A narrowboat renovation project by Nick Goodall.


26th November 2023


Winter’s a coming, and I’m getting through a lot of diesel out here in the sticks, not to mention the inconvencience of, you know, having to find somewhere to work, and shower…

The thought of a marina crossed my mind, many a time, and on Friday I finally put down a deposit for one in Stratford-upon-Avon, a mere 82 locks and 35 miles away… hmm, but exciting.

That evening I set sail, turning the boat around and making haste by moonlight:

Shakespeare marine bound

Shakespeare bound at dusk

Until another boat informed me of a blockage I forgot to check for… it’s winter working season for the CRT, and a nearby flight of locks is closed for a couple of weeks while they replace a gate, so it’ll be mid-December when I get there (hopefully).

Boat progress is nonetheless grinding to a halt while I focus on work and keeping warm, and it won’t be until next year when I ramp up again (£££). I’ll write an update when I get to Stratford in 2 or 3 weeks, but otherwise I’m hitting pause on this here blog, after exactly 6 months — 26 weekly updates!

In the meantime, here’s a photo from yesterday:

Sunset under a bridge

Until… soon!

- Nick

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