Sold

For all those boat owners wondering what the market is like at the moment – it seems pretty buoyant to me. I had intended to put Zulu on the market in the summer but last Friday I started to write an advert on Apolloduck – one thing led to another and I decided to test…

Narrowboat for sale – Oh no its me!!!!!

Well what  a sad posting after over 6 months without blogging. But its true – daddy doesn’t seem to love me any more and he has just put me on Apollo Ducks narrowboat for sale section, filed under cruiser stern and Harborough. (Actually not true – I still do love Zulu but its become a…

Catching up and spending too much

There’s not much happening on the Zulu front at present hence the silence.  Since Cavalcade at Little Venice I took Zulu back to her moorings in Uxbridge after work one night, travelling into the moonlight and arriving for a food stop at West Drayton at midnight, starving and freezing cold.  I pulled in to the seldom used…

I name this boat Zulu Warrior!

Zulu is not one of the smartest looking boats on the cut, and like many older boats its a long time since a name of any sort was painted on the side. However when I bought Zulu, the previous owner presented me with ready made sticky backed names for the cabin sides.  I had more…

Viking Warrior – was that Zulu’s long lost sister?

In the 1980s Zulu Warrior belonged to the Royal Navy as one of two narrowboats based at Uxbridge on the Grand Union.  They were basically hire boats, available for Navy personnel attached to the nearby “Stone Frigate” HMS Warrior, otherwise known as Northwood HQ near Rickmansworth.  The staff at Uxbridge Boat Centre still remember having…

BW Mooring Auction – Zulu is on the move

Middlewich no more! Last month I tested the new BW Mooring Auction system for the first time and as a result Zulu will soon have a new mooring at Uxbridge Lock, Grand Union Canal.  Even though the Middlewich mooring is much cheaper, the cost of getting there is quite prohibitive, and we have had our fun…

Water water everywhere – the pump’s broken

A visit to Zulu this week started badly.  She was definitely down at the stern more than normal, which immediately starts the heart racing, as the last thing I need is to find the engine bilge flooded. But all was well in the engine department – an automatic bilge pump sees that the rain water is removed…

Marston Doles to Claydon

Marston Doles to Claydon, South Oxford Canal Woke up to a lovely morning, although as usual it had been raining through the night. Took Seth for a walk all the way down the Napton flight, hoping to find some fresh bread and milk at the Canal Stores adjoining the Folly pub, but despite the “open…

Rugby to Marston Doles

Rugy to Marston Doles – Oxford Canal The weather forecast was pretty accurate today. Rain, no rain, rain, sun, rain, no rain etc. And freezing cold at tea time too – that wasn’t so much the forecast as a general observation from the tiller. Hillmorton locks were all but desserted today, and between showers the…

Hawkesbury to Rugby

It was all part of the plan. A few days in Newbury and then back to Zulu, who has been on the 7 day moorings at Hawkesbury Junction for 6 days now. With two boats we now play the car-boat-boat-car shuffle. No car and one boat is the most simple variation, but we are doing…