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Life change – Selling up to live on a Wide Beam
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Tuesday,21 May, 2013
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Thanks for the input Paul & sorry Rob for hijacking your post. At a bit of a loss until my other half realizes the depth of this dilemma. It’s wide beam or not at all & I know that 15k a year is out of the question. The alternative is to find a flat rental that will accept pets in Bromley :-( (or thereabouts)… Doesn’t sound as appealing.

Tuesday,21 May, 2013
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I wouldn’t find a flat in Bromley appealing at all. I had a pub in Grove Park (two or three miles from Bromley in the late ’90’s. I found it a very depressing and undriendly place.

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Tuesday,21 May, 2013
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Small world, we owned a flat on Baring Road in 86-87 opposite a mini-cab company. I could see the train station from my living room window.

Tuesday,21 May, 2013
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My pub was called the Teasel. It was on the main road overlooked by a block of flats (from which my fans used to thrown bottles down onto the pub trying to hit my bedroom window). On one ocassion, I had four thugs in a stolen car crash repeatedly into the pub lobby to gain access so that they could beat me up! It wasn’t my favourite place.

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Tuesday,21 May, 2013
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Hi Clare,

 

The trouble with the hirer market is that people want the maximum number of beds for the minimum money.

 

I am sitting here trying to think of a way for you to sample live aboard boats. It is a pity that you won’t be over here at the end of May when the Crick show is on. They have on show boats that have been built for the private customer rather than the hirer market.

 

The temptation in my mind is to let you hire my boat for a few days. Unfortunately, both my insurers and license do not allow that. However what might help you, if you can find the time to come up to Calcutt and spend a day with me on Clarence. Hopefully while you’re here we can persuade the sales people here to let you look over the boats they have for sale here and maybe try to find some wide beams to look at. I think Braunston have a couple at the moment. Maybe a few of the other owners here might allow you a look.

 

Will you hav e time on your trip to spend some days going round the various boat brokers?

 

As Paul mentioned, people have bought hirer boats and spent a lot of money reconfiguring them, which they will never get back. When they would have been better off to have a boat built from scratch.

 

How much were you hoping to spend on a boat?

 

Graham

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That’s a very kind offer from Graham and an excellent idea. I will add to it. If you do come to Calcutt, you’re more than welcome to come for a coffee on my boat and see what the inside of what I think is a very well configured – narrow – floating home.

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We have a couple of items we are fairly set on. 2 bedrooms and a bathtub. I am expecting friends & family from the US to stay (my youngest son in particular). For the right boat, I’ve been looking at boats between 70-90k. It’s been a long time since we’ve lived in England so scaling down is a challenge. I’ve seen many boats on apolloduck that would work nicely, the problem is mooring. We have to stay within the London area. I like the look of Packet Boat Marina but any extra fees for a wide beam would make it too expensive.

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Oh and Graham, I do appreciate the thought regarding viewing boats, yours included. The trip in July is intended solely to resolve where we will be living this Autumn. I am intending on visiting quite a few marinas and would enjoy meeting both you & Paul. So I do hope to visit Calcutt. I’ll keep you posted once I get my tickets booked.

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Petzki said
Oh and Graham, I do appreciate the thought regarding viewing boats, yours included. The trip in July is intended solely to resolve where we will be living this Autumn. I am intending on visiting quite a few marinas and would enjoy meeting both you & Paul. So I do hope to visit Calcutt. I’ll keep you posted once I get my tickets booked.

Just let me know when you will be around and I am sure we can arrange something.

Oh yes down sizing will be a pain, smaller cars, smaller rooms, even smaller boats. Mind you for those that have lived here in the past it is amazing how quickly it ceases to be a problem, says he who lives in a five bedroom house with no children having downsized 5 years ago :)

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Put it this way. I used to drive a Chevrolet Suburban, it was just over 6′ wide ;-)

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