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Aug-24-2005 @ 5:42 PM                           Permalink
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I have just joined and would like to say hello to all.

I am retiring next year and I am going to do what I have always promised myself and buy a boat.
But have tons of questions. So please any help would be very grateful.
First I would like to ask. I will have around £20000 to spend so do I go for an old boat around £10000 mark and spend money on her or do I go the whole hog and lash out the £20000.
I am thinking of at least a 4 birth and I have to admit I do like my little comforts.

One small thing please excuse me if some of my terms are wrong and please don’t hesitate to put me right
          Many thanks
                                   Peter B


many thanks to all for your help.
         Peter

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Aug-24-2005 @ 6:04 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Peter

Welcome to the site. Feel free to ask any questions you wish.

£20K buys a lot of boat. My boat Woodwose did not cost a quarter of that and is still good fun. Whatever you do, you should bear in mind that boats cost a lot to run. Think about the running costs and the mooring fees first.

Next, I suggest you make a list of all the things you want from your boat and then you start looking round at second hand boats. There are loads of them available. If you see one you like, ask people who own similar ones what their experiences were.  You can always ask on this site. Someone here will know.

Think also about where you are going to moor the boat. Moorings can be hard to find and you will want the boat to be in your favourite part of the Broads.

Check that any boat you buy has a current Safety Certificate. You will also need insurance. I use Craftinsure and you can do it on line.

I hope this is useful advice. Looking forward to seeing you in the water.

Nigel
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Aug-24-2005 @ 6:05 PM                           Permalink
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Remeber that buying is only the beginning.
Mooring between £23 to £50 per foot a year.
Liscense depends on size of boat
Insurance

I reckon on £1500 a year thats before diesel ,gas and maint.
By the way a bed is a berth.

We are looking at the moment as well .

Good luck Cheers

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hi peter ,
welcome to the site , i agree with the above posts , you can get some bargains about this time of year ,but do please take note that b.s.s will come into effect next year starting with large craft first . so do try buy a boat with a certificate if you can , plenty of boat sale websites to look at or sometimes the odd 1 or 2 on here ,
good luck    

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hi peter.
and welcome to the site .
if you have a look  at the posting's there is lots of info on buying your own boat that will i hope help you along .
if you spend half of your money and do some work on the boat  it is up to how  good you are at D I Y .and if you wish just to get in and go .have a look at norfolk boatshed .com this will give you some idear of the market .
you will get lots of help from the good members on this site do not hesitate to ask ,
all the best to you .
mick Smile

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Just as a guide my mate has just sold a DC30 for around 18000 . It has been extensively re furbished and will not have to be touched for years.
Rod

You mean the other Starboard then...

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Hello Peter,

Having taken the plunge for the first time a couple of years ago I know how you feel. As mentioned earlier, I also suggest you consider what you want from the boat, is it somewhere to get away from it all with only routine maintenance, or is it somewhere where you can expect to put in some hard graft over several years to achieve your dream?

You say you want a 4 berth boat, so you either plan to have family with you on board or invite friends to stay. Do you want a real 4 berth or a 2+2, either way will it suit them and you?

Petrol engined boats are cheaper than diesel, but diesel is more plentiful on the Broads. Out-drives are cheaper than shaft drives, but need more maintenance. Twin engines take twice the maintenace and running costs of a single engine.

Just s few of the many decisions, but just ask and I'm sure that someone will be able to help.

Harry



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crumbs only posted the massage an hour ago never thought i would get such a quick response  many many thanks.

it is a little confusing but i have a year so a few facts
would like it to be a family boat i have 2 sons both in there 30s and 2 lovely grandchildren 11 and 9 and ofcourse my lovely wife
we are looking for long weekends as well as a couple of main hols on it.
i do like a bit of DIY and have done lots to our little cottage in norfolk over the years.
so  i understand fuel is so many litres an hour
so whats the diff between diesel v petrol
one other thing confuse we when they say shower do they mean shower or just something to wash your hair.
see told you i was a novice

  thanks all
Confused

many thanks to all for your help.
         Peter

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Hi Peter and welcome,

Another thing to consider is the handleing of the boat.
If you will be taking it out on your own you will need to be able to handle it under various condition ie wind and tide.
When you come to moor it by yourself you will need to be  sure it is not going to "be blown away" when you step off!!

so maybe size is just as important as having all the bells and whistles.

I have a 23 foot Freeman which are renowned for their handling. Not large but I can handle it under most condition, and at a pinch will sleep 2 + 2.
These are going frmo about £8900 petrol inboard.

Good luck and I,m sure we will be watching your progress with interest.



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hi mate
a big welcome to the site.
hope it all goes well for you,my advice dont spend it all, keep a wad back for next years expenses Smile

roya

now about my bilges.

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