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Blacked boats are not crows

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 6:40 AM

During June and July of 2018 South England experienced a massive heatwave and by the day Pentargon went back in the water no rain had fallen in the London area for 50days. Temperatures of 40+ were noted on board at times and letting air through the boat also let dust throygh the boat as the sidhe ghaoi played with the zephers.

The heat was oppressive but the high air temperature meant that the onboard bitumen bucket contained very viscous tar, such that it could be stipple ...

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Afloat Again

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 6:20 AM

Saturday 14th July 9.10am Pentargon was dropped into the water ... at a severe angle because the river level is very low. The diesel tank was filled to the top before winter took a grip so as to leave no space in it for moisture to grow while it was ashore. However, the air breather tank was disconnected over the winter also and not refitted. When the boat tipped back seriously as it entered the water backwards, you guessed it ... the tank started to spill diesel into the bilge ... it may be ...

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Decluttering and Feminising Pentargon

Posted on May 12, 2018 at 11:45 AM

As of 25th May I am freed of FarceBurk. They blinkled first. 

They forgot to lock the door and train their bots though.

Search for "Pentargon Springer"

revisited ... 2018-05-22 Tue14.51 Staines  ... 2018-18-22 Sat 12.05 Sunbury ...2018-05-29 Tue 11.25 Chertsey

... to be added "Chippendale"

Pentargon will be moving to new ownership and must have no funny little glitches. The whole philosophy of the exercise ...

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Black Birds Are Not Always Crows

Posted on May 5, 2018 at 5:40 PM

The English canal grid provides a priceless conduit for wildlife in, under and over the Grey Green Muddy Water traversed by Pentargon between 2011 and 2018. I am not a "specialist" when it comes to the natural world but take it in its entirety. I abhor "birders" as a group of one-subject anoraks and I can take or leave fishermen and funny mushroom hunters. My lifelong fascination is the interaction between birds and animals and trees and plants and water and [even] ...

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Crows are Black Birds

Posted on May 5, 2018 at 5:35 PM

This article is going to write itself

 ... as if ... !!!

It's about birds of the canals ... black and blackish  birds  ... other colours may be covered elsewhere 

On Grey Green Muddy Water, one is close to nature all the time and nature is frequently even closer to one.

Birds don't rate a boat, even with windows or doors open ... so you can get right up close and comfortable ...

I'm a count...

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Posted on May 3, 2018 at 5:45 AM

Sunbury Library 10.473May2018 ... Shepperton Library 09.30Sat3May2018 ...

Decluttering of Pentargon is under way and stuff not seen for years is coming to light, literally and figuratively.

A hull survey was completed by Ben Evans using ultra sound to locate weak points at the stern and a welder has been approached with a view to beefing up the rear end of the uxter plate, the only place on the whole boat which has gone below the magic 4mm figure that insurers wa...

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Posted on May 3, 2018 at 5:15 AM


Staines Library 03/05/2018 

Weybridge Tue29May18 

a 2sqm cubicle containing ...

the Hampshire,

the Airhead,

the Shower,

the Washbasin ...

the Drying Room ... for wet sailing gear ... Just like a real boat?

THE FIRST THING I NEED IS AN INTENSIVE MASTER CLASS ... on the use of a computer and especially on how to navigate my website via "webs dot com". I spent almost an hour th...

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Posted on May 3, 2018 at 5:10 AM

Silence has rained too long. It is the 3rd day of Bealtaine 2018 and Pentargon has been ashore for over four months, by far the longest period in seven years. The winter was effin awful so no regrets. Now at last the weather is breaking fair and Pentargon is getting the mother and father of a clean up. It started at the bows and worked ever so slowly backwards until the berth was cleared. All sorts of time-consuming repairs and mini modifications were completed as the de-clutter proceeded ine...

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Shepperton Lawn Lie-over

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Dave and Pete and Paul and all

The Weir Hotel Lie-over

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 11:15 AM

... The Weir Hotel in heavy rain as darkness closes in. And away in the morning early for whatever lies ahead ...


I slipped Sunbury wharf, four and two and puttered gently downstream past The Magpie to port and a moored fleet of river cruisers to starboard til clear of them. pulling the tiller over into a wode sweeping four and one which planted Pentargon broadside on and convenient to thro...

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sunbury wharf lie over

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM

check atlas and remember hurst park before that

Molesley Lock

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM


Brentford to Kingston

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM

I'm just readying this one for the future!!

Booked to leave Brentford at 1oc tomorrow for Teddington and Kingston.

rain or no rain.

check diary for real date times

Limehouse to Brentford solo Tue 17/Oct/2017

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 1:55 PM

I had booked for release from Limehouse "as early as was reasonable" and the lock-keeper suggested 9.30 am 

At 9.30 am, I nosed into the tide and pointed the bow West. 

Tower bridge at 1010. On tickover .... never raised a rev in anger at any time ... let the flowing tide do the hard work ...

Hammersmith at 1230 ... Chelsea Bridge at 1300 ... pulled up outside Thameslock at 1330 on the button

to debunk a few theories ... and deliver more than three bags f...

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Charcoal on the Lea

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 1:50 PM

The way the tides were timing, the boat had to be out on the river, maybe behind Lot's Ait, maybe tied longside John Kenton for a dawn departure. She came out of Thameslock on a flooding mid afternoon tide, but the flow outside was so strong she could not make against it and had to tie up til the flow slackened, about sundown! Having overnighted alongside John Kenton's "Thames Queen", she slipped early morning and under cover of darkness with the last of the still rising tide to be out o...

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Brentford solo descent to Bow Creek

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 4:55 AM

Including almost being rolled by a City Cruiser.

A previous phone call from Lennie to lock in on Weds morning tide. At 6oc!. meant having to go down on Tuesday as there are no [working] nav lights on Pentargon. Sunset is 5.20pm today in London.

Tues.10th October. Sunrise 7.15am BST 

6.20 Tide reaching top at John's boat but still flooding. Cast off at 6.30 and tied up outside Thameslock by 6.45am. Walk to Morrisons for 7oc opening and a bottle of milk and change to cana...

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Escape from Brentford

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 4:50 AM

Fun in the afternoon as we locked out at 3.45pm but could not fight the flow at the corner to get into The Thames Queen. 

Brentford Stay

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 4:50 AM

So Pentargon spent the day on Lots Ait while Mick went home and Pogue Took a look or two underneath

Kingston Brentford

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 4:50 AM

Seriously bad planning meant we missed the gate at Richmond! Read all about it later.

Shepperton Bottom

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 4:45 AM

Sunbury Molesey K-on-Thames