Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Friday, 10 August 2012
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Give then a try.
Sunday, 8 July 2012
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Sunday, 1 July 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Saturday, 23 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
saw us crossing the restored Iron Trunk Aqueduct near Cosgrove. Really strange stood on a boat crossing the Ouse which is about 50 feet below the 200 year old aqueduct. We continued south and across another aqueduct over Grafton Street before turning in the winding hole and returning to Kingfisher Marina. Great day out.
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Tomorrow we are meeting the lads from Kinver Canopies in the hope that they can make a good canopy for the semi trad stern.
I was lucky earlier because I wanted to fit an electric socket in the semi trad well, but it needs to be waterproof. Screwfix were selling the perfect solution for half price and their local store is just 5 minutes away and it wont take long to fit it and wire it into the socket behind the rear bulkhead.
Just couple of other jobs to finish and then we are ready to set sail again. Just hope the continuing rain, sorry short interruptions in the drought, ceases and maybe even the sun will shine. So is it to be Stratford on Avon or Oxford?
Monday, 4 June 2012
I had useful talks with BetaMarine, General Ecology, Yelvertoft Marina, the IWA, B&MKWT, Irish Waterways, and so many more exhibitors. I must talk soom to Cabincare about the side hatch, Kinver Canopies about the tourneau cover, Craftmaster Paints about some UM01 ultramarine blue, and EliteFurnishers about the roller blinds.
Well La Licorne is going to be our homes for many weeks/months each year so we have to get it right. Even Tescos have been helpful reducing the price of the photo posters, we I have ordered 4 of the 16 x 20 inch posters from my photo collection that will fit the empty frames in the boat.
Definetly time to Splice the Mainbrace.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
By 9am Friday we were ready and waiting for the pump out, but it was broken and never going to be repaired. So we returned along the arm and climbed the Foxton Flight after an hour wait. The following canal length was without locks so a very pleasant cruise. We even managed to find a marina with a working pump out and a quiet mooring. On Tuesday we descended the Watford flight having gone under the M1, and continued to Norton Junction via Crick and the Crick Tunnel.
By Wednesday we were on the GU main line and heading for the 2 mile long Blisworth Tunnel. Things were going well and hoped to get through the Stoke Breune Locks but that we proved impossible so we stopped another night on the towpath bank. The short trip on Thursday morning saw us arrive at the Kingfisher Marina in Yardley Gobion, La Licorne's new home.
So our first trip ended with mixed emotions..............
We stayed the night on La Licorne and were ready to leave bright and early on the Wednesday morning. The river was still high and flowing well so locks were difficult but the journey went reasonably well given it was our first day on a new boat. We moored at Castle Gardens in the centre of Leicester, a secure BW mooring free for 48 hours and an easy walk of local shops.
Monday, 7 May 2012
Thursday, 3 May 2012
The new inverter had been fitted and the engine compartment was being painted. Alec at Sileby Mill is great and I highly recommend him and his team. A great boatyard, hire company and small marina.
Back there on Monday with lots of things so that we can start the journey home once the river calms down. Still in flood washing down lots of large timber and rubbish which swirls around in large clumps. I will post a copy of the finished paint job then!
Saturday, 28 April 2012
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Also found the cafe boat near the Braunston Marina, a great place to stop for a fry up.
Thinking about a cratch and screen on the bow.
Monday, 23 April 2012
Tomorrow we take La Licorne from Barrow on Soar to Sileby Mill boatyard. Just hope the training sank in!
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
Insurance is arranged and I have to ring BW to finalise the licence for Canal & River since she is already licensed for Rivers and they know the boat safety certificate is current. The Small Ships Register application has been submitted and should be with me soon.
Early next week we move her to Sileby Mill Boatyard who are going to fit an inverter, repaint the bilge in the engine compartment and repaint the rear panel. Then while La Licorne is in their paint shed LetterKnight is going to paint the new boat name and home port together a small picture, wait for this on the website! Picture coming soon. When La Licorne was out of the water for the survey we took the opportunity to have her blacked with two coats so that should last for at least four years.
In early May we start the journey home to Fenny Stratford via the River Trent and Fradley Junction. But this Saturday we both take the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course and hopefully pass the exam at Willow Wren Training in Rugby. The weather forecast is heavy rain such joy!
Another excuse to Splice the Mainbrace.
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Judith is pleased that there is no dinette and that there is a macerator pump out toilet and shower. The galley has double oven, hob and washing machine so not much else needed.
The survey takes place on Wednesday 28th and we should have the report within three days.
Doesn't she look good
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
At Braunston we looked a few and a 60foot traditional narrowboat called Tabaluga Too took our fancy. A Reeves hull fitted out by Kingsground, they have a good reputation, but it needs a repaint and a out of water survey. Plus the electrics need some up dating and a decent inverter. No washing machine but everything else. I think we will be going back later this week to talk about an offer and a survey, which we have to pay for even if the sale does not proceed.
On Saturday we joined the chairman and a few members of the DBA, the Barge Association, for a short cruise down the Thames at Cookham followed by lunch at the Bounty. 6 very nice barges tied up for lunch and some good banter. A great day out!
On this Thursday it's racing at Towcester and the weather is going to be excellent so a day off!