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Another viewing this weekend
Still looking for the boats that ticks most of the boxes
Thursday,12 February, 2015
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Well we were disappointed last Sunday as we had made arrangements to go and view a boat. Approximately one hour before we were due to set off we git a text to inform us that the boat had been sold on the Saturday. We were slightly gutted.It did tick most of the boxes although the price was slightly over our budget but we had been hoping that if we had liked it that there may be some room for negotiation.

Well we are viewing another boat this Saturday although we do have some reservations.

We are currently looking for a boat 40-50ft length, preferably a cruiser stern. We have decided that we don’t want a walk through bathroom.

We would like central heating and also a multi fuel stove.

The boat that we are looking at this weekend fits the above description but we are concerned that we have been told that it has been built by its current owner. We wondered if we will struggle when we try to get insurance for the boat. If we do decide to buy it we will definitely have a survey and we also would need to look at having it transported by road so this is something else we will need to take into account 

Thursday,12 February, 2015
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I don’t think you’ll have any problems with insurance, but a ‘self-build’ might suffer on the resale value. Which should mean it’s a good price for you to start with? Depends on the quality of the work of course.

Transporting a boat by road is VERY expensive… just in case you are not aware.

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Thursday,12 February, 2015
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Paul B said
I don’t think you’ll have any problems with insurance, but a ‘self-build’ might suffer on the resale value. Which should mean it’s a good price for you to start with? Depends on the quality of the work of course.

Transporting a boat by road is VERY expensive… just in case you are not aware.

PB

The boat was first registered in 2004 and the price that they are asking is £27,000.

Paul, when you say it is very expensive to move a boat by road are we talking £1000’s or £100’s?

Thursday,12 February, 2015
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You are probably talking thousands to move your boat. I had mine taken out of the water, moved eight miles to have the cabin over plated, then moved back ti the marina when the work was done. The cost was £1,200.

Why does the boat need to go by road transport? You could hire a boat mover to take it by water for less money.

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Friday,13 February, 2015
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Looking on the bright side of the boat being sold. You could maybe find a boat near to where your moorings are, thus no need for any transportation costs. 

Friday,13 February, 2015
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Funnily enough another boat has recently been advertised which is on the Lancaster Canal so practically on the doorstep to where we have secured a mooring. The only thing is is that it is a widebeam. Still going to take a look though Smile

Friday,13 February, 2015
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If you do buy a widebeam on the Lancaster, be careful of length if you have ideas of cruising across the Ribble Link. The locks on the Rufford arm will only take 62 foot boats (officially only 60 ft I think) and the Savick Brook part of the link has some sharp bends which limit the lengths of widebeams to shorter than narrowboats.

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Saturday,14 February, 2015
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A wide beam will severely restrict you if you intend cruising the system. 

Monday,16 February, 2015
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Well we have ruled the wide beam out although it did feel very spacious onboard we don’t want to be restricted when cruising.

We liked the other 40ft narrowboat and the couple that were selling it were lovely.They had had the boat since new and had fitted it out themselves.

We have arranged another viewing for this coming Sunday a 2008 38ft boat. Last blacked in 2013 and had the anodes replaced at that time. It only has a 28hp Vetus Marine engine whereas a few of the other boats have had 38hp Beta Marine engine will this make a big difference ?

Tuesday,17 February, 2015
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I would have thought that Beta 38 a bit over the top for a 40  ft boat let alone 38 ft given that many 57 ft boats use it.

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Tuesday,17 February, 2015
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It also depends on where you plan to go. If you do a lot of river cruising then a bigger lump is better, but for canals not so much.

Beta Marine have a good engine sizing chart on their web site and your 28hp sits fine on a 38ft boat.

38hp does seem a lot. Our previous 62 footer had a Beta 43 and hydraulic drive (which saps apprx 20% of the power!) and that was plenty. 

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Wednesday,18 February, 2015
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Paul B said
It also depends on where you plan to go. If you do a lot of river cruising then a bigger lump is better, but for canals not so much.

Beta Marine have a good engine sizing chart on their web site and your 28hp sits fine on a 38ft boat.

38hp does seem a lot. Our previous 62 footer had a Beta 43 and hydraulic drive (which saps apprx 20% of the power!) and that was plenty. 

PB

Mainly canal cruising I think. So it looks like a 28hp should be just fine

Thanks Paul

Tuesday,24 February, 2015
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diddlyidi said

We have arranged another viewing for this coming Sunday a 2008 38ft boat. Last blacked in 2013 and had the anodes replaced at that time. It only has a 28hp Vetus Marine engine whereas a few of the other boats have had 38hp Beta Marine engine will this make a big difference ?

A quick update from our viewing last Sunday.

We liked the boat and we have put an offer in and are just waiting to hear.

We would need to make a few changes inside the boat the main one being that originally the boat had fixed seating on both sides of the boat which converted into a double bed making it a 4 berth.

The current owner has taken the seating out and replaced it with two free standing ikea easy chairs, leaving nowhere to eat and making it a 2 berth boat. We wondered if this would be an expensive job. We have contacted Wedgwood who did the interior fit out via email but they haven’t got back in touch yet.

Any thoughts on this would be welcomeSmile

Tuesday,24 February, 2015
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Hi,

The reason that the previous owner took out the side bench seats is probably because the comfort of sitting in an armchair is better than trying to sit all the evening on a bench seat. 

Our boat is a bit longer than the one you state above and we have a ‘lounge’ area but the thought of spending my evenings sitting on our dining seat would crease my back before i even sat down. We also found that putting the up table and down each day became a pain so now we eat off our laps and use the table for sundays and guests.

What I suppose I am trying to day here is think twice before getting rid of your lounge seats. Dining may be more important to you and of course, thats your choice, but the comfort in the evenings is my pick

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Tuesday,24 February, 2015
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I would agree with Deckhand. Our boat is built for the two of us with the ability to accommodate our son and his partner on occasions. Jeannette days I mutter all the time when they are on board but I don’t really. At least I don’t think so. If I do I’ll just have to take more drink!

95% of the time there is just the two of us and that is how we have the boat arranged. Of w have visitors them SK e things change but it is only for 3 or 4 days at a time usually. It is your boat, make it comfortable for you.

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Wednesday,25 February, 2015
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Hi There

A couple of things. . .

We had a Pullman Dinette put in when we brought our boat and this is where we spend the majority of our days sitting with our backs against the side of the boat and legs stretched out. Our boat is long enough for us to have a sofa as well though, but we only use this to watch TV, so maybe a few hours a night.

One other thing that springs to mind is that when we were looking at boats, we saw a Pullman Dinette type setup, but with only one double bench seat with table in front. As there was only seating on one side, the table was only half the width of a usual table. If you considered this to be an option and could have it built facing forward, then as it would only take up about three feet (lengthways up the boat) you might be able to get the best of both worlds and still manage some indivdual comfy seats or a 4’sofa backing onto the two person dinette.

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Wednesday,25 February, 2015
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Thank you Deckhand, Pearly and Keith for your suggestions.

I think we may just opt for a sofa which converts into a bed if we actually buy the boat.Our first offer wasn’t accepted so we are in the process of negotiations at the moment

I have some pictures of the layout but I can’t seem to find the option to add pictures to a post  

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What heating is there on this boat? I can’t see a solid fuel stove on the plan but there appears to be a flu front right in the photo of the cabin. Do you a stove there?

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Wednesday,25 February, 2015
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Paul Smith said
What heating is there on this boat? I can’t see a solid fuel stove on the plan but there appears to be a flu front right in the photo of the cabin. Do you a stove there?

It has a Valour Willow S/F stove

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