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Title: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 13, 2015, 09:01:33 AM
Following a reminder by John the Nuduke I'm posting this as an introduction to this year's boat trip.

Today I'm having a naked day at home getting everything ready.
As usual I'll try to do a progress report similar to the on for my French holiday telling you where I've got to, any worthwhile incidents and especially featuring all the bits of secret or free-range naturism which I achieve.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on August 13, 2015, 06:43:47 PM
Ummm, the question I posted in "Nudes in the News" (http://freerangenaturism.com/forum/index.php?topic=663.15), probably should have been here.

I encountered the other post 1st.

Duane
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 13, 2015, 07:23:14 PM
I replied there for the same reason.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: tanman on August 13, 2015, 11:35:00 PM
I'm looking forward to 'joining you' on the trip, JOhn! Do you have a drone for your camera?

Have fun, naked, I KNOW you will!
Larry (tanman in Texas)
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 14, 2015, 08:41:28 PM
The marina at Droitwich is roomy, but that one next to the railroad looks like a carpark in a downtown area. Very cramped.

In all your boating nude have you met any others of the same inclination.
Is there a nude boating contingent, albeit unorganized?

Duane
I'm replying here because it makes more sense (to me anyway).
I showed both moorings to give you an idea of the range of moorings which exist.
The roomy one if a  reasonably up-market commercial marina while the crowded one is a club which rents the basin and wants to get as many boats in as possible.
In commercial carrying days the working boats were often crowded just as tightly.
Believe it or not every boat in the club basin could get in and out independently in spite of the apparent crowding.

While there are quite a few naturist boaters the nature of canals makes it well nigh impossible to boat naked most of the time so my nude time is mostly confined to early mornings when nobody else is around. The canals were built as commercial arteries and there was a wharf at almost every bridge.The wharf buildings are now almost all dwellings and they therefore always go through the middle of towns on the route with frequent pubs, etc.

I hope this gives you an idea of the amount of free-range skill required to get any naked time at all.
Why do I have to have two such incompatible obsessions?
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 14, 2015, 11:33:05 PM
Friday

We drove up to the marina in the rain, stopping on the way for coffee and to do the main supplies shopping. On arriving we unloaded and had lunch after which I stripped  off but had to put my boiler suit on to sort out the battery charging. I just hope I haven't overdone it and fry the batteries.
I would have done the job naked where we used to moor but the marina is a bit less relaxed than the club mooring.
When I had finished I took off the boiler suit and have been naked ever since inside the boat, M even countenancing my remaining naked for dinner.
M collects our grandson tomorrow morning and he will be with us for the following week so I don't expect to have much naked boating or swimming in the Severn.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 15, 2015, 07:32:30 PM
Saturday

As we were on our own still I didn't bother to dress in the morning, having breakfast and doing several minor maintenance jobs around the boat naked after breakfast while M drove out to fetch our grandson and do a little last minute shopping with him.
When I had finished the inside jobs I put on my boiler suit to connect the hose to the water point and fill the tank ready to set off.
While I was naked I am almost certain I was seen by the occupants of the next boat but I can't be certain as nothing was said when we saw them later.
When M got back with grandson I changed from my boiler suit to t-shirt and shorts.
We then set out and after stopping for lunch at Hanbury junction we finally moored up for the night at the bottom of Tibberton locks.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 16, 2015, 06:37:52 PM
Sunday

Although the main part of the day was totally textile I did manage to have a couple of hours naked before breakfast.

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A short stroll on the towpath.

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Making the breakfast croissants

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An earlymorning mug of tea.

