Our neighbours have bought a new boat.
Their existing boat is ten feet longer than ours, and the one they have just purchased is eight feet longer than that.
It is the intention to berth it next to us for the time being. Their old one will then be put up for sale in the other basin and the new one moved across to their original berth.
On the journey down (it took four days and 32 locks) they have had a problem adjusting to the difference in length and taken a series of knocks, so it has been suggested that we move our boat whilst they ‘park’.
We have no problem with that, but will be checking out an even better solution when the Manager comes on duty this morning, having already put the idea forward yesterday.
The berth on the other side of our pontoon finger is empty. It makes sense for us to put our boat there (with the finger between us and them) thus giving them plenty of mooring space. They will be spending today moving their belongings from one boat to the other, therefore there will be a lot of movement and by being out of their way completely, no possibility of damage to them or us by ‘jostling’.
As you can see after manoeuvering, they stick out a fair bit more than we do!
There is a small problem though.
Mrs Boating Two has laid 8 eggs in the bucket on their bow. She has been sitting on them for about 2 weeks.
She is highly unlikely to let anyone lift her, eggs and bucket from one boat to the other.
She may leave them temporarily when they move their old boat, but will she find them again on the other side of the marina?
Or will she stay put and move with the boat?