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Boat Blog: Who’s up for an adventure?

Posted by indigodream on 15 May, 2013

15th May 2013

Regular readers will know that we’ve not attempted anything like an odyssey this year (yet!) because we’ve got an adventure planned for 1st/2nd June. We’ve just had our place confirmed so now we can put out a call for crew (experienced narrowboaters only – though not necessarily tideway talent!). Usual conditions apply, will has to be up to date, take a passport and a few euros with you in case something goes wrong and a doctor’s certificate of insanity attracts bonus points.

So, have you been under all the bridges on Thames apart from Bridge 1? Are you feeling that the photo of your narrowboat passing under Tower Bridge is a bit old hat? Got a lens big enough to accommodate the narrowboats AND the QE2 bridge towering above? Then this trip is for you!

We’re joining the St Pancras Cruising Club for a convoy cruise down to the new pontoon moorings at Gravesend:

Sat 01 Jun 13

  • 08.45 Depart East London locks (5 lockings of 15 mins).
  • 10.30 All boats rendezvous at Bow Creek Mouth (BCM) then depart BCM for Gravesend.
  • 13.30 Arrive Gravesend. Take-up available pontoon and river moorings. We hope to take part in additional excursion to the Dartford and Crayford navigations.
  • 19.00 Ferry ceases to operate from mooring pontoon so remaining boats can take-up additional pontoon moorings as required (This is likely to include Indigo Dream)
  • 1915 Go to pub

Sun 02 Jun 13

  • 14.00 Pre-departure brief on pontoon.
  • 14.10 Prepare to depart.
  • 14.30 Depart Gravesend upstream; for who knows where.
  • 17.30 Arrive Bow Creek Mouth.
  • 1815 Arrive Limehouse Lock.
  • 1915 Go to pub.

Now, this is NOT a trip for the faint-hearted and any crew will need reserves of tolerance and good humour, particularly on the Saturday, when we will be on the water for around 10 hours with no hope of landfall (unless we have to call in the RNLI for emergencies, like running out of coffee and/or bacon sarnies). Sadly we can’t offer overnight accommodation, but we can offer good food, fine beverages and an empty toilet tank! We do have spare life-jackets on board, these are compulsory for the trip.

We have around two crew spaces left on the Saturday and four on the Sunday. I apologise for the short notice, but this has been a massively complex organisational task for the SPCC (for which we are grateful) and we are still getting details “hot off the press”.

If you’re interested then get in touch by 26th May at the latest – EXPERIENCED NARROWBOATERS ONLY!

If you don’t join us then keep an eye on the blog on the 1st & 2nd – if I have an internet signal then I’ll aim to do real time posts.

3 Responses to “Boat Blog: Who’s up for an adventure?”

  1. Severner Willow said

    Very keen to join you on the Sunday! Amy &James Willow

  2. Halfie said

    (a belated) Happy Birthday, Sue!

  3. indigodream said

    Thank you Halfie – my birthday post comes next!

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