With a couple of days left with the hire car Carolyn hit the shops in Market Harbourgh on Easter Monday and left me alone on Inca to catch up on a few little boat jobs.
This boat was laid up in the yard. Most boats have anodes at the bow and the stern because if they were in the middle they would get knocked off or damaged in locks. But what a clever idea this is .Half way along side of the boat there is a recess and an anode inside it. There is obviously a lot more work involved in the build process but its got to be worth it.
On Tuesday morning we were up early to take the hire car back, It had to be back by 08.30 and then we had to get a Taxi back to Debdale marina. And did i not enjoy the Taxi ,Just sat there watching that meter going up and up . 15 quid for a ten minute journey, unbelievable !!! Anyway we left Debdale at 09.30 and headed to Foxton locks. There were 2 boats in front of us waiting to go up and 4 boats coming down before we could go and we were told it would be well over an hour before we could move. We got talking to the guy on the boat in front of us and he was saying how he had the bottom of his boat metalized with zinc the same as what we have just had done. He had it done in 2005 and had no anodes fitted as the zinc is an anode in itself and he was so confident that he has not taken the boat out of the water since it was done. I think he is a very brave man as we will probably take Inca out in 3 years just to check everything is ok.
While waiting for the locks we heard a lot of shouting from the bottom lock. A boat had dropped down into the bottom lock and opened the white paddles on the bottom gate but had not closed the red paddle first. This resulted in all the water from the bottom pound going straight out through the bottom gate. To make things worse the boat got caught on the cill and when one of the volunteer lockies got to him his boat was just about to start taking on water at the bow due to the angle of the boat. They closed the bottom paddles and got him off the cill but by then the skeg had been damaged and his rudder was jamming on the back of the boat plus it had damaged the bearings on the tiller shaft. The shouting was because the boater said that he had closed the paddle and reckoned someone had come behind him and opened it. But the lockies argued with him that it was his fault. I did give the guy a hand to try and move the rudder but it was solid and would not move. Anyway it could have ended a lot worse he could have sunk his boat. A few other boaters did comment that he was a single handed boater and it was his first time down The Foxton flight and that the lockies should have helped him. We are not sure exactly what the volunteer lock keepers are meant to do as some help and work the locks and are very good yet others just stand back and do nothing. There were 3 keepers on and in all the time it took us to go up only one of them was helping other boats and the other 2 were stood by the centre pound talking and doing nothing for the entire time it took us to lock up the flight.
They have now started work on the new North Kilworth marina. It is being built by the same people that own Debdale where we had the work on Inca done . With all the money that we have just spent there they should call it The Inca marina.