Later I really felt the lack of nude time when cruising down the canal from our overnight mooring towards Worcester as the conditions were almost suitable for a bit of naked cruising.
We finished up having a splendid but slightly alcoholic late lunch in the Kings Head pub in Worcester before lazing around on the boat (dressed unfortunately) for the rest of the day.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on August 16, 2015, 07:40:49 PM
Dirty gritty chip-seal in the path, keeping bare feet off on the grass? Is this a common condition because of mud? Is it still arranged pretty much for horses?
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: Peter S on August 16, 2015, 11:30:24 PM
JOhn can answer for where he is, but my own experience of towpath walking is anything from paving, through concrete, to gravel to muddy footpaths. It all depends on whereabouts you happen to be, and how much time/money/care the canal agency is willing/able to lavish on that particular stretch

Peter
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 17, 2015, 08:33:23 AM
JOhn can answer for where he is, but my own experience of towpath walking is anything from paving, through concrete, to gravel to muddy footpaths. It all depends on whereabouts you happen to be, and how much time/money/care the canal agency is willing/able to lavish on that particular stretch

Peter
The surfacing of towpaths is often funded by other bodies than the canal authority.
In towns it will be well up to pavement (sidewalk) and cycle track standards, while in remoter parts of the countryside is can still be an almost impassable eroded potholed muddy track. Loose gravel and granite chippings are other regular surfacing used depending on the expected traffic and finance available.
Many towpaths have been adopted by Sustrans (http://www.sustrans.org.uk/) as part of the National Cycle Network.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 18, 2015, 11:05:45 PM
Monday

Again I managed 2 hours naked first thing before everything got busy and grandson woke.
Although it ia a very urban setting in the middle of Worcester (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=385278&y=254517&z=115&sv=385278,254517&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=662&ax=385278&ay=254517&lm=0) I had enough peace before the cyclists, joggers and dog walkers started to polish the outside brass and was able to do all the other early morning jobs around the engine area after they started without any problems - I got a cheery "good morning" from several joggers of both sexes.

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A dog walker. (I was still naked when I took this picture.)

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Shutting the outside engine cover.

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Checking email and writing up the morning blog.

After doing some essential shopping we set off stopping at Diglis Basin for sewage disposal before going down Diglis Locks into the River Severn. As usual the river was quite nude boating friendly but the weather and grandson's presence kept me dressed.
After quite a good run for the first few miles we suddenly had an overheating problem. I took the boat into the bank and used a mud anchor while I investigated.
On investigation an engine mounting bolt had sheared resulting in metal on metal rubbing in the stern tube, heating the propeller shaft to the point that the lubricating grease was evaporating in smoke. Luckily I had a spare bolt available and there were alternative threaded positions on the cylinder block which that I could use but it still took 2 hours of work before I had a workable alternative engine mount using the original one upside down and could re-align the engine to continue to the nearest mooring at the Wharf Inn.

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The Wharf Inn pub seen from the boat. (Picture taken Tuesday morning).

[b]Tuesday[/b]

Woke at 6 o'clock and made a morning pot of tea.
When I opened up the engine compartment to improve my improvised engine mount I found the stern tube seals had leaked badly overnight and there was about 5 inches of water in the engine bilges. The first job was to stand on the gunwale to tilt the boat to the bilge pump side and pump the water out.

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Running the bilge pump.

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Using the landing stage to fetch things from the bow cockpit.
Commuter traffic is passing on the bridge.

While we were stopped in Stourport Basin for sewage and water I managed to borrow an angle grinder to cut away a corner of the engine mounting bracket so I could re-fit it a bit better.
Of course the man who lent me the angle grinder was rewarded with some Felinfoel BEER from the slab I have on the boat.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 18, 2015, 11:11:03 PM
Something went wrong with my bilge pump picture so here it is again.

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There was plenty of morning commuter traffic on the bridge.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on August 19, 2015, 07:50:17 PM
As when traveling by car, boat or travel trailer, you had better be handy with tools and have a mechanical mind. Otherwise you will be spending long hours in venues not on the itinerary.

It always is surprising to see you on the docks and or boat naked in the middle of a town. It's a good sort of pictorial of a natural way to live.

