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.
Having winterized the boat when we left end of December we fully expected to arrive back to FS with everything being ship shape and in order. At first glance all appeared okay. It wasnt until later last night, and whilst doing the necessary ablutions ready for going to bed, that I realised my feet were getting wet. A steady stream of water was making it's way from the radiator toward the base of the loo! A quick look from Ian at one of the rungs confirmed that a small hole had appeared. This must have been oozing water for some time judging by the rust surrounding it. The freezing conditions while we were away must have been very sever 'cos there was antifreeze in it. First thing to try was wrapping tape around the hole to see if we could leave replacing the radiator until warmer times. Wasn't to be though, so this morning Ian took himself off to Screwfix to purchase another radiator plus fittings. He now has to drain the heating system which will mean the fire has to go out. What a time not to have heating, what with minus temperatures again forecast for tonight. Tomorrow morning the deed will be done and luckily by having a small electric fan heater to hand we might not get quite so cold.