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  1. I doubt height is an issue. I think it's just easier than explaining the whole situation. The boatbuilding team were always going to leave to work for Clive, and at the moment the boatbuilder of choice does not have any build slots for quite some while. On that basis, it's easier to just buy some decent used boats in.
  2. But what does the company have in place to secure its network / VPN and avoid infected client machines?
  3. It's not just deliberate mistreatment, though. Accidents happen and a private Haines fitout is not as geared to repairability as hire boats are.
  4. If going North to South you can be there at low water or even a smidge earlier if need be, but obviously it's October and if the weather has been awful then there could be quite a lot of flow. Going back North to South you don't ideally want to be earlier than slack otherwise you'll be punching the tide for a long time up to Acle. Based on those dates I think I'd go South on Wednesday morning and come back on Saturday or Sunday afternoon (Saturday looks easier) somewhere between low water and slack.
  5. Bridgecraft do seem to like their lino! I'm a fan of the Lowliner, too. How would you say it compares with Contessa in terms of space, Simon? You lose the interior space above the engine because of the low air draft but is it a biggie?
  6. RCD is a factor, too. While it's generally a good thing that we have standards in boatbuilding, the red tape does mean that it is not really worth it for a smaller yard who only wants to build one boat every couple of years. Look at some of the yards who stopped building in the nineties. I know for a fact some of them did so because it just wasn't worth the hassle to build any more. And without being able to use their own skills, it would have been unviable to buy new builds in. Any hirefleet needs newer boats to remain appealing to customers so as these kind of fleets aged, they mostly fell by the wayside where once they were go-to yards. If you can't / don't want to build new boats to RCD then you can't have a fleet renewal strategy (or do the odd private build) and so it's not a viable business.
  7. Yup. I'm 6'2 and they're a complete pain in the posterior.
  8. Chamfered or rounded edges stop people doing themselves a mischief when walking into the bed by accident, and allows a bit more room to move around and in theory you need less space at the feet end.
  9. It's the brand they use, but the boats aren't necessarily built by them. Silverline, Broom and others have built some of them in recent years. Barnes own the mould tools to the Opal, which is still a great-looking craft. They are considerably more spacious than a Sheerline 740, which I would only really consider a 'weekender'. Viking have definitely built some small Alphas (such as the one which has just gone to Richardson's).
  10. I see that GHD have just announced their 'Unplugged' cordless straighteners, which charge from USB-C. They're not cheap, but the convenience of being able to use them on a boat at any mooring would sell a few to people I know. https://www.ghdhair.com/discover-ghd-unplugged
  11. I believe it has just silted up, and reeds grow very quickly. It'll be nice to see the site tidied up. That plug has been there for years and many people think it's a boat awaiting completion. They basically took a set of 44' centre cockpit mouldings and did a cut and shut so they could make the mould tool for the 35' version with it. From David's pictures, it looks like the mould tools for the doorwedge are there too and possibly the classic centre cockpit, judging by the shape. I'd like to see a reinterpretation of the classic 35, too, such a cleverly-packaged boat. Those mould tools will not be in good shape, though.
  12. Yeah, that boat has had a LOT of work done.
  13. The difference with a camper is that the exhaust gases exit through the floor where there's a big air gap underneath and even if there's a leak they're likely to do that. In a boat, it's all going to end up in the bilges..
  14. I wouldn't leave it on overnight. As others have said, it's not beyond the realms of possibility for exhaust gases to end up in the ducting if something goes wrong. There have been many high-profile incidents over the years involving CO poisoning on boats, none of them are pretty. Use electric heating on shore power overnight (ie an oil radiator with tilt sensor) and don't overload the supply. It's a 16 amp supply, not 100 like you have at home, and is usually shared with an immersion heater and battery charger.
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