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 notice is over a week old . . so maybe they’ve cleared the debris?
Otherwise we’re stuck in Bris’l
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.
Hmm, just when you think we’ll never get out of Bristol …
A stag party hired this boat …
So, Bath locks out of action until CRT sort this one out … you’ve got 8 days guys! Or I’ll want a rebate on my £900 licence.
Very sceptical about these products but it did do what it said on the bottle.
Still needs the Brasso to give a final polish but impressed so far.
Things look like they’re getting back to normal but …
Compare the two photos of the weir below Netham Lock – over a month ago, the weir was completely submerged, now it looks like a trickle. The lock was open to through traffic but with the locks above it still closed … traffic there is none. Fingers crossed for 2 weeks time.
Another dry and sunny day – time to return to polishing those mushrooms whilst Steve was polishing his stack. Engine run for 45 minutes – SIG.
Bedding and utensils on board. Days are ticking down to the (well, our) maiden voyage.
We’ve had over a week of dry weather and the river Avon seems to be returning to normal – this lock was underwater last time we came here.
Brilliant day & outcome on Tuesday – after a visit to Devizes marina we now have a berth for Adagio (April – September). Now all we have to do is get her there …
apologies to Viv – the blue line is not her planned course!
well it might be …
Well, a good week so far … we have both completed the Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate course, in Bath – thanks to Richard Warren of the K&A Canal Boat Co. A grand day out in Bath on Saturday. Sunday saw us back on t’boat in t’sunshine for some wood sanding and vanishing – in the glorious sunshine.
Monday saw Steve back on board for a final coating of varnish.
Tuesday – a flying visit to Devizes Marina (with Rob & Rusty) gave us the good news that they will have a berth for us April -September – hurrah!
The K&A is almost back to normal – with only the first section (Hanham to Saltford) still closed … . 3 weeks to go to the maiden cruise . .