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Archive for January 1st, 2014

Boat Blog: Team Build!

Posted by indigodream on 1 January, 2014

Rewind to Thursday October 17th

Limehouse to Paddington

We needed to get to the boat to Paddington before the weekend so that we could make a special cruise for the greyhounds on Saturday;  but now I have a proper job on Thursdays so it was up to Richard and his team to save the day.

The biggest issue was one almost dry pound just below Mile End Lock. Richard cycled up to the lock and let down as much water as he dared bearing in mind how some boats were tied above the lock. Dredging the bottom made for very slow progress with a trip needed down the weed hatch at regular intervals until they ground solid just under the bridge before the lock. Aga went up and let more water down and they were able to ride over the shallow bits on the wave as it came down! As more boats move into London it is becoming an increasing issue with paddles not being closed or gates shut.

They cruised from Limehouse to Paddington, arriving in the late afternoon. Nb Chance had alterted us to the availability of moorings, but it was tight. The one space left was near the glass bridge – usually a perfect spot. But the mooring was unsuitable for an overnight stay – they’ve installed underwater air hoses to bubble air (with some force) into the water – presumably to keep the basin clear of weed. Although it didn’t look too bad from the outside, the noise inside the boat was tremendous – like a washing machine apparently!  Luckily we didn’t need to stay that night – Doug and James from nb Chance offered to move her to a more suitable space if one turned up during the day.

With that kind offer made, it would have been churlish for Richard not to have a drink with the Chance boys!

Photoblog:

The Office Photographer getting artistic?

The Office Photographer getting artistic?

Development keeps happening on the Regents Canal

Development keeps happening on the Regents Canal

even looking mature!

even looking mature!

Ah a light at the end of the tunnel

Ah a light at the end of the tunnel

Ah pasisng a brested up widebeam opposite the visitor moorings below City Road

Ah passing a brested up widebeam opposite the visitor moorings below City Road

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