We’ve chosen to stay put for the winter, rather than move on to Mercia Marina. Thanks for the comments, they helped us make up our minds. We’ll be changing berths, though, moving nearer the entrance but more importantly nearer the “facilities”.
Our new location will be Pier 1, Berth 24, but we won’t be moving till maybe Monday. It’s too windy at the moment for delicate manoeuvres, we’ve still some credit left on our power supply here, and I may as well pull onto the service wharf for diesel and solid fuel en route.
Another factor is the dog walking. There’s lots of footpaths around here, apart from the walks around the lakes formed from abandoned gravel pits.
Out with Meg on a frosty morning
Work is still continuing at Barton Lock.
We’ve had a fair old mixture of weather. Hard frosts down to -5°, winds and heavy rain, and warm sunshine. Typical December, I guess.
I’ve been working on a little project, designing a rack for John Sage on the counter. I don’t want to keep it on the roof, it’s not tidy and sooner or later it’ll get squashed under a low bridge. The plan is to mount it on a rack hanging off the back of the counter, above the stern button.
Where it’ll go
It’ll bolt onto the mounting points for the fender chains.
Today I made a mock-up out of a couple of broom-handles and some scrap plastic rail to see if it would work.
The horizontal section will be channel to roll the bike wheels on, then the bike frame will lean back against the A frame and be secured by straps.
Construction will be of box and channel section steel and I know just the chap for the job. My brother Andy has a fabrication and welding business…
A cover will complete the job.
At 5’9” overall, there’s 6½ inches of clearance at either end, and the widest point will be around 2’6” above the water. We’ll just have to watch out when turning against high banks. It sticks out behind about the same distance as the tipcat and button that protect the rudder.
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