Monday, 13 October 2014

Our Summer 2014 Cruise - Summary

Our Summer Cruise 2014

This has been our longest and furthest cruise in nb 'Song of the Waterways' - and reflects our ambition to travel on the waterways since we retired 3 years ago.
There were a number of 'firsts'!

On the southern Oxford Canal - heading north at Aynho Weir Lock


It was our first time stopping at the Saltisford Arm Trust in Warwick (to be recommended); our first at the Stratford River Festival (although our 5th time by boat to Stratford itself); our first excursion along the Southern Oxford Canal and the first time we have gone onto the River Thames - cruising the Upper Reaches to Lechlade.

All-in-all, things went well although we did have an alternator problem in the intitial week and needed to change to our spare - after that and some 'tinkering' we were charging OK.
Having said that, there are some 'running repairs' that will be completed during the winter, including an oil change.

For those with an interest in these things, here are the summaries form from my cruising log:

Numbers of Nights out Cruising:      103

430 miles  361 locks  803 lock/lift/swing bridge miles
264 Engine Propulsion Hours
  57 Engine Domestic Battery Charging    

Overall Average Lock/Bridge Miles per Hour - 3.0

We cruised along 9 different Canal systems and 2 Rivers  

Looking her best! - Song of the Waterways at Norbury Junction

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