NarrowBoat Ezri – Moving Monday

So my 14 days around Staines is comming to an end, I have two more days left but being here on the Peak Forest canal is a joy, so moving up and down it is fun. 

The plan is to run the whole length of the canal system, All the way from Portland in the center of Ashton-under-Lyne to the end at Buxworth and Bugsworth Basin. That will six full system me and Ezri had done since starting our adventure together.

Unlike the last move there are no locks to struggle with, No fear of lack of water and plenty of places to moor up a long the way. The only thing are three movable bridges standing in my way. But dad said he would help me out.

We had a little car ride out to the next town over, a walked back to Ezri not only dose it save Dad walking all the back to Marple but gives me a chance to check out some of the mooring places and see the bridges too.

In ten minutes of our walk I had picked a place using a small Fibreglass boat as a marker and enjoyed the walk at each bridge I worked out want we needed to do to move so Ezri could pass though.One was a push, one was wind-up and the last was a push button all very simple.

Ezri’s checks done, chains untied and we were off. Ezri hummed along nice a easy, we got to the first bridge I had pulled Ezri in tied up and was watching dad as he was lifting it up when out of nowere a man stepped on Ezri and said he was from the boat behind us and if I dropped off on the other side he would close the bridge.

There wasn’t please or would you be so kind just this want going to happen, even when I reached the other side all he said was ‘stop the boat now’ he didn’t even care about how dad was meant to get back on. Clearing the bridge, I put a little more speed on so I could widen the gap between me and they’re boat which didn’t last to long because everytime I looked over sholder there it was.

But it did grow when we had to slow down for an on comming, Ezri is only 35 ft and I swing her around a bit add to that the Peak Canal is a little wide, I slipped Ezri over to the rigth and passed without to much fuss.

As we reached the second bridge there was boat comming down though and they were kind and let us pass though before closing it but just as the nice lady from that boat was getting back on, the boat that had been following came around the bend, so not only did they have to stop once but twice. Once because the down boat had his bow out and end in so he could make the turn and wife, girlfriend, sister or what could step back on but. Once more to open and shut the bridge.

Before the last bridge are a set of over flows now Ezri is very light in the ballast so I had slow down a little we reached the bridge opened it and was just about to go though when the Fiberglass boat I had used for a marker at the end of our journey Came towards us.

My First thought was he was coming through the bridge but in fact he pulled over and began to play with his engine so that took a few minutes of working out and as Dad left to now closed bridge on the other the man who had stepped on Ezri without asking came running along the path.

He was upset the other people had not let them though the bridge too and had been across the water so they had to slow down. Dad got back on and we pulled away, with my marker gone all I had to was look out for the anchor barrier which I have passed on our way up.

But as we headed up we meet another boat comming down only this time he moved to the rigth before I could so I had to pull in towpath side, and Dad was still looking behind us, when someone keeps standing up look towards you, its a bit of a distraction, so when he did point out some anchor barrier I dismissed it, thinking we had a few more yards to go.

Within in minutes, we had past the sweet factory which is one of the main attractions in this small town and then the Marina Which only has room for private mode boats and then long-term moorings.

I didn’t want turn Ezri around becuse some how the other boat was once again only few yards away, I didn’t want to carry on it was only when saw a second Fiberglass boat On the bend did we see some more anchor barrier, in minutes Ezri was morried up and safe on chains.

Looking around I worked out that at start of November the whole place will be given up for winter moorings which are £10 per meter per month so getting a mooring here is not a option, but for now its still 14 days. Ezri is a lot safer that frist place we walked passed, in walking distance of the train station.

I never did see the boat that had followed us up here, I can only think they turned around or pulled up for the afternoon, Now don’t get me worng eveyone who pay there money can use the canal, but two things the man attitude towards me and Ezri as if were at his beck and call, Ezri is my home not just a stepping stone, its like some banging on your door saying I am watching your TV, the second Ezri has only small engine that I understand, but they could have asked to me pull over at the frist bridge so they could race ahead but the real reason they didn’t was so I and dad have to do all the work at the bridges, and they could just coast through.

