Braunston to Sutton Stop

Its funny how first impressions can be so lasting.  I have long intended to venture up the Ashby but once on the Coventry canal I have gone past Marston junction in “next time” mode.  Somehow it just didn’t seem to fit my criteria for being interesting enough – possibly something to do with when I…

Two months hard labour

Time passes so quickly – I didn’t want to tempt fate by blogging about the day to day repairs.  Suffice to say that they were done, albeit over a longer timescale than I had first imagined.  Zulu spent just over two months out of the water giving me a chance to get to know her…

Rickmansworth and beyond

This is almost our first cruising log entry. Day 1 didn’t really count as we only went to Tesco in Rickmansworth, so this weekend will be the first real test for Zulu Warrior. All week I have been trying to contact the various boatyards to see about getting some work done on the boat –…

Under the green – is green

I spent the first night on board yesterday.  Zulu has a fairly new Morso Squirrel solid fuel stove, which blew back a room full of smoke as soon as I lit some test kindling.  My new smoke detector works!  Even with the door closed smoke oozed out around the edge – time for a new…

Zulu Warrior shrinks to original size

Zulu was first licenced in 1973 at 49 feet, but examining the old log books and paperwork she has apparently grown over the years. Its probably quite common to have two lengths for a boat – the real length and the length on the licence. Zulu Warrior seems to have several to choose from. Surveyed…

Zulu Warrior – my new narrowboat!

Zulu Warrior is a 56 foot Harborough Marine narrowboat from the early 1970s and seems to have an interesting history. In case you missed my earlier posting, I have just purchased her today. No ordinary ex-hireboat this; she was apparently one of two narrowboats attached to HMS Warrior and operated secret missions from Cowley Peachey…

Lazy Sunday afternoon? No chance!

Well its taken eight months to make my second post, so it better be a good one! Sunday 6th April started with snow. Not the light sprinkling which the weather forecast for the North, but a good old three or four inches – whoopee! Snow! Its snowing!! What better thing to do than to turn…