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Saturday, 8 January 2011

The weather forecast was correct for today; Sunshine - We had nearly forgotten what that big yellow thing in the sky was. Although the sun has been out for a couple of hours, the wind has been mighty cold and now it has blown some clouds over. More sun tomorrow hopefully??

Fred's been busy working on Pendlebury. We've got her in the dry dock at the moment, so he has kept himself out of mischief today with blacking, painting the counter bands/gunnels and blacking the water tank.

Bernard finished off the winter engine on Oasis Too this morning and has been doing some running repairs around the yard. He is now finishing the day off by working on the engine installation in Victory. That's our new dayboat that we will be introduced into our expanding hire fleet by Easter. That will allow Phantasy to be relieved of dayboat duties through the week and allow her to be returned to a Monday to Friday 2 berth hire boat, although we will still continue to use her as an extra dayboat at weekends.

Paul is fitting the windows and mushroom vents back onto Ember whilst Mick continues with putting the finishing touches to the electrics, commissioning the water and heating systems and complete the gas installation. She will be out of the painting dock tomorrow to show off her new paintjob - so I will get you some pictures of her then.

Winter works are progressing well now that the ice and snow has nearly gone. Just before Christmas I was sat looking at a check list of all the works that need completing over the next three months without a single tick in any of the boxes, feeling quite depressed. We now are looking to be back on track - which prevents me from sleepless nights (OK, Simon... Maybe not quite sleepless!).

Well we have been telling you about the boats that we have for sale and the ones that we have sold, but today another boat has arrived to be sold through our Brokerage service. Sandrella is owned by a lovely couple who are regular customers here at Norbury. They have now sadly decided that they are going to "hang up their windlasses" and retire from boating. She is a perfect example of a 2006 cruiser stern narrowboat having been built by J.D Narrowboats and could be used as a luxury holiday narrow boat or luxury live aboard. I will be advertising her over the next few days so keep an eye on our website HERE. Here's a picture of her. That's Bernard moving her off of the wharf this afternoon.

We are seeing more and more boats starting to move now after they have been unable to do so for the last six or so weeks due to the ice. That's meant that we have had a number of boats pull on the wharf to take advantage of the services that we offer daily to all of our customers, including pumpouts, Calor gas, diesel, solid fuels etc.

Phantom has been collected this afternoon and is out for a period of two weeks. During that time her occupants are intending on visiting the BCN. I know that they keep abreast of the news from Norbury via this blog - so have a great holiday from all at Norbury!

We only have three long term moorings available and one less after today as a couple from Telford who have just bought a boat from the Northamptonshire area have taken it on. For further details about our moorings please visit If you would like to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity please don't hesitate to give Simon or myself a call and reserve the mooring as they will be snapped up before the start of the cruising season.

So that's it for today folks.

Best regards,


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