Sunday, 28 October 2012

Back from the Erewash to Kings Bromley

We left Wyvern Marine on the Erewash at about 1.30 pm and motored to Weston.  Weather was fine but you could tell it was turning.  Following day was quite  a long journey to Branston Water Park which we reached at 4.30 pm, no real delays.  Quite a few Hire A Canal Boat boats were moving from Sawley to Chirk.  We ate at the Bridge Inn, lovely as usual and then to bed early as I was pretty tired.  Off we went from Branston at 9 am and arrived back in Kings Bromley around 2pm.  A pump out and some bit and pieces and that was it for this years cruising.  No idea yet about next year but whatever it will be enjoyable.  Our first trip out should be Easter 2013 which are first two weeks in April.  I guess we might take a week out, possibly two.

I have been taking a keen learning interest in the restoration plans for the Hatherton and Lichfield Canals.  Very interesting and a useful addition whenever they finish, could be a few years yet.  Much like the Derby which links from Swarkestone on the T and M to near Sandiacre on the Erewash.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

The Blacked Boat and more

Paul Barber blacked the boat and did a superb job.  OK it sticking bitumen onto steel and bitumen.  However, its blacked and then stays out of the water for 48 hours - as it should.  I do know of yards which slip the boats back in earlier than that and the blacking has not cured properly.

 This shot is interesting to us in that the cup got damaged in August and had actually split.  I had guessed it was dodgy and asked Paul to look at it.  Without another word he replaced it at no extra cost.  as you can see from the picture alls well.  the prop looked OK too.  I was going to measure it but I get the go and stop I need so why look for more expense?

This is where the external tank is.  as good as new and does the job.  I was please that the anodes looked so good too.  a sign of good blacking as there is nothing to cause corrosion so they do not break down much

This was Paul main report.  Because the boat had not been externally welded, some do not do this.  I do not see why myself.  Anyhow, I need to get to the angle grinder and grind all this off then vactan and seal

This shot shows the ring was bent back at some point.  Do not see need to fix it so its stays as is.

I also popped over to Beeston Chandlery and bought some new centre line rope.  I use double so I do not need to swap it over when the toe path changes sides.  I decided to buy some nice looking red white and blue three stranded stuff.  Should last a couple of years.

So at 1pm its back up the Erewash to the Trent and then onwards to the Trent and Mersey and King's Bromley.


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Steel check done, and there's more

So, Paul Barber checked the steel, not a survey, just a steel mans check so its no more than a visual check.  This I like to do regularly as it provides peace of mind.  Paul has also done a check of the prop and skeg as well as an anode check and has also applied 2 coats of Rylards (Rytex I think) blacking.

Expensive?  No, damn good value for money in my book.  Ask him for a quote.

Nuff said on that.

NB Lola can now be returned from whence she came, Kings Bromley.  I currently plan to take her back (after she has cured) on Thursday at 2pm, motoring for 4 hours then overnight somewhere east of Swarkstone.  Friday morning it will be off to Branston Water park and the Bridge Inn (best book a table me thinks).  Following which Saturday will be back to the Marina, returning home via the car left up there Saturday mid pm.

The its occasional visits till next season and another April to October weekend and school holiday set of breaks until she goes back to Paul for blacking again.  I prefer every 12 months as this deals with the seasons abuse, no er use.  However, after the painting we will black her to the gunwhales once prepped, using Rylard Premium as this coat is thicker at the points of most abuse, oops there we go again, use!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Job done

So we have finished part 1.  The trip from the Clock Warehouse to the Erewash was very foggy.  Not mist, fog.  When we got to Derwent mouth Lock it was very foggy.  We shared the lock with an Aqua Narrowboats hire boat, they are really good quality boats.  When we got onto the Trent I was not so sure that we would continue but as we knew the river and it was dead flat, we decided to light up and move on, the Aqua boat led, which was fine by me.  When we got to Sawley it was doubtful that we would join the Trent again on the other side but with the Aqua crew we decided to push on through the hydraulic lock and back onto the Trent, tooting the horn every now and then because of the fog.  this wasa good plan as a rowing pair appeared, aware of us due to the sound of the horn.  They gave way to allow us to turn left against the stream and into the Erewash at Trent Lock.  Textbook turn but the water flow was surprising.  From there it was a gongoozled entry through the lock and a short journey to wyvern Marine where she is now moored for the steel inspection and if possible, blacking.  The boatyard looked very full with boats waitign work so I am not sure we will get her back for Friday.  If not I will get her blacked near Kings Bromley, any recommendations appreciated.

A few piccies of the journey

Just before the Clock warehouse


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Nearly there!

So, we left Kings Bromley at 4:10pm yesterday and found a prime spot near the SwN at Fradley for the evening.

Up at 7:30 we tootled along to the clock warehouse in shardlow to 5:45 pm, superb day with no lock delays! Amazing huh?

Tomorrow it's on to the Trent then the Erewash to drop the boat off.

What a day, really enjoyable.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Not quite a dilemma

The boat moves tomorrow to the Erewash for a steel inspection and blacking.

The near dilemma is the blacking takes two days to go on and two days to go off, so to speak.  I just hope the weather is kind to us.  If it is not we will need to make a decision as the stoppages start on 5th november for us and go on until 23rd November then again from 26th november.  Wish us luck!

Stoppage: Alrewas Lock 12
    05 - 23 Nov 2012
Associated Regional Office: Central Shires Waterways
Reline and refit bottom lock gates and undertake repairs to by-wash

Stoppage: Junction Lock 17

05 - 23 Nov 2012

Associated Regional Office: Central Shires Waterways
Reline / refit bottom gates and undertake brickwork in lock chamber

Stoppage: Swarkestone Lock 5

05 - 16 Nov 2012
Associated Regional Office: Central Shires Waterways
Reline top and bottom gates
26 Nov 2012 - 14 Dec 2012
Associated Regional Office: Central Shires Waterways
repair top gate cill and undertake brickwork repairs at Barton Lock 10. Reline and refit bottom gates at Tattenhill Lock 9.

The towpath is also closed

A bit tight eh.  Not too worried as we will just have to make do.  Unfortunately I am stuffed with work at the moment so taking time off will be a tad difficult.  I suppose we could move her up north near to swarkstone and then hop to Fradley, bit of a mare though.

I reckon if the weather is poo we will have to cancel the blacking and make good our escape and have that done further up the line nearer to Kings Bromley

Exciting huh!  Well not for you but it is for me.  tomorrow is going to be a bit of a rush too.  3:20 pick up kids.  4:20 onto the cut.  6:10 moore where we can. then its away on Saturday at 07:00 and see how far we get.  That makes our escape ok for the weekend after as we could easily get her back Saturday and Sunday subject to no stoppages.  So perhaps more time if we do not get more of that wet stuff