Saturday 27 April 2024

Annual Report

Twelve years of Briar Rose ownership completed.  This year's usage went back up again as we had a long autumn cruise, and our Crick trip had a few extra days at the start too.

During the year we travelled on the following waterways:

  • BCN New Main Line
  • BCN Old Main Line
  • BCN Titford Canal
  • Birmingham and Fazeley Canal
  • B&F Digbeth Branch
  • Coventry Canal
  • Grand Union Digbeth Branch
  • Grand Union Leicester Line
  • Grand Union Mainline
  • Llangollen Canal
  • Middlewich Arm
  • Montgomery Canal
  • North Oxford Canal
  • Prees Arm
  • Shropshire Union main line 
  • Trent and Mersey Canal
  • Whitchurch Arm

Saturday 13 April 2024

Curiosity on test

The May Canal Boat is out, and includes my boat test on Curiosity, by Boating Leisure Services.  This boat will also be at the Crick Boat Show at the end of May.

Thursday 4 April 2024


I came up to the boat after work yesterday.  The Eberspacher took a couple of goes to get running, but everything else was fine.  I was woken several times in the night by torrential rain, and this morning the marina road was more like a lake.

I had to go to Dunchurch Pools for a boat test, but I was ready early so I stopped at the little car park by the penultimate Stoke Bruerne lock and walked along to see how the Tove was doing.  The overflow entry of the river was running, showing how much water there is about.

The boat test went well, and despite there being some rain, the sun struggled out for the five minutes we needed it.