Saturday, 8 February 2014

Caption Competition

A bottle of wine to the blog reader who comes up with the most appropriate name for the owner of this boat. @Nbthegreenman may have a slight advantage here as she has been thinking of appropriate form of words since yesterday!

I call it the Spanish Galleon 





After sitting, to my knowledge for the best part of two years on a half mile stretch of the K&A, on Thursday, on a river section that has been closed since 23 December, he decides to move. I found him soaked to the skin trying to get out of Greenham Lock. As I walked LJ late afternoon. The gates are chained and padlocked. For a reason.  His female companion had obviously been despatched to the car for a toolbox. Still couldn't unlock the chains.  So, like the most irresponsible, stupid, boater on the system, or certainly a contender, he let the water out of the lock and left. Boat abandoned in the lock. Please don't let my rant influence you! It seems ludicrous that there is no penalty for this behaviour. Did I mention the licence on display expired last July?

This morning, Derek and Emma from Newbury Boat Company notified CRT and went to investigate. They found the padlock damaged. With CRT blessing they cut the chains and pulled the boat onto the lock mooring. Then sorted out replacement chains/lock. It seems ludicrous that there is no penalty for this behaviour. Did I mention the licence on display expired last July?