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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.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Only way to secure the boat. River???? Canal????? No Basin!!!!

 Top sheets went on Bath today which meant my view of the bird feeders had vanished . Smiley Faces We also had a problem on how to secure the bow of FS. Bath is a typical working boat over 70ft long and with us at 57ft you can see why we had a problem. In the past we have always tied onto Baths mast but Dave and Izzie have decided the mast needs a coat of paint so are taking it home. We put the mud weight down which helped but that didn't stop us drifting from side to side . Only answer was to stretch the rope over Bath trying not to touch the top sheets and tie to one of the trees nearby. All well and good if one can reach high enough so the rope is clear of the sheets. A borrowed ladder made life easier and once I had thrown the bow rope over to Ian, he then secured the rope to the tree. Ummm Ian got down and realised this tree wasn't going to be any good as the rope would still have touched the sheet. So onto to the next tree and this time the rope cleared the top no problem. We are all nicely secure again and although my view has gone with Baths sheets now in place the boat already feels warmer. Acts as a nice windbreak. Smiley

Dave in Bath getting ready to place the boards.

On the bird feeder.

And on the railing

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