Friday, 16 July 2021
Wednesday, 7 July 2021
|Jet washed, wire-brushed and a coat of Aqua-steel applied|
|Rearmost anode by the prop- just the strap left|
|First bum coat on and gunwale scars sorted.|
|Hazmat suited Sue.|
|Jamie welded on four new sacrificial anodes, the gunwale was sanded and undercoated.|
|Four coats of Intertuf 16 on the bottom and two coats of gloss on the gunwale.|
all done for another two years.
Tuesday, 6 July 2021
Saturday, 29 May 2021
Rocky the swan is a well-known thug along this stretch of canal particularly at this time of year when he's rearing young. He couldn't care less if it's a twenty-ton steel narrowboat or a small duck both will get the same treatment until they leave his area.
I was helping a friend move his boat when Rocky let us know we shouldn't be on his patch.
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Monday, 24 May 2021
We have left the marina, holding position along the canal, anywhere between Great Heywood and Stone. I am waiting for my second Covid jab which will be done at the Stafford Show Grounds, Sue has received her second dose of AstraZeneca, I had the Phizer vaccine, supplies aren't as readily available so I am still waiting for my call-up papers for my second stabbing.
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Dropped my phone into the drink, this marina is at least ten feet to the bottom.
I tried in vain with a magnet on the end of a rope, only managing to capture a few screws and a Stanley blade, I then tried trawling with a landing net tie-wrapped to the end of a boat pole nothing came up with the silt bar a few freshwater mussels.
I'm not beating myself up too badly as in 38 years of owning boats it's the first time this sort of thing has happened...... apart from the time I lost a mate (briefly) under the water in Romney lock.
Sunday, 25 April 2021
I was half hour late getting to John Lennon airport to collect my first mate from her IOM red-eye flight, a lorry had turned over on the sliproad at junction 15 on the M6 shedding its 35-ton load of fridges, this meant a detour for me to join the motorway at Junction 17.
We stopped off at Salthouse dock in Liverpool for breakfast aboard our friend's dutch barge before making our way back to FL - with home-smoked salmon and cheese, marmalade and pasties. 😋
That afternoon we had our first cruise of the season, to Anglo-Welsh hire base at Great Haywood, they would be fabricating and fitting a new flue to the stove the following morning.
|Entrance to the Staffs and Worcester canal from the Trent and Mersey.|
Friday, 16 April 2021
I've been waiting patiently in the marina for Sue to tear herself away from the little Manxman and join me, her flight is now booked and I will collect her from Liverpool next week. She will be leaving the island just as they come out off the latest lockdown having eradicated cases of Covid 19 from the community for the third time in a year.
I've just finished reading ' The Failures of State' written by two award-winning Sunday Times investigative journalists, it's about the pandemic and the fatal mistakes this dithering government made to allow Covid 19 to get out of control and how the UK went from one of the best-prepared nations in the world to one of the worst.
In between reading, there are always jobs to be done on a boat, FL had faired well through her 6-month lay up, having friends on the marina to check on her and air her from time to time had helped.
One job has been tiling, I have never liked the kitchen tiles, after living with them for the last 8 years it was time they came off.
|New tap fitted too.|
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
The ferry had technical issues with its starboard engine 10 mins out of Heysham port. The ferry is not allowed to enter the port on one engine, so we hung around for nearly two hours while engineers fixed the problem.
The Ben My Chree winding in Heysham port