Saturday, 2 April 2016

Water gauge & filter

When replacing the pump diaphragm I 've also decided to fit a water gauge and new filter.

New diaphragm and filter
Water Gauge

Friday, 1 April 2016

Easter trip photos

Notices next to Tyrley top lock
High Bridge on the SUC
Tyrley Wharf
Goldstone Wharf
Wharf Inn at Goldstone
NOTOS at Goldstone Wharf

Thursday, 31 March 2016

2nd Day.

Quick walk round Brewood,  before setting off at 10:45, stopped for lunch just passed Norwood junction. Stopped at B42 (Anchor Inn) for the evening at 5:05. Cruising for a total of 5 hours. Unfortunately the Anchor wasn't open,  not completely unexpected as it only tends to open at weekends during the Winter. 

13 miles & 1 lock equals an average of 2.8 lock miles an hour.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Easter 2016 Shropshire Union to Audlem & return.

Water seeping from join in pump
First day,  started off badly. Water in cabin bilge to be mopped up and a  replacement
Nappies & towel to mop up water
coolie hat to be bought.

Water first spotted in bilge on Sunday when 90 liters was pumped out. The source is the fresh water pump, which is 'weeping' water from the join (see photo). An internet search indicates that the diaphragm needs to be replaced.

The coolie hat disappeared in a high wind about two weeks ago. Replacement cost £12 from the shop at Autherley Junction.

Left Hatherton at 1:15 arrived at Brewood at 5:20. Stopped at Autherley for water and bought new collie hat (£12). 12 miles &  1 lock in 4hrs & 5mins an average of 3.2 lock miles an hour.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

At Last

After ordering self adhesive names for the boat several months ago I have at long last got round to fixing them. I'd finally run out of excuses, on previous occasions when intending to fix/stick the names to the boat either the weather wasn't right or there was something else more important/urgent that needed to be done.

Name added to boat.
Today however the weather was sunny and almost perfect, it was a bit too windy and after I'd started fixing the lettering realised it was in fact a bit too hot (the plastic stretched slightly as I pulled the backing off). Although there were other jobs that could have been done (there is always something to do on a boat) none of them, on this occasion, were more important or urgent.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

New furniture & curtains

Since buying the boat we have wanted to change the layout of the saloon and upgrade the seat coverings. The windows have blinds instead of curtains and we have wanted to change them as well.

The saloon is a fixed L shaped settee and there are two further bench seats either side of the bow doors where a table can be set up for meals.

The pictures below are of the old furnishings and window blinds.

We wanted to remove the L shaped seat replace it with free standing furniture (a 'normal' chair and a 'Captains' swivel chair). After looking at various furniture makers/upholsterers we settled on Elite Furnishings of Litchfield to make new curtains, a chair and provide new seats and backs for the two bench seats. They also supplied the Captains chair for us.

The pictures below show the new curtains and new furniture.

We also had some square blinds made up from the curtain material for the portholes to cover up the foam inserts.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Move to New Mooring

A Sunday trip from Otherton Boat Haven to Hatherton Marina.

After a year at OBH, we were a bit fed up with having to go through 3 or 4 locks (within half-a-mile) every time we wanted to go out. Although not a real problem, especially for the longer trips, it was a bit off-putting if we only wanted to go out for a day or a couple of hours.

Otherton Boat Haven

We didn't particularly want to move from the Staffs & Worcs as it is quite close to home and there is a wide range of cruising opportunities. A quick trawl of the net brought up a few locations and in the end we opted to move to Hatherton Marina. Its only 5 miles from OBH, but is slightly closer to home. Importantly however there are at least 2 miles of lock free cruising in one direction and 7 or 8 miles the other way.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Second Part of Move Hatton Locks to Birmingham

For this part of the trip Josie had to go back to work, but fortunately a friend, Steve, said he would help and then turned up with his Grandson Storm to do the heavy work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hatton Locks
Storm opening gate for first lock.
With Steve & Storm working the locks (21) it only took 2 hours & 55 minutes (Just over 8 minutes a lock)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sculpture of mosquito by Lapworth locks.
Lapworth Locks 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Steve & Storm working Lapworth Locks (20), again very fast 2 hours 25 minutes (just over 7 minutes a lock).


Although on this flight they clearly had time to sit & chat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Monday, 3 November 2014

Moving Notos to our Permanent Mooring (1st Week End)

Leaving Kate Boats

Our winter mooring with Kate Boats at Stockton finished at the end of March. Although I had been able to arrange some holiday, Josie was unable to get out of her work commitments for the first week of April. This presented a slight problem as between Stockton and Birmingham (where we hoped to be after the first week) are three flights of locks.

  • Stockton Locks (6),
  • Hatton (21) and
  • Lapworth (20 from the Grand Union)
We started the move on the Saturday with Josie on board for the weekend, this solved the problem with the Stockton locks and by Sunday we were in Warwick.

There was a small issue of low pounds at Stockton Locks, but solved by flushing water through from the top pound.

 Josie at the tiller while I 'shunt' the car to the next set of locks.

 Josie meeting me after parking the car.
Cape of Good Hope Warwick

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Future Trips

One of the advantages of now owning our own boat is that we don't have to wait for 'our turn' to come round before we use the boat. This means that we are able to participate in canal events and activities.

We have so far volunteered to help out with Black Country Half Marathon. The route used is along the tow path of the BCN Mainline and narrow boats are station every mile or so to act as water & refreshment points for the runners. We've not heard anything back yet, so not sure if we will be needed.

I have over the last few years always wanted to take part in the BCN marathon challenge, but our weeks on Eos never coincided with the event so it has always been a bit of a pipe-dream. This year however we are able to take part and have sent off our entry fee.

Saturday 24 May 2014 - Sunday 25 May 2014

BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2014
Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at Hawne Basin at 14:00 on the Sunday.
The event is open to everyone with a boat licensed for use on British Waterways canals.  Historic working boats and pairs are welcome.
A friendly competition, starting at 08:00 on 24 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 25 May at Hawne Basin with a compulsory 6 hours rest.
The winner is determined by a point system, with extra points for full length boats, buttes, small crews, cruising the lesser traveled parts of the BCN.  
The detailed information & rules are on this link, and an the entry form is here.
Having got the rules back I was a bit surprised at the time allowed for the cruising. The event starts at 8am on the Saturday and finishes at 2pm on the Sunday. This is a total of 30 hours and boats/crews must rest for a minimum of 6 hours. That means that if people use the whole of the 24 hours allowed for cruising then there  are both very long days and traveling late into the night. For example a 14 hour day on the Saturday will mean a 10pm finish and a 4am start on the Sunday to use all of the available 24 hours.

Both the long hours and cruising when it is dark do not seem to be very safe or be very considerate of other canal users. However the event has been run for a number of years, presumably without any mishap so, the organisers must be aware of the risks. We though won't be cruising when it is dark or starting before the crack of dawn on the Sunday, so second place (in our dreams) for us.