Category: Narrowboat Waterway Routes

More painting

We were back at Rose Narrowboats yesterday to see the progress that Paul (the painter, not me) had made with repainting our narrowboat. Paul had finished the two layers of primer and applied the...

Leeds (and Liverpool?)

We’ve been cruising around the Yorkshire waterways to check the map data is up to date, especially those waterways without towpaths which I can’t cycle to check that way. Now we’re moored in the...

Trading at Fradley Junction

We’ve completed the first leg of our cruise and we’re now moored on the visitor moorings just below Fradley Junction. We’ll be here for the rest of today (Friday) and all day Saturday so...

Leaving Sherborne Wharf

We’re leaving our home mooring at Sherborne Wharf for our summer cruise (not permanently). We’ll be back here around the end of August. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we’re heading for Wolverhampton, hopefully reaching the bottom of...

See us at Fradley Junction

We’ve found a lovely mooring spot at Fradley Junction, just below Junction Lock on the Trent & Mersey Canal. We’re opposite the cafe and services and we expect to be here throughout Friday and...

See us at Braunston

We’ve found a lovely spot at Braunston for the Bank Holiday Weekend.  The toll house and marina are close behind us, with the the junction a little way ahead. It’s signed as a 48...

Great Ouse Progress

Out travels have continued as we film along the River Great Ouse and its tributaries.  We’re reached the navigable limits of the Relief Channel, the River Wissey, the River Little Ouse and the River...

Great Ouse Bore

There are approximately sixty rivers with tidal bores around the world, with eleven in Great Britain, where the River Severn Bore is probably the best known. The River Great Ouse has a bore, which...

Cruising Down the River Nene – 3

We’ve continued downstream on the River Nene passing many lovely locations along the way. The heatwave slowed us down a little but the blue sky and fluffy white cloud was great for filming. We...

Cruising Down the River Nene – 2

Another stunning day of sunshine saw us cruising down the River Nene to Thrapston. One of our first challenges was the Radial Gate on Ditchford Lock.  This is power operated, like most of the...

Cruising down the River Nene – 1

We heading downstream on the River Nene, filming for a forthcoming DVD and checking the data for our River Nene maps. After a couple of days rest in Northampton to polish the boat and...

Braunston

After waiting for the extremely wet and windy weather to pass at the start of last week we made our way to Braunston where we spent the weekend, using our Roving Trader Licence. Early...

Free Central Heating

We may be hoping it stays too hot to need the central heating on our boat for a while but, sooner or later, we will need it working. For the last two winters we have...

Homewards along the Coventry Canal

We’re heading home with our repainted Waterway Routes Narrowboat. The sunshine looks nice but it was bitterly cold. There was a sprinkling of snow on the boat this morning and it took until nearly lunchtime...

Repainted Waterway Routes Narrowboat

We left Rose Narrowboats this morning with our newly repainted Waterway Routes Narrowboat. A few days ago it was behind those green doors in the paint shed.  Paul (the painter) has finished his hard...

More Gloss Coats

Further progress with repainting our boat, visible during two recent visits. Last week I saw the first gloss coat rubbed down and the second gloss coat being applied.  The name panel looks shiny with...

First Top Coat

I was back at Rose Narrowboats again yesterday, to see even more progress with repainting our narrowboat. The bows, which looked shiny in my last post because the undercoat was wet have been sanded...

More painting

While our boat is out of the water the hull is being blacked, with parts of it already done.  The anodes are approaching the end of their life and won’t last until the next...

A busy day

Thursday was a busy day as I went by train and bus to Rose Narrowboats to see progress with repainting our boat. The first few photos are from my previous visit. Most of it...

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Repainting

I visited Rose Narrowboats yesterday to see progress as our boat was prepared for re-painting.  The preparations are well under way. The mains input socket was fitted in the roof at the side of the...

Rose Narrowboats

I cruised to Rose Narrowboats yesterday afternoon, ready for a prompt start this morning, and moored opposite their base on the Oxford Canal, between Hawkesbury Junction and Rugby. We are heading into the paint shop...