We are now safely back on our home mooring another trip over and done with.
Sunday, 31 July 2016
Saturday, 30 July 2016
So we couldn't get moored at Bardney village as the moorings were full so we continued further upstream to Washingborough and had a great meal in the Ferry Boat instead.
This has taken us one lock and a fair few miles closer to our destination of Torksey lock for tonight.
Friday, 29 July 2016
Thursday, 28 July 2016
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
We are now safely tucked up in Boston after a less than pleasant crossing from Wells.
It was very lumpy to begin with, both boats forced to keep speeds down to 4 knots for an hour or so. But conditions improved and as we got towards Boston we were able to make up for lost time.
We easily made free-flow at Boston despite the hold ups.
We are all now looking forward to a curry tonight.
We have had a nice couple of days in Wells next the Sea but today we are moving on again.
Today's destination Boston.
Unfortunately the weather has broken so we now have the canopies on for the first time since we left burton Waters a week and a half ago.
No problem though. We can't complain with the weather we have had.
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
We are having a day off travelling today and chilling out in beautiful Wells next the Sea.
We will get a bit of diesel at tide time. We used a bit more than expected yesterday as it was a tad lumpy. So we just need a bit of a top up to get us back to Boston safely tomorrow.
Monday, 25 July 2016
Sunday, 24 July 2016
Friday, 22 July 2016
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Monday, 18 July 2016
Sunday, 17 July 2016
Saturday, 16 July 2016
We had a lovely cruise down river last night eventually deciding to moor at Kirkstead Bridge at about 11pm. We could have travelled further but there was space here so we took the opportunity and stopped for the evening.
Soon we will be back on our way as we head further downstream to meet our 2pm appointment at Boston Grand Sluice.
Friday, 15 July 2016
Liam is now back at work leaving me at the marina to get Naughty-Cal ready to go this evening.
So far this morning I have scrubbed the outside of the boat and removed the canopies which have been scrubbed and are now drying ready to put away later. Hopefully they can stay off for the next couple of weeks.
There is still a long list of jobs that need doing but the main two are now done.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
We also have Liam's new tool bag to sort out. For years he has had a tool box sat next to the engine but it is a bit bulky and unwieldy and is starting to scuff the paint on the side of the engine. So he has bought a nice Mac Tools, tool bag which he plans to also sort out tomorrow evening and strap down behind the engine well out of the way of the belts. Then when we get back off holiday he will touch up the side of the engine where the box has rubbed.
Other then a quick shopping trip tomorrow to stock up on food, beer and whisky we are now pretty much ready to go.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
First up was a quick call to Boston's Grand Sluice to arrange our passage through the lock. Well it should have been a quick call but the lockie was worrying himself about our timings, he doesn't understand the ins and outs of planing boat passages and was busy trying to tell us we couldn't possibly make Lowestoft in the time window we have allowed before dark. Our locking is at 2.30pm and dark is at about 10.00pm and whole seven and a half hours of daylight to do a four to five hour trip. He still didn't believe me by the end of the phone call having told him we have done the trip from both Boston and Lowestoft both in under five hours previously!
With the lock booked it was time to then book Naughty-Cal and Nitty Gritty into the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club for an evening on Saturday evening. This is a nice spot to pull in and settle in for the evening in the yacht club bar after a fairly long stint at sea. The marina is located just inside the pier heads at Lowestoft so is an ideal location to break up our trip.
We have decided amongst ourselves that the 9.45am bridge lift will be the best for us to head through Lowestoft docks on Sunday so by 11.00am we should be through Mutford Lock and onto the Broads proper.
Monday, 11 July 2016
Sunday, 10 July 2016
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Friday, 8 July 2016
However looking at the weather forecast which is pretty much rain all day tomorrow, we have decided to call this off.
Instead we will spend Saturday pottering about and getting Naughty-Cal and Nitty Gritty ready for their trip to the Broads next weekend. We don't have loads to do but the time would be better spent sorting out the few odds and sods that do need doing rather then sat on a wet and blustery mooring on the Trent. The major job of the weekend will be changing Nitty Gritty's props which were unfortunately damaged on their way up the Trent.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
We managed to squeeze 150 litres into Naughty-Cal not bad considering it is over six weeks since we last filled up and since then we have been out in the Wash, on the Trent to West Stockwith and Dunham and ploughing up and down the Witham using the boat every weekend.
So this coming weekend we only have a few bits and bobs to finish off. For Cal it is just a bit of a clean up and unloading any unnecessary clutter that we don't need to take with us and for Nitty Gritty it is a new set of props to be fitted on Saturday morning. Then we should both be ready for the off by Sunday afternoon.