Howdy motor folk. I feel a bit dirty venturing in to this room, but alas, I suppose us raggies can put up with motor nonsense for a while
I know this isn't really a narrowboat type of forum, but I wondered if there's somebody on here that can advise on the following conundrum...
Long story short: Good friend of mine has a silly wife, so he has to move out the house he pays for to make room for her new boyfriend. He was pondering a narrowboat a few years ago, but then child/wife happened and that was the end of that. Now he can do what he should have perhaps done in the first place. Every cloud....
So, knowing slightly more about boats that him, I've agreed to help find a boat. I saw one today and it's just right. Going fairly cheap because it has a wooden top that's in need of some repair (a walk in the park for me compared to compound curves on a sailing boat). It's all in order, but for one thing that concerns me; It hasn't been lifted since 2006.
Now, the chap had it lifted the year after he bought it, did the usual application of gunk, then put it back in the water and carried out a major rebuild of the wooden top structure. I've seen pictures, and looked at the work first hand, and it's up to scratch. This suggests that the bottom was indeed in good nick in 2006, otherwise you wouldn't have bothered doing all that work, right?
Anyway, where the boat is located is about a day away from the nearest lift-out facilities, so a survey (especially for the money that's been offered) is probably not realistic.
I've so far suggested that if he buys the boat, but budgets for some re-plating needing to be done, he won't go far wrong.
Is that good advice, and how much is re-plating likely to cost. What would be a worse case?
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