Duane
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 19, 2015, 08:10:10 PM
As when traveling by car, boat or travel trailer, you had better be handy with tools and have a mechanical mind. Otherwise you will be spending long hours in venues not on the itinerary.

It always is surprising to see you on the docks and or boat naked in the middle of a town. It's a good sort of pictorial of a natural way to live.

Duane
The Wharf Inn mooring is in a quiet rural location but I have boated naked in some surprisingly busy spots.
Using FRN craft (my new term for SN craft) I have boated naked in some surprising places. Perhaps I should start a topic where I re-post some of my past naked boating exploits.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 20, 2015, 09:01:25 AM
Wednesday


Beautiful sunny morning but I couldn't enjoy it to the full because I had to get my treasurer's report emailed for tonight's meeting of the Swansea Canal Society. This meant that I didn't get out in the really quiet early morning.
When I eventually emerged to water the herbs I got a friendly good morning from the first passing cyclist and when I was polishing the brass I had to shut the stern doors when the first moving boat of the morning came round the bend.

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The cyclist disappearing down the towpath.

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Watering the herbs

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Closing the stern doors

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Greeting the passing boater.

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Polishing the brass.

We stopped for lunch just north of Kidderminster when I took the opportunity to re-do the engine mounts after which we travelled on as far as Kinver where we found the visitor moorings almost empty.
Overnight I lay awake for some time thinking through the engine alignment process. I intend to have another go at it in the morning while M and grandson go shopping in Kinver.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nuduke on August 21, 2015, 01:13:44 AM
Spiffing reports JOhn!

The great thing is that last year we did a lump of the journey you describe and so I recognised your mention of locations and we had a meal at the Kings Head in Worcester on our way home!

I look forward to the next instalment!

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When I eventually emerged to water the herbs
  Is this a euphemism! :D

John
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on August 21, 2015, 01:24:15 AM
Spiffing reports JOhn!
. . . .
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When I eventually emerged to water the herbs
  Is this a euphemism! :D

John

If they ARE herbs for cooking, I would hope not!

Duane
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 21, 2015, 09:06:10 AM
Spiffing reports JOhn!
. . . .
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When I eventually emerged to water the herbs
  Is this a euphemism! :D

John

If they ARE herbs for cooking, I would hope not!

Duane

Getting the water - poured onto the compost, not on the plants.

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Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 21, 2015, 11:03:29 PM
An almost totally off-forum post:

Friday

After a naked hour or so doing the usual boat chores, sorting out some Canal Society administration and cleaning the outside brass I dressed to cycle up to the village for some more supplies and the morning paper.
The rest of the daywas regular textile boating, terminated with a meal in the Round Oak pub at the Bratch.
On the way I took a few pictures to illustrate the day.

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Masses of Himalayan Balsam beside the canal.
This is a plant introduced into Britain in Victorian times and is now regarded as an invasive species because of the way in which it smothers all the native plants in its path. It is particularly bad for rivers and canals because it kills off all the vegetation which normally holds the banks together and, having no substantial root structure itself and dying back in the winter, it allows the banks to erode.
Unlike Japanese Knotweed it is safe to eliminate as it does not require special disposal measures so many canal societies hold an annual "Balsam Bash" at the beginning of the flowering season when it is easy to identify and has not yet started to spread seeds for next year's invasion.

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Meeting another boat with yet more Himilayan Balsam visible by the towpath.

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M chatting with the waiting boaters while the lock fills. Grandson is standing by the offside paddle gear ready to close the sluice when the gate opens.

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Entering a bridge hole. The bridge style varies from canal to canal.

I hope to have some more free range naturism to report tomorrow.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 22, 2015, 08:09:41 AM
Saturday Morning

So much for my hope of free-range naturism.
I had moored up in a suitable quiet location for nudity around the boat and noticed a hedge gap into a field close by. However on the way to the pub last night I saw that suburbia had invaded the rural space. As I knew that we are moored in a very short quiet stretch nudity is confined to the environs of the boat.
As soon as the rain stops I'll be out naked polishing the brass but the rest of the day will be textile boating.

