A nutty prob­lem

Canal Boat - - Letters - MIKE & JUDY BELL,

ON A RE­CENT trip to the Cal­don we picked up a sleep­ing bag or an anorak on the prop but, with lots of re­verse, we cleared it.

On moor­ing up two locks later, I lifted the weed­hatch and found we were short of the nut on the end of the shaft.

We were moored out­side the mu­seum at Stoke, so where to get a new nut? I tried the Black Prince hire com­pany and Canal & River Trust, but with no luck. We then tried the Canal Cruis­ing Co. at Stone. Suc­cess! We now had to get there. We de­cided that if we did not go astern, the prop should stay on. I put a ju­bilee clip on the end of the shaft and we set off. Af­ter five hours and nine locks, we moored and I walked into the Canal Cruis­ing Co. where they gave me three nuts – in case I dropped one while fit­ting it.

Thank you to all for your help.

nb The Mag­gie Anne

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