Thursday, 28 January 2016
Securing a Mooring
In recent months, we've been actively looking around for somewhere local (ish) to moor the boat whilst we complete the fit out. It's harder than you might think. Here 'up north' there just aren't very many places near enough. It wouldn't matter so much if we were buying a fully completed boat as travelling 50 miles or so "to play" would be fine... but travelling 50 miles after work with a car load of materials would very quickly become a pain in the proverbial harris. We've visited a few places where a vacancy does exist and have found one only about 10 mins drive away that has a good feel to it. It's a branch of the Calder and Hebble Navigation near Castleford.
This poor fellow got stranded as there weren't enough folk around to be able to push him back into the channel when levels began to drop. Whilst it will be a problem (access wise) getting back in the water, he's very lucky... many others near by weren't
This is about 100 yards further along from the chap stranded on the tow-path...
Sorry, back to the plot... I had a chat with the manager/owner before Christmas when he confirmed they do have 2 vacancies at the moment - 1 individual linear mooring on the tow-path at circa £140 pcm ... OR a double breasted one - currently up against a boat for sale at circa £116 pcm. When we spoke (seemed a decent sort of bloke too) he did say that whilst he'd happily take a monthly rental fee from us to keep the mooring, we could take a chance and try contacting him again when we have a more definitive completion date for the boat. This of course DOES make sense... especially financially as let's face it - we could end up paying over £1.5k for nothing... that money could be used to buy and install the multi-fuel stove!
That WAS the plan... or at least was the plan until we placed the order. Since then I've had niggle that what if the spaces have been taken and we can't store the boat anywhere local enough to make the process enjoyable? - With that in mind, I've emailed the chap and asked him to think about letting us have either first refusal if someone else comes along OR (and I suspect this is the fairest option) letting us pay a nominal retaining fee for keeping it vacant longer term (still on the basis that if someone else wants he, he'll get in touch and we'll have to cough up full price from that point) or if he can sublet it short term for extra money he can - so long as it's free from November. That was 3 days ago and ever patient... I'm not stressing that I've not heard back from him yet... much :-) .
Until next time...