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Our mooring with the garden of the next house in the distant background.

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The gap in the towpath hedge.

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The view from where I am standing in the previous picture.
Yet more Himalayan Balsam is visible.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 24, 2015, 09:05:09 AM
Needless to say on Saturday morning the rain did not stop in time for me to polish the brass while naked.
Also in response to a post in another topic here is a composite picture of Ernest's interior.

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Sunday

Saturday evening we stopped in what looked like an ideal FRN location and for once I was not disappointed, getting in three hours of naturist activity before it was time to set off.
In detail:
I made the morning tea and the dough for the rolls and croissants and then occupied myself outside while the rolls proved and the croissant dough chilled.
Outside I cleaned the brass, put the cockpit cushions out after drying the locker tops and then decided to trim my beard in the towpath sunshine. Unfortunately I was so engrossed in the task that I fell down on my FRN alertness and failed to see the early dog walker approaching me from behind. My attention had also been distracted by seeing a heron alight in the cattle field opposite and I was setting up the video camera ready to get some footage when he wished me good morning as he passed.
It was then time to finish making the croissants, baking the rolls and preparing the breakfast which I enjoyed naked before dressing to set off.

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The dog walker approaching me from behind.

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The herons in the cattle field

In the afternoon it started raining heavily so I moored up in what looked like a perfect place for a bit of FRN including a perfect opportunity to get a classic picture for the “Bridges” topic. See http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4246695 and http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-1406777-high-bridge-bridge-no-39-shropshire-uni#.Vdq79iVViko
Unfortunately there was no telephone signal so we had to move on as soon as it stopped raining to M could sort out with daughter-in-law about collecting grandson.
The only mooring we found with signal seems to be highly unsuitable for morning FRN.

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The mooring.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on August 24, 2015, 10:51:01 AM
Your FRN, your stealth seem to be taking your craft into an art.

It appears that there are plenty of sizable windows giving an open feel and air flow, more that I had imagined.
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on August 24, 2015, 05:31:24 PM
We have invasive species here also. Cheatgrass, native to Europe, Asia et al. It's sole purpose seems to be to reproduce and provide fuel for fires ignited by lightening strikes. Normally the desert just doesn't have that much to burn. Except for the cheatgrass.

There are others in wetlands areas also. It is a battle that is slowly being lost.

It certainly looks busy on the canal. I had an image of silent and secluded trips through rural areas with nary sound. That last photo looks like a street scene with all the boats lined up.

Duane

Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 25, 2015, 08:16:12 AM
Monday

In spite of the expected unsuitability for morning nudity the overnight mooring turned out to be quiet enough for me to do all the outside chores naked and take a couple of relevant pictures.

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Running the bilge pump.

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Goldstone Bridge No 55 on the Shropshire Union Canal

We set off at about 9 a.m. for Market Drayton where grandson's mother was going to collect him. After we moored up I cycled into the town to checkout the shopping and get a further supply of BEER tokens. While there I spotted the Red Lion micro-brewery which claims to brew Joule's BEER to the original recipe. The original brewery was taken over by the big multinational brewer and closed down.
After a very pleasant lunch with daughter-in-law in the Talbot Inn I stripped off, reverted the middle cabin from bunk mode to study mode and re-packed the stern gland wearing only my boiler suit.
In the evening we walked into town and dined at the Red Lion where I sampled a pint or two of their brew which was the same beer I enjoyed when I lived and worked in Stafford in the 1960's. After a very pleasant evening we had a taxi back to the boat as my knee was playing up.
Quick FRN moment
After we had undressed I felt the urgent need to dispose of a certain amount of excess fluid while M was occupying the bathroom so, the canal and towpath being very quiet, I went out on the bows and watered the towpath grass.

