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Our move into a new life.
from bricks and mortar to metal and water.
Friday,28 August, 2015
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Thanks for the update John, glad that the experience at the new and used boat co. seemed to start well.  I have sold my house now and moved out (am technically homeless) but do not a boat before the spring of next year to move on to.

Still trying to make decisions so all updates welcome!

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Monday,31 August, 2015
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Hi SallyB,

We are homeless as well. Living with the in laws. Just as well I get on with them as it’s a bit cramped here. The drive looks like a car park at the moment. (6 cars and a van in the area of a small front garden). Not sure if you are old enough to remember the 70’s sit com ‘Butterflies’ but each time  one of us has to go out  in the car it’s just like the situation in their sit com with everyone having to move their car as inevitably the car required is at the back. Sometimes it looks like the start of a 24 hour Le Mans race!

Just can’t wait till we are on the cut. Life will be so much quieter.

New and Used had a close down in the boat yard  for two weeks and are back to building this week, so hopefully will be contacted shortly about the build date and approx. delivery date. 

Keep you posted.

 

John & CaroleSmile  

Thursday,8 October, 2015
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Sorry not to have added to the forum of late but been busy and nothing really to add.

Carole and I are off to the new and news boat company Saturday  10th Oct. We are going to sign the contract, relieve ourselves of a few more grand and get the build started w/c 12th Oct.  Marc at the new and news has confirmed build of 6-8weeks, hopefully 10′ should be a quicker build so 6 weeks will be more realistic. So the boat should be in the water by end of November.

The contract is being rewritten as we have made some changes to it as far as galley layout is concerned and confirmation that VAT is not applicable.

Our marina choice seems to have paid off. we spent an evening at the end of season night out at the Priory Marina Bedford and found the residence a great bunch. so welcoming and a great laugh. Can’t wait to get there to start mixing with the residence.

Be back with you Sunday to confirm how things are at the new and used boat company.

 

John & Carole

Saturday,31 October, 2015
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Things seem to be going at a pace. The hull is well on the way to completion and we should be going to see the state of play in the next week or so. We await photo’s of the build and are really looking forward to seeing the guys building our new home.

The new and used boat company are keeping us up to date and Marc has been very good dealing with all our questions and dealing with alterations to the standard build. Changes are being made to the galley and it seems nothing is too much trouble.

John & CaroleSmile 

Sunday,22 November, 2015
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We have been up to see the boat build progress. Unfortunately things are not progressing as well as we thought. The new and used boat company said it would be best to check progress weekend of 14th November as the linings should be in and just before the commencement of the galley, bathroom and bedroom. When we got there, we only had the steel hull to look at. Very disappointed. The hull looked great though.

I had a chat (should we say) with Marc at new and used boats to complain about the lack of communication and our wasted journey to Liverpool. He was most apologetic and things have improved on the communication front. We are kept informed at least every other day now and photos sent each time showing build progress. Must say, e-mails are answered almost immediately.

At this time the boat is guaranteed to be in the water and us moved in before Christmas. The internals should be completed by the 14th December and delivery to The Priory Marina shortly there after. 

Lets hope so.

John & Carole

Sunday,22 November, 2015
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Good luck with the completion date. Constructing and launching the hull is the easy bit time wise. Mine took six weeks, similar to yours by the sound of it. Its the fit out that takes the time though, in the case of my 60 foot narrowboat nearly a further year, with a full month of that in the paint shop. Well worth the wait though.

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Monday,30 November, 2015
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Marc at the new and used boat co has been posting pictures of the build and steadily but surely the boat has progressed. So far the internals are coming along with an estimated completion of W/C 14th December and the outside is best part finished. Top coat will be done before delivery. Pram cover and cratch covers ordered today in bottle green to match the hull and delivery of the gas oven/hob and extractor was a few days ago. It all seems to be going to a sort of plan. New and used have informed the Priory marina in Bedford of the imminent arrival in the next few weeks of our new home in time for Christmas. What a Christmas present that will be if it all works as expected.

Carole is getting a little excited now, to be truthful, so am I.

I would like to know what security folk have on their boats, so any advice would be very useful.

