Douglas Diary 21st August 2014.
Today is wash day. My long haired one reckons three cycles of our washing machine will break the back of it and today is ideal because we need to cruise for the six or seven hours this will take to remain on schedule and we need my engine running to produce the power.
Not very interesting for me though, there was no walking and were only a few locks and therefore the opportunity to get ashore and socialise was limited and so I sat on the back deck for most of the day keeping an eye on my bearded one’s piloting skills, see today’s photos
We had a bit of a drama: as we were manoeuvring at a very busy part of the system to a water point to replenish our tanks for the second time ( the washing machine uses a lot) a vital cable snapped that connects the gearbox to the forward and reverse control unit and if connection is lost, the default position is reverse! Not a comfortable situation when one has just exited a bridge hole in a busy canal junction with twenty tons of out of control long kennel going backwards. It was our great good fortune that this happened right outside a boat yard (I won’t mention my intrepid bearded one’s great manoeuvring skills). In short, a very kind engineer called Keith was able to replace the cable as we had lunch and filled up my tanks with water. I caught a wasp that was annoying me then it stung me but it won’t do that again, I ate him. That was exciting. My photos today are me and me. I am lying on a towel on the back deck keeping my bearded one company. That is when it was not raining.
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