|Cath steers Chalice past historic boats "George" and "Mary", also "Phobos"|
Our reasons for this was to allow us to have longish periods tied up, so we could start to sort one or two things out, such as repairing cosmetic damage to paintwork. Sickle has been bought very smart looking, but we have already added a few scratches and chips, such as on the "tunnel bands", the brightly painted panels on the rear of the counter.
|The steerer's view from Sickle|
Both boats handle completely differently of course, and adjusting from one to the other will take time. Sickle has huge amounts of power, so one needs to refine ways of passing moored boats slow enough, as even "tick-over" represents a fair pace. We are getting adept at taking her out of gear, but of course you don't get a lot of steering once you do this, so have to pick your moments carefully.
|Alan insists it's still his turn at the tiller!|
|David steers past the sadly near derelict "Edgeware" and "Balham"|
Some of the boats on this stretch have lain in poor condition for yeras, but I'm told their owners are not receptive to requests that they should be sold on to somebody who might put them back into good order.
|Cath continues to be the lead boat|
|Sickle at rest as the sun fades away|
Near Weedon to Bugbrooke
Miles: 4.8, Locks:0
Total Miles: 54.2, Total Locks: 23