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Old 11-01-2016, 07:50 PM   #61
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Sorry to butt in off, and back on, the thread.
Ford base engines (Lehman) are still made in Turkey and all parts including new engines can be bought from Mike Bellamy at Lancing Marine.
Daf engines were originally a Leyland 400 block built under licence by Daf, they are now still built by Ashok Leyland in India.
Perkins engines are still going strong as part of the Caterpillar group and build not only Perkins but David Brown, Case and Volvo engines up to 50 hp.
Parts are readily available for all makes.

When we bought our boat 'Snow Mouse' it has a flybridge and to be truthful it's brilliant for entering ports and canal cruising but when we came by the Atlantic the weather turned frisky and we got thrown around a lot and the inside steering position made life much more comfortable when cruising at sea.


I'm not a bit keen on the large canvas covered fly bridge's which look a bit like a Popemobile and must catch the wind and affect performance/docking.


It depends on your chosen cruising ground and personal preference
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:00 AM   #62
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Thumbs up Awesome problem to have

So next week I am going to be looking at a few more boats ranging from 2001 to as old as 80. All of them will serve our needs with twonstaterooms. Newest will be a Mainship oldest is a Taiwanese trawler. The problem I have is I like the real and character interior of the older boats but like the low maintenance exterior on the newer Mainship.

What a great dilemma to have. Call me crazy but in my mind the older boats really appeal to me the most.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:09 AM   #63
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When you go looking you will go no board one that just feels 'right', like a comfy pair of shoes.
Frankly the newer boats don't appeal to me either and many are not so solidly built as the older versions.


Many years ago I went through a costly divorce and renamed my boat 'Begrudged' and after the whole costly thing was over I renamed it 'Sanity'.
If you have a peek on Google there is a site with just boat names on.
If your fond of a drink you could call it Cirrhosis of the river !
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:12 AM   #64
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Me too. If you are real handy and have some imagination, the older boats can be turned into modern classics with better materials than original. But be prepared to spend a few dollars and watch a couple of good cruising years go by during the refurbishment.


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Old 11-23-2016, 11:43 AM   #65
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If you buy an older boat with the 'right' layout, my advice would be to live on it for at least 6 months and take notes over that time 1, What you'd like 2, What's practical. 3, What's affordable.


We bought an ex hire boat and did the major jobs in the winter months and smaller jobs as we cruised.
If you look at my posts 'Ireland to the Mediterranean Part 1' or Windmills and Wine' in 'Voyagers and Boaters on the Go' you can see some of the jobs we did.
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