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.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Around The Marina.

Tuesday, 11th December 2012.
Kings Bromley Marina.

We've moored a boat a Kings Bromley Marina since July 2007, we had first approached them for a mooring a couple of months earlier, at the time it was owned by Land and Water, the people who built it, we left our name and number and went onto the waiting list, at the time we owned a 41ft boat and were moored at Fazeley Mill. King's Bromley was sold to Castle Marina's at the end of 2007.

We started  planning our new boat in March 2007, it was going to be 70 footer.

The moorings at Fazeley Mill were on very long jetties with boats moored end to end with a gap between the rows wide enough to get a boat through, this required that boats had to be either reversed in or out between other boats, if you were on the end of the row it made life easy but you had a very long walk to your boat. They didn't have room for anymore 70ft boats and we fancied a change.

After a couple of months we had a call from Daz, the manager at the time to say there was a berth available, we went over the following weekend and were offered a "Super Berth" these were all 70ft with double jetties which means a jetty on both sides of the boat, (great for window cleaning but not for touching up the blacking).

We accepted the berth as it was the only one, our 41ft boat looked lost as most of the others on the super berths were 60 feet or longer.

We asked to stay on the waiting list for when a cheaper single jetty berth became available and one came up just in time for when we took delivery of No Direction in February 2008, we then asked to go on the waiting list for an end of line mooring which is where we are now, we have a boat moored on one side but on the other side we have a view over a small grass peninsular.

Our mooring.

View from the front of our boat.
Part of the "Super Berth" moorings, the white stuff in the distance
is from the cooling towers at Rugeley power station.

As the marina is not connected to mains sewers, all the waste from the toilets,showers and laundry block goes into this tank where bacteria gets to work and and all that's left is clear water which runs into a nearby brook. The only problem I can remember was when some bright spark ignored all the signs and emptied a portable toilet tank in the toilet block, the "blue" knocked out the bacteria, it took 2 weeks for them to recover during which the facilities were closed.
This is where the numskull should have emptied their portable
toilet, it goes into an underground tank and is taken away
by road tanker. On the right is a small library.
Christmas tree's up.
Although we try and cruise from April/May till October we retain the mooring all year. The Marina isn't the smartest around, the toilet/laundry block is a bit basic, the roads aren't tarmac and there's no bus service but the attraction for us is the location which gives us a choice of cruising routes to take, there's no pub or club on site causing a noise, the grass is always cut, there's plenty of shrubs and trees, and, it's not far from Lichfield.

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