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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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A wet but shiny TQ

It was another wet and windy night, this time next to the aqueduct at Nantwich. Every now and then the boat would shake as a strong gust of wind caught her. However in the morning the sun was out and there was only a little rain, so we set off in the direction of the Middlewich Branch of the SUC. We didn’t get that far -at least not in the time we expected to- as we were blown into the banking near Henhull, where the gusts were extreme. After an awful lot of effort and exasperation we managed to leave the banking behind just one and a half hours later! Continuing to Barbridge we decided to stop there as lunchtime seemed to have come around quickly. (Far more quickly than our escape from the banking). Mooring at Barbridge wasn’t particularly easy either but the cap’n managed it and after our sandwiches we moved further along to take on water. Took these photos of TQ there, as people had asked for them, but neither the place nor the weather were really suitable so we promise we’ll take more if the weather improves before Saturday.
Round the corner into the Middlewich branch at last and we tootled along there until we arrived at Cholmondesten, mooring just before the lock about 3pm. We decided to cross over to the Venetian Marina and see if anything had changed since we were last there. Thought we might have a coffee but the cafĂ© was closed and it was a bit too long to wait until it opened…..the date to wait for was February 2012. We didn’t feel like browsing in the new (to us) Treasures and Antiques shop at that time, so went into the quiet, very small chandlery shop and had a chat with the lady there. She said she was glad to see us and it must have made her feel it was worth going in to work today, even though we didn’t buy anything. After all that excitement we went back to TQ and got ready for a cosy evening, with our own coffee and evening meal.

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