In Search Of Cool

We left our spot at Little Thetford 48hr mooring after John carried out a couple of necessary, but horrible jobs.

John’s first job was to go down the weed hatch to check the prop for weeds. Luckily there was no problem, and while he had the engine cover open, he checked oil and water levels; all was fine!

The worse job was clean the sump that takes dirty water from the kitchen sink, shower, and bathroom wash hand basin. Uck the sump was gross with quite a build up of grease. Once cleaned, the sump was assembled again. This is a horrible 6 week (ish) job. Despite every dish, piece of cutlery, or utensil getting wiped with a sheet of kitchen towel before being popped into the hot washing up water, the buildup of grease continues.

After we’d both had a ‘cool’ shower, we set off on today’s journey.

We had tried to contact the ‘Fish and Duck’ marina to ask if they were open; their website’s down (has been for days), and no one is answering their phone. We decided to call in any case, after looking for a few clues where their diesel pump’s situated on Google maps. We sailed to an almost standstill by the marina where there appeared to be no one around, and seeing as the area where the diesel pump is situated would be tight to moor (without nudging moored boats); we pushed on a short distance to a GA mooring.

The hot weather was so intense yesterday, it was difficult to find a coolish spot. There was a ‘cheeky’ cool brease every now and again which was a welcome relief, even if it only was for a few moments. The new screens for the hatch and the bow doors have helped enormously to improve the ventilation by allowing us to leave the hatch and doors open overnight, but it is still very warm. All that steel in the hull makes for a good radiator!

Literally chilling out for the evening, while waiting for the bbq to get up to temperature!

Mum moorhen with her chicks finding lots of lovely food amongst the lily pads.

Course you do need big feet to walk on lily pads!

John, experimenting with moon shots

Cyan is literally being over run with spiders!

We only moved about 2 miles today. We’ll be moving on for a short journey tomorrow to hopefully a place where Rusty can get a decent walk, and where there’s a better WiFi signal.

Waiting On The Mighty Thames

We’ve not travelled much today, merely a mile, and dropped down two locks.

At the bottom of Black Jack’s lock, we discovered more canal side humour, and a gorgeous tree in full blossom.

It’s surprising what you find in people’s gardens, take these two houses, they share a WW2 bunker between them. The building looks like a pillbox, and no doubt its job was to defend the Grand Union Canal during the war. The canal was a vital artery for getting supplies too, and from London.

At the bottom of Wide Water Lock, we moored Cyan while we took a trip into Harefield. When we returned, we had planned to move on, except we got stuck into a couple of repair jobs on Cyan, namely: cleaning the ventilation fan over the cooker, and repairing the bathroom’s sliding door because it had somehow ‘dropped’ a fraction.

I really don’t know what to make of the boat below. Every item on the boat looks like it’s been placed. Complete chaos. The pic doesn’t do the boat ‘justice’! We’re just hoping nothing falls off the boat, wrapping itself around some other boat’s prop.

We’re now officially dragging our feet speed. As we’re only 14 miles, and 14 locks away from Brentford, we’d rather hang around this end of the 14 miles, that the ‘other end’ near London as we await the Thames calming down.

Today we’ve travelled one mile, and dropped two locks.

Dreams Do Come True!

We've finally did it! We sold our Spanish home.

Our home in SpainFor several years we had dreamt of returning to England to tour, or to use the correct terminology, to 'continually cruise' the Inland Waterway of England and Wales.

It's taken us what seemed ages to sell our lovely Spanish property, and to completely change our lifestyle from living in a house that basks in the hot Spanish sunshine for most of the year, to living on a narrowboat which cruises up and down our Inland Waterways; experiencing all the 'fun' of our diverse weather.  We can't wait to experience the diverse seasons, which is in stark contrast to the marginally different seasons of Spain.

It's going to be quite a learning curve, and I'm sure we're not prepared for all the extremities of living aboard, despite our years of research.

NB Cyan

We fell in love with her as soon as we saw her!  Having spent 3 soul destroying weeks, trawling through several English counties looking for 'The One'.  We finally found Cyan sitting on her mooring, miles from anywhere, and surrounded by the many glories of a hot summer's day.   The experience was all just perfectly idyllic!

So Much To Think About, and Soooo Exciting!

The owner now has to arrange for Cyan to be moved to a nearby marina/boatyard to be lifted out of the water for inspection, and survey. Once the details are confirmed we will arrange for a surveyor to attend.

After the surveyors report is received, and there are no major defects exposed by the inspection, we have to wait for the Brokerage Company to confirm title of the vessel, and produce a bill of sale. Then upon payment of the agreed purchase price, the vessel is legally ours.

While all that is happening there are other things to do.

  • Arrange insurance
  • Arrange a surveyor
  • Purchase a CRT full licence for a live aboard 58ft narrow boat that is continually cruising the network.
  • Arrange 2 day crew training with Willow Wren Training Centre
  • Decide the location where we can load on board our possessions from Spain
  • Buy a Dog safety harness with a lift out grab handle
  • Once on board we will need to establish communications for WiFi and internet access.

I am sure there are many more things to arrange, but that will do for the present!

Today We Viewed NB Cyan

Today we viewed NB Cyan located at Cheddleton on the Cauldon Canal.

This was a result of our searching for a suitable narrow boat in most of the Marina’s in the North Midlands. We have seen some lovely boats, and some not so lovely ones! We hoped today we would find the one boat that ticks all our boxes.

NB Cyan was located on a private mooring almost 2 km from the main highway down a gravel path, over a bridge, and through a locked farm gate to a canal side mooring.  “Now that looks promising”.......


Cyan was moored on a pontoon in an isolated spot. Paintwork and brass mushroom vents gleaming in the sunlight.

Once inside it was clear that this much loved semi trad stern narrow boat had to be our rainbows end!

A quick phone call and our offer was accepted, subject to survey, Cyan was to be our new home on the cut! A deposit was paid to secure the deal.