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, 22 June 2012

Pirate Trouble

Friday, 22nd, June, 2012.
Kings Bromley Marina.

Last Friday (15/6/12) we were moored at Braunston opposite the Boat House pub, at lunch time a Hireboat arrived with a crew of twenty-somethings dressed as Pirates, they moored outside the pub on the pub moorings.

Happy to pose for a picture.

As you can see, the boat, Wenlock, a 69ft 8 berth boat had come from Union Canal Carriers based at Braunston bottom lock, it was steered the short distance from the hire base to the pub, a journey of approx 12 minutes by a staff member of the hire company who, after showing the crew how to tie up left.

After a couple of hours at the pub they decided to move off, it was then we found out that 12 minutes tuition wasn't quite enough as they managed to hit nearly every boat between the pub and Braunston Junction on both sides of the canal.

On the Hireboats website they claim that the boats are "easy to handle" and the staff, "will spend adequate time with you to ensure that you feel safe and confident", very reassuring, I shall remember that when I have the paint brush in my hand repairing the damage.

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