The tatty bye meal

Well our friends next door are setting off tomorrow morning on a two month cruise. (May the force of good weather be with them). So they’re coming round here for a farewell meal tonight, in a typical conversation earlier:

Chris: Well I’ve got to go get myself a shower and put my dinner suit on, we’ve been invited round to that posh boat for a meal tonight.

Me: Oh really? We never got an invite did we Dave?

Chris: Ah well you see, that’s because you’re commoners.

[You really have to be there] He went to the Les Dawson school of charm and graduated with honours…


In other news:
Ian the electrical magicIAN came round again today to remove the bow thruster motor and solenoid, (2nd time). Oh don’t ask me what’s wrong with the darn thing, I´m at the point of giving up and buying a shed.

After the problem being fixed it was supposed to work and didn’t. So he contacted Vetus and it’s now a different (hidden) problem. We can’t keep up with it anymore, it’s just a good job Ian can.

We’re both resigned to the fact that we may not get out again this year. At Rufford we needed the BT (occasionally) because of the sorry state of the locks. Whereas here, we’ve needed it more for “holding position” of the bow than anything else, more commonly noted by us two as avoidance tactics.
I remember on a couple of occasions, we’ve had to hang about while an oncoming narrow boater decides where to go and what to do. Even passing on the wrong side and creating a wash, that if our bow was sucked into would knock them sideways.

As far as the number of boats out and about on the canal, we’ve gone from one extreme to the other. Rufford was so quiet in comparison, (too quiet sometimes), we’d rather do “busy boating” and we love a challenge.

TT reacts very well and is a pleasure to drive from the the tiller alone. But for safety reasons NOT “softy” reasons, the BT is a requirement when there’s wayward narrowboats about. Be they hire boaters or not, we’ve seen both.

Did you know that the number of widebeams being built now is almost 50% of new canal boats?

Traditionalists might not like the idea of a greater number of wide boats on the system. But problems in passing work both ways, a wide canal was built for wide boats, and aside from rivers that’s the only place narrowboats will come across them.

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