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Mike
I am a retired consultant anaesthetist, one time Comanche pilot and now avid narrowboater
Interests: Aviation, Inland Waterways of England
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Well Ross - it is just expected. Usually Pat has it done before I've even got the mooring lines secure, but in this instance with good reason. Our first stop by the facilities hut was in a canyon between old warehouses, mills or whatever else they have up here. Rather a gloomy spot in all. Much better round the corner. M
Banbury and Back April Coventry April Chester (again!) continuing from Coventry via Harecastle & Middlewich Back to Brinklow via Shroppie, Wolverhampton 21 and Tame Valley Ashby Canal November Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Our Boat
The first ever post to this blog Cowley First ever tidal Thames experience Summer Cruise Harefield to Sawley Sawley to Birmingham Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base is Harefield Marina, South Grand Union Canal. Like the blogs, the index is in reverse chronological order except the subheadings Watford Weekend Limehouse and back IWA National Festival Cruise Braunston Middlewich Anderton Lift Preston Brook: The festival Ashton Canal Bugsworth Basin On to the Macclesfield T&M: Now... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Our Boat
Watford Weekend Year end Londong Ring (clockwise) Return to Harefield from Sawley after a week's layover IWA Festival Birmingham to Burton on Trent GU: Napton to Birmingham S Oxford Canal: Oxford to Napton River Thames: Arrival at Reading and departure for Inglesham, then back to Oxford K&A:Return from Bristol K&A:to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base is Harefield Marina, South Grand Union Canal. Like the blogs, the index is in reverse chronological order Rickmansworth: Save our waterways Campaign Blockade Watford: Just for the weekend Cutweb Rally at Napton Top Lock; From Reading after a week's layover in the marina - and the journey... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base is Harefield Marina, South Grand Union Canal. Like the blogs, the index is in reverse chronological order GU: Weekend at Cassiobury GU: Return from Cutweb Rally at Blue Lias (Stockton Locks) Oxford Canal: On the way to the Blue Lias River Thames: After leaving Harefield for Blue... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base is Harefield Marina, South Grand Union Canal. Like the blogs, the index is in reverse chronological order CUTWEB Meeting - Cruise to Blue Lias: GU out, River Thames back Return from Saul Festival via Avon and Thames Leaving Gloucester for the Saul Festival River Severn: Stourport to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base is Harefield Marina, South Grand Union Canal. Like the blogs, the index is in reverse chronological order The London Ring GU: Ironbridge Lock & Back. A short weekend outing not without its little dramas. GU: Cruising back from the CUTWEB Rally via River Thames Macclesfield Canal: Higher... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base is Harefield Marina, South Grand Union Canal. GU: Cowley for the night GU: Stockton Locks (Blue Lias) to Harefield Cutweb Rally (Blue Lias) GU: Off to the Cutweb Rally GU: Cowley for the run T&M: Coventry: N Oxford and GU: Preston Brook to Harefield L&L: Rufford Arm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base is Harefield Marina, South Grand Union Canal. GU: Autumn Cruise to Stockton locks for Cutweb Rally London Ring: Review of Rochdale Canal experience Leicester Line and GU back to Harefield Sheffield & S Yorks Navigations, River Trent: Sprotbrough to Newark. We find a body on the Don.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base is Harefield Marina, South Grand Union Canal. GU:Harefield and River Thames to Pangbourne and back GU and Thames:An attempt to get to the top of the Thames thwarted by strong stream warnings: Picking up guests at Staines and an accident requiring visit to hospital GU:A failed attempt... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base is Harefield Marina, South Grand Union Canal. Like the blogs, the index is in reverse chronological order Grand Union Canal: Short trip Widewater to Watford River Thames: Downstream from Oxford with tidal passage to Limehouse Regents Canal: Limehouse to Little Venice (no moorings) and on to Kensal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base initially is Harefield Marina, South Grand Union Canal. Then moved to Brinklow Marina, N Oxford Canal. Like the blogs, the index is in reverse chronological order Ashby Canal Grand Union Canal Lapworth Jct to Braunston then Brinklow B'ham & Worcs Canal and Upper Stratford BCN:Wolverhampton and Birmingham... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Our Boat
The boat's base is Brinklow Marina, N Oxford Canal. Like the blogs, the index is in reverse chronological order End of Cruise: Brinklow Marina Oxford Canal: Grand Union Bridge 100 River Thames to Oxford Canal River Thames:Molesey Lock - A haven! Tidal Thames: Teddington Regent's Canal: Limehouse Grand Union Canal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Our Boat
Whilst we have always been very pleased with our boat, over the years there have been some additions to the general fit out. Very few of these with hindsight would have better been included in the basic build specification of the boat and this is almost always to do with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Our Boat
Many years ago, in a previous life, I had the opportunity of a week-end on a narrowboat at the invitation of a colleague. It was on the Oxford Canal. I don’t know where, but the boat was in present day terms “basic”. It would have been in the late ‘60s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Our Boat
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Construction: Steel, insulated with polystyrene foam and lined with solid ash. Oak furniture, Douglas Pine floor. Semi-traditional* layout at rear. Gas locker in bows. Sealed bulkheads for bow thruster tube Dimensions: 60 feet overall length. 6‘ 10“ width. 2 feet draught (flat bottom) Engine: Beta 1903 diesel with hospital silencer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Our Boat
Nuggler was a custom build in 2002 by Braidbar Boats and is based on a Tim Tyler shell. We chose Braidbar because at the 2001 Crick show, they were exhibiting the boat which came closest to our pre-conceived idea of what we were looking for and because we very quickly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Our Boat
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Pat & Mike's narrowboating site Welcome to our boat. Here you will find details for those interested in technical matters, and also a little background material on what boating is all about on the English Inland Waterway System - for us at Least. Elsewhere (see link on right), an index... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Our Boat
Julian, This is out of my experience I am afraid. You will need to get a quote from a boatyard that specialises in this sort of thing. Sounds expensive. Depends how bad the corrosion is in the engine bay. The best you can do there is to have it back to steel as best you can and then treat it with anti-rust epoxy perhaps. Look at www.rust.cu.uk Mike
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2012 on Winterisation at Maintenance
How long is your boat. We are 60 and as far as I can tell we wouldnt be able to get to Ripon. However thanks for the encouragement.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2011 on Moving again at UK Canals - Journey reports
Likewise. We are heading to the Yorkshire Ouse, eventually.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2011 on Moving again at UK Canals - Journey reports
I bought a job lot ages ago. About 20 litres. Cost a lot of money. Not sure if I will repeat when it runs out. Will try and find the original invoice & let you know.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2010 on Winterisation at Maintenance
Sorry! The very expensive (several thousand GBP). above should refer to "Paint job". Mike
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2010 on Back to Harefield at UK Canals - Journey reports