We arrived at the boat about half twelve to bright sunny weather, all the wind turbines were laying idle and not a cloud in the bright blue sky.
I switched on the power and was pleased to see 28 volts on the domestic battery bank, the starter battery was a different matter, with insufficient power to bring the warning lamp on. Last time out I had to use the jump leads on the first day but while it has stood for a month its completely died. Good job I had brought its replacement with me.
I opened the main valve on the water system and started to refill the calorifier and pipe work, but before I had water coming from the hot tap the main storage tank was empty. So while I finished installing the new battery Diana filled the water tank. It wasn’t long before it was all systems go and about 2 pm. we set off towards March for the night.
We met 3 Narrowboats on the way, the second I thing was running on biofuel as it smelt like a chip shop as we passed.
The afternoon was very pleasant at about 7°C with a very light breeze that had bit of a chill, but the sun made up for it. We called in at Fox Narrowboats where I made a right pigs ear of things coming alongside as I didn’t realise that the quay heading stuck out about 3ft further on the left of the slipway compared with the bit I could see on the right. The reason for stopping was that I had won one of their mugs in a competition they were running on Facebook. When I entered I didn’t even realise there was a prize.
As we reversed back out of their marina I had to wait for a cruiser to go passed, this is the most boats I have seen on the Middle Level for some time. We were going to moor on the park moorings but there were 3 fishermen well set up so we continued to the town Moorings where about quarter past three we moored in front of two other Narrowboats from Floods Ferry.