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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Monday, 11 June 2012

Summer Madness

It seemed like summer yesterday, until later in the afternoon when the clouds became dark grey in colour and the temperature dropped again. We were up at seven this morning - the rain was quite heavy and looked as if it were in for the day. We decided to wait and see if there might be any change, but there wasn’t…. and we decided, madly, to go anyway.
We left the mooring about quarter past twelve and were in Rothersthorpe Top Lock shortly afterwards. The photo was taken at that lock of the glossy TQ (and of a house being renovated. Will be nice in the sunshine.) I didn’t manage to get any other photos because of the rain and the numb fingers.
We haven’t been down the Northampton Arm before and I’m sure it would have looked much better in the sunshine! Obviously we were slower than normal as we had to be very careful because of slippery ground/lock gates etc. Also there were lots of bundles of reeds near the locks, which the captain fished out. Having to unlock each side of the last few locks was a nuisance at a time when we were very wet and cold and could have done with a drink- even of the non-alcoholic type. We got down to Lock 17 about 7pm and then had to make a very tight turn around. Didn’t look to us as if there was enough room for a 65-footer! We were very glad to moor alongside the flats at that spot, (with rings provided), and get changed and have something to eat. As I said, we must be mad, but at least we are facing in the right direction to be off tomorrow.

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