The Birth of the Narrow Boat "FORAY"

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Out on the cut
On the Kennet & Avon near Devizes. That's Mother-in-Law & Wife . I'm Opening the swing bridge
shell delivered

The Shell is delivered from "John White" to Wincham for installation of the engine,lining out and painting

shell fitting out

The Boat was painted as part of the sailaway fitout. This proved to be a wise move as painting the boat out in the open would have been fraught with problems and the necessary skill to obtain that professional finish impossible to acquire.


Newly painted.

1st trip out

1st trip out.

1st trip out

First washing up.
I know my place.

Arriving by lorry from MIddlewich to Bristol
.Leaving the Bristol docks up the Avon to Bath and up th Kennet & Avon to the Somerset Coal Canal. Note the sheet of wood on the roof ready for one of the bulkheads

arriving in Bristol Leaving Bristol Leaving Bristol

Fitting out fitting out

The fitting out took us about a year working part-time.When I say us I mean Trina and myself. Trina found she had skills she didn't know she had.
The fitout included all bulkheads, making all the internal furniture,lighting,central heating,plumbing etc etc

fitting out

Completed Boat( well it ever?)

Trina likes to sit at the table and watch the world go by

Happy young lady Nice Mooring

A cratch gave us extra room. The roses panels have now been replaced with glass.



Nice Mooring

Trina likes her flowers in the May trip they are minulus and later in the year busy lizzies.We do get comments like are we in the Chelsea Flower Show

Moored for the night Happy young lady Nice Mooring
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Four small videos on the Llangollen canal.

CLICK HERE TO SEE...............Going into Marton Lock and Chirk Aquaduct/Tunnel
CLICK HERE TO SEE ..............Pontcysyllte Aquaduct and entering Llangollen