No bellowing

February 28, 2009

The reason that Braunston is so popular is that it is a centre that spreads out in all directions. You can go up to Coventry or Warwick and down to Oxford or London and across to Leicester. We have moved along to a 14 day mooring going up the Coventry arm.

Today we did a pumpout with all of the correct connectors and it was completely successful, it took four and half minutes of pumping and there was no bickering or bellowing in the very calm and relaxed atmosphere that should accompany such activities.

As for who does the bickering or indeed the bellowing, apparently it is me.

Statistics so far:-

416.18 Miles, 319 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Servicing the fire

February 27, 2009

We spent today watching the serviceman servicing the fire, it turns out that our seals are fine. We are not sure what the problem is but the fire has had a full service and we will just wait and see what the outcome is, there is a bit of a lingering smell of diesel but that is to be expected if you remove the insides of the fire. A trip out to the pub to clear the head should do the trick. If the problem persists then there will be a bit of head scratching and maybe a word or two with the manufacturer.

We would certainly use Jim again and would not hesitate to recommend Jim’s Mobile Marine Services www.jimms.net phone 07845 277058.

We have delayed the pumpout until tomorrow; I do find that the less you do the longer it takes. Hence the phrase: “if you want something done, give it to a busy man”

Statistics so far:-

416.18 Miles, 319 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Clutter

February 26, 2009

I have repaired the pumpout kit, we will turn around and have another go at it tomorrow – watch this space, but not too closely. We may head up towards Coventry while we are waiting for the Buckby Locks to open on the 13th March.

We have someone coming to service the diesel stove tomorrow, the seals have gone and we have stopped using it as the fumes are getting to us. We are a finely balanced eco system which seems to have tipped over the edge, but after tomorrow I hope we have some form of normality restored.

We have now gone through a winter excepting the expected cold spell of March and I think that it is time we went through the boat and sorted things out. We have accumulated a whole host of clutter that runs from Bow to stern; this must be addressed before we disappear into a large confused pile of a junk heap. The thing about a boat is that everything has its rightful place, shh don’t tell Frances.

Statistics so far:-

416.18 Miles, 319 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Braunston

February 24, 2009

We set off mid morning, no early rising for us, Ernie on Ten Bob Note had already left.
Because we had the car, Frances drove from Napton to Braunston and then walked along the canal to meet me. I had a bit of excitement coming along near Napton junction, I ran aground letting a British Waterways boat through. They carried on and I was well and truly stuck but eventually got myself free, I thought that at one stage I was going to have to wait for another boat coming through to help pull me off.

We had another disaster with the self pump out, this time the rubber diaphragm split as we were pumping away, you don’t want to know about it. So we will have to get to Fenny Compton for a replacement part. Is it really worth it?

We passed Quidditch on the way over but no sign of life.

Today we did 7.58 miles

Statistics so far:-

416.18 Miles, 319 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Another Oil Change

February 23, 2009

I serviced the engine again today it is amazing how quickly 250 hours comes around when you run the engine every day. I suppose one advantage of having a generator would be a longer time between services. Canal boat featured “Mastervolt Whisper 3.5 generator” a snip at £5765 + VAT, maybe a search on ebay for something cheaper may be on the cards.

Spent more time cleaning down the bilges, than doing the service, we must remember to put a container under the filter before it is removed, I think that I may have said that the last time.

Statistics so far:-

415.60 Miles, 319 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


First Cache

February 22, 2009

We did our first Geocache today, it was an easy one but at least now we are up and running. I know that strictly speaking we did attempt one earlier at Wolvecote but this was on our way to the shops and doesn’t really count. It was located down from the windmill and we enjoyed a pleasant circular walk through Napton on the Hill picking up the Sunday news paper on route. During the Second World War the bombing of Coventry was observed from this hill and there is a Rowan tree planted to acknowledge this fact.

The wind is getting up today and the boat is being blown about so we are having a quiet relaxing Sunday afternoon on the boat. Yesterday we went for a walk over to Southam but we diverted halfway around on to a quiet road that took us back to the canal, the fields are just not conducive to pleasant walking.

Statistics so far:-

415.60 Miles, 319 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Napton

February 18, 2009

Fairly rattling along now, that’s two cruising days in a row. We are now just along from The Folly. We nearly met Del and Al from Derwent6 but they upped pins and left as we were having lunch/showers. What a nice looking boat they have, I see that it was launched on December 8th 2008, so no wonder it shines like a new pin.

Frances managed to take a rare photograph of me; if she had waited any longer I would have disappeared into the lock.

Alan in a Lock

Alan in a Lock

Frances came across the Alaska boat and car cleaning brush in the February 2009 Canal Boat magazine. I have to say that it is very good especially when you only have a little bucket to wash the boat with. Looking at our boat you may think that we haven’t been using it and you would’ve been right but from today though we are going to tackle the constant battle we have with the mud that seems to sling itself at the boat around this time of year.

Alaska A4 Telescopic Active Brush

Alaska A4 Telescopic Active Brush

You can get them from Halfords for £29.99.

Today we did 2.12 miles and 9 Locks

Statistics so far:-

415.60 Miles, 319 Locks, 44 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 4 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator