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.

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

OK then its Plan 'C'

Fenlands here we come. I've done some research and the necessary extra Environment Agency license is 50% off after September 1st - a bonus. (See this). According to CanalplanAC its 276 miles and 150 locks. All we have to do now is work out how long we'll be on EA waters and purchase the appropriate length license.

The journey to Calcutt was uneventful although our first real attempt at using our sat nav had a hiccup and I think that was our fault. Once sorted it was all fairly straight forward. This is our first visit to Calcutt and I'm very impressed with the service. One of the engineers even offered to lend us a special windlass needed at one particular lock, but unfortunately he couldn't find it. I've discovered there is a leak in the exhaust system, it's not noisy but fumes fill the engine room which can't really be good for the engine. Also there is soot everywhere and an unpleasant smell. I'll see if I can get some Gun Gum and a bandage to seal it up. Midland Chandlers are just around the corner, so I'll see what they've got. I also need some silicone sealant to stick the roof headlight back on and some 40mm plastic pipe fittings for my pump out waste hose.

This afternoon there was a tremendous amount of canal traffic, we had a hotel boat and butty leading us all the way into Braunston. There was quite a queue trailing, and we managed to get a space outside The Boathouse. Of course we had to go in and we had a very pleasant meal, two for one.

This mornings packing session

The old Pump House at Braunston

TQ moored at The Boathouse

Sunset at Braunston

We took a stroll down to the lock to see if BW had locked them to save water but they are all open, which means an early start for us tomorrow.

1 comment:

Neil Corbett said...

Ah, the Fens are lovely too! We did them a couple of years ago and loved it.
Have a great trip.
Kath (nb Herbie)