Sunday, 3 July 2016

Oh, the smell!

Well now, not been blogging lately and the title gives a clue why.

We had a plastic waste tank fitted a while back and, keeping it simple. The top tank seal partly failed. This occurred for three reasons:

The tank seal was poor
The tank fill indicator failed
The vent pipe into the tank was poorly fitted, leaving a small u bend into which rain water, having entered the vent on the roof, stuck in the u bend stopping venting.

Trying to now get quotes to fix.  We have decided to get a stainless steel tank, a better fit and a carbon filter.  Problem is finding a fitter.  We have asked for quotes but no replies have been forthcoming, so far.  Whilst we can boat, the smell is wiffy.  Next week I am going to apply a temp fix, using sealant, lots of it, and ensure the u bend is clear.

Anyone in the Kings Bromley area wants to quote, please do!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Walk to Trent Lock and a chance encounter

We, and friends walked our dogs to Trent Lock, which is not all that far from home.  Popped to the Steam Boat to be told that at 13:30 they were not taking orders until 14:30 because they were busy.  Now then, if that was my pub I would be taking orders, making customers clear of the wait.  Had they done that, we would have had another pint and waited.  As it was we upped sticks to the pub across the road. Odd.

Anyhow, walking towards Cranfleet, I spied Maffis boat Milly M, and not far Maffi himself having a chin wag.  Nice to meet you Maffi

Lola dog then decided to roll about in cow shit, what a pong.

We boated last weekend to Rugeley and back.  Next week it's half term so we are heading from Kings Bromley to Nottingham to Tixhall Wide and back to base.  Now it's a wee while since we did this trip (to Nottingham that is) and I am so looking forward to it.  I just have to get over a three day trip to Liverpool on business and a day and a half in Nottingham.

July it's a trip to Budleigh Salterton and August, back to the delights of Barcelona.  Then, the Trent and Mersey. September it's USA on business with, perhaps another visit to Gdansk. 

Last week was Bristol and Swansea.  I need to go to Newcastle and Southampton soon but not in the same week!  I enjoy travelling to meet my staff but it's simply not possible to be everywhere all the time.

In the meantime, the lovely Mrs D's business is going from strength to strength  Not your usual run of the mill business but if you have need of a biochem CRO,look no further.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Kitchen refit complete and boat washed


A few photos of NB Lola now we have finished our main changes.  From the start to finish we have almost gutted the whole boat but as we went along rather than one job.  We started in 2010 with the engine, a new Canaline 42, then the lounge, then the bathroom, then the outside paint job, then the  Kitchen and back cabin (used as a storage area, not in the trad sense).  Now its maintenance rather than big spends.

Shower, A Geoff Taylor job
Control Unit, the engine was fitted by Aqua Narrowboats, a most excellent boat builder
Shiny Bow, just been washed, painted by Geoff Taylor

Washed and clean
Toilet and hand basin, more Geoff work

Kitchen work bench

Cooker and sink, a great job by Geoff Taylor

Fixed Double bed (in a mess), new Webasto central heating, remote start and radiators fitted, again, by Geoff Taylor
Back Cabin, re-fitted by Geoff

lounge, fitted by Aqua Narrowboats

 The seating arrangement can be altered to create two single beds, a double bed or a dining area.

Through the years we have also done the other jobs, blacking of the boat where it is below the waterline, this is done with bitumen every year.  We have also renewed curtains, varnished wood whenever, replaced carpets, cushions, tv, cooker, calorifier (hot water tank), batteries, inverter, charger, Isolation Transformer, to name but a few.
Next time away is likely to be early May but we will pop up weekly and at weekends from now.