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.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Summer Weather

Thursday,11th, August 2011.
Deptmore Lock to Hatherton Junction.
9.5 Miles, 11 Locks.

Had some heavy rain overnight, enough to wake us up, we got ready to move off at 9 o'clock just as the rain started again so we waited for it to blow over but approaching our first lock of the day, Deptmore it threw it down so we got wet anyway.

That was the last of the heavy rain, we worked through the rest of today's locks and with a few boats coming towards us had quite an easy day, we were grounded on the lock moorings below Filance lock due to the water being 10 inches down, we drifted free when Jayne emptied the lock and the water surged out, once above Gailey we emptied a Cassette and dumped the rubbish.

Tonight we are moored opposite Hatherton Marina just before Hatherton Junction.

Hatherton Junction, we will be taking the right fork tomorrow, the left fork will hopefully one day be the restored Hatherton Canal

Crowther Marine called today and our new Propeller is ready for collection, if we could have got our hands on it before we left we may have been able to find a boatyard with a drydock to fit it while we were out, but it will have to wait now, it will probably get fitted next spring when we drydock No Direction for Blacking. 

This is what we are getting :   A 20 inch prop manufactured with wider blades to produce the same thrust as a 24 inch prop.  Cast in magnesium bronze, fully machined, disc-ground and balanced, wow.

Hopefully we will be able to cruise at the same speed but at lower revs and the "Singing" noise will be a thing of the past.

No Direction resting tonight ready for an early start on Friday, we want to get a mooring at Wheaton Aston for Saturday/Sunday.

1 comment:

Geoff and Mags said...

Bigger prop worked for me....
not a Crowther, but we went up from 17x12 to 18x14 and the boat is far more responsive. Great on rivers, too.