Well. I’ve got all the time in the world now. Doesn’t make that much difference though. I like to keep the boat at a fairly steady speed even if I don’t have a whole lot to do when I get there.
Lack of moorings between Rugby and Hawkesbury Junction
Last time I made this journey, I was a boating noob. Now I’ve got a few years under my belt, one of the first things I notice was as above.
It’s like a mooring desert….
Apart from the odd bit of long-term mooring, there were 2-3 spots which would be suitable for me as a liveaboard in the 11 miles or so between Rugby and where I am now, Anstey.
That made it a much more speedy journey. No slowing down for moored boats. There are none.
Anstey is about 3 miles from Hawkesbury Junction onto the Coventry canal.
I made a time-lapse video of the canal journey down this top-end which is quite nice viewing. You should watch it, it doesn’t take long.
I’ve stopped at exactly the same spot I did last time, which is a bit of an inspired decision, coming from either direction.
It’s the only place for miles that has Armco….
Mooring a narrowboat – clips, chains or pins?
When I’m mooring I always look to use clips, or chains use spring mooring on the boat if I’m stopping for a longer period.
Spring mooring is when you secure the boat using more than one line at either the front or the aft, or boat.
A spring moored narrowboat looks like this.
Ideally, you’ll want to be using the chains and clips. I prefer chains personally as they don’t make a clanking noise when boats pass. They also add a little length to your ropes. As well as that, chains are much more difficult to lose in the cut than the clips. Otherwise, they both do the same job and I will use either.
Pins are your last method, and you actually need to bang them into the ground. Unless you have really hard hands, this is going to require a hammer. More than that, if you’re stopped for any period, you’re going to need to double pin, otherwise, your boat will end up like this….
As a final note to my mooring a narrowboat section, you need to bang these pins in a specific direction, East to West, I call it. It may be North to South depending on how the boat is facing or up and down or backwards and forwards. This is probably why I don’t use pins.
It becomes so complicated.
It’s not reliable….
Still, I’m not here for long. I’ve got this lovely Armco.
Weather the storm
Got myself a crate of beer. The fire is lit. The fridge is full.
I’m in a good position to weather this storm until better conditions arrive around Sunday.
Till then, it’s going to be gaming, sleeping and beer.
Images from the day
Last time, I managed to get to Flecknoe, my favorite summer spot, on my journey down towards the Thames and eventually Kennet and Avon and Lands End. In a roundabout way. https://www.michaeltyler.co.uk/day-37-ansty-flecknoe/
That was called Bonnie Journey.