Sunday, 8 March 2009

Look what we found in the Bilge.

0 Locks, 2 Miles. Now moored at Bridge 22 Ashby Canal.

As the signs alongside the boat outside Trinity Marina state Overnight mooring £5 we decided we wouldn’t overstay our welcome and moved off. As we passed the entrance to the marina we spotted another sign stating “48 hour mooring free £5 per night there after. We will remember that in future.

The moorings at bridge 22 are good and it gives me the opportunity to get some work done on the boat. As we are having an ongoing saga of a leaky calorifier (hot water tank) and I have been meaning to cut an inspection hatch in the floor at the back of the boat today was going to be that day.

As you can see in the photo there was about 10mm of water in the bilge which we pumped as much as possible out with our portable pump out gear. After that it was a case of cloth and bucket to soak up the remainder. After I had completed the hatch it was time for lunch. When I returned to the job in hand I found that the bilge had filled up again so out came the bucket and cloth again. We must have drained 10 – 15 litre’s of bilge water out of the boat on both occasions. This will probably be an ongoing job for some time as the ballast blocks in the bilge are probably retaining some of the water and it will take a while for it to all drain to the rear of the boat. Ho hum, joys of boating.

1588 locks, 3346 miles, 57 Tunnels, 44 swing bridges and 39 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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