Well here we are again! No I did not fall overboard and drwown! Well I fell in…but that is another story!
My grand plans changed. I was on hold for so long I thought I was callling HMRC! Delay after delay (and still no money!) Finally I had the opprotunity to move onto the cut and I am buying the boat “one bit at a time”!
No widebeam, no fit out and no Gypsy Lady!
Some friends had a narrowboat they were willing to sell me just as the flat I was in, threatened to do me in!
So I said YES! and am now the proud Master of a 50ft Narrowboat called Newtonmere. She is over 20 years old ex-hire and exactly what I need! …more or less!
I moved onto her Dec 2014 and so have been cruising for just over a year and half way through my second winter.
So much drama nad adventure! On my first trip away from home I learnt that muscle power alone cannot stop 15+ton of boat when pitted against the wind!…that gunwhales are slippery and yes!…canal water in January IS BLOODY COLD!! Tried to moor up on a blustery night, got stopped by a ledge below water so the wind caught the stern and when I could not hold her I jumped to the gunwhales and made it…only to slip when working my way to the stern! Pulled myself out and narrowly avoided smashing into a plastic pig and a VERY nice widebeam! 20 minutes later (and a hundred yards down the cut) I moored up poured a gallon of icy water from each of my boots and nipped in for hot shower and brew! On contemplation I learnt several valuable lessons at only small cost.
1. Boats are heavy once started they are hard to stop!
2. SLOW DOWN IDIOT! If I had gone slower I would not have slipped.
3. Welly boots are waterproof but not slip proof.
4. Just because it looks like a good mooring does not mean it is! (I revisited that lesson later in the year. But in a good way!)
5. Oh,…yes!…SLOW DOWN IDIOT! (That lesson also was repeated but a lot more painfully later on!)
Will fill in all the details of my last years adventure (and the current crop) in future posts. This is just to say “The only constant is Change” and “Just when you thought it was safe”…”I’M BACK!”
Will pop up picks etc next time. Unless you pop over to my You tube channell: which shows her before I put more wood and a solar panel on the roof.
“Never give up, never leave anyone behind!”
“Life is NOT a dress rehearsal !”
” I am NOT a 'civilian'…I am ex-military!”
“Once I was , young, handsome and immortal ! These days… I think immortality is overrated!”
Lots of learning curves in one’s first year! All the best for the second.
Welcome back to the forum and thanks for a very entertaining post. Practically two winters under your belt, and fairly mild if wet ones at that. Long may the mild winters continue! I hope you continue to enjoy your travels this year.
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