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.
According 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.
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).
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.