April 17

Steppin’ out; The maiden voyage approacheth, ooh mother what’ll I do now

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A little different to the norm.
A little different to the norm.

A big warm scarred and excited hello to everyone as after a couple of years of planning and waiting for the house to sell and looking and waffle, waffle I looked round yesterday and thought oh sh… dear its hear.

About five years ago I had an idea that a dream could be possibly a reality and started working in that direction and now on Sunday at about High Noon it will be a reality. Exciting and scary and oh the sodding paperwork, insurance, license and mooring and well it’s not too bad really. My co-pilot and me will set off on our journey sometime Sunday afternoon after we’ve had an induction on what does what and how to thingy the stern gland, light the central heating which hopefully we wont need, sort the stove, batteries and all the other bits that as  novice boaters we will need to know, and head off towards Manchester. A couple of hours of easy cruising and moor up at Castlefield ready to face the Rochdale nine first thing Monday morning.

The picture shows you she is not your normal narrowboat but maybe that’s part of the attraction for me. The survey results were excellent and he couldn’t find a lot wrong with her at all. He thought her well worth the money so I’m happy on that score. Now just sorting out all the insurance and things so everything legal before setting off in the general direction of Willington Mercia Marina.  Give us a heil if you see us on our way or when I’m home. Plan is Rochdale canal then the Ashton then the Peak then down onto the Mac and back onto the Trent and Mersey.

Hopefully blogging on route each night if I can master a dongle and get a signal. Steve, my crew, and me after a long discussion decided, against our better judgement but in the spirit of intrepid journalists, we would look at what was on offer in some of the waterside Taverns and report back to your good selves as we know you would want this information on which were good hostelries and which had good beer and cider. We shan’t enjoy any of the sampling as we don’t normally like that sort of thing but as stiff upper lip Englishmen we feel it our duty.

Hope to see some of you on the water soon.

God bless you.

Nige

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  1. Oooh you lucky chap Laugh

     

    Good luck with the maiden voyage, Nige, I’m sure all will go smoothly and you’ll have a wonderful time, fingers crossed the weather improves for you.

    Good for you for testing out those “establishments” that purvey those awful drinks for the benefit of the rest of us. Wink

    How jealous am I?

    Looking forward to reading your blog of your exploits.

     

    John

     

     

     
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    Hi Nige,

    Great post. We can hear your excitement and are rather envious of your forthcoming adventure.

    Whilst we are all looking forward to reading the ongoing blog, don’t forget to start, and maintain, the ships log. I know from personal experience, that it’s sometimes a bit of a pain and also easy to forget bits in the heat of battle, but it is good to have a record if only to prove usage to the VAT man Cry

    Good luck with the maiden voyage, we are right behind you.

    Cheers,

    Blakie

     
  3. Don’t worry about a thing. Treat all problems you encounter as part of the learning curve and you’ll be fine.

    Be mindful of the wind. Narrowboats don’t handle too well in anything above a strong breeze. In conditions like yesterday and today, navigation can prove a little challenging. Because a narrowboat is flat bottomed, the boat acts like a sail and is pushed by the wind in directions you don’t want to go. Yesterday and today so far have been exceptionally windy with gusts up to 40mph. You don’t find many full time boaters traveling in exceptionally windy conditions. They just moor up until the wind moderates. As I said though, the wind at the moment is exceptional. The wind forecast for Sunday is a gentle 10mph. You’ll be just fine… and I’m a tiny bit jealous!

     
  4. Yes, it was pretty challenging yesterday.  I do not think I would have ever got off the bank at the Llangollen junction without the help of a couple from the boat behind – many thanks.

     
  5. Alan said
    Yes, it was pretty challenging yesterday.  I do not think I would have ever got off the bank at the Llangollen junction without the help of a couple from the boat behind – many thanks.

    Can you pass on the tricks and tips you learned from them Alan?

     
  6. Blakie said

    Alan said
    Yes, it was pretty challenging yesterday.  I do not think I would have ever got off the bank at the Llangollen junction without the help of a couple from the boat behind – many thanks.

    Can you pass on the tricks and tips you learned from them Alan?

    Yep, how to pushLaugh – they pushed the boat off the bank!

    Beautiful afternoon cruise today with little wind and blue skies – shirtsleeves weather!  Teamed up with another boat which made the five broadlocks, including  the 2 Bunbury staircase locks, much more pleasurable than when I went down on my own.

    Moored in a lovely spot about half a mile from the locks – and missing the Shroppie shelf.  I was given a tip from another boater – get a couple of wheelbarrow tyres to keep you off the shelf.

     

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