Just before we were about to pull the ropes, a pair of hotel boats arrived at the water point, which of course they are as entitled to do as any other canal user. The problem was, they were running as a pair, motor and butty, and would have two very large tanks to fill. What we didn't expect was they appeared to be carrying only one hose, and this was connected to the butty first, leaving the motor blocking access to the next tap, in front, which wasn't being used. Once the butty was filled, the hose was disconnected and moved up to the motor, the crew apparently having a complete disregard for the plight of all the other boats now in the queue to fill their own water. Any attempted conversation with the hotel boat crew was met with a curt YES or NO reply. Thanks guys for the way you fulfilled your task. Perhaps in future you might consider using two hoses simultaneously, or even breasting up while at the water point, leaving the other free for others to use. From the attitude we experienced of the crew today I suspect they won't and will probably continue operating in their own merry way without considering others around them.
That episode cost us several hours without leaving Gailey, which has become our mooring for tonight, with another early start tomorrow.