Over the winter

02 February, 2020


Our 2019 season ended with a seasonally colourful trip up the Grand Union Canal to Napton. Since then, the boat has been on its winter mooring at Wigrams Turn Marina. Despite this, we still have work to do.

Moored at WTM

Kailani moored in Wigrams Turn Marina

During the winter period we always have a list of jobs to be done and things to buy in readiness for the following season. Even though we are still some months away from the start of the 2020 season, we have learnt from experience that it’s far better to get things done “sooner than later”, as time has a habit of creeping up on us.

One item that we struggled to procure was a new kitchen bin.  Gordon managed to stand on the lid of our old one and the mechanism broke.  My fault, as I left it on the back step!  Can you believe how difficult it is to find a decent size bin to fit inside the cupboard in the galley? Either that, or they are out of stock when we do manage to find one that fits. The answer may be that a shelf needs to be lost from the cupboard in order to make it fit. One way or another, it will fit !!!

We always have plenty of admin to catch up on the website.  The 2021 routes have been organised and put on, which take quite a while as we have to firstly decide where and when we plan to go.

Tiller Handle

Gordon’s new Tiller Handle

Then we need to check tide times for the tidal River Thames.  We do not want to be leaving Teddington or Limehouse too early or too late in the day.  A lot of juggling goes on, as I am sure you can imagine.  Also, any new routes we may have needs to be written up to properly describe the journey.  Once this has been done it is all entered onto the website.  It all takes quite a while, but has to be done.

We will be back on board for a few days during February to catch up on some of our winter jobs, mainly servicing the engine, sanding and re-staining the wood flooring, cleaning carpets, fitting new black out linings to mention just a few. (And fitting the new bin into place!!) We always seem to find more and more jobs to be done!  Gordon had a new wood lathe for his recent birthday and has made a new tiller handle, which looks really good.

As you may know, this year is slightly different for us as we are taking on the Camino de Santiago from mid March until the end of April, so the new boating season starts in early May. In preparation for the Camino we go out walking most days, fluctuating between 8 and 15 miles each day, either with or without rucksacks, hopefully to be fitter for when we start the Walk.

So, must go now – the walking boots are calling …..!!

Hotel Boat Kailani
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