No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Wheeler Dealing

Wednesday, 13th July 2011.
Moored in Kings Bromley Marina.

As we plan to cruise the Shropshire Union Canal later this year and bearing in mind the difficulty mooring close to the side in certain places due to the rocks below the water, we have followed other boaters and bought a couple of wheels which, when tethered with the right length of rope will float on their side and act as very large fenders, (we hope).

Diameter is 14 inch's

We could have used old car wheels but thought they would be heavy and look tatty when stored on the roof so today we drove to our local Tool Station and bought two new plastic wheels with pneumatic tyres, £26.50 the pair, that's cheaper than Screwfix, their price is £31.98

Next it was into Birmingham to Rapid Paints, makers of "Narrowboat Paint", I needed another litre of Black to paint the sides of No Direction, I prefer to travel and buy it direct from the manufacturer as paint has a shelf life,  I know one chandlery where some of the paint has been on the shelf for 2 years already.

Thursday the paint went on and dried quickly in the warm weather, with rain forecast for the next few days the rest of the paint touching up will have to wait.

The rain couldn't have come at a worst time for the Volunteers who start work at the I.W.A. Festival site this weekend, they have 2 weeks to get all the fencing up and the moorings sorted plus hundreds of other jobs, you can check on their progress at the blog is written by one of the volunteers.

1 comment:

nb piston broke said...

We are on the Shroppie at the moment and bought our wheelbarrow wheels 2 years ago when we were last up here, they certainly do the trick and prevent you banging on the "Shroppie Shelf"