We cruised an extended Leicester Ring. In addition to the standard ring we included the Market Harbourough Arm, the Staffs and Worcester to Tixall Wide (our favourite mooring), and the Ashby Canal. A great trip!
Albert at Stowe Hill, Grand Union Canal, August 2005. The updated signwriting is by Colin Dundas of Roade. The scumbling is Dulux Brushwood - Oak. The Bertie can was decorated by Ron Hough and was a present from Maggie for Steve's 50th birthday.
On June 17-19th we took Albert up to Stoke Bruerne to join in the celebrations. Great event well organised by the Northampton IWA. It was blessed by good weather and large crowds. There were over 50 working boats on show and they were joined by over 160 private boats. A weekend to remember, especially as we invited our friends from Norfolk and Yorkshire to join us for a Watling Way First School Staff Reunion.
Albert at Stoke Bruerne January, 2005
Albert is a 61ft tradional narrow boat; built by Kennet & Avon Boatbuilders in 1994 and fitted out by her first owner in cottage-style; mostly in iroko. Albert is Steve & Maggie's second boat; their first being a 41ft Peter Nicholls traditional narrow boat.
She is powered by a Ruston & Hornsby 2YWM diesel controlled by speedwheel and has a short version of the traditional working boat back cabin. The base colour is mid-coach green but the stern section has black panels with oak scumbling. There is also a "pigeon box" ventilator and an exhaust stack mounted on the roof above the engine room.
Our home mooring is Kingfisher Marina at Yardley Gobion on the Grand Union Canal.
The Ruston is a 2 cylinder 2 litre direct injection diesel with twin alternators and Adverc battery management system. It has electric & hand starts (very hard work!) and is rated as 15 hp at 1,000 rpm. The engine drives a three-bladed Crowther 22"x16"propeller via a PRM 160 gearbox. The engine room (5' 10") also houses a Victron Combi invertor/battery charger and small brass wash basin.