This is Steve & Viv Carter's log of the trips and travails on the narrowboat Adagio – liveaboards from October 2015. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." (Mark Twain)” firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, we positioned the cars on Saturday – one in Devizes Marina and one left on the street. Sunday is here and we’re off. Enough food for a week. Us two and the dog, Toby. Let’s see if we can get out of the harbour and up to Keynsham … .
Out of Netham lock and onto the Avon
Seems scenic now …
Dog seems happy
Scenes of devastation from the floods of just a month ago, sunken boats and what looks like Nepalese prayer streamers are in fact plastic bags and rubbish, stranded, high up in the trees
Safely moored by the Lock Keeper pub above Keynsham lock (No2)
Thanks to a great Lock keeper at CRT (Trevor!) they’ve got a team working on the Swineford lock – he advises travelling up on Sunday and mooring nearby – ready for the 10 a.m. opening on Monday. Will do.
Looks like we’re now set for next Monday for the exit of Bristol Harbour:
A high spring tide on Monday will delay our departure until lunchtime but will still head for Bath. Might get some willing volunteers to lock us up through to the top (Rob & Sheila?). Then it’s onwards towards Devizes. It’ll take as long as it takes!
Well, the current plank was too narrow for our dog and we saw this option which looked good:
Could be used to paint boat too …
At last, the legacy of the floods has been shed loads of debris and silt. These all pile up at the lock gates, making some almost impossible to open. The CRT gangs have been working to clear the rubbish and get all the locks operational. This afternoon came the Good News that we’ve been waiting for – from midday on Friday the river will be open. We may postpone our (maiden) voyage until Monday – avoiding the rush of grockles charging about the harbour and river. Although, they might cause more mischief and another stoppage … it’s a risk but Adagio is ready – new gang-plank/ladder installed today, coal taken on board … brass band hired, we’re all set for the off. Might send out a plea for helpers on Monday afternoon …
This is the blurb they print when it comes to advertising the boat for sale:
Aqualine Trad Stern Narrowboat 65’
Vessel type: Trad stern narrowboat Builder: Aqualine Make: Aqualine Model: Monaco 65 Year constructed: 2008 Berths: 4 No. of engines: 1 Engine model: Isuzu Engine power: 42 HP Engine hours: 1700 Fuel type: Diesel Drive type: Shaft drive Length over all: 65’ Beam: 6’ 10" Maximum draft: 2’ Hull material: Steel Displacement: 19354 kg Fuel capacity: 300 Litres Water capacity: 500 Litres Holding tank capacity: 400 Litres
Narrowboat ‘Adagio’ built by Aqualine in 2008 for liveaboard or long range cruising. Would also suit those looking for roomy accommodation while cruising on holiday. All steel construction. Excellent condition throughout. Grey and cream paintwork with maroon coachwork. Internally fitted out in oak. Real hardwood floors. Isuzu 42 diesel engine 1700+ hours. Fixed double berth plus dinette which converts into guest double berth. Morso Squirrel multifuel stove; Alde Compact 3010 central heating with 3 radiators and heated towel rail; Jabsco pump out mascerator toilet; full size shower. Washing machine, fridge, built in gas hob and oven. Victron Phoenix Multiplus 12 v/3000W/120A invertor/charger supported by Dometic 240V 3.5kW Travelpower and a domestic bank of 3 x 200Ah AGM batteries provides all the electrical power you need.
Looking online at the Aqualine boats now … to get one as "fully loaded" as this would probably cost about £130k.