Saturday, 5 May 2012

The Big One (5-7)

Dutch Riverside to Bramwith Lock

Away by 10am the weather was cold and overcast. The odd short light shower along the route. From The top of the new cut we found ourself in a small flottila of boats. Four Narrowboats and four Tupperware. Sykehouse Lock was full with all eight boats inside. It was good to see a long line of boats going through the lift bridges. There were ten boats at one point. plus the odd boat going the other way. So we have done our bit to conserve water well atr one lock anyway.

The fields hereabouts are still partly flooded - but we are in a drought after all! The River Don was about six feet below the guillotine lock aqueduct. By 2pm we arrived at Bramwith and we moored up below the lock. 

We seem to have a problem with one of our alternators. The one on the leisure battery bank. So I have been frigging the system so that I can get some charge into the batteries from the starter alternator. By doing a manual change over switching starter battery out and the leisure bank in. It seems to be working - Being as it is a bank holiday, this does not bode well, and  means that we will not get a replacement sorted for a few days!

Wildlife: Large numbers of Swallows, House Martins and a few Swifts. Good numbers of Mallard chicks. Some of the mallard chicks are beginning to grow quite quickly. One set looked to be about two weeks old and have already learnt to beg bread from passing boats!

Daily Total
Miles: 12.0
Locks: 1
Swing / Lift Bridges: 6
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 3.9

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 640.8
Locks: 646
Swing / Lift Bridges: 104
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 9
Engine Hours: 2096.7


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