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A re-enactment of the above moment the next morning (without the excess fluid problem).

Duane,
There are now more leisure boats on the canals than ever, considerable exceeding the number of working boats in their commercial heyday. Yesterday morning there were eight boats going up or down the flight of five locks when we were there which made it a very social experience. Obviously, the canals were built to link commercial centres and more communities sprang up around them.
The picture below is the view from where the above picture was taken.

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Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on August 25, 2015, 04:41:13 PM
Love the 1st picture. A quiet morning with the fog laying down on the water.
Hopefully it's as quiet as it looks.

With early morning naked activity, how's the temps? You look comfortable.

Duane
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: Bob Knows on August 25, 2015, 06:23:34 PM

After we had undressed I felt the urgent need to dispose of a certain amount of excess fluid while M was occupying the bathroom so, the canal and towpath being very quiet, I went out on the bows and watered the towpath grass.

Its been said that there is nothing else as much fun as messing around with a boat.

I'm sure the towpath grass will be more green for getting additional "love" this morning. 

Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 25, 2015, 07:20:33 PM
Love the 1st picture. A quiet morning with the fog laying down on the water.
Hopefully it's as quiet as it looks.

With early morning naked activity, how's the temps? You look comfortable.

Duane
I can't find a record of the temperature Monday morning but I would guess that it was in the range of 12 to 15 degrees (that's somewhere in the 50's in old money).
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 26, 2015, 08:52:15 AM
Tuesday

I woke up early for my usual naked time and took the last two pictures in the Monday post.
I then spent too much time on the net so by the time I got round to doing the brass there was too much activity to do it naked. The rest of the day was spent clothed except for a few minutes re-adjusting the stern gland where I has tightened down the new packing too much and had to loosen it off. I did this task naked as we were now in a suitable location.
We are now moored up for the night in a location which promises well for a little FRN tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nudewalker on August 26, 2015, 03:50:54 PM
Tuesday

I then spent too much time on the net so by the time I got round to doing the brass there was too much activity to do it naked.

I have often got myself in that position where becoming involved in other things and miss out on outside naked time! Have you ever docked in what you thought would be a quiet spot able to be nude when another boat pulls up next to you? Often when camping I have a secluded spot only to have another camper pull in next to us even though there are another 200 spots open!
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 26, 2015, 06:30:26 PM
This has happened to me but usually it does not matter as other boaters don't tend to emerge until after I have completed my outside nude activities.
On the odd occasion when they have emerged earlier I have only had friendly greetings like this one which I caught on video.
https://vimeo.com/109823432
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: Bob Knows on August 26, 2015, 06:55:19 PM
This has happened to me but usually it does not matter as other boaters don't tend to emerge until after I have completed my outside nude activities.
On the odd occasion when they have emerged earlier I have only had friendly greetings like this one which I caught on video.
https://vimeo.com/109823432


I'm not surprised that the other boater just gave you a pleasant "Good Morning" without a negative comment on your most comfortable outfit.   When we act normal we are accepted as normal.  And perhaps the other boater will try it next year.

Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on August 26, 2015, 07:24:51 PM
Quote from: nudewalker
Often when camping I have a secluded spot only to have another camper pull in next to us even though there are another 200 spots open!

We've had the same thing happen to us.

It’s most likely nothing more sinister than wanting to be close to others for the opportunity to visit. But I agree with you, my whole point in going camping is to get away to peace and quiet. Why would I want to park right next to another camper. You can always walk to visit someone.

We try to find campsites with little to no RV's. We still enjoy tent camping and find all the generators and other noise distracting. RV camping is fine and a great many people prefer their camping that way, but we like to take it down to the basics.

Some people show up with everything except the house. What is it they are getting away from?

Duane
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 27, 2015, 09:07:47 AM
Quote from: nudewalker
Often when camping I have a secluded spot only to have another camper pull in next to us even though there are another 200 spots open!

