Currently in Rickmansworth, will be moving to Watford for survey on 15th. Think it might be easier to do the first chunk of work (basic utilities, clean/paint bilges + new sub floor) out that way as might actually be able to find a quiet spot to moor, cheaper if I need to rent temporarily and a lot of docks/yards in the area if they are required.
the people at Watford (are you using P&S to dry dock the boat for survey?) are sound - there's a strange symbiotic relationship between P&S who run a proper boatyard, are pretty straightforward, do most things in advance over email and e-invoices, then there's Bridgewater Boats which, though they share the other half of the basin, are totally different. they just run their moorings, and iirc take cash or sometimes card, can be a little bit prickly so my advice is make sure you're on good terms with them if you moor there! be patient, predictable, and easy to work with (i'm sure you are). it's from them you'll maybe be able to cotch a mooring spot for an extra few weeks to do the work - that's what we did! - though current situation means not a lot of people are moving as frequently as usual so it might be a big congested. my friend who has lived on the gorgeous Fifty Seven (not for sale any more, but the only pics i could find of it) for many years said to me a couple of weeks ago lockdown means the Canal & River Trust don't want people to move until lockdown ends properly (whenever the heck that is). i'm well out of date now being a landlubber these days but whatever.
fwiw, i know rickmansworth/uxbridge/watford canals very well (we now actually live in watford so i can pop by and say hello when you're around!) as we spent a year just on that stretch, from hayes & harlington up to denham. it's lush and green (sometimes too lush and the weeds become immediate prop foul) and there's usually a lot of space. if you need anything or have questions about the area (eg the cafe in the rickmansworth aquadrome is a delight if you get there before the hordes of screaming kids, and sundays around 11am the old geezers have their weekly miniature (non-motor) yacht meeting and it's fantastic, highly recommend a watch) just give me a shout.
Yes, P+S for haul out. Most expensive option but approx. 6 weeks extra wait for anywhere else. Will be epic watching it coming out by crane anyway.
CC’ing is starting again from the 12th, with that counting as day 1 so should be a bit of movement happening soonish.
Found a local surveyor who knows the sellers friend (and the boat) and has owned a couple of Les Allen’s in the past. Offered to do me a ‘full survey’ at reduced cost as there’s ‘not that much to survey’ + spend a bit of time going through the boat with me and answering any questions I have re: fitout/equipment etc.
Thanks for the kind offer, will definitely take you up on that at some point ☺️
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