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Creighton Gull General / Creighton Gull in Indiana
« Last post by neil m on August 19, 2018, 10:31:27 PM »
This was up for sale a couple of years ago in the US, I have never heard of one that survives over here so this is probably the only one. Unless anybody knows different of course..
Caraboat General / Re: Helterskelter at the Cumbria Steam Gathering
« Last post by victor herbert Harding on August 19, 2018, 12:07:14 AM »
well done Neil your caraboat still looking great glad you are still enjoying this  very clever craft kind guards Vic
Caraboat General / Re: Helterskelter at the Cumbria Steam Gathering
« Last post by phil riley on August 03, 2018, 10:22:15 PM »
Congrats on winning Neil,Looks like an interesting event.Can you send some of that rain this way we`re desperate for some!Glad to see the Caraboat marque being so widely shown.Speak to you soon.Phil.
Caraboat General / Helterskelter at the Cumbria Steam Gathering
« Last post by neil m on August 03, 2018, 09:16:00 PM »
Last weekend we were at the Cumbria Steam Gathering at Flookburgh, we entered the Period Caravan Class and low and behold won best Caravan, so we were very pleased with that. weather was very wet on the Sunday but we had a great time looking at all the old Cars and Bikes and steam vehicles. and old Caravans of course.
ALL the best,
Neil and Bev,

20180727_172854 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180727_125857 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180727_123425 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr

20180729_124934 by Neil Mcgarry, on Flickr
Caraboat General / Re: Holes???
« Last post by neil m on August 03, 2018, 08:49:03 PM »
Hi Sarah.
Helterskelter only has one drain in the well deck, and some do have non return valves fitted so this was a known problem, John Nelson told me that his boat which was a MK 1 had a lower well deck and he used to use a plug in the hole to stop the water coming up when sailing. Helterskelter also gets water coming into the gas lockers if I have four people on sometimes.
hope this helps.
Caraboat General / Re: Holes???
« Last post by michael-griffin on August 02, 2018, 08:29:27 PM »
Hi Mine has "non-return" valves fitted so that the rain water can flow out when the external skin fitting are above water and prevent any canal or river water flowing in, but they are pretty useless as there is not enough back pressure to seal them.
You could install a pair of "stopcocks" or inline taps, but you would need to remeber to leave them open when not in use (4 people on board) I have seen the front well decks of many types of boats get flooded from leaky lock gates, which is why the BSS regs require self draining decks to be compleately clear of the water where possible.
I will see if I can find a Photo of the non return fitted to mine.
best wishes
Mick G
Caraboat General / Re: Holes???
« Last post by phil riley on August 02, 2018, 03:28:12 PM »
Sarah the holes are to allow rainwater to drain out of the well deck.If you block them up ,then rain will fill up the front `till it overflows into the cabin.The best idea is to try to re-distribute the load in the boat towards the rear.We had a similar problem when we had 4 on board and the easy answer was to get one of us at least to sit further back.In fact,Dawn ended up sitting (quite comfortably according to her)on the rear step.
Caraboat General / Holes???
« Last post by Sarah Jones on August 02, 2018, 01:14:51 PM »
Hi all,
There are two holes in the front deck- can anyone please remind me what they are for and is there any reason I shouldn't stopper them up? With four people on board I'm getting water on this deck ( when we're near the front. I've found that weight distribution helps when we're travelling) it does go away but do I need the holes? There is a bit of water in the front compartment under this floor so obviously it's leaking through- I'm tempted to try to find a way to waterproof them so this can't happen again.
Any suggestions  gratefully received.
CaraCruiser For Sale / Re: on gumtree
« Last post by Retrocaravanclub on July 14, 2018, 10:53:28 AM »
Regarding username on here ' Petronella ' - Caracruiser for sale for 10,500 in Derbyshire - Paul / Petronella

Friends of mine recently went to view a Caracruiser this chap was selling, In good order although not original, It was on ebay at the end of April for 3,250ono - Knowing this, and seeing her up for sale 2 weeks later for 9,500, they figured there would be movement in the price, after all there was very little change! Whilst rooting through the paperwork that was coming with the boat, there was a receipt for the sale of the caracruiser for 3,100. They offered 5,000.00 - The seller became unnecessarily rude when they stated that would be a 1900 profit, and then the owner went on to increase the price to 10,500 - This is for sale on Gumtree and Shpock as 'Cabin Cruiser' - Paul also has lots of 'Wanted' adverts for Caracruisers and Caraboats on this forum, on gumtree and elsewhere. I hope this is useful information.
Caracruiser General / Facebook
« Last post by Retrocaravanclub on July 14, 2018, 10:44:45 AM »
I have created a Facebook in order to create new interest in the Caraboat and Caracruisers, aswel as any other amphibious caravans, Please all join;
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