Our weekend cruise to West Stockwith was always intended as a shake down cruise to highlight any problems with the boat after a winter ashore before we head across the Wash to Kings Lynn at Easter.
It proved just one thing for us, that Naughty-Cal was indeed in fine fettle and ready for her first coastal cruise of the year.
It was almost as though she was happy of the chance to blow away the winter cobwebs, lift up her skirt and stretch her legs. With her bow pointed downstream she needed little encouragement to jump onto the plane and with the turbo singing away she soon ate up the miles, turning into the tight corners with precision and ease. Naughty-Cal was back on form.
Sadly for a couple of the boat crews it also highlighted major problems. One boat limping the majority of the way there and back on one engine as one of their stern drives developed major mechanical problems that could not be rectified without lifting the boat. The boat is now on the hardstanding at Burton Waters awaiting diagnosis.
It is now increasingly likely that we will be the only boat from Lincoln making the trip to Kings Lynn at Easter, but never mind. We did the trip across on our own last time and when we get there we will have company from Goole and from up the Great Ouse at St Neots.
Lastly the picture above was taken my one of our group Mandi as Thousand Rivers waited for the lock at Stockwith. With the mish mash of boat sizes we had we had to make plenty of lockings to get all of the boats in the basin, which of course resulted in plenty of people waiting their turn on the river.