Internals

Some folk have asked what the boat looks like inside … so here’s some pix.  Could’ve been titled … living in a corridor . .

View looking out of the stern – kind of “engine room”, plus washing machine & storage.

 About turn from the last one, looking forward . .  the main bedroom.

and then on thru the bathroom . . proper water-flushing loo and full-size shower . .

on into the galley, all nice granite surfaces, gas (fan) oven & grill, filtered water . . hatch that opens out onto the outside world …

onwards to the dining area – also makes up a double bed

A nice writing desk – with a space for the ship’s mascot, underneath.

looking further forwards, bespoke fitted sofa with TV .

and finally, looking forward to the Morso Squirrel stove and the doors out onto the front of the boat. This area is called the cratch and there’s a nice cover for this … so we can sit out but in …

And the dog likes it up here too …

 when he’s not playing Houdini! Unfortunately, he tries to jump ship every time we have a bump or a change in engine noise. At one point he got on the front with Viv and ran thru the boat, jumping off the back!  I hope he’ll learn that this is all “normal” and settle down.

Following on from the last short video – Viv driving the boat out of a lock.

Gives you some idea of the size of it!

With Viv on the towpath with Toby, chance to film the boat from the bank as she crosses the Avoncliff aqueduct – (note for Chris – yes, a lack of bow wave & wash!)

Maiden Voyage – Day Four – The Caen flight and home

The forecast was for rain but we were up early (0700), walk dog, breakfast, feed dog, get the boat ready. Try not to make much noise as James & Rosie’s boats were very still. I hope the G&T’s plus the beer didn’t take too long to wear off. Very nice people. Hope we meet again.

Right, 3 locks to do here and then on to Foxhangers

I don’t think people realise that there are 7 locks before the Caen flight of 16 and then 6 locks after it. So quite a daunting task. And what’s more we had a hire boat in front of us which meant having to empty a full lock first before we could proceed.  Viv had her work cut out doing these locks and it started to rain. Luckily, the rain stopped and so did the hire boat. This was as far as they intended to go – just to get a look at the flight and then turn round. Another good piece of luck was that gazing up at the flight we could see that all the bottom gate paddles were up – this meant that we were the first to go up the flight today as the lock keeper sets the locks this way. Hurrah, no locks to empty – just drive in to each one. Time Viv did some driving!

It does begin to get a bit tiring (Tim & Pru had an army of volunteers to get them thru – it was just us and a bored Toby)

It took about 3-4 hours but we made it to the top:

A brief lunch and then onwards to finish the final 6 locks through Devizes town and on to Devizes marina and home!

This is Kennet lock and that makes it Number 50.

All freshly painted (Princess Anne is passing this way next week) and now just a home run to the marina.

A tight left-hand turn into the marina and then a show off reverse into the berth (4th along).

http://www.devizesmarina.co.uk/

 

Maiden Voyage – Day Three – Bath to Seend

We’ve done this bit before on the helmsman’s course – lots of parked boats but a very scenic route, through Bathampton and on to Dundas aqueduct:

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Across the aqueduct and out onto the ever serene canal, a beautiful section which even the dog seemed to likeimage

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And another aqueduct – Avoncliffe

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We passed through Bradford-on-Avon and then onto towards Trowbridge, past the Hilperton Marina

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We passed a boat doing a 3-point turn – these boaters were later to catch up with us and to prove very helpful!

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Yes, James & Rosie (it’s actually her boat – the White Swan). He’s a marine electrician and lives on his boat, moored at the Barge Inn, Seend. Rosie has just bought the boat as a place to live on and will be working in Oxford soon and so will take the boat up there. Great to be young and carefree! We played leapfrog – alternating the workings of locks & lift-bridges all the way to Seend.  A long day, not finishing until 1850 but with a pub as the end point – a definite incentive indeed.

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It’s a Wadworth’s pub and the beer wasn’t cheap but the food was excellent (Boeuf en daube with horseradish mash!). End of a long day but there was an even longer day ahead.