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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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Weed, weed and more weed.

We'ed (accidental pun) been making good progress and enjoying the scenery when we came upon this:-

A bit of a problem

Unable to fully open the gates here!

OK here's the plan. We fill the lock, and open both gates to get in as it's impossible to get one gate fully open. Reverse TQ off the lock mooring and go back far enough to line up with the entrance. Give the engine a bit of gun and develop some speed (not too much, you need to stop the other side of the weed), power over/through the weed and place the engine in neutral and coast through the rest of the way to prevent the prop becoming entangled. Once stopped in the lock, tie up well to the bollards and engage forward motion and carefully increase engine speed to "blow" the weed back out and clear of the gate entrance. Now we can close the gates and operate the lock normally. However, we had to do this after:-

Down the hatch!
There wasn't much, but it was enough to make steering difficult.

Our mooring for the night is in Wellingborough on The Embankment. It's OK but the flourmill is a bit noisy.
Tonights mooring

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