Brayford Pool reflections; planning a canal; still no pump-out; careless on the cut
I THOUGHT I would add my observations regarding the letter printed from Brian Marlow on boating to Boston ( CB, Nov).
I am a yogurt pot, wedding cake or any other description GRP cruiser owners are labelled with. I have owned our 23ft cruiser for seven years and cruise the Soar, Trent & Mersey and River Trent navigation.
My wife and I travelled to Lincoln this summer from Sawley and thoroughly enjoyed our two-week adventure. We felt more confident having sought advice from the lock-keepers at Cromwell and Torksey.
Taking on board their free and knowledgeable advice combined with following a few simple steps, including VHF radio, lifejackets and anchor prepped and secured for quick deployment, we embarked on the tidal stretch with much excitement and anticipation. Even 17-20mph winds and the odd squall during our cruise didn’t detract from the experience.
We found the cruise from Torksey to Lincoln on the Fossdyke very relaxing and absorbed the history of this Roman navigation as we cruised along the water seeing kingfishers and deer along the way.
We stayed in Brayford Pool for three nights at £10 per night which provided us with shore power, toilets and showers – and placed us in the middle of Lincoln.
We were not disturbed by the hustle and bustle of a city centre mooring over a hot summer weekend. Although there was ongoing construction going on around the university, we spent most of the day exploring the area on foot. Brayford is also very convenient for local supermarkets for supplies.
We quite liked the hustle around the quay from the numerous retail outlets and restaurants, making it feel quite cosmopolitan, especially in the evening with an array of colour being reflected in the water from the quayside properties. Cruising through the Glory Hole towards Stamp End lock was an assault on the senses with colour, sights and sounds. My photo shows us at Saxilby moorings on the approach to the Glory Hole. We will aim to make a repeat trip next year.
SIMON ROOTS, via email