<snip>

Some people show up with everything except the house. What is it they are getting away from?

Duane

We refer to caravanners doing that in the UK as "suburbia in a field."
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 27, 2015, 09:10:50 AM
Wednesday
There turned out to be rather too many dog walkers for easy FRN starting shortly after 6 o'clock. I did manage to do most of the outside chores and take this picture in the intervals but the whole thing was rather fraught and not relaxed like FRN should be.

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I should have expected this really as the track through the grassy towpath is quite well worn, indicating that it gets a significant amount of regular use.
The rest of the day was pleasant textile boating ending with mooring up at Nantwich in a busy location with a surfaced towpath which does not augur well for tomorrow morning. However we needed to moor here to do the laundry and collect the train tickets to nip back to South Wales for a friend's 50th birthday party at the weekend.
This was followed by a shower and supper on the boat, as usual.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nudewalker on August 27, 2015, 03:48:28 PM
Quote from: nudewalker
Often when camping I have a secluded spot only to have another camper pull in next to us even though there are another 200 spots open!

<snip>

Some people show up with everything except the house. What is it they are getting away from?

Duane

We refer to caravanners doing that in the UK as "suburbia in a field."

My wife refers to our camper as our "little house on wheels" but then as in any marriage there is some compromise. As I would want to get away from it all there has to be a middle road to be able to enjoy what I do and make allowances for the misses and her health problems. In the grand scheme I will take the understanding and supportive wife and deal with the crowds as best I can. I am almost at the point where, despite having a neighbor camping near us, I would do morning chores much like John however it seems that there are children involved and that changes the scenario.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: Bob Knows on August 27, 2015, 05:15:16 PM
There turned out to be rather too many dog walkers for easy FRN starting shortly after 6 o'clock. I did manage to do most of the outside chores and take this picture in the intervals but the whole thing was rather fraught and not relaxed like FRN should be.

Its a shame that the dog walkers can't be just ignored to do their thing while you do yours.   
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on August 27, 2015, 06:16:52 PM
Quote from: nudewalker
My wife refers to our camper as our "little house on wheels" but then as in any marriage there is some compromise.

Compromise is important.

When our kids were still in diapers, we did not stop camping (except for the recovery time after each birth). We rented RV's as it was much easier to carry all the gear and supplies necessary when traveling with kids. As soon as reasonable we began tent camping again.

RV's were much easier and convenient for little ones.

Duane
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nuduke on August 28, 2015, 12:06:01 AM
That's one of my favourite things on the canal.  Getting up early at dawn with the water mirror-still, the deep quiet and the evanescent mist over the water. 

John
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 28, 2015, 10:24:44 AM
Thursday

I got up later than usual to find a beautiful quiet morning suitable for a litte outside nudity in spite of the apparent ambience and no dog walkers or cyclists in spite of the high usage rate implied by the surfaces towpath with picnic benches.
The presence of a pheasant on the towpath tempted me out to take a few pictures.

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The pheasant on the towpath

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The towpath where the pheasant was standing

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The view inthe other direction

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Standing in the cockpit, showing more of the moored boats

After breakfast I spent the morning doing boat cleaning and maintenance while M was at the launderette.
The rest of the day was spent textile boating and we moored up in a nice sunny location (but with a cold wind) that augurs well for tomorrow morning.

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The towpath showing signs of very low usage.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on August 28, 2015, 08:32:54 PM
Lack of use on the tow path. Good craft.

That green boat with the red dot, looks like a case of Hienieken.
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 28, 2015, 10:07:15 PM
Friday

The morning turned out to be everything I had hoped for and I had a half hour doing the outside chores before setting out for an hour's naked boating before breakfast. Unfortunately the clouds cam over so I didn't get the benefit of the sun to counteract the post-dawn chill of early autumn mornings so I ended up in t-shirt, fleece and shorts for the last half-hour.

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Unmooring

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Hollingshead Bridge

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A canalside heron taking off as the boat approaches.

