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The NOT The East Coast Three Men In A Boat Trip Report

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Well apparently Lincolnshire and anywhere North of The Orwell, doesn't count as East Coast unless we want to travel down to play there so here we go with the report from last weekend :drunken: :lol:
For anyone not already aware, Sixpence has been plagued by engine problems from day two after her launch, and I am now on my fourth outboard, on loan from SandbanksSimon :D

Saturday
Well the day started off well, I managed to get out of bed :lol:
But after that it went downhill fast as the engine refused point blank to start :o

Sunday
Well SandbanksSimon answered my plea for help and arrived on his steed to sort out the engine, and after about six pulls it finally started, don't think engines like me :D
So we moved down to a concrete pontoon which is safer to get on and off the boat from, and MadMatt the SweatySockJock turned up for a ride :lol:

Wife turned up and we were off, with camera clicking all the way

Engine started for me this time, must have been frightened by SandbanksSimon

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so we set off to test the engine before we can move onto tidal water, and three men in a boat wanted to do some scouting out for more moorings

MadMatt on the left, SandbanksSimon looking after the engine

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all trying to decide where to go :lol: well it's not exactly something we have a lot of choice about here :D

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yours truly trying to look all professional 8)

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and dodging other river users was fun too

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with spectators watching every move

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and navigation hazards with no warning markers in sight

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CoolShadesDave carried on trying to look, well, cool :D

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the compulsory wake shot

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and hatching plans for a BBQ soon :o

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steak on the hoof :D

before finally reaching the end of navigation and found a new mooring for MadMatt

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before heading for home

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not much of a river, but at least I got to have a play :lol:

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hope the story was worth reading :oops: 8)
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Post by DaveA »

And the other direction

For the second weekend in a row, I managed to get the outboard started and we went for a look at our last hurdle.

The river is much better now so although we still fouled up quite a few times we did have plenty of clear water too

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Quite a few others out and about but surprisingly loads tied up and people cutting the lawn :oops:

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But at least I got the chance to relax :D

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While Louise decided to see how fast we could go :o

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Who said a Debutante 21 could only do 4kn ? :D

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That was after she slowed down a bit too :lol:

But then we arrived at this

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Here you can see our last hurdle, and the source of so much frustration for us. The rain a short while ago caused the river level to rise so high that it's been impossible to get through the tunnel on the left due to the height clearance, and the exit has to be timed perfectly because the lock keeper can only open the lock at certain times because it opens up the river to the tidal Welland, which he can only do when the water level is the same both sides. We only just clear the height and width so when the water level is up it's impossible to get through.

So then it was time for the deck candy to pose as we headed for home again :D

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Two hours to get there, two hours to get back, excluding the stop for a couple of pints of rather tasty Bombardier :lol:
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Post by bobholiday »

Hi Dave - ah, some nice days out on your lovely boat, excellent!

So what's the plan then next for Sixpence? You going to get a mooring somewhere where you can more easily access some sailing? Or stay on the canal?

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Post by DaveA »

Hi Bob, one job for this week is to try and sort that out, but amazingly the lock keeper is apparently away on holiday :o I have been given permission from the owner of one of the tidal moorings to stick her on there so we can sail straight out into the Wash, but definately no way do I want to stop here, it's just so restricting chugging up and down the river. Plus I would need a BSS and river licence and I don't see the point in either for a sea going boat. All good fun, but hopefully moving very soon, fingers crossed.
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