Not seen this before, It’s a bow thruster on a hire boat . What a good idea. We have met so many hirers who have great difficulty handling their boats and it ends being such a stressful holiday for them . Apart from that maybe if they all had bow thrusters they would have a bit more control and wouldn’t bump in to us as much as they do now.
On Thursday afternoon after spotting this chap cruising in the basin I floated a bit of bread crust and was lucky enough to hook and land him. It gave me even greater pleasure than normal as there were 3 other anglers in the basin with thousands of pounds worth of tackle and they only caught tiddlers all day, and there was me with my 40 year old reel and £5 rod from Lidl. Result !
Later on Thursday afternoon this boat got stuck while trying to wind (turn) in the Wendover arm basin and had to be poled off the side. Being on the summit of the Grand union canal all the water needs to be pumped from reservoirs to maintain the water level. There are locks at either end of the summit and every time a boat uses a lock you loose 50,000 gallons of water. If its busy the pumps struggle to maintain the level and we noticed that as the days went on the level got lower and lower.
When we got to Cowroast after crossing the Tring Summit we shared the locks down to Berkhampsted with fellow bloggers Nb Holderness. We really enjoyed their company down the locks and the next time we meet we will discus toilets in great detail !!!!!!
I liked this idea and it is one of the better solutions I have seen of how to carry a motorcycle on a narrowboat . The platform swings to the right and left so it doesn't matter which side the towpath is and there is also room to stand next to the bike on the platform which makes it a lot more user friendly compared to other ones I've seen. I think the problem I would have is remembering its there when I'm in a lock.
When we got to Berkhampsted we picked up this mooring opposite the park and just a short walk in to the town . We were going to spend just one night here but as soon as Curly saw the park she told us that it would more likely be 2 or 3 nights.