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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.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

And the day started so well

Sun was shining and a real pleasure to cruise this lovely canal. Loads of boats on the move today, mostly all met at bridge 'holes...typical. Had a slight worry at one of the bridges when the boat coming through appeared to be steering itself! Where was the person on the back? Ah...this one steers from the front but did give me a bit of a start.

That is the stern, not the bow.

Stopping at Blakemere for lunch right by a picnic table and a very nice fisherman moved all his rods so we could make use it. Was a tad cold for sitting outside but it would have been rude not to after his kind deed.

And then.....I couldn't believe it!. The first tunnel on the Llangollen, (a very short one at that) and I go and scrape the front handrail along the brickwork scraping off the paint and sending bits of brick in all directions. It was going from the light into the dark and I completely misjudged how wide the channel was. Then to make matters worse the stern also made contact and knocked the newly bought Buckby can spout clean off! I'm gutted as we only bought the can 3 weeks ago! Ian was so very understanding which actually made how I felt ten times worse.

Ellesmere tunnel

I suppose the saving grace is no massive damage to the can and the spout didn't disappear beneath the waves but that handrail and cabin side.....take a bit of rubbing down and touching up I can tell you. Red oxide already applied to stop the rust. That will have to do for now.


Jennifer said...

We did exactly what you did in May, our boat got bumped just like yours, but it also caused a problem with our cratch cover. Don't blame yourself too much as we found out later that 12 million gallons of water is going down the canal, filling the reservoir in Hurlesdon and providing water for Cheshire. In a tunnel the water is being forced through like a bottleneck, throwing steering off target.

It is a lovely canal though - Regards, Jennifer

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Thanks, Jennifer. I don't feel quite so bad now although a bit worried about Chirk and Whitehouse tunnels. I think I'll let Ian do those. Xxx

Marilyn McDonald said...

I think it is a good thing that you have the occasional collision and cause scrapes to paintwork and spouts to come of buckby cans. My thinking is that it is good for newer boaters to read of/hear of these incidents so they can not feel so bad about their stuff-ups. It's the reason I posted of my stuff-ups from yesterday ...
What I do admire is that we tell the truth and don't blame it on someone else.
More big hugs, Mxx
PS I once hit the entrance of a tunnel on a Black Prince hireboat - so hard I chipped off brick. I kept it as a souvenir ...
PPS We too liked the Wyvern layout when we hired from them in 1990 (although reverse layouts weren't the go then) and the stern deck was lovely for a group - a bit like Doug and James' former boat nb Chance, but not so posh!

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Thanks, Marilyn. You're a star and if anyone can make me feel better it's you. Xxxx

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