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I have a list of paranoias
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Tuesday,1 April, 2014
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I have a list of paranoia’s or are they just worries…the weed hatch paranoia, the lack of water one, the water in the boat one, the flat battery one, the misfiring engine one, the was I ripped off when I bought it one and is the Morso too close to the bed one…, the am I doing it properly one and the did I close the paddles on the previous lock one and/or the one before it…and then there’s the usual, did I turn the gas off on the oven and have I turned all the lights off.

Such is the worry of the single handed boater. I seem to have lost a day somewhere and the associated pictures but then again not much to report on the journey from the ugly Trafford centre to Plank Lane, not far and not too much to say. But I managed to fill up with diesel for the second time and since Nantwich I have now put 90 litres in the tank…not bad thinks me for such a distance and so many hours, certainly more than 90 cruisng hours and now into my fifth week of living on a narrowboat.

I made it to Wigan basin but noticed the bottom of the canal scraping the underside as I entered the basin. The water level seemed very low as I turned to head towards the Wigan flight around mid-morning I could feel the bottom of the canal. As soon as I tried to get close enough to moor the boat to go and sort the lock the boat grounded still about 6 feet from the bank.

I tried to back it off but no joy so I used my trusty pole and managed to get it back to deeper water and I tried somewhere else and the same thing happened and then I tried another spot and so on until thoroughly exhausted I gave up grounded some 5 feet from the mooring, switched off the engine and phoned the C&RT people who promptly sent someone to Leeds to assist me despite I had explained I was in Wigan.

After a bit of messing about the Wigan office got in touch and were very supportive but by then the day had moved on and they had to get a crew to come from Burnley and traffic being what it is it all added another couple of hours to my wait.

Whilst sitting there in the rain pondering my best move and realizing I would have to moor in Wigan overnight I spotted this:

spot the wabbit win a lollipop

…and suddenly it was all worthwhile although it has to be said they looked like Wigan wabbits…I mean rabbits, something quite untidy about them and a certain scrawnyness. All the Wigan people who stopped to chat were very friendly I should say, not in the least bit scrawny nor untidy…I am just speaking about the Wigan rabbits here and all my fears of mooring in Wigan were unfounded for that particular night although the ambulances wailed and screamed through the night.

The C&RT trust chaps turned up and basically did the lock for me so I could get up one lock and moor just before the Britania bridge. I had one youthful voice call to me in the night…can we live on your boat with you please and that was all. I ignored the voice and it went away I was thinking it might have been one of the rabbits or both perhaps, did we all spot the other wabbit children, there’s another lollipop…

Wigan morring 1And so I had me a relatively quiet night in Wigan, Fred arrived in the morning and we set off up the Wigan Flight. At first progress seemed very slow especially as a rope on a brick slammed into the prop and the rope wrapped itself around the propeller and the brick wedged tightly between the back of the prop and the back of the boat. It distorted the prop slightly, there was a gurgling sound and suddenly the bilge pumped kicked in and started dumping water.

I was very worried at this point and thought I should boil water or call a doctor or run around in a madness wailing like an ambulance. Fred was great and said let the bilge pump get on with it while we set to releasing the brick, several shifts of cold hands and arms later it was free and the rope unwound. Fred turned the greasing screw a few times and the water stopped…he went on to tell me we could have tightened the stern gland if necessary but the extra grease seemed to sort it out.

After a stop of about 45 mins we commenced with the climb up the flight.

Not much more to report on that trip really…and 7 hours later we were at the top lock and had a very disappointing pint at the pub with an equally disappointing dinner of Fish and Chips…then Fred went off to his boat in Droylesden and I went to bed.WF 1Image Enlarger

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Wednesday,2 April, 2014
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Totally agree with your paranoia’s.. we are a few miles ahead of you, still moored outside Botany Bay Mill….

We came up the Wigan flight the previous Monday. The bottom pound was totally empty & apart from that we had a great climb. Even the beer in the Kirkless Inn was good (Marston’s Bombadier) – & we had pie & chips, which were equally good. Just no certificate.

