Passing through Stoke Hammond lock and yet another lock where you have to leave a paddle up when leaving the lock . Its usually done because of leaky gates or poor leaky brickwork in the lock and its easier to get boaters to leave the lock empty than carry out expensive repairs, The only problem with that is that over time it gets worse and worse until you have a massive failure that costs twice as much to repair and can shut down the navigation altogether. But at the moment Canal and River Trust seem to operate a repair when it breaks policy with virtually no preventive or routine maintenance.
Maintenance is something that we try to keep on top of on Inca. The Morso Squirrel multi fuel stove has now been keeping us warm for several weeks and its surprising how quickly the flue gets sooted up.It only takes 5 minutes with a flue brush and then its up and running again. Having the Stove fitted to Inca has to be the best thing we ever did. It heats the whole boat 24/7 and combined with the double glazing we get virtually no condensation.Even after adding bricks to reduce the size of the fire and the air feed to the stove turned down we still end up opening the windows to cool down….Brilliant !!!!
I have been persisting with trying to catch a Pike. But these little monsters keep nicking my bait. They are Red signal Crayfish and are aggressive little sods that try to get you with their claws. At about 6 inches long they are non native and are killing off our native species.We have got a few traps so we might have a go at catching some and making a meal out of them. The only problem will be purging them somehow as the canal is not exactly that clean. We will have a couple of days where we are and then head into Leighton Buzzard for a shop and then decide what to do after that…