Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Southampton Boat Show 2016 - Part 2

 Liam at home at the helm of a Sunseeker.

 Some massive boats.

 Flying Sunseekers.

 The Sunseeker stand.

 After hours on our feet it is time to find a pub.

 The Red Lion is an excellent choice of pub.

 Cruise ships heading out to sea.

 Back on the ferry.

 Cruising through the docks.

 Heading back to Hythe.

 Cars and machinery ready for transport. The car parks are full of Jaguar, Land Rover, Range Rover and Mini's for export.

 The Hythe pier train.

 Ex munitions transporter now transporting passengers along the pier.

 Lovely park by the river.

 The ferry terminal and pier to the right of the picture and our hotel to the left.

Sitting under a Eucalyptus tree by the river for a few beers in the beer garden of the Lord Nelson in Hythe.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Southampton Boat Show 2016 - Part 1

 Our view from the hotel window at breakfast.

 The long walk down the pier to catch the ferry.

 Waiting room at the end of the ferry pier.

 Heading across to Southampton.

 Looking back at Hythe.

 Fast Cat ferries on Southampton Waters.

 A bit choppy in Marina Village.

Lovely Dutch tall ship in the marina.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

A Great Weekend

We have had a great weekend at Southampton Boat Show but the weekend is now over and we have headed back upthe motorway to Sheffield.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Friday, 23 September 2016

On The Road

We have made it to the rather lovely Boathouse Hotel and have just been shown to our rather lovely room overlooking the square.

Time to hit the bar after a long 5 hour drive.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

That's Not My Boat

Rather unusually for us we will be spending the next few weekends away from Naughty-Cal, it will be the first time in the eight years that we have owned her that we have not visited for such a long period!

This coming weekend we will be in Southampton visiting the annual boat show. So a thoroughly boaty weekend even though we won't be on our own boat.

I have booked us in for a couple of nights, Friday night and Saturday night, at the rather splendid Boat House Hotel in Hythe on the opposite side of the river to Southampton. The Boat House is a small independantly owned, 10 bedroom hotel situated in Hythe Marina. More details in the link below:

http://www.boathousehythe.co.uk/

As the hotel is on the wrong side of the river for the show we will have to get there by boat. A half hourly ferry service runs from a pier a few minutes walk from the hotel to take people from Hythe to Southampton and vice versa. 

As I said a thoroughly boaty weekend, just not on our boat!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Goodbye Old Friend

Over the years you start to associate friends with their boats and vice versa. When a friend has had a boat for as long as you have known them, and that is many years then it becomes a sad day when they say goodbye to that boat.

At the weekend it was time to say goodbye to Sole Mate.

 Goodbye Sole Mate

And hello to Kevin and Jane's new boat Sloe Mate.

Hello Sloe Mate

Here's to many much slower years of boating guys.