Saturday, 24 June 2017


What was supposed to be a quiet few drinks turned into a bit of a session last night when we met up with some old friends.

Needless to say we are both feeling the effects this morning but we will survive.

Time for breakfast now followed by a spit of shopping then the trip to Torksey for a BBQ later on.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Work and Pleasure

This weekend will be a mixture of work and pleasure. Starting with the pleasure of course.

Tonight we plan to head into Lincoln for a night out on the town with a few beers and a bite to eat later on. This means that we will be in town in the morning to pick up some shopping from the markets for tomorrow evenings planned BBQ at Torksey. We have friends coming up from West Stockwith to see us so Torksey is the ideal meeting place.

It will be on Sunday that the work takes place. Liam is going to set about scrubbing the dinghy and whilst he is busy with this dirty task I am going to delve into Naughty-Cal's cupboards and clear out anything that we do not need to take to Scotland with us. This in itself is going to be a big job but one which needs doing as we need to shed any extra ounce of weight that we can to make towing just that bit easier.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Scare Over, For Now

Now what with last weekends little scare hopefully over and done with we can continue with the onward planning of our trip to Scotland in a couple of weeks.

This time in a couple of weeks we should be cruising up the motorway towards Inverness Marina with the aim of getting there before the last lift in at about 4pm. It will make for a long and labourious drive in one day but the sooner it is over and the boat is back where she belongs in the water, the better.

Plans are coming along nicely. We will have a couple of nights in Inverness Marina to give us time to explore the city and also to relax a little before we hit the canal and enter hire boat territory once more. It seems most of our summer holidays entail hire boats in one way, shape or form. This year is will be large cruisers and yachts as well as a good mixture of commercial vessels thrown in for good measure. This year as an added bonus we will also have locks to contend with, with the hire boats. It should all make for an interesting mix!

Our plans for our seven days on the Caledonian are also taking shape. Our first day will be the short hop from Inverness Marina up the Moray Firth to Clachnaharry Sea Lock. Once through the lock we will purchase our very expensive visitors licence, £140 for seven days, more if your are a larger boat! Relieved of some cash we will head the short distance to Seaport Marina where we will spend our first evening ready to hit our first flight of locks the next day.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Costly Repair

Last night we headed down to the marina to try and figure out and fix the source of Naughty-Cal's leg issues. We had a vague idea what the problem might be but didn't expect the fix to be quite so quick and simple.

Behind the dashboard there are two relays which form part of the sterndrive trim system, there are a further two relays located by the pump in the engine bay. We had already suspected one of these to be at fault so we swapped them over and hey presto the leg no goes down on it's own but won't come back up again.

So we have replaced the faulty relay for a cost of £2.60. Yes that's right £2.60, there are not that many fixes on a boat that are so cheap!

For good measure we have changed the other relay as well just to be on the safe side. At and extra £2.60 it was worth the peace of mind. So now we are back on track for our trip to Scotland.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Newark Festival - Part 2

Another scorching hot day in Newark.

Busy parkside moorings.

A quick dip to cool down.

A bit hot in the cabin.

Castle moorings from in the castle.

The castle looking lovely in the sunshine.

Heading for home.

Double penning in Cromwell for the deeper drafted boats as there was only 4ft over the middle cill and they needed 4ft to get out!

Out onto the river.

Not a lot of water.

The cows taking a dip.

The first time in nine years that Naughty-Cal has not gotten us home under her own power.

Back on the Fossdyke for the remainder of the tow home.

We are back at the boat this evening to hopefully fix the problem with the stern drive. We believe it is an electrical relay that has overheated and popped which resulted in the leg lifting right to the surface rendering the boat immobile.

Fingers crossed we are right!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Newark Festival - Part 1

On the way to Torksey

Drinsey Nook in the late evening sunshine

Ready to go

On our way

Under Dunham Bridge

Cromwell Lock

Not sure what was going on here

The after party

The morning after the night before.

Essential supplies

Sunday, 18 June 2017

All Too Soon

All too soon after a fab weekend at the Newark Festival it is time to head back downstream to Torksey and then onto Burton Waters.

It has been a great weekend helped no end by the weather. Another scorching day is forecast and we have no rush as high water at Torksey isn't while 4pm. So we can enjoy a lazy morning in Newark in the sunshine.