Had a damsel fly come and visit yesterday evening. It was relaxed enough in the sunshine to be picked up.
I was waiting on the lockside, chatting to Lawrence (Lockie) and Tony (NB Timewarp and Summer Assistant), when the new alternator arrived.
Apart from some minor terminal differences, they were identical, so should have been a straight 1 for 1 swap. But when I mounted it the belt pulleys weren’t in line, so I had to adjust the shims behind the one on the alternator.
New on left, old on right.
After that it was straightforward, just bolting it on to the existing brackets.
Fitted and running
We got away at just before 13:00, the alternator kicking out a healthy 83 amps, for a start, steadily dropping off as the batteries charged. And no evil red light leering at me!
Just down from the mooring there’s a boat that’s been burned out. And I thought we had problems…
In glorious sunshine we cruised on, past Bourne End where the river was thronged with sailing dinghies…
Bourne End sailors.
Through Cookham Lock….
And into the wooded gorge of Cliveden Deep.
This is beautiful to cruise through on a warm spring day like today, the sun bringing out the different colours in the leaves.
There are some islands in the channel at the south end, very popular as a picnic spot for boaters.
Islands in the sun.
Maidenhead came and went without intruding too much, just the main road alongside Boulters Lock contrasting sharply with the previous couple of miles.
Coming out of the town there are some pretty expensive looking properties on the west bank. I reckon some of the boathouses are worth more than our last house!
Valuable real estate.
We arrived at Boveney Lock just behind a rowboat, the only craft waiting. But by the time a lock full of boats had come up, there were another 5 boats plus a trip boat out of Windsor. This is the busiest we’ve seen a lock in the whole trip so far. And an indication of things to come for the weekend, with fine weather forecast.
The lockie managed to squeeze 7 of us in but the trip boat had to wait.
Into Boveney Lock
There were another half dozen waiting to come up, so he was having a busy afternoon.
This was the last lock of the day, the next mile couple of miles taking us into Windsor. Not sure about the mooring situation, we pulled over on a spot just after the main road bridge on the edge of the town.
I took Meg for a walk, and came across a boat I recognised. It was Dave and Barbara on NB Liberty Bell, last seen at Castleford were we parted company after doing the Trent and part of the South Yorkshire Navigations, way back in 2007. Never one to turn down the offer of the odd glass, and there being a boatshaped gap on the mooring behind them, we moved down the 10 minutes to pull in with them.
Coming around the corner, Windsor Castle comes into view.
NB Liberty Bell. Dave was just off picture on the left, ready to fend off any other would-be moorers.
Locks 4, miles 12