Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Braunston tonight..

This is the view fron Caxton's side hatch this evening, The Boat Inn at Braunston.  We moved up today from our remote rural mooring of the last week, this in readiness for getting Caxton out of the water and stretched.  A week today the crane will hoist Caxton out of the cut and into Dave Thomas's yard.  Joe goes off tomorrow leaving the dogs and I here, to retrieve our caravan from storage and check that it is roadworthy ahead of bringing back to Braunston Marina where we will be residing throughout the work on Caxton.


bob said...


You are going to be living aboard while Caxton is cut in half??

How will that work?

s/v Eolian

Wozie said...

It will be very interesting to know how they 'stretch' your boat.
Will you be able to blog about it as it happens?
nb Oakfield

Mukiwa said...

Good luck with the stretch. There were two things I wish I had known before our stretch.
When they cut the metal lots of hot iron filings flew everywhere and embedded themselves in the existing paintwork. I wish I had ensured all paintwork was covered 2 metres either side of the cut.
Secondly after the stretch completed and we advised our insurance they asked for a hull survey and new BSC. If we had known we could have arranged it while the boat was still out of the water.
Hope this little bit of information is useful.

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Bob
We will by living in a caravan (trailer) during the time it takes to get Caxton stretched. The marina have agreed - and charged - to let us pitch the close by the workshop.

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Wozie
I will be taking pics and blogging during the stretch and Canal Boat Magazine are talking about doing an article as well.

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Mukiwa
Thank you for your advice, nothing like real experience is there? I will ask Dave Thomas what he intends to do to protect the paintwork and I will also contact our insurers today.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lel

I will be taking your husband off to the pub this evening as i do not want to subject him to my cooking, well thats my exscuse not to cook.

It was good to see you hope all will be o.k. with your stretch.

Love Val x

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Valerie Ann
My Husband will not kick and scream too much at being dragged off to a Pub - good for you!
X Lel

BigJohn said...

Great Picture - hope all goes well with the stretch

Nb Caxton said...

Thank you Big J
I hope so as well. It will be a right b***** if it doesn't go to plan!