They’re behind you!

Our boat does not travel very fast, which is just as well as the speed limit going up river is 4 mph and coming down 6 mph.
This suits us, as we can putter away happily, taking in the glory of nature, and enjoy the sights of wildlife both on the water and in the air.
We have a 27 kw engine, which Hubby says equates to 36 horsepower. Weighing in at 6 tons, our maximum speed would be around 12 knots or approximately 14 mph. To be honest, I get nervous when we’re doing 6, so going twice as fast, I’d be on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

It’s nice sometimes to pass other narrow boats on the river.
We wave, as do they, and pass on any details of stiff lock gates, anyone behind us, or in a couple of cases, something in the water they should be wary of. They do likewise.
river day 2However, I can only describe this instance as being like a car overtaken by a pushbike.
And when we were at Comberton for the night,Β  we saw a dragon in full flight.
comberton-dragon-boat dragon

It was amazing the speed these guys were doing, without engine power!


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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7 Responses to They’re behind you!

  1. amommasview says:

    Well that must have been funny. And my fullest respect to the people in the rowing boats πŸ™‚

  2. scifihammy says:

    haha Funny indeed to be overtaken by oar-power. πŸ™‚ But you know, it is not how fast you get there, but rather the journey itself πŸ™‚

  3. Ha! It is a bit sad to be passed by a boat powered only by human power – but also sort of lovely!

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