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The Man who bought a lifeboat

The truck arrives from Scotland.

Lifting the boat.

In the air.

To the water.

On the way to London.

Steve helping with a low bridge.

Had to get 14 cyclist as ballast on her the next day to get under the bridge.

Underway agen.

The locks are easer with two people, harder with only me.

Might just get there (:

Arrive in Hackney.

Home on the river.

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Hi Hamish, good to meet you at Enfield Lock last weekend, I'm guessing the alternator tested OK? Where is the link to Mr Johnston? See you soon either harassing the Fracking Frackers - or at that Education event we spoke about, is it invite only do you know? Happy ballasting ! Stew.
Posted on 26/09/13 16:31. its open but need to reseurve I think?
Posted on 29/09/13 18:41 in reply to Stew.
Hi Hamish,
Just found your blog after searching for converted lifeboats. I've been looking into buying a similar boat, also with the idea of converting to a live-aboard and cruising the London canals. I know its just early days, but I'm just wondering how its working out for you? Any regrets? Any significant drawbacks or advantages over a standard narrowboat? Also did you dry dock the boat while sorting out the BSS certificate or did you start cruising and just sort it out asap? Any advice for a newbie looking to do a similar thing would be appreciated!
Posted on 19/10/13 18:35 in reply to Hamish Campbell.
Working out OK am moored at Victoria park at mo. Your questions will all be answered as blog posts so keep um coming and prod me when it doesn't happen (; I put it strait in the water and soughted out the licencing and BSS on the go - this is not the best way to do it. Go for it (:
Posted on 21/10/13 21:56 in reply to Rach.
The Harding is better than the fassmer
Posted on 29/08/16 23:03.

Kicking apart the illusion that social media is a friend to radical voices

This post is to highlight and make visible that using social media to promote radical voices is marginally affective at best and simplay dose not work at worst. This good quality and fun lively video has been pushed hard by 3 people for a day mainly on facebook

* Promoted on visionontv youtube account (2,571 subscribers)

* More than 50 shares on Facebook (small selection of shares here)

* 23 hours online (137 views)

* 2 days (178 views)

* 5 days (230 views)

* 1 week (271 views)

As this should make clear, social media has relevance algorithms based on advertising revenue of the hosting company and secondly user interest. What we post on facebook is LARGLY not see by other people. And the harder you push content the smaller your reach due to SPAM algorithms, so your content is lost if you don’t push it and in the end if you do push it. Social media is increasingly a lose/lose game for radical voices.

We need our own media

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Lifeboat to liveaboard conversion

Am thinking about getting one of these to covert into a live-in open media centre. They vary from 7-9m in length and have seating (like sardines) for 30-60 people. 

Proposed mission would be to: 
* remove most of the seats to open the space up 
* paint it so it wasnt bright orange (need a good weeks dry weather to 
do this) 
* put in some very basic live in space, bed, table etc. 
* fit some basic solar panels, batterys etc. 
* steam punk it up a bit. 

This would be done wombling style if anyone wont's to help. 

They are fresh off oil rigs so should be in working condition with all survival gear in them.  It seams that one of the reasons the is a lot of surplus lifeboats is that oil rig workers are getting fat (PDF) so the current lifeboats aren't large anufe.

Am going up to Scotland to have a look (and maybe buy) end of the week, then put it on the river lee/canal to do the rest of the fitting out over the summer.

Outline cost of liveaboard in the UK

BSS costs (4 years) £150

insurance (1 year) £120

Gold licence, all rivers and canals (1y) £643 (less for only rivers or canals)

Craning off truck into water on river lee £142

Red diesel Propulsion is about 0.75ppl


Licence initially would be continues cruising - Optional cost Mooring £1000-5000 (1y)


Here is the law on continues cruising – you can stay for two weeks in many spots


Here is the width of canals - Red and blue are good for the lifeboat size wise - Gray likely not

The is breakdown cover for boats like the AA - river rescue 

Things to look at:


Lifeboat dft (PDF) 

BSS handbook

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I am considering buying a similar fibreglass lifeboat to live upon. How has it gone for you.Any updates? Would be good to hear.
Posted on 16/08/14 09:00.
See some of these on the canal. They look awful. Almost as bad as the boats with poorly constructed sheds on.
Please don't.
Posted on 28/11/14 12:36.