We have now just completed our fourth year aboard Narrowboat Inca . In the last 12 months we have been to London then up the Thames and onto the river Wey from there we went up to Oxford and then to Birmingham . It was then down to Droitwich and up the river Severn to Stourport . From there up on the Llangollen for a few weeks before going up to Chester and Ellesmere Port . We then had another trip down onto the river Weaver .Then it was all the way back down to London again with a few stops on the way and a couple more weeks in the capital. Over the Winter we headed back towards the Midlands and dropped down the South Oxford canal to Banbury where we got iced in for a few weeks. In the last 12 months we have covered 1,231 miles and done 874 locks. Our trusty 43hp Beta engine has run for 1,276 hours and not missed a beat.
Our totals for the four years are.. miles covered 4,544 ( mostly steered by me ) , locks 3,239 ( mostly done by Carolyn ) . Engine hours run 4,320 . Toilet cassettes emptied 653 and every single one done by me. Blogs posted 716 again all by me. Bottles of Red wine consumed by me ???? probably in the thousands ,and I have enjoyed every single one. We are now well in to our 2017 cruise and heading North to explore some new canals that we haven’t visited before.
As you can see we are genuine continous cruisers and are always on the go. Under the terms of our licence we only need to do just over 20 miles a year and move a short distance every 2 weeks ,but it was always our intention from the start to try and see as much of the UK canal system as we could before hanging up our windlasses and moving onto the next phase of our retirement. ( What ever that is )