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Berko Lie over

Posted by PentargonSpringer on March 21, 2017 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

14days at Waitrose while the wind drops and the house and garden are sorted back at the ranch. The forecasts are not propituous for the next indeterminate number of days or indeed for the rest of the month. So home to tend garden and tidy house and get the tyre fixed on the" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Strida.

Apsley to Berko

Posted by PentargonSpringer on March 21, 2017 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Red Lion Apsley to Waitrose with a flat tyre. It was just getting dark as I pulled in near the bottom of Red Lion lock on Sunday 19th March 2017. Greeted by an old friend Chris Thompson whose HQ was opposite and made up for the night after turning the lock and slept soundly. On the morrow I went for two for the price of one and turned Apsley1 while Red Lion was lifting Pentargon. During the day I hauled in lock after lock by Hemel. This is a flag point for me as Boxmoor Lock64 by the cricket ...

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Batchworth to Red Lion

Posted by PentargonSpringer on March 21, 2017 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Batchworth to Red Lion and lotsa locks

Uxbridge to Batchworth and onwards

Posted by PentargonSpringer on March 21, 2017 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Uxbridge to Batchworth through a "closed" lock. There was rumour of a lock closed at Lots Mead and due to open on Fri17, so a decision was to make up to it and be 'first through' meant that on Thu16 we were able to sail through as the work was finished. We arrived at Two Bridges quite early in the day and rested awhile. Since there was no reason to stay and a couple of small boats had gone on we decided to chase them, passing Heidi's boat just outside Watford. We climbed through Casiobury and...

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West Drayton

Posted by PentargonSpringer on March 21, 2017 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

West Drayton to Swan and Bottle 10th March. Just one lock at Cowley with a milestone embedded into the fabric. Solo and uninspiring. I tied up by the Swan&Bottle and took the train home from Uxbridge to Upminster, leaving Mick (who had arrived earlier) to fend for himself. 

Kingston to West Drayton

Posted by PentargonSpringer on March 9, 2017 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

February switched to March in Kingston and my life was running about a month late. I was with my mate Mick showing him how to deal with a flowing river and be a ferryman on the Thames. During the few days, he learned to cross and re-cross the river, sleep on board (and stay warm!) and introduce Pentargon to his friends. I was supposed to have taken Pentargon upriver to Chertsey where I might meet Abbey Molyneux and find out how a skilled boat-wright could separately be an excellent chronicler...

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Welton Hythe. Goodbye and Thanks for the Fish

Posted by PentargonSpringer on September 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

It has been so much pleasure meeting all you guys and gals and sharing experiences. This applies equally to staff, tenants, gongoozlers and visitors. You will not be seeing me mooring at Welton Hythe any more and this is regrettable. It was my first choice of marina (even before I bought Pentargon) and with great regret I had to blow the management into the reeds last Saturday. I totally lost confidence in their ability to ensure security for my possessions when a valuable and irreplacable pi...

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The Principle of Archimedes

Posted by PentargonSpringer on September 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The surveyor had asked me to find out if possible whether Pentargon had ballast on board. At time of writing late Jan2012 I'd not yet had time to root around under the sole plates.  Pentargon had failed survey because the hull had failed the ultrasound test. Momentous decision was made. I purchased her as a 'write-off'  (at a write-off price) and decided to pay to get the hull done properly. This would involve using 6mm sheeting, pre-formed in a press to the profile of the Springer ...

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Voyage down the Centre of England

Posted by PentargonSpringer on September 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

All Summer, Pentargon's Lone Ranger skipper has been plagued with RSIs collected during the first six months of living aboard and not realising what one was doing twos-self. By careful management the effects have been minimised though because it is hugely important at one's advanced years that RSIs be allowed to fix. One has had to cease using the Espace as the left knee was weakening progsessively to the stage where it was almost impossible to press the clutch after about 100 miles of drivin...

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Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 23, 2012 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Hampshire Heated by HampshireHeater


Pentargon came to me with a useless cabin heater running off the on-board gas supply but giving no discernable heat whatever. The story and the solution are now published on a main page entitled "HAMPSHIRE"