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, 12 May 2014

We always end up cruising in the rain, and then we wait... and we wait.

We left Wigrams early in the morning to be at Calcutt by opening time. Well, it's a long way to go, all of half a mile, but as soon as we were away it started to rain and slowly became heavier as we moored up on the wharf. Not long after the sun came out and I went into Reception to say that TQ had arrived and was ready to have the detent ball and spring replaced in the gearbox. The engineer Dave arrived and said it'll take 10 minutes and went to lift the deck board when his walkie talkie called and someone called him away on another job! For the sake of 10 minutes (it was actually only five) we were left waiting for nearly four hours! Where is the sense in that? I have a little phrase I use... "The Management are always right, even when they know they're wrong".

After we paid up at Calcutt we decided to cruise toward Braunston and wind at the winding hole just short where the private moorings are. We stopped for tea with about two miles to go as it was a lovely evening, and then cruised back to Wigrams  much later. We have a BSS examination in the morning. Talking of which... I've sealed the Bubble Stove, and in the morning I have to empty the gas locker of everything but gas.

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