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Blog Posts: December 2008
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Wed Dec 24, 2008 at 12:02pm
We are just about to finish for our Christmas break, Toni and Charlie are doing a final check on all the boats in the marina before we go making double sure they are all locked and secure with the cratch covers rolled down for the break. We are all looking forward to the holiday this is the only time we close all year. We have managed to sell two narrowboats in the last two days a new East West Marine 44 and Blue Storm that only arrived a few days ago. I will take this opportunity to wish all ou....
Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 10:56am
What a nice surprise to start the day!!! A man called in today with his girlfriend to have a second viewing on one of our narrowboats, we all said hello and then a voice piped up ‘ Clare? It is Clare isn’t it? Yes I thought and obviously looked vague, ‘ I’m Marie who bought your narrowboat ‘Moon’’, the penny dropped and it was hugs and kisses all round. Eight years ago before we we’re housebound we lived on a pair of working boats – Moon &....
Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 4:21pm
Earlier today I walked past Toni’s narrowboat which has a large white canoe strapped and padlocked securely to its roof. This canoe was bought by Toni earlier this year to do a bit of recreational paddling. During what was supposed to be our summer I had promised Toni that we would go out for a splash around with me on my kayak and Toni in his canoe. Due to adverse weather (yes it can be dangerous in a kayak or canoe on any form of water if you are not an accomplished paddler) for beginner....
Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 4:22pm
Today Toni (our harbour master) and I were on the marina performing what for him is a daily routine, and for me a bit of a rarity, moving all the narrowboats around the sales area keeps Toni occupied for hours at a time. We pushed a boat from one side of the basin to the other, Toni said it was a bit like playing darts on a much bigger scale, i.e. you point and aim the narrow boat in the direction you want it to go give it a push and hope it lands in the area you intended. I can see the comparis....
Tue Dec 16, 2008 at 11:26am
Thanks to “Cheeky Charlie” for the last post we have had a busy few days here at the marina. Due to the winter stoppages we have had a large number of narrowboats having to be craned in from all over the country rather than been cruised in to go on to brokerage. For those of you who are aware of British Waterways and the winter stoppage programme please stick with me, for those who are not aware of the programme I will endeavour to shed some light on to the topic. As the waterways ar....
Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 11:26am
As I drove into the marina this morning, I saw glistening silver on top of the water and knew that my morning was going to be difficult. One of our boats "Tamarisk" was due to be craned at noon, and I was the chosen one to move it out of the marina, but of course I was the easy choice, as I am the youngest.... Already in the comforts of the warm office, was Andy, my friend and colleague, who was just doing the finishing touches to opening the "fortress" as I call it. After a ....
Thu Dec 4, 2008 at 4:01pm
From my earlier post I have been asked to talk some more about good practice for winterising your narrowboat. If you intend to leave the boat for any extended period you should do the following. Most of the things I’m going to say are common sense, but a little bit of common sense goes a long way towards happier, no frost damage, and happy boating and minimal costs. Check your anti freeze levels. In both the boats engine and heating system. Drain down the water systems, split pipes from fr....
Tue Dec 2, 2008 at 2:48pm
I have just been on to the marina to put a new Boat Safety Certificate on to a boat that a customer has just purchased from us, for the record I am not a boat safety examiner it was just the certificate itself I was putting on the boat. While I was doing this a few thoughts went through my mind, firstly what a nice day it is, sun shining blue sky, a marina full of brightly painted canal boats, with stoves burning inside them to keep the occupants warm, the second point was what about a....