Narrowboat Oakmere

The weather has turned in the UK, neatly timed with our maiden voyage on the good ship Oakmere.  This has been a long time coming – first seen at Overwater over a year ago, it has been an impatient wait to complete the share swap from our previous boat, Winthorpe.

It is a glorious boat with a dedicated engine room, something even the beloved admires.  It also has traditional controls – engine speed is managed by a small brass wheel and forward/backward gears by a push-me/pull-you brass lever, not unlike the gearing on a 2CV 🙂 .  I have used this system just once before on the Northwich Trader, Florence, so it was a challenge to exit the marina without any embarrassing collisions – mission accomplished.

The trip down to Nantwich was completed under blue skies but this morning Autumn has kicked-in with a vengeance.  There are many good things about the new boat, best of all, the full width bed that pulls out from under the tug deck; when the wind and rain is attacking the cabin sides, it is just too tempting to hibernate.  Next stop Wrenbury if we can ever be persuaded to emerge.

(Apologies to followers, I am only posting for the next two week due to the limited availability of a decent 3G signal).

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  1. Pit · October 6, 2014

    What a wonderfully decorated narrowboat. I’d love to have been on board.
    Have a great week, Pit

    • northumbrianlight · October 10, 2014

      Many thanks Pit – even better, we are out for two weeks 🙂

      • Pit · October 11, 2014

        I sure envy you!

  2. LaVagabonde · October 6, 2014

    Now that’s a swanky ride. Hope you brought your top hat along. 😀

  3. Cate Franklyn · October 6, 2014

    Beautiful boat, Bon Voyage! look forward to the photos!

    • northumbrianlight · October 10, 2014

      Many thanks Cate – 6 days into the trip and so far on schedule. This is the first Internet connection since Sunday – quite liberating being disconnected occasionally 🙂

  4. Cindi · October 6, 2014

    Fascinating — I look forward to more photos!!

    • northumbrianlight · October 10, 2014

      Thanks Cindi – she is so photogenic there is bound to be more 🙂

  5. socialbridge · October 7, 2014

    Oh heaven!

  6. restlessjo · October 21, 2014

    Just LOOK at those blue skies 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · October 21, 2014

      😀 That reminds me – Mr Blue Sky – I watched ELO on BBC4 the other night – they/Jeff Lynne still sound magnificent.

  7. dunelight · October 25, 2014

    Crazy. I like this.

  8. dunelight · October 25, 2014

    I did a quick search….do you have photos of the inside?

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