Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Monday, 29 August 2016
Sunday, 28 August 2016
We have had a nice relaxing day on the river. We broke up the journey with a stop at Tattersall Bridge for a pint and have since carried on to Kirkstead Bridge where we have taken the last spare space.
Unfortunately this is right next to a boat with a noisy generator buzzing away. Still it won't be for long. The same boat was moored here when we came past on Friday evening so their 48 hours are nearly up!
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Friday, 26 August 2016
Anyway with us both suitably installed on the boat and the gear put away it will be a cruise into the sunset as we head down river this evening in search of a mooring for the evening. We will get the two locks out of the way and then cruise into the evening until we get bored.
All being well by 3pm tomorrow we should be tucked up safely on the moorings here on the Kings Lynn webcam.
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
The other thing I needed to check yesterday was the up to date locations of the channel marker buoys heading from the Wash and into the river. Lucky I did check as they have significantly changed position from when we last visited, in fact the latest up dates were made to the channel just last Friday. I will double check that they have not moved again before we leave Boston!
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Naughty-Cal is as ready as she can be so it is now a case of making sure everything else is in place. The mooring has been booked and paid for since April so no worries there.
This morning I have booked us in with the lock keeper at Boston for both our locking out on Saturday afternoon and our locking back in again on Monday evening. Both are nice times for us for a change, it is a 12.15pm locking out so we will have plenty of time to amble down river but also plenty of time to explore Kings Lynn and get settled in for the evening. On Monday we won't be leaving Kings Lynn until 4.15pm with our locking in due at around 7pm, so we will again have pretty much a full day in Kings Lynn but still time to head up river once we have locked back in at Boston to shorten the trip on Tuesday back to the marina.
Monday, 22 August 2016
Saturday, 20 August 2016
Friday, 19 August 2016
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Take for example dry bilges. Doesn't sound a lot does it? But the water should be on the outside of the boat, not on the inside, right?
Over the last few years we have been plagued with a series of water leaks from the raw water system, the domestic clean water system and the grey water, or shower/sink water system. All of which have conspired against us and led to some degree of water needing removing from the bilges on a fairly regular basis. I hate wet bilges!
So far this year, (and I should say that I am crossing my fingers here), our bilges have remained bone dry. We fixed a series of leaks and refurbished the raw water pump over the winter months and thus far the bilges have stayed dry. A result to say the least.
With not a whole lot longer left of the 2016 cruising season we are starting to look ahead to the jobs that need doing during this winters period ashore. Hopefully fixing plumbing leaks won't be on that list for this year and hopefully nor will removing bilge water!
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Finding decent mooring ropes can be a bit of a hit and miss business, more expensive doesn't necessarily end up being better.
In previous years we have had many sets of ropes but the ones we got on best with were Marlow braid on braid ropes. At the beginning of this year we ordered some more as the old set were getting pretty worn . The new set were rubbish. Very tangley and refused to hold knots.
So reluctantly I ordered a new pair from a different supplier . I ordered 10mm instead of 12mm by mistake but have found these work better for us and sit better on the cleats. The new ropes are much better quality, so on the back of that I have ordered two more longer 10mm ropes for our trip to Scotland.
Our usual day to day ropes are 10m in length but these would be too short for the Caledonian Canal so two 15m ropes are now stowed away on board as well.
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Next years big trip is to be first for us, we will be trailing Naughty-Cal for the first time so we have a lot more extra planning and forward thinking to do then usual. We will be heading to Inverness where Naughty-Cal will be dropped into the water before we head onto the Caledonian Canal for seven days and then have another seven days on the West Coast of Scotland, before finally being pulled back out of the water and brought back to Lincoln.
The area will be completely new cruising grounds for us so we have to make sure that we do our homework, as the navigation looks less then straight forward.
To aid our navigation and more importantly our passage planning we have purchased the relevant Admiralty Leisure Folio and the highly informative Clyde Cruising Club guide book which is packed full of the local knowledge which is so important when venturing into new waters.
Monday, 15 August 2016
Now that we have discovered The Ferry Boat however I'm sure that this will all change and we will visit on a more regular basis, perhaps more so in the winter when we don't want to travel so far.
Here are just a small selection of the pictures I took in and around Washingborough at the weekend.
Sunday, 14 August 2016
We had a great day in Washingborough yesterday meeting up with old friends for a meal in the Ferry Boat and also making many new friends in The Hunters Leap.
