Saturday, August 22, 2015

Another boat?

We liked this one but it is not  available till the end of the season.

Friday, August 21, 2015

A bittersweeet journey

Moore 2 Life at Cropredy marina

Back in January we decided to have our boat painted but the arrangement fell on stony ground. Then we considered the implications of down sizing to a shorter boat for 'summer cruising' and started to look at the market. A cruiser or semi trad stern less than 50 feet would suit us now.

Our son suggested that selling now and buying later would get the best value. Could we face up to the idea of not having a boat for a while? ABNB gave us a valuation just based on our description. If they had created a brochure they would want to put the boat on the market before we had found another boat and charged us 6%!

It was while we were looking at boats for sale when we met Dave and Chris who were looking for a 'live aboard' boat. Perhaps it was fate, being in the right place and the right time. They came to see Moore 2 Life and liked what they saw. Eventually an offer was accepted subject to a survey. That in its self is the binding contract!

They were happy to hand over a 10% deposit after a trial run. We all then signed an agreement to sell and buy describing what was for sale. A witness also signed the document. Dave and Chris have been lucky to be able to see all our boat documentation and have us as owners to provide an in depth demonstration.

Our buyers arranged for a survey to be carried out at the marina. There were a few things that needed fixing before a 'pass' could be obtained. Every thing except the gas bottles had to be removed from the gas locker. We had anchor and concrete ballast in there! These were relocated in the well deck store space. The gas locker floor had to be painted and the bottles made secure away from the regulator. The shower pump out pipe had to be looped up higher than the outlet to ensure water could not get in when on a river. Our solar panel feed although fused was connected to the wrong side of the battery isolator and should be direct to the batteries.

It is so annoying when so-called experts carrying out work on boats do not seem to know the rules. A boat survey is so much more involved than the safety test!

During the six weeks it took from start to finish we had traveled up and down five times to remove all our personal belongings. The new owners are to rename the boat 'Morning Mist'. That was her original name when we bought her as described on the CE plate.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

August visit

We have been busy giving Moore 2 Life some much needed tender loving care.  The gas locker had a very rusty floor and needed a major scrape and repaint.  We used the locker to store an anchor and a load of concrete blocks as forward ballast.  We have been advised to remove the anchor and ballast.

Our boat has always been a bit high at the front and the ballast helped to lower the bow.  Luckily we can move the ballast to the well deck where it can reside under the front storage compartment.

So all of you boaters out there be warned, the gas locker is for nothing else but the gas bottles.  Those bottles are heavy and must be made secure to prevent them hitting the gas regulator.

Then we removed the cratch cover and gave it a good scrubbing.  All the spiders scurried away!  The boat is beginning to look like a new pin at the front.

Even the engine compartment has had some attention.  I discovered that the engine control cables and wiring loom were gently resting on the exhaust silencer!  I have managed to pull them up with tie wraps to a 'sky hook'.

Do we all need a Galvanic Isolator?  For many years we traveled the waterways without one.  Our anodes have been doubled a while ago and are still serviceable.  Out on the cut no boat is connected to an earth.  Now that we are in a marina most boats are connected to earth with their land line.  Does that make the difference?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dance n Camp

 We were invited to watch Ben dancing with the Little Big Dance company.  His favorite colour is orange.
Then the boys set up camp on the garden.  They never slept in it because the bed went flat!

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Buyer Beware

An opportunity window enabled us to travel north to Cropredy.  In the sun during the drive up but then it rained in the afternoon.  The British F1 racing was on TV and we got the rain before Silverstone did!

We always leave the water tank nearly empty and on this visit the water was a bit tainted.  A chlorine tablet was dropped in and fresh water poured in.

Readers of our Blog will have noticed our boat visit habit has changed and we are content with it for now.  If we have time we take the boat out and if not we drive round to our favorite canal spots.  This time we went to Weedon, Whilton and Braunston to get our 'fix' on canal life.

We were actually looking for another boat to down size, but not down grade.  We have decided that a Semi Trad or Cruiser stern and no more than about 50 feet long would suit us better.  We have been very disappointed with what is on the market these days.  There really is a lot of junk out  there. Some agents ask for a deposit even before a trial run!  Then you cannot get it back if you decide against your choice of boat.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A tour of the New Forest

We drove across the New Forest to Burley.  A small popular village to the west of the forest.  We found a cafe and sat outside in the sunshine with Molly in the shade under the table.  Unfortunately the traffic spoiled the ambiance.
On the way we stopped at Yew Tree Bottom to let Molly cool off in a river.
We returned home via Lymington to see the Wight Link ferry arrive.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


We have been together for 49 years together!
 The cornflowers grown from seed are one of Ann's favorites.