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NarrowBoat Ezri – Winter Mooring Maybe ?

As summer draws to its close and the leaves on the trees turn brown, I have to start once again to think about winter morrings. Last I waited to the frist week in November to get my mooring in the middle of Littleborough, as was the only boater there for whole five months but not this year. For one thing I am no anywere near Littleborough and second the morring is not on this years list.

Of the ten places that were on last years list there are only now three, and two of them are twice the price, which is only unfair but unsafe for more that a few people.

The best example of this, is to take my winter mooring at Littleborough last year it was the only place on whole of the Rochdale canal that did not flood, When we had the boxing day storm the only place that is available on this years list are the Todmorden visitor moorings which did flood and were damged.

That cused a whole lot of issues for me, when it came to the end of my winter mooring. But that all in past now. If can’t get the winter mooring fine I will keep my momey in my pocket. Being on the Peak Forest canal and the Macclesfield should aford me the ability to move around the network without get stuck. I will just have to see when moorings go on sale at the start of October.

Narrowboat Ezri – Moving To Marple 

My 14 days just outside Romiley came to an end yesterday, now I could have just turned Ezri around and headed back the way I came, but I want to cover more of the Peak Canal which ends somewere in a place called Bugsworth Basin around the Peak District National Park. Which looks like a lot fun.

Anyway back to the move to get into Marple (backwards) there are 16 locks, Marple Aqueduct and what’s left of a very old tunnel. Dad came to help with locks because he said it would quicker and he wasn’t kidding.

Kicking Ezri’s engine took minutes took longer undo the back rope but that’s another story, any way Dad took his place at the front of Ezri and we slowly made our to start of the locks What I wanted to do was flim the crossing of the Aqueduct but as swiched on the camera it fell over so I tried again same thing happned it fell over so holding it in the air holding on to Ezri I tried to film a little bit but I couldn’t do both so off the camera went.

The next thing I had to do was let dad off so he could open the frist lock gate, now even after all those weeks after I still have the feeling that I could end up with no water under Ezri, but I have no problem in pulling in a Dad getting off, I was little heavy on the stick to get her off but other than that we’re golden.

Now on the way to Ezri we had seen three boats heading up and I though one comming down, which would mean two things all the lock would be full and at some point I would have to move to the side of the pound I just hope I didn’t ground somewhere.

So Ezri went in the frist lock and wanted to get up and help Dad but he say stay were I was so keeping Ezri level I did as I was told and up we came, now the second lock was still full of water so I told dad to let that water out and open the next lock and the pound would full and I could move out without being grounded 

I would shut the side paddle and open the lock gate and then move Ezri to next lock, I said fine but don’t climb out because the locks were very deep, so that the system we used.

Ezri would get in the lock he would shut the back gates, open frist the side paddle let the water in then paddle on the lock gate and move on to the next lock, with me inside the lock hold Ezri level. When she reached a save level I would step off shut the side paddle open the lock gate and take Ezri to next open lock, And it worked 

We got so good I could try again and start fliming, but this time with my phone 

One down and another down, we started at 11:36 am and were making good time when at the last four lock we caught up with the two remaing boats, we never saw the boat comming down.

Now by this time the middle of Marple was getting a little busy so down in the lock all could hear was echo of people above me, and wait until Dad could give me some water. He still said I should stay on Ezri so to a few on looks it did look like I was doing sod all.

We reached the last lock at 3:11 pm all that was left to was to find mooring, on my left was Peak and on my right was the Macclesfield for few meters both side is two days, but about a half a hour down the Peak are 14 day points but my plan all long was to go down the Macclesfield a little find a spot take on some water and then go to end of the Peak but slowly.

When Ezri was in the top of the lock and safe I quickly ran to the water point and found just a space and with help of the guys in the next boat was able to slip Ezri in, just by moving a working boat down a little, so tomorrow when I taken on some water I turn Ezri around head back on to the Peak.