I’ve mentioned several times about the forthcoming revamp here at the marina.
Yesterday, one of the longer boats from the other basin came across to take up residence opposite us as expected, and our widebeam friends moved their vessel to the other side of their finger so as to vacate two narrowboat spaces.
It would appear that no matter how they did the math in the office, they were short of a space and three into two won’t go (or at least not happily if you’re a liveaboard).
Today saw megga action on the water, and it has provided quite some entertainment.
Over the way, a widebeam has been put on a short finger designed for a cruiser as the actual space is wide enough to accommodate it .
However, the owners are away until April, so this should not prove a problem as the chances are the work will be finished and the boat in its new position on their return.
Getting it in was an interesting exercise, as there was too little room to turn it, and so it has gone in bow first. Over half is therefore not tied in to the pontoon.
Later, two 60 plus footers came into the space vacated by our friends and they are now connected up accordingly. All are saying how lovely it is to be on stable pontoons instead of the ricketty and dangerous ones about to be replaced.
Photo: basin 2 at sunset Feb 2015
Cue our Sky TV couple trotting over to check out their allocated temporary space (the map/diagram on the board in the office changes daily by all accounts) and they are now concerned as our gantry is steeper than theirs. Well, the car park is considerably higher than our basin, but I pointed out that when the water rises, it gets easier on the knees.
The male half of the couple owning one of the other widebeams going opposite us has a mobility issue, so that could prove problematic.
As for the third wide beam going there, he has been working on his boat up river as they are kitting it out themselves. He usually comes into the basin bow first, then turns to manoeuver into position so that his helm is against the pontoon. With the other widebeams in their current positions, we can’t see how he’s going to be able to do that, so will have to come in ‘threading the needle’ sternwise.
And then we have our final 6o footer to go alongside the guy who moved his boat into position yesterday.
The owner does not want to come over here at all, and has been putting it off with a variety of reasons, forgetting it is only a temporary measure. Today would have been the ideal time to move as the weather conditions were good and there was no wind.
There is of course the little matter of all of the other boats, cruisers and narrows, that have still got to be placed elsewhere before the work can commence.
There is another marina basin on the other side of the river where some perhaps could have gone, but they can’t now because to get to it, they have to go through the lock. I believe I’ve mentioned that’s closed for repair until February (weather permitting).
I guess then that some may have to sit this one out (of the water on blocks providing an arrangement can be reached as to who is actually going to foot the bill for the lifts).