Monday, 16 April 2012

La Licorne takes to the waves

Everything seems to be in place for the purchase of La Licorne on Thursday 19th April. The written report from the surveyor has been received and is fine. Contracts have been exchanged. We have found and arranged a mooring at Kingfisher Marina, Yardley Gobion ; a lovely secure pontoon mooring just north of Milton Keynes and only 14 minutes drive from home.

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.

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