 

My paranoia now is… where do we pump out, where can we get water? The scenario is, do we carry on up the next set of 7 locks to fill up with water & there is a pump out there.. but, being a widebeam, the hose wont stretch over, so it means turning round, coming back, turning round, then back up again. We can’t continue further that Riley Green until Lock 55 is reopened. Or do we turn round, return to White Bear & stay there a few days, but that defeats the object.

Re Lock 55 – no update yet from C&RT, just they’ll update next Monday although as we’re now on first name terms in Wigan they may call us with good news (finger’s crossed!). Not a good start to their season. We know the hotel boat  Lad Teal is booked to come down from Reedley to the top of Wigan Flight this weekend – they must be equally as frustrated. 

Such is life ……

 

Wednesday,2 April, 2014
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Or you could go onto to Riley Green and pump out there.

Give our regards to Lady Teal. Very nice couple. We were moored next to them in Clarence Dock for some weeks in 2010 and have met a few times since.

 

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20 years hiring, 6 years of shared ownership and a Continuous Cruiser since 2007 but still learning!

Wednesday,2 April, 2014
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vchells said
Totally agree with your paranoia’s.. we are a few miles ahead of you, still moored outside Botany Bay Mill….

We came up the Wigan flight the previous Monday. The bottom pound was totally empty & apart from that we had a great climb. Even the beer in the Kirkless Inn was good (Marston’s Bombadier) – & we had pie & chips, which were equally good. Just no certificate.

 

My paranoia now is… where do we pump out, where can we get water? The scenario is, do we carry on up the next set of 7 locks to fill up with water & there is a pump out there.. but, being a widebeam, the hose wont stretch over, so it means turning round, coming back, turning round, then back up again. We can’t continue further that Riley Green until Lock 55 is reopened. Or do we turn round, return to White Bear & stay there a few days, but that defeats the object.

Re Lock 55 – no update yet from C&RT, just they’ll update next Monday although as we’re now on first name terms in Wigan they may call us with good news (finger’s crossed!). Not a good start to their season. We know the hotel boat  Lad Teal is booked to come down from Reedley to the top of Wigan Flight this weekend – they must be equally as frustrated. 

Such is life ……

 

I’m sorry about your paranoia”s but relieved I’m not the only one. If you climb the 7 lock (Johnsons Hill) you may have a water problem there too though they may have sussed it by now. I came up with another boat and was assisted by Jim and Angela and a nice man from C&RT but each basin was a challenge and water had to be dropped down from every preceding lock. But we made it in the end. I’m moored a little up from the Riley Green moorings on the left side waiting for lock 55 to get sorted…next update is 7th April so I am told.

But Riley Green will surely have the resources you require for a pump out as they have wide-beams there too…what’s the name of your boat if i see you I will at least wave if not also suggest a pint (or two) in either the Boatyard Inn or Top Lock.

Thursday,3 April, 2014
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It’s JetMeg1, although no name on it as yet! We’re black & cream & will be up at Riley Green by Monday/Tuesday I would think. C&RT say Blackburn Lock 55 should be opening on Thursday 10th. Although no doubt, every man, boat & his dog will be queuing now…. a pint or 3 sounds good….

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I’ll look out for: Black and Cream at Riley Green…there’s the Boat Yard Inn but the beer is expensive and choice seems limited despite what they say, Top Lock has a bigger choice…there are a few other pubs within a walking/cycling distance but you know after 3 pints its getting back … just add to the paranoia’s but after 3 one doesn’t notice so much.

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vchells said
It’s JetMeg1, although no name on it as yet! We’re black & cream & will be up at Riley Green by Monday/Tuesday I would think. C&RT say Blackburn Lock 55 should be opening on Thursday 10th. Although no doubt, every man, boat & his dog will be queuing now…. a pint or 3 sounds good….

If you let me know which day your coming up Johnson’s Hill Monday or Tuesday I’ll come and give you a hand…

 

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