John and CaroleSmile

Sunday,6 December, 2015
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Thanks for these updates John!  I am glad that things seem to be going better now than you first thought they were.  Looking forward to pictures and also an update again once you have seen the boat in the “flesh” again so to speak.

For the record, I have now ordered my new build, although it is not through new and used boat company.  A much smaller company who are are fitting out a JD Narrowboat Hull. They are in Derbyshire and I in Hertfordshire so I will be having a few commutes myself soon when work get’s underway. My slot is not until April though – with 16-18 weeks from then on, so I will not be on board until sept next year. But I feel it’s worth the wait.

 

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Sally

Tuesday,16 February, 2016
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JohnGreenwood said
Marc at the new and used boat co has been posting pictures of the build and steadily but surely the boat has progressed. So far the internals are coming along with an estimated completion of W/C 14th December and the outside is best part finished. Top coat will be done before delivery. Pram cover and cratch covers ordered today in bottle green to match the hull and delivery of the gas oven/hob and extractor was a few days ago. It all seems to be going to a sort of plan. New and used have informed the Priory marina in Bedford of the imminent arrival in the next few weeks of our new home in time for Christmas. What a Christmas present that will be if it all works as expected.

Carole is getting a little excited now, to be truthful, so am I.

I would like to know what security folk have on their boats, so any advice would be very useful.

John and CaroleSmile

Did you get your boat John? – any pictures would be appreciated.

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Thursday,25 February, 2016
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well all. we got our boat as promised before Christmas.23rd December was our move in date. It went so smoothly. Crane arrived along with high winds and the lorry delivering from Liverpool was a little later than arranged. As the wind was so strong, it was decided to pick the boat off the back of the lorry then leave it out of the water until a calmer day, however someone must have been looking down on us, as the crane lifted the wind disappeared so within about 60 seconds our boat swung round and into the water.

Christmas Eve was spent with Carole and I playing host to the family in very unfamiliar surroundings. Christmas day was very different as well. before festivities started I fitted a teak table supplied by Marine Teak to the stern deck (highly recommend these Guys). Installed LED lighting to the pram cover and Installed charger to bow thruster batteries.

The day after boxing day I needed to empty the waste tank, so a very nerve racking journey to the pump out was needed. Unfortunately the pump out did not fit the mechanism on the boat so when I started the seal was not too great and I ended up covered in you know what. we now have the correct adapter. The journey  to the pump out and back again went well and all boats on the marina survived!

All is well and we are thoroughly enjoying life. community spirit is a real surprise. We know far more people in the two months living on the Priory marina in Bedford than the previous 8 years on a new build site. As the evenings draw out we are starting to talk to more people each time we walk down the pontoon.

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Thursday,25 February, 2016
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John & Carole,

 

Glad all has gone well and you are growing into the life. She looks a lovely boat.

Thursday,25 February, 2016
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Tuesday,1 March, 2016
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Hi John and Carol

The boat looks awesome and really pleased you got in before Xmas (just!) My boat is now being built as I have been waiting for my slot to come up, its started a little earlier so am hoping it will be finished a little earlier to!

It sounds like its been a good start inspite of moving on board during mid winter. Good luck and enjoy your new life!

Tuesday,31 May, 2016
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Dean Box did the sign writing. And a super job he did.

The other photo was of our first trip out to test out the boat before our week holiday down the Gt. Ouse.

The last photo is of Paul Greenwood. My dear brother I miss so much.

We found the boat almost perfect. the hydraulic steering started to fail due to lack of hydraulic fluid. the temporary tiller had not been drilled to except the bolt to attach it to the tiller stock. after a little research we found the fluid, topped up and bled the system. it worked perfectly.

Once we were on our way we found the boat easy to manoeuvre powerful enough and quiet. We also got lots of appreciative comments. Our weeks holiday was a real success and the boat was a joy.

Saturday,4 June, 2016
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I’m looking for teak effect flooring. I’ve had a price from Permateek. For the stern deck alone will cost £1060 +VAT. does anyone out there have any suggestions. The deck has an anti slip coating on it but it gets very dirty and is almost impossible to clean.

I’ve had a look on the web and ordered a sample from other manufactures but if you have a suggestion then I be happy to look at an alternative.

John & Carole

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