The food was excellent in The Ferry Boat. Both Liam and I had a really nice chicken and chorizo pie.
Back to Lincoln today to catch up with more friends.
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Friday, 12 August 2016
Fist of all tonight we have to make a slight detour on our way to the marina as we have to make a fleeting visit to drop off my recently retired phone to a friend. I have just upgraded mine so it made sense to give it away rather then leave it festering in a cupboard like my previous one to that one still is!
With the phone delivered we will then head to the marina have a quick freshen up and then head into Lincoln for a few beers and a bite to eat. This will give us the chance to do a spot of shopping in town tomorrow morning before heading off to Washingborough where we intend to have a meal in the Ferry Boat on Saturday evening. We were very impressed with the last meal we had in there so are keen to give it another go.
Sounds like a nice plan. But will it work out?
Thursday, 11 August 2016
Due to family commitments next weekend this will be our last weekend to make sure that everything is in order and that she is ready to leave as soon as we get there on the Friday of the bank holiday weekend.
So we need to make sure that the water tank is left filled, the diesel tank is brimmed, although this will only take 20 litres or so to refill it is best to leave with a full tank, and generally make sure that the boat is left in a clean and tidy manner.
Of course we will still have time to enjoy a nice and relaxing weekend afloat. We have yet to decide what exactly we will be doing this coming weekend.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Full details here:
The safety notice shows just how quickly levels of carbon monoxide can build up in the unventilated cabin of a boat. A timely reminder to us all to be careful on board. The following extract is taken from the report.
"The motor cruiser’s 5.7 litre petrol-driven inboard engine had been left running at 3000rpm while it was moored alongside, probably to charge the batteries. A slight wind blowing from the stern caused exhaust gas emitting from below the aft transom to enter the canopy covering the aft deck (Figure 1) from where it spread down into the accommodation area forward. During in-situ tests with the engine running the concentration of carbon monoxide from the wet exhaust (Figure 2), reached high levels in the accommodation in less than 3 minutes. The accommodation area was not ventilated and the couple and their dog were overcome. No carbon monoxide alarms were fitted."
The cost of carbon monoxide alarms has come down considerably in recent years, quite why they are not mandatory for the Boat Safety Scheme is questionable given that they could quite easily save many lives.
Hopefully this safety advice will reach a few more boaters and encourage them to fit alarms to their vessels.
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Since buying the car nearly 15 years ago there have been a few little niggly electrical items that have never worked. On top of that earlier this year the central locking decided to give up the ghost which has meant no access to the boot. Clearly this needed sorting before we go to Cornwall, so yesterday she had her first date with the auto electrician.
He had a good long hunt for problems yesterday and in the two and a half hours he was there managed to fix the rear wiper and rear screen wash which we have never had working. He is now on with fixing what he believes to be the problem with the central locking and electric wing mirrors. So hopefully her extended date with the auto electrician should be nearly over and we should have a few more items working again.
Monday, 8 August 2016
The most important job of the weekend was scrubbing the canopies inside and out and then reproofing them with a good coat of Fabsil. This not only helps to keep them looking good but it also protects them from the worst of the weather that the British climate can throw at them. Keeping them waterproof means that the water beads and runs off rather them soaking into the fabric and then causing unsightly green mould growth.
We scrubbed the hoods on Saturday morning before the weather got too hot and then in the time we had been to the deli on the marina and had a panini breakfast they were bone dry. So we rolled up the relevant sections and headed to Torksey where we bought the Fabsil from Torksey Caravans and set too applying it on the visitors moorings. If anything the weather was a bit hot for applying the Fabsil as it was drying so fast it made it difficult to see where we had applied it and where we hadn't. In the end some sections ended up being done twice, but it doesn't hurt.
We had decided to bring Henry hoover to the boat this weekend, mainly so that Liam could vacuum the inside of the canopies before scrubbing them. But this also gave me the chance to give the cabin interior a good going over. The little handheld Hoover that we have onboard is great for a quick fettle but it can't do the same job as the much more powerful Henry.
With these few little bits done and dusted Naughty-Cal is starting to get ready for her next holiday at the end of the month when we will once again be visiting Kings Lynn for a few days.
Sunday, 7 August 2016
Yesterday afternoon we managed to get the canopies reproofed with a good coat of Fabsil before retiring to the pub whilst the fumes abated.
After a few pints we returned to the boat and had a bbq tea a few more beers before hitting the sack.
This morning we were up bright and early and are now on our way to Lincoln for breakfast.