Getting ready for “Pendragon”

Hi to you all,

I was asked by Paul, as I’m new to narrow boating, if I’d share with the forum my experiences in my new venture in the form of a blog.

Now, before I go any further I’d just like to say that this type of writing is completely new to me, the nearest I got was at school 40 odd years ago, even then I took little notice, so I’ll apologize in advance for any glaring errors. I think it’s logical to start and introduce myself and tell you a little of my background.

My name is Martyn and I’m, I guess, the wrong side of 50 years old. I worked within the licensing trade for almost 20 years managing pub/ restaurants and hotels with a national company, something I enjoyed until it became 0bvious in the late 90’s that the customer no longer came first, profit did, at all costs! I then worked as a security supervisor for 10 years until 4 years ago when I was diagnosed with mouth cancer (no doubt caused by my lifestyle over many years) I am now completely recovered, only regular checkups needed. Unfortunately the pressure of my illness and the length of my recovery caused the breakdown of a really special relationship, not that I put any blame on her, it was a really difficult time and not meant to be I suppose.

Now, I have, for as long as I can remember really liked the idea of living on the canals but never dreamt it would get any nearer than that, that was until two years ago when I made the decision, I put my house up for sale and actively looked at narrow boats. To cut a long story short, it took two years to sell (sign of the times) anyway, it’s gone, well, I’m still living there having rented it back of the buyer for 6 months as I figured it may take me that long to find a suitable boat……wrong!! the second boat I viewed was the one!…I’d already asked Paul to give me his opinion going from the advert I’d eventually managed to send him (computers not my thing either) which he kindly did and was quite positive.

Now I own a 60ft cruiser named “Pendragon”.

The real test and adventure will start on Saturday, an inexperienced person (me) my brother in law (who knows even less than me) moving along the canals, bringing “Pendragon” the 60 miles back from it’s old mooring in Derby to it’s new home near Coventry, they reckon will take four days, lets hope so. I’m sure there will be some mistakes made along the way, as long as I get her back in working order, the first hurdle will be crossed. I can then start making plans to move aboard permanently.








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Blakie - Thursday,21 March, 2013

martyn jones said

My name is Martyn and I’m, I guess, the wrong side of 50 years old.

Being of a similar age, I always thought that being the wrong side of fifty was forty something Laugh

I always remind people of the alternative, when they moan about getting old.

As I’ve said before, I am very envious of you, but wish you all the luck in the world for your epic voyage.


Blakie Smile


Alan - Thursday,21 March, 2013

60 miles and over 25 locks – you will be working hard to do it in 4 days, especially in current weather conditions.

I wish you every success and enjoyment in this voyage and all your subsequent adventures

good luck and bon voyage




Martyn - Friday,22 March, 2013

Alan, I know it’s not the conditions I would of wanted but with my days off organised to fit around this trip I need to try. I guess as long as I can get somwhere closer to Coventry it would be a start, I can then work something out around my days off (this work thing is a right pain) Thanks for the best wishes and the same to you………….Martyn


Alan - Friday,22 March, 2013

Let us know how you get on.


Martyn - Wednesday,27 March, 2013

Just a quick note to say that I managed to get back to Sutton stop (in one piece) in Coventry as planned on Tuesday.


Was probably the toughest four days I’ve ever had but more about that later when I’ve managed to warm up and time allows.


Thank you all for the best wishes……….Martyn


Paul Smith - Wednesday,27 March, 2013

I’m looking forward to reading about your adventure in your blog posts.


Blakie - Wednesday,27 March, 2013

Hi Martyn,

The very fact that you are able to report back is a good sign.

Looking forward to hearing the gory details.


Blakie Smile


Alan - Wednesday,27 March, 2013

Well done Martyn.

I do not think I have ever been so cold as on Tuesday and that was only 13 miles and one lock!  Would probably have been better had there ben a few more locks.

I am now at Gnosall for the Easter banter so hopefully weather will be a bit warmer when I start moving again next week.


Our Nige - Wednesday,27 March, 2013

Hi Martyn congratulations and well done. I’ve just sold my house too and have found a boat that I think will suit, am just over half way to 60 and hopefully in about three weeks if the survey shows no problems will be setting out on my maiden voyage. I think we may both have a very different and wonderful year to look forward too.

Best wishes.



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