for a boat to live on. I have spent several hire holidays on narrowboats so have a good idea what I'm getting into, but as I will be single-handed now, I'm concerned I wouldn't manage a long boat, especially in locks. Any suggestions on boat length?  Should I rather be looking at a grp (although they look rather cramped compared with a narrowboat)?

Many thanks

Margaret

 

Edited by meg999
duplication

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, meg999 said:

Hi all, I am a retiree looking for a boat to live on. I have spent several hire holidays on narrowboats so have a good idea what I'm getting into, but as I will be single-handed now, I'm concerned I wouldn't manage a long boat, especially in locks. Any suggestions on boat length?  Should I rather be looking at a grp (although they look rather cramped compared with a narrowboat)?

Many thanks

Margaret

 

 

Welcome Margaret.

 

I single-hand a 68ft narrowboat and it's not much different to handle in narrow locks than my other two boats which are 45ft and 57ft. Wide locks are a bit trickier but with some experience one gets to know the boat and how best to do it. The worst thing is sharing with another boat - puts one right off one's learned routine. Best in my experience to stop and say, make a cuppa and let the other boat go ahead if you find yourself paired with another boat/boater you aren't feeling comfortable with. This is perfectly acceptable etiquette. 

 

I'd suggest choosing a steel narrowboat 45-57ft long if you are solo. More space just isn't really needed for one person. Avoid GRP, flippin' hard to keep warm in winter!

Edited by Mike the Boilerman
  • Happy 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

Avoid GRP, flippin' hard to keep warm in winter!

Our GRP boat is insulated at least as well as a steel NB.

Don't get sucked into the old "my cat has 3 legs therefore all cats have 3 legs' situation.

 

Each individual boat is different depending on how it is built.

 

And - my 14 foot wide boat has oooodles more space than a 7 foot wide sewer tube.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, meg999 said:

Hi all, I am a retiree looking for a boat to live on. I have spent several hire holidays on narrowboats so have a good idea what I'm getting into, but as I will be single-handed now, I'm concerned I wouldn't manage a long boat, especially in locks. Any suggestions on boat length?  Should I rather be looking at a grp (although they look rather cramped compared with a narrowboat)?

Many thanks

Margaret

 

Good Morning Meg and welcome to the forum - I see you met the night shift :giggles:

 

By pure coincidence I was reading through some of the older archive post on the forum last night and found a conversation very similar to what you're asking about, so I'll post a link. You have some really interesting questions there and it might be worth reposting them as a new thread in this new to boating section because that would give you room to have a more in-depth discussion with more people. 

 

 

This is an old thread so not worth replying to but still worth a read - just click the arrow in the top right hand corner. 

 

:boat: Good luck with you new adventure and happy boat hunting  

Tumsh.

 

 

 

  • Greenie 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Alan de Enfield said:

Our GRP boat is insulated at least as well as a steel NB.

Don't get sucked into the old "my cat has 3 legs therefore all cats have 3 legs' situation.

 

Each individual boat is different depending on how it is built.

 

And - my 14 foot wide boat has oooodles more space than a 7 foot wide sewer tube.

But will only get a little way up the North Oxford canal

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
31 minutes ago, ditchcrawler said:

But will only get a little way up the North Oxford canal

It won't even get up, 'even a little way'

 

(Too much draft)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Alan de Enfield said:

Our GRP boat is insulated at least as well as a steel NB.

Don't get sucked into the old "my cat has 3 legs therefore all cats have 3 legs' situation.

 

Each individual boat is different depending on how it is built.

 

And - my 14 foot wide boat has oooodles more space than a 7 foot wide sewer tube.

 

Your boat is a statistical outlier and hardly a fair comparison. A 14ft wide sea-going catamaran built on a 'money no object' basis. 

 

I hold that most second hand 7ft wide GRP boats built for the canals will be inherently poorly insulated as they are designed for holiday use in the summer. Same probably applies to new ones too. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

 

Your boat is a statistical outlier and hardly a fair comparison. A 14ft wide sea-going catamaran built on a 'money no object' basis. 

 

I hold that most second hand 7ft wide GRP boats built for the canals will be inherently poorly insulated as they are designed for holiday use in the summer. Same probably applies to new ones too. 

Suspect his cat is wider than that. 

 

ETA. I don't think it has 3 legs either. :):)

Edited by rusty69

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

 

He should feed it less then. 

 

Didn't realise he has a cat too....

Oh yes. He only feeds it meringue though. 

Edited by rusty69

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

 

Er cat meringue, you mean? 

I'm glad you are back. You are the only one that gets my crappy "jokes" 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.