Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Problems problems problems!

Another bank holiday weekend, and this time with the more normal weather we have on these occasions - cloudy, occasional heavy rain showers and a high wind, which seems to have been a feature of the Spring weather this year. That makes cruising awkward, as soon as the ropes are cast off, the boat is off across the canal without any input from me! We had the high wind on the Sunday cruise back from Wrenbury last time we were here, and putting the boat accurately through bridge 'oles required full concentration.
I have already mentioned that the Alde central heating boiler seemed to have developed a leak behind it. There is a damp patch on the floor around it, and the header tank drains over a few weeks. I first noticed that in March, and went on the Alde website to find our nearest service centre, as I thought it might as well have one of those at the same time as the repair. Our nearest service centre happened to be Nantwich Canal Centre, but they were fully booked up, with the nearest appointment for a service visit being 9th June. I reluctantly accepted that, as we aren't using the central heating at the moment, but who would have thought they would be so busy?
We now have another problem, this time it is the Morso Squirrel stove. We use this more than the central heating, and I always keep it well maintained, cleaning it after every use,and check it over regularly. When we arrived this Friday, I noticed that the cast iron nozzle that joins the flue pipe to the top of the stove, has developed a hairline fracture. Why this has just appeared, when the thing hasn't been used in months, I don't know, but will have to be fixed to minimize the risk of a carbon monoxide leak into the living area. At least it appears to be a straightforward job, if the screws will undo. The part appears to be readily available, and costs around £35.
I don't know whether it is due to the boat reaching a certain age, (it was first used in 2004), but this year seems to have been one problem after another.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Day 5 Tylney Hall hotel and the Basingstoke Canal.

Tuesday was day 5 and the last of our long weekend break. On our way home from Berkshire we had arranged to meet my family, whose wedding we attended on Saturday. We met for morning coffee and a walk in the grounds at Tylney Hall hotel before moving on towards the Basingstoke Canal and lunch.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Day 4 The Thames at Marlow and Henley

Monday was day 4 of our long weekend in the south east of England. After a fairly relaxing day on Sunday, with a morning visit to The Reading car boot sale, Monday saw a day out around the River Thames, first at Marlow, then on to Henley.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Our second wedding of the year

As I said, this weekend was to be spent attending our second wedding of the year, instead of visiting the boat. This time it was in Hampshire. The venue was the Hook House hotel. <Click>.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

A weekend of rain after a month of sun!

This weekend had been pencilled in since the beginning of March. Friends who used to be work colleagues, and who I hadn't seen in over 12 months had been invited to spend the weekend with us. It was arranged that we would meet at our mooring, have a buffet lunch on the boat, before cruising to Wrenbury. Dusty Miller on Urbanspoon

Monday, 2 May 2011

Satellite or Freeview?

I have talked previously about the problems associated with travelling narrowboats and digital TV reception. I had decided on Digital satellite reception, initially using the free to air stations, then latterly, using the Sky freeview stations, through an old Sky digi-box I already had, using their freeview card, (which has to be purchased). This weekend that decision has had to be changed.....