Olly and Ann are in the process of getting their narrowboat repaired following a recent incident with a JCB so we arranged to meet them at Fox's Marina before finding somewhere for lunch and our
Lunch at The Little London in March. L-R Olly, Ann, Graham, Joe and Jill.
We had gone prepared with list and covered a range of things, like banking, the who to use and how to do it, telephones and broadband, helmsman's qualifications, what size ropes/lines to take, where to moor, shopping, sanitation, water supply, where to buy diesel and much, much more. Ann is in the process of writing a book about their experiences which will be very, very useful for anyone considering taking the plunge and going Continental.
Whilst at Foxes Marina looking at the repair work their boat is undergoing following the JCB incident, we also noted and photographed changes they have made specifically for their European cruising. As above, two addition dollies added to the bow and a cleat to supplement the normal T-stud. These add-ons are essential the help hold the boat steady when sharing locks with the enormous commercial vessels that use the Northern European systems.
A mast for navigation lights, these in addition to the lights on the side of the boat.
We returned with much more information and food for thought and are very grateful to Olly and Ann for sharing their time and knowledge with us.