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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

No more cruising fpr a while

What a beautiful day for our final cruise although we will be going down to Sheet stores near Trent Lock to have our rudder sorted out by Paul Barber sometime in mid December. Ever since we fitted the new prop we have had tiller wobbler at tick over speed. Most uncomfortable when traveling past row upon row of moored boats!  Carol and Mick on Electra was our companions for the journey and even though we had to turn every lock, made it back to Langley in 4 hours 45 minutes. There were two hairy moments though, and both were going under bridges. The first was when we rose out of the water as we hit a hidden object. It was definitely something very solid, like a large boulder. Then again we approached a very low bridge by Tesco and, with Ian being concerned our chimney wouldn't fit under, put the boat into reverse. There was a horrible banging and clattering and try as he might couldn't seem to shift what ever had attached itself to our prop. At one point we came to a complete standstill and we honestly thought we were stuck! Luckily with Ian putting the boat in neutral what ever was caught came off. The rest of the journey was quite uneventful so here are my final pics of this last cruise for the time being. I will continue to post my wildlife pictures and again let you know what happens with Ian. He has his MRI on Thursday and then we see the consultant the following week. I'm keeping fingers crossed that all is still okay.

Ian and Michael walking onto the next lock. Carol at the helm of Electra
What a great kiddies play house.

Michael at the helm this time

C&RT turned up. Good opportunity to report the hidden objects under the bridges.

And finally:-

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