Paddling into the sunset

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Sarah borrowed a paddle board from a neighbour and chased the sunset out onto Greenland Dock.

Paddle boarding is a sport that originated in Hawaii in 1900s. The boarder stands upright on a 9ft to 12ft board, and paddles through the water.

The board Sarah borrowed is an inflatable design that packs up into a holdall from Decathlon. Prices start around £300.

Paddle boarding has become become popular in the past few years thanks to modern design and manufacture. It’s a good alternation to surfboarding when there are no waves – or you’re on a dock.

Back in the dock

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This blog has been much neglected over the past 12 months.

We’ve spent the time overhauling and modernising the houseboat. We’ll share the story with you in the coming weeks.

It’s a story of adventure, comedy, a journey, and ultimately a rebirth. You’ll meet a monster or two along the way and countless heros.

We’re back on the houseboat and the blog. Thanks for joining us.

You can’t fight a tide

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The Zeelands Luister restoration project has been pushed back three weeks.

We’ve a summer programme of works planned including: hull sandblasting; anode replacement; steel work to restore the 100 year old barge to its traditional design; and painting.

It’s a once in a 10 year project, and then some.

We had planned to head down the River Thames from Greenland Dock on a falling tide at around 2am on 11 May, to Turks Shipyard in Chatham, Kent.

The project has been in the works since November. The date has been pushed back to 30 May because of project over runs in the dock.

It’s proved to be a significant planning challenge. We’ve had to rebook a river pilot, surveyor, project manager, and accommodation.

Without exception everyone has been accommodating and understanding. People are used to moving at the pace of the river.

You can’t fight a tide.

Windlass overhaul

IMG_20170407_100908 (1)New parts for the anchor windlass engine. It’s located at the front of the boat in the stern and lifts the anchor. The engine is having a complete overhaul and we’re replacing filters and the petrol tank