After a lifetime in engineering, one man and his dog take to the inland waterways for a mobile and rewarding retirement exploring the waterways of England and Wales.
My name is Kelvin and my ‘significant other’ is a gorgeous red and white Border Collie called Sky. I also have a partner who joins me often…
Always loved the water and sailing, but thought after selling my last yacht it was time to move onto the inland waterways. Ex-RAF electrical engineer followed by assorted jobs mainly in the fork lift truck industry, culminating in Middle East service manger.
Originally Kundalila when I bought her last year, that name was roundly disliked by the family so Misty Blue was chosen instead
Did have a mooring at Welford, but gave it up in November to go CC
Sale of a second house
Since June virtually full time. Anticipate odd weeks away, may for a sunshine holiday
Retired in June
Mud, unable to keep trousers clean
Pretty much everything else
Probably the engine, but that’s because I am paranoid about engines since sailing days. I appreciate an emergency on the cut is not the same, but still…
Stock up as and when.
Smalls in the shower when I shower, bigger stuff at marinas
Dump-through. Happy enough, I for sure don’t want to trundle a bucket of s*** along the tow path. Seems to me, if frosty times are a-coming, you ensure it is regularly emptied.
I have a Wi-Fi from 3, generally very pleased. Originally on a monthly contract at 5gb for £16, I went onto a 24-month contract at 15gb for £15
Of the (few) I have been on, the Ashby. Erewash is the worst by far.
Everything is 12v; I have 2x110ah leisure batteries and 2x100w solar panels with an MPPT controller – I may well increase the number next year. I have also fitted a sterling alternator regulator and a Smart gauge.
I have a wood-burner and 2 rad CH. So far, I only use the wood burner, though I am renowned for not feeling the cold. During modifying the boat to what I wanted, the living area was reduced by about 1/2, the kitchen moved forward and a second double bed fitted onto that space. With the corridor door shut aft of that bed it is quite cosy.
Watch you don’t fall in!
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