Sort of between Gayton and Rothersthorpe in the wilds of the Northamptonshire countryside.
Close to the Evergreens Equestrian center. No doubt they will be feeling the effects the covid virus in the course of time. Usually, there’s parties of kids who learn to ride the horses in the gymkhana behind the boat.
Can’t see demand being that high whilst the specter of DISEASE stalks the British isles.
There’s hosses in the field right opposite and canada geese and swans that overnight in the field next to the bridge.
Generally lot’s of wildlife around here, which I’ve noticed before.
I suppose this is one of my chosen spots on the way out toward my new home.
This year, I’ve decided to move. This time in a northerly direction. I won’t be taking in every mooring stop and doing 14 days in each, just the choice spots on the route between Blisworth and Rugby.
Choice spot no.1
Today, it’s the first choice spot. Gayton in the fields.
I moved here today at about 7am.
I’ve been here a few times.
There are low hedges, and fairly good broadband, parking. Very peaceful. About 1 mile from Gayton and a mile from Rothersthorpe.
Get’s sunshine all day. When there’s sun to be seen.
Good for painting as the bank is fairly low allowing you to access the sides and hull without problem.
Also, being a 45fter, I can push it round with poles here. Ta-da!
Here’s a picture or two.
The Bonnie Lady
I’m trying to get round to adding the name to the boat, but it’s taking a long time.
I did a bit of bevel painting around the stickers we added last year.
That’s it for me. I’ve done my stint and from this Friday, (7th March), I’m back on the cut. Away from the protected environs of the marina and back out into the wilds.
Is it better to over-winter in a marina?
Here’s some of my positive and negative aspects of choosing one, or the other.
Advantages of the Marina over the Cut
Electric. Easy and probably the only single reason I’d pick a marina over the cut is the electric. It’s in abundant supply, you can use as much as you want of it, and it doesn’t cost very much. Contrast this to starting of engines of one sort or another, it’s a greener and more pleasant way to spend those dark nights watching telly or using the computer.
Post. All post is delivered to the marina office. Around Christmas, this is a massive thing allowing you to shop with alacrity.
Parking. No more parking on the road, it’s all secure. Need your keys to get in and out and a short walk to the boat.
Shelter. The boat is slightly more sheltered on the pontoons than areas you might be located on the cut.
No mud. Serious business when you’re coming home from work or doing the shopping and got the towpath full of mud. Not so bad here on the GU, but down on the Kennet, there were definitely areas where the towpath was impassible.
Personal care facilities. If you so wish, you can wash and ablute using the marina’s facilities.
Shop/chandlers. To drop by and pick up things you may need in the future for the boat.
Water-point/Elsan. Is right there! No fussing and planning trips to the waterpoint/elsan. Waterpoints are at the end of the pontoons, and the elsan is about 25yards away.
No passing boats. I’m not one of those people that complains a lot about passing boats, but in certain circumstances, they can be detrimental in terms of noise or wake or collisions or all the above. This simply doesn’t happen in the marina. There are no speeding boats. Although the boats do speed around the marina, it has little or no impact on your boat.
Deep charge batteries. For 4 months 24/7, your batteries will be receiving full charge courtesy of the marina hook-up. By the time you leave, they will have reached the maximum amount of charge that they can receive. From there on in, electrons in your battery electrolyte line up, so they’re all uniform, and ready for action! This can significantly improve the performance/life of your battery bank.
A Cratch Cover is like a pram cover for the front of a boat.
It covers the whole of the sunken bow area.
The reasons for fitting a cratch cover may be:-
Increased living area: Having a warmer area protected from the elements means the living space of the boat has increased. It may be more pleasant and convenient to eat drink and relax in this space as opposed to other areas of the boat.
Better insulation: The fire pumps out heat which duly disappears through the front doors and windows into the wilds of Northamptonshire. Now it will be escaping into the covered cratch area and staying there, at least for some time.
More space: Very useful for stowing all those bits and pieces and more you’re trying to cram onto your boat.
Crick Boat Show
I took advantage of the fact that Crick was only 6 miles down the road when the show was on in May to get an idea of the prices and companies that were offering these devises. £13.60 to get in.