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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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Some maintenance and a lot further than we intended.

We're about two and a half days ahead of schedule so we decided to have a lazy morning. After a Full English Breakfast, I got down and dirty in the engine shed and changed the gear control cable. It's been on there for at least two years so rather than letting it go 'til it snapped, I'd rather have it renewed. It's one of those faults which could present itself as a very nasty situation, so I feel better now it's done.
There it is, pretty in red.
We left our mooring quite very late at 13:00 and made passage to Bumble Bee Lock and as luck would have it, it was empty, so once the gates were opened we were straight in, filled and out. We did this for the next six locks after which things changed and we had to empty them first.
Phew! Hard work.

At Cranes Lock a former Canaltime boat was coming down, turned in the winding hole and we waited for them to join us for the remaining locks in the flight. What a difference two boats in a lock make, almost twice as fast, and pleasant company as well. It was one of those days where the weather really good and I just didn't want it to end.
Talking of weather, tomorrows forecast is not so good, heavy rain and gale force winds but the early morning looks like the best time to travel, so we'll try and wend our way to Foxton.
More tomorrow.

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