Musical Boats

No, I’m not talking about those with melodic names like Rhapsody Blues, Nature’s Harmony or Symphony on the Water. Mind you for anyone about to buy or rename a boat, those aren’t bad ideas!

Several of the narrow boats in our ‘rank’ aren’t live-aboards, as are none of the cruisers, but suddenly we are getting a bit crowded at our end of the pontoon.

The new arrivals were to have parked four berths down, it having been reserved for them on the new, swish, all singing, all dancing, super-dooper electronic scoreboard screen in the office.
boardAccording to their paperwork though, they are correct in expecting to berth next to us.
The Manager isn’t in today, so we are all managing (excuse pun) ourselves until we are officially sorted out.
Mrs Boating Two is very settled in her bucket and lording it over her human subjects, totally confident that no-one is going to try and shift her until D(elivery/hatching) Day.
In the meantime, we have a couple of little things to deal with.

Their boat is a lot longer than ours and sticks out by at least ten feet beyond the end of the pontoon.
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layoutUs (41 feet)

As it does not have grab bars on the roof, his mooring ropes are ‘set’ in position, and sadly won’t stretch to the centre cleat on the pontoon. Thus he can only secure his boat at the stern, and his middle rope to the end of the pontoon.
Therefore, being tied to the same pontoon finger as us affects our motion when the wind picks up as it will blow across their untethered bow, rocking us both (as it is now!) .
Also, being on the same pontoon finger, every time someone gets off their boat (us or them), it will be reflected by movement of the other vessel.
At the moment, both dogs are picking up on ‘change’ and Maggie has been more vocal in the past hour than she has in the last 9 months! We’re working on that by letting them get together nose to nose, nose to tail as often as possible today (and hope Maggie doesn’t blow her in the water).

maggie 3  poodle

Saying that though, they seem very nice, so whether they are our semi detached neighbours (sharing the same pontoon), detached neighbours (side by side but attached to a different pontoon) or simply in the neighbourhood (four berths down), I’m not really worried.

Tomorrow may see the start of the Boat Dancing.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Musical Boats

  1. colinandray says:

    Sounds like some imminent entertainment. More so if any of the new comers are boat handling novices. I used to work with a gentleman who bought a small cruiser and wanted to show off his (not the cruiser’s) abilities. He came into his berth at a fair speed (all things being considered) with the intent of throwing it into reverse and presenting the “model berthing (?) demo”. He clearly did not know his engine too well because when he threw it into reverse, the engine died! If I recall correctly, his cruiser would have been 15-20 ft long. About 6ft of it went up and onto the river embankment! Very amusing! 🙂

  2. scifihammy says:

    Musical boats sounds like fun! If you can avoid it turning into musical bumps 🙂

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