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Bristolian

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  1. Hmm can hardly wait, you make it sound so much fun. Under no illusions that the Med can be a very scary place. The boat is a kingfisher 22. Graham Hewett did the transatlantic Jester in one a couple of years ago: http://www.jesterinfo.org/grahamjewitt.html We have windvane self steering & A Jordan series drogue aboard for heavy weather: http://www.thesimplesailor.com/articles.html To be honest I'm more worried about our level of experience than the size of the boat. We will of course avoid any weather that looks iffy. I'm sure before the trip is over we will both be truly scared. Hopefully we will come out of the experience as component sailors.
  2. Hi Paddles Thanks for that. The blog is at: http://howtosurvivethefuture.org/ Thanks Sam
  3. Hi all I'm Sam one of the intrepid /daft/ foolhardy sailors. Thanks for all the positive comments. To the person who said 'they belong here' it's true, I have been lurking around these forums for a while now.. To the person who suggested that going through the canals indicated a lack of passage planning: What would your recommended route be for two inexperienced sailors in a small boat? Around Cornwall and then across Biscay? I will be doing some web development work from the boat that will earn us a small income (and a bit for the taxman hpc.pete) but one of the reasons for doing this is to see how much we can strip away from our lives and still remain happy. We will be trying to live on a budget of £100 a week. (safety notwithstanding, extra fuel for a passage, marina in a storm etc etc) RandomFactor, thanks for your comments and this link http://www.stevew.net/blog/index.php?node=-1 I love the 'heading for the eye of the storm' comment. Collapse now before the rush!
  4. I plan to stay in Bristol. The lodgers are only paying part of the Mortgage. I pay £250 a month. I am reluctant to put their rent up and risk them moving out. I think that interest rates are only going to go up. This is going to make my situation worse. I think I am pretty decided that I am going to try to sell. Probably rent for a year until the market begins to bottom out and then buy a smaller house in a less desirable area outright. Anyone else got any comments?
  5. OK here is a property that is smaller than ours but in a similar area. http://www.mouseprice.com/property-information/ref-11843132
  6. I dont really want to tell the internet where I live. Does anyone else have any thoughts?
  7. No Mewing going on.. Early 30's. In 'normal times' I would probably find it fairly easy to find another job. You think it is likely to be worth less? The area has improved a fair bit over the last few years. There were a lot of crack dealers around when we moved in, they have been moved to another part of the city.
  8. I am wondering if now is a good time to sell my house! OK let me re-phrase that, Should I get out now while I still can? House has been valued in the last week by two agents who put it £210-£225k We have owned it for 7 years. Brought it for £187k. We owe Nationwide 100k on a tracker mortgage. In order to pay the mortgage we have three lodgers. We are live in landlords. I lost my job last week. My feeling is that we are at the begining of a depression that will put the 30's to shame. I predict that with more and more desperate sellers the rental market is going to collapse. I imagine that interest rates are going to climb in the next few years. At this point if we lose our tennants, we are unable to pay the mortgage and lose the house. The alternative seems to be flog the house now for £200k, pay off Nationwide and buy a nice one bed flat outright and mortgage free. Does this seem like a good plan for someone in my position? Comments on a postcard please..
  9. Hi all I am wondering if now is a good time to sell my house! OK let me re-phrase that, Should I get out now while I still can? House has been valued in the last week by two agents who put it £210-£225k We have owned it for 7 years. Brought it for £187k. We owe Nationwide 100k on a tracker mortgage. In order to pay the mortgage we have three lodgers. We are live in landlords. I lost my job last week. My feeling is that we are at the begining of a depression that will put the 30's to shame. I predict that with more and more desperate sellers the rental market is going to collapse. I imagine that interest rates are going to climb in the next few years. At this point if we lose our tennants, we are unable to pay the mortgage and lose the house. The alternative seems to be flog the house now for £200k, pay off Nationwide and buy a nice one bed flat outright and mortgage free. Does this seem like a good plan for someone in my position? Comments on a postcard please..
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