Jim and tw joined me to start off our boating season, by moving Eastwards to give the weather a chance to warm up a bit and for the River Avon to become a little more placid after the winter rains. Each time Jim and I have been in Bath, we have gone down to Pulteney Bridge to have a look at the state of the weir and we've seen the river comfortingly coming down a bit each time.
We rendezvoused at Avon Cliff Station around wednesday lunchtime and decided that lunch in the Cross Guns was a much better idea than starving on the cut.
Lunch over we decided it was too late to visit 'the pie shop' and about time we got moving. Which we did. But not too far just along to Bathwick and the George Inn where we moored on the 48 hour visitor moorings.
How is it that faults mysteriously appear when a boat has been left un-used and un-touched over the winter months? Like when the stern tube greaser spreads grease everywhere but in the stern tube. So our first little job of the morning was to repair this item. Tw soon had the offending pipe off and discovered that it had sheared off completely. Cj disappeared below decks and returned with a length of pipe, unfortunately this was gas pipe and not water pipe so could not be persuaded to fit. We didn't have any new olives of the right size either so had to try to rescue the original, always a trying job but achieved after much tapping, reeming and filing.
Suddenly the idea of an early spring skake-down cruise before we ventured onto the swollen waters of the Avon seemed like a good idea.
Cleared Dundas aqueduct but not much drive from the prop, diagnosed as low oil level in the gearbox so another unscheduled stop in perfect time for lunch.
Moored up close to Avoncliff aqueduct and then drove back to Bath to recover my car and pick up essential supplies [pies] for our supper. Alas there were no pies left when we got to the shop but we made very well do with an immense scotch egg, huge sausage roll and Mediterranean vegetable flan.
Then for a round of Piston broke beers from the Box Steam Brewery at the 'Cross Guns' before we headed back for our last night aboard.