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Sunday, 9 October 2011

It’s a game of chess.

Activity started early here this morning. Although we only had one day boat out today, there seemed to be a lot going on…

Bernard and I undocked the boat that was blacked over the last few days and did a bit of a boat shuffle down the arm – yes it’s like playing chess with the boats as we are entering the quieter part of the season. We promptly docked one of the boats that we have sold this week to allow the surveyor to get on and do his business on the hull of the boat.

Steve was dispatched to Gnosall to fetch a boat that is on it’s way for Brokerage, which didn’t quite make it here before dark last night.

Once the surveyor was finished we flooded the dock and Julian, Bernard and I docked two boats, after doing another boat shuffle down the arm! One is a Springer, that we know quite well. We over plated a couple of years ago and it is back for it’s bi-annual docking and blacking, the other is a boat that we haven’t had on the dock before. She is here for a stern gear replacement and has a very unusual shape to her bottom.

The majority of narrowboats have flat bottoms. There are of course Springers that have vee bottoms, but I haven’t ever seen anything quite like this on the canal. Here’s a picture so you can see what I mean…

And here’s a picture of the Springer…

And both boats on the dock…

It’s been manic here today. I am just reducing the hire boat prices for next week and then I am off home…

Until next week.



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