Tag Archives: Maintenance

Painting and varnishing, getting our narrowboat ready to travel

The sunny weather has brought all the boats out. This long Easter weekend’s clement weather, a relief after the cruel winter, is a call to paint, varnish, sandpaper, tackle rust, and generally fix and spring clean. Continue reading

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Repairs done, more problems arise

Bristol Fashion has been in Denham Yacht Station, in Uxbridge, for two weeks. It’s an odd-shaped little boatyard with boats crammed in one against another in a long, narrow cut of water. J.P. Marine have found and fixed my water … Continue reading

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Cost of pumpout has doubled

Last time I bought a pumpout card it was six pounds. This week I went into the floating cafe at Little Venice and bought a card, for which they charged me twelve pounds. That’s right, British Waterways have doubled the … Continue reading

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More repairs

Bristol Fashion is at Tim Barfield’s marina again, opposite Tagg’s Island, being repaired. Lately I’ve had a lot of water in the bilge and I asked the boatyard to find out where it was coming from. It turns out that … Continue reading

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What does B.O.A.T. stand for?

Had some repairs done on Bristol Fashion. The shower waste pump had packed in and electrical problems (including a faulty switch) meant I also had no running water or gas hob ignition. Tim Barfield Marina fixed it and the pumps … Continue reading

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(Not quite) The Poseidon Adventure

I went to the Malt Shovel pub last night for a meal (calves liver and bacon is good) and at closing time walked back to the boat. Walking along the boat to bed I put my bare foot down on … Continue reading

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Paint your boat

Lately I’ve been feeling embarrassed at all the scrape marks and rust on the lower half of Bristol Fashion. Not to mention the initials in silver spray-paint where some kid tagged the boat in Camden last weekend. Not exactly ship-shape. … Continue reading

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