George trying to draft the layout of their new boat, ably assisted by Molly
Molly answered the technical stuff...
Heading back after lunch Carol and I dived into Gilbert's, hardware store/emporium extraordinaire where I bought a galvanised pail for Yarwood's ash can emptying and Carol bought ceramic jugs to match her new crockery.
We walked the three dogs after lunch and then the rock and Rollers took their leave and we went back into town for the usual Friday night boaters get together at the Sugar Loaf.
We took ourselves off the Mercia Marina to have a look at a widebeam boat. And the reason? We are intrigued by what the boat building industry is offering, or apparently offering, a V.A.T free widebeam if they are for residential use. The new boat Brigantine, being marketed by The New and Used Boat Company, is such a boat and we went and had a look around and asked a myriad of questions about the tax position re HMRC and how this boat met the criteria to be 'a qualifying ship' under taxation rules. The rules state that to qualify the vessel has to be 15gross metric tonnes this being a volume measurement. To arrive at this the metric length is multiplied by the metric beam (width) and then by the metric depth to the deck and then by 0.16. If you achieve a figure of 15gt or more and you are going to live aboard then your new build is Ex Vat. which if you are thinking of going this route could be very attractive.
Brigantine, 60' in length, 12' 6" in beam
Cat swinging territory...
I can hear you tossing all of this over in your brain and I am looking forward to hearing the conclusions you have come to on Saturday....ReplyDelete
That will be the sound of a bucket of rusty nails you hear then. Happy to share our thoughts on what we have seen and heard..I am boring Himself witless with the pros and cons of fat boats so four pair more ears will be very welcome! Roll on the weekend We are looking forward to it immensely.Delete
Hey Lesley. Autocorrect? (It's "ahh, yes""). We love the space of that widebeam, but both decided we would never move if we owned it (much like many of the others). :). Nice to dream though.ReplyDelete
Thanks, titled amended. Re the widebeam, I can understand why many are used as floating flats because they make relatively cheap accommodation compared to either bricks and mortar or park homes. Those that stay permanently in marinas get my vote, they aren't in my way. If we were to become 'wide boys' we would cruise the wide canal network and the rivers and there is plenty of scope for that type of cruising.Delete
First of all Daisy wants a word......a SERIOUS word about such thoughts. Secondly, this is how poor Joe got beaten up about a tug!!!!! Thirdly the word is out on the cut (and I'm not talking about bloggers OR blog followers) that you're going WB. The word IS out. See you in France then. JillxxReplyDelete
Apologies to Daisy I wouldn't consider swinging her around, well not unless I was covered from head to toe in body armour...Delete