We’ve just said Goodbye to fellow boaters Carol and Dave on Inevitable.
We’ll miss them. If Apple has an app for that for phones, Dave’s got a gadget for that for boats.
Their help and advice over our first winter aboard was invaluable, and little dog
Daisy Missy (I’m in trouble for that) is always a joy, trotting cheerfully along the pontoon greeting people.
Just this week, Dave oversaw one of the boys learning to use our tender properly – we weren’t confident to let him out alone – and Dave knew exactly how far to push him. We’ll miss having that kind of experience so close to us, and them moving on is probably the nudge we need to start moving ourselves.
Time to leave the safety and comforts of the marina for a cheaper spot – and we always wanted an idyllic riverside spot. Time to start looking – just as I managed to get the broadband close to right!
So I wrote a big article about the water issues. Things are, I promise, better now. The marina is defrosted, so we can move the boat, and the water is back on. We watch the weather forecasts avidly and ensure that we have the tank permanently topped, so that when hard times hit again, as they surely will, we’re well prepared. This is just part of learning to live on a boat.
I thought I should balance this with some of the loveliness that makes us want to stick at it.
Not many people can get up in the morning to a view like this!
Sunrise over the marina Jan 10 2011
Sunday we took our RYA Inland Waterways Helmsmans certificates – and passed!
Since then it’s come in useful moving her onto moorings and to get her filled with diesel (and we thought filling the car was expensive!)
She’s not been taken for a good ride out yet – but there’s time!
Still I’m jumping ahead of myself – Sunday…
It was great to be out on a boat, albeit not ours, as grace and Favour hadn’t arrived with us, and the boat we took out was a narrow boat, rather than a widebeam. Unfortunately, we all mistimed it a little, largely due to the churlish behaviour of other boaters who hadn’t shut lock gates behind them, leaving us to manage two sets of lock gates at every lock. On the bright side, we were able to experience night time navigation, learned a salutary lesson in ensuring that you leave ample time for everything with a canal boat, and worked well together.
I can’t believe we passed though. The guy who trained us was just great!
Canoes outside the marina
The boat went for her survey yesterday, and some devastating news hit us, and poor David, (the seller), who has worked really hard to keep the boat well serviced and loved: her engine hasn’t passed muster.
So she’s going for an engine repair before we take possession. Unbelievably we’re still looking at having her on Monday.
We’re taking our training sessions on navigating her this Sunday
Our house is full of airbeds, boxes and dust – the attic has been revealing, with things that we had when we moved in have suddenly come to light.
My biggest heartbreak is the children’s goldfish, Tim and Tom. they live in a massive tank and are quite the biggest goldfish you’ve ever seen. they started life as little black and gold shibunkins, and have now grown into big, stately silver fish, with very distinct personalities. it is a really bad example to the boys to be giving them away, but apart from space (there is no space for an aquarium on the boat) the banging of the boat will make an aquarium untenable (Canal boating is a contact sport!).
A friends brother has delightedly said he’ll look after them, but they have been family members for almost a decade and this seems very w