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, 18 May 2013

The End of our Little Adventure.

18th May 2013.
Kings Bromley Marina.

When we sold up in 2007 and moved onto the canals we didn't have any idea how long our liveaboard life was going to last, well we do now, as we've just bought a property on the south coast at Poole in Dorset.

We've been considering our future for the last few months for various reasons and decided to set a strict criteria for any property we would look at thinking it would take most of this year, however last month we found one, made an offer which was accepted and bought it, this all happened a lot quicker than planned.

No Direction is now on brokerage having done a fine job of looking after us for the last five and bit years we've lived on her.

We've enjoyed our liveaboad life on the canals and the years before that on our weekend/ holiday narrowboat April Rose, also a couple of years on our Glass Fibre cruiser in the seventies which we moored at Hockley Heath on the Stratford Canal.

The waterways won't be getting rid of us completely as I'll still be involved with Nutfield and Raymond when time allows so we may still see some of you around.

Obviously with no narrowboat or canal matters to blog about, our blog, which we started in May 2010 will finish when No Direction is sold.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Time for Another Blog.

Thursday, 9th, May 2013.
Kings Bromley Marina.

We're back on No Direction now for a couple of weeks after our May bank holiday weekend doing other things, Jayne visiting relatives in Derbyshire and me sailing.

I've posted a couple of short videos on You Tube taken with my new Contour Roam 2 headcam, it's a small camera, the type cyclists fit to their helmets to film their journey, I fitted a 32gb SD micro card in place of the 4gb which it comes with so have about 2-3 hours of filming available.

A Tour of Challenger 4
We finished 20th out of 104 starters and 5th in class which is apparently very good for the type of boat we were sailing, the forecast 10 knots of wind turned out to be 20 to 28 knots with gusts up to 37 knots, so much for weather forecasts.
The train journey back to Lichfield on Monday evening went fairly smoothly, Portsmouth Harbour to Southamptom Central and then to Birmingham New Street, unfortunately the Cross City train from Birmingham to Lichfield had received a couple of modifications to the seating arrangements.
Someone been out in the sun all day without a hat on?

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

We're Still Here

Wednesday, 1st May 2013.
Kings Bromley Marina.

There hasn't been much going on lately to blog about that would interest canal boaters so that's why blogging's been a bit thin.

Last Fri/Sat/Sunday Jayne was staying with our Daughter in Leeds while I was sailing round the Isle of Wight on Challenger 4, training for the Fastnet Race in August.

Next weekend we have the first of three races we need to complete in order to be allowed to start the Fastnet, this ones from Cowes to Le Harve via marks in the channel.

 I've been travelling back and forth to Portsmouth on the train, Lichfield to Birmingham then onto Southampton and finally Portsmouth Harbour and every train has been clean, on time with helpful staff, just how it should be.