Whilst Whiling away our time not travelling and Villa sitting. I thought I would Write up this Blog about My Narrow Boat Lynton Dreams in A land and time Far Far away.
I and a former partner sold the house and decided to buy a narrow boat
Its around 16 years since I purchased Lynton. a 56ft narrow Boat, and 9 years since selling her
I have seen her since a few times. Re-painted Blue and white. Called the Norseman now. Doesn’t suit her. Not the name, but the livery. But of course not mine to quibble about any more.
As she was after I finished Her
Its an alternative life style to Motor homing. A 20 Ton steel motor home on Water. And if you are considering it, the following may help.
When Myself and a former Partner bought her, she was a different boat to the one you see above. I spent many months converting her.
She Was also called Pole Pole, which is Swahili for Big and fat and slow, so I was told by the previous owner. He came from Manchester, so dont know where he picked up Swahili
Boat as she was when first Purchased
Anyway didn’t like the name or the layout, so decided to change it all once I bought her. Cost with full hull black, inspections and boat certs, £32.000 Bargain. Guy wanted £38.00 but the fact I am a mechanic and also not Dumb, in spite of my slight midlands accent,
I had spotted many things he was lying about or just did not see or have the knowledge. I prefer to think it was the latter. but sure it was the former. So a big knock down.
I Wasn’t a motor dealer amongst other things, for nothing). And they were desperate to sell her because he had put deposit on another boat and only had one mooring. so that helped a lot.
So we set sale from Banbury so to speak after receiving the Keys and final paper work. I had decided to move her off the Banbury canal. To the Kennet and Avon, where I had secured a British Waterways mooring in Great Bedwynne.
Rarer than Hens Teeth these But We were lucky. Through a Friend. we managed to jump the waiting list. Foul !! I here you cry..well.. yes, but all is fair in love and war, and Boating.
Note .. Its almost a must to get a mooring before the boat. unless you intend to continuous cruse. Also worth noting. You are entitled to stop most anywhere in the winter. once they start closing stretches and locks. any other time you must be actively moving to another part/town etc.
The trip from the banbury canal to the K&A as they call it. involves Going to the Grand union or Grand Onion as boaters like to call it, onto the Thames then up stream to the lock for the K&A. Or back along the banbury to the Thames and downstream to The K&A lock. We did it this way to save fuel and get used to the boat.
We kept this as our base and went on massive trips from here.
I wont include Our trips as too lengthy for this info blog, But just say the Adventures were great.
First pictures below here are of Lyntons interior before I re fitted her.
And below this …………..The Refit
Hundreds More, But it gives you an Idea of what can be achieved , with a few starter skills, ingenuity and ………….Skips !!! A lot of the materials involved where scoured from Skips, and Bankruptcy stock. The grand total of doing this re-fit this way was around, £2500
We paid £32000 for Lynton as pole pole, and sold her after 5 years of use for £48.000
Nice one Tone !! Pat Pat on the back from myself. Came in handy as I had to stump up half of it on the split up…But to be fair all in all a great episode in my life.
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