Saturday, 13 October 2012

Back in the Marina

Saturday 13th October

Left the mooring a little later than normal on a bright sunny if cool day and heading under Kent Road bridge we soon reached Clifton Wharf where the hire boats had been returned and were being made ready for their next trip.

* Kent Road Bridge
On through Rugby where there were only a couple of mooring spaces left by the hire boats which had just set off and on to Newbold Tunnel where we met the Hotel Boats Snipe and Taurus just exiting the tunnel. We had left them last Sunday at the Saltisford Arm about to set off on a 10 day trip of the Warwickshire Ring so they were easily on schedule. They look very nice boats inside and their clients seem to enjoy their time aboard.
Arriving back at our Marina the first job was to have a pump out bringing boat back on an even keel as we had last filled with water a 8 days ago and had been running the water down for winterising, making the boat very light at the bow and heavy at the stern.
The next step was for June to clear the pontoon of duck poo so that I could bring the boat in and moor up safely. That job completed we secured the boat and I went to try to start June’s car. The battery would just turn the engine over but it would not start. Michael on Nb Levick saw my blight and offered to give me a jump start; with which it luckily started first time. I then took the car a good run to charge up the battery and collect the paper and provisions from the village shop.
After lunch we gathered together our clothes and emptied the cupboards loading the car as we went. June did some cleaning whilst I put the engine room to bed until our next trip.
Later Angela and Michael came aboard for G & T’s and to swap tales from our respective trips.

Stats for this Trip:
Miles covered = 244      Locks negotiated = 227
Stats for this Cruising Season:
Miles covered = 703      Locks negotiated = 488

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