At 58 feet length, TQ (as we call her) is a steel hull narrow boat built by Colecraft and fitted out by Elton Moss Boatbuilders. Currently based at Aqueduct Marina in Cheshire we're able to cruise some of the most popular waterways in Britain. The Shropshire Union, The Trent and Mersey, The Llangollen Canal, The Four Counties Ring and Cheshire Ring and more.

Our friendly Syndicate decided to go down the Self Management route on 1st March 2012 and so far it has been very successful. Please visit the other pages in this blog to see the new Web Site and if shares are available for sale. (There'll not be many).

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Braunston Junction

Sunday 26th June
Half packed the car on Saturday evening, in preparation for our forthcoming trip on Tranquility. Completed the job on Sunday morning and we left home at 10a.m. for our second trip down to Calcutt. Had only travelled for twenty minutes down the motorway when the car ‘informed’ us that something was wrong and that we should ‘go to the workshop’. So, we went back home and transferred all our gear into our other car and by the time we left, for the second time, it was 11a.m. Not the best start for our two-week holiday but the journey to the boatyard passed without further incident, fortunately.
It was extremely hot when we arrived at Calcutt and inside the boat it was sweltering. Not easy getting everything unpacked again and put away in the right places!
We set off into the lock at 4:15p.m. in the direction of Braunston Junction. We were told that it was still very busy there; a boat rally had been held there this weekend and 120 boats had taken part in a parade. Most boats were of the old cargo carrying type- very interesting, with Fellows, Morton & Clayton boats, GUCC etc. The canals were indeed very busy all around that area.
We continued on down the Oxford canal and moored in a very quiet, peaceful area about 7p.m. Only the cows with their little calves, sheep, coots, flying geese and other birds with their songs kept us company- it was beautiful. We had a meal outside on the boat and we sat there in the wonderful tranquillity until after 10pm. Super!!

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