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, 22 September 2012

Ouch !!

Saturday 22nd September 2012
Braunston to Buckby
5 Miles and 7 Locks.

The dented bow of Aldgate, an Historic Boat owned by Nick Wolfe,
one of the nicest people and competent boat handlers on the waterways.
The chalk message says "Damaged caused by Rose Hire Boat"
 I don't think Nick's very happy and hope he makes a claim.

Today we left Braunston, which has been quiet over the last two days with mooring space always available, however today it became very busy and we joined a procession of boats up the six locks and through the Tunnel where we met four oncoming boats and managed to pass all of them without making contact.

We found two volunteer lockies on the flight, the first a jolly chatty man, the second, a miserable one, although we never saw either of them actually assisting anyone working the locks, they seemed more the observing and advising type. 

Leaving Lock 5.

We stopped at the water point opposite the now closed pub at Buckby and while there saw a bit of stupid behaviour although the people concerned probably didn't realise it. Firstly they parked their car across the path so people using the lock had to walk on the grass and then they went and sat on the edge of the lock to eat their sandwiches, people using the lock had to walk round them, unfortunately they left before we used the lock so denied me the chance of dropping a wet rope on them.

We had planned to moor above Buckby Top Lock, plenty of room now the pub has closed we thought, but found no space so dropped down one lock and have moored up until tomorrow.


NB October House. said...

We had the same thing only last Sunday. What was the name of the Rose boat, the one that hit us was Concerto.

Mike and Sally
NB October House

No Direction said...

Mike/Sally. We didn't see the crash only the end result.

Jo (Boatwoman) said...

Flippen heck, that must have been recent then, because when we passed him it was fine and Nick was in a jolly mood as always.

See you moored in front of us at Stoke Bruerne. Lovely weather for the ducks lol. May get to say hello if the rain stops and your still here.