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NB Alnwick

Member Since 28 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Oct 21 2014 05:40 PM

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Some interesting lighting products

19 October 2014 - 09:57 PM

Jane and I have just returned from a holiday in Greece that did include some boating and a visit to a harbourside chandlery. We were fascinated by what the proprietor described as lighting for boats and gardens. Having returned home we have looked up the manufacturers website which is available in English. If you are seeking some nice industrial solid brass lighting to illuminate your engine room, the link below is worth investigating:



Jobs in Warwickshire - helping to keep the planet green.

12 August 2014 - 12:24 PM

I have just been sent details of this:


Doorstep Advisors: Warwickshire

  • Closing date: 26th August 2014
  • Contract duration: 1st September 2014 to 31st October 2014 with possible extension

Details are currently posted here:



Sometimes it is nice to be able to praise good work . . .

12 August 2014 - 12:04 PM

Our boat was at Braunston in July for blacking by Justin Green/Wharf House Narrowboats and, at the same time we asked Justin if he could take a look at our three way, room sealed Electrolux (Dometic) fridge that had been out of commission since September 2013.


Without going in to too much detail, we were entirely satisfied with the work carried out and more than pleased with the reasonable fees charged for that work. Everyone involved made us feel very welcome and it was a pleasure to be able to remain living aboard while the work was carried out.

A new and strange experience

08 July 2014 - 09:46 AM

Alnwick was 'slipped' for blacking at Braunston on Monday and this time we are obliged to stay aboard (the only previous time we have been living aboard during 'blacking' was in the dry dock at Welford many years ago) and it is a very strange sensation. Being used to sitting quite low in the water it is almost alarming to be looking out from a position some three metres above ground level. With the boat supported on two bogies (approximately 7ft gauge), the wind whistles underneath us and, instead of rocking gently when one walks about the boat, there is an unusual firm 'springiness' to the deck.


The only really good thing about being 'high and dry' is that we have a full (four bar) Vodafone signal - something we have not experienced before at Braunston!

What would you do if you could not afford the licence fee?

25 June 2014 - 01:20 PM

My obvious answer to this would be 'Give up and sell the boat' but I met someone recently who lives aboard with his parents. It is the only home they have and work has been short. They are now approaching the time when the licence fee is due and they just do not have the money - is there any help that they can get? All members of the family are over 18 but have not been able to find work for some time and being of 'no fixed abode' doesn't help them.