After we moored up I cycled to the local station to check the route for tomorrow morning, had a shower and remained naked to cook and eat dinner.
The boat curtains remained open.

Edited to add
A hire boat with children on it has moored up behind us so I'm not sure about tomorrow's naked dawn.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nuduke on August 29, 2015, 01:07:38 AM
Splendid, JOhn.  This is a quality trip.  Been up that stretch myself years ago.

Really interesting half hour historical documentary about canals on TV this evening: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06828hz/canals-the-making-of-a-nation-3-capitalism

Two amazing facts
1. Canal speculation was a point in time (Late 18th Century) where the democratisation of capital began; in that the middle classes, hitherto unable to invest and grow capital by speculation, found, a means to invest small amounts in the many canal projects, and start up the modern trend of widespread use of the stock markets for generating income and growth of capital.

2. Boatmen were a pest to aristocrats when the canal went through the Lord's land.  The boatmen used to poach pheasant off rich men's land by sending their kids ahead of the boat to spread rum soaked grain which attracted the aristocrat's pheasants.  The pheasant would be anaesthetised by the rum and would be easy to catch by hand when the boat and boatman appeared later on.  Hilarious and cunning!

John
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on August 29, 2015, 02:54:27 AM
Dang that's such a tease. It is only available in the UK.

Maybe one of these days on PBS. We'll see.
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: Bob Knows on August 29, 2015, 06:10:12 PM
2. Boatmen were a pest to aristocrats when the canal went through the Lord's land.  The boatmen used to poach pheasant off rich men's land by sending their kids ahead of the boat to spread rum soaked grain which attracted the aristocrat's pheasants.  The pheasant would be anaesthetised by the rum and would be easy to catch by hand when the boat and boatman appeared later on.  Hilarious and cunning!

John


Interesting hunting technique.   I wonder if one could hunt dear or turkey with the same method.

Bob
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 31, 2015, 01:54:59 PM
Saturday and Sunday

Two textile days travelling by train to Bridgend and back for a friend's 50th birthday party on Saturday evening.
Of course I was naked on the boat until it was time to go and stripped immediately on return.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nudewalker on August 31, 2015, 05:16:46 PM
Saturday and Sunday

Two textile days travelling by train to Bridgend and back for a friend's 50th birthday party on Saturday evening.

I can't remember the last time I spent two whole days textile! It has to be at least two plus years and before my retirement. I'm afraid the misses would have to have me committed for symptoms of mental illness.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 31, 2015, 06:06:51 PM
Saturday and Sunday

Two textile days travelling by train to Bridgend and back for a friend's 50th birthday party on Saturday evening.

I can't remember the last time I spent two whole days textile! It has to be at least two plus years and before my retirement. I'm afraid the misses would have to have me committed for symptoms of mental illness.
Not quite two whole days - we didn't leave the boat until noon on Saturday and were back on board by 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on August 31, 2015, 11:23:28 PM
Monday

Started naked boating while breakfast rolls proved but rain was too cold so I did the rest, including moooring up in town wearing waterproof jacket.

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The rest of the day was spent clothed boating up "Heartbreak Hill" locks.
We stopped at about 4 o'clock because of the rain so I had a shower and remained naked until after breakfast.
M seems to countenance naked dinner on the boat far more than at home in spite of the fact that our dining is just as formal.

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Writing up this blog.

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Washing up after dinner.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nudewalker on September 01, 2015, 02:43:45 PM

2. Boatmen were a pest to aristocrats when the canal went through the Lord's land.  The boatmen used to poach pheasant off rich men's land by sending their kids ahead of the boat to spread rum soaked grain which attracted the aristocrat's pheasants.  The pheasant would be anaesthetised by the rum and would be easy to catch by hand when the boat and boatman appeared later on.  Hilarious and cunning!

John

I have been looking for a sign I found on social media which read something like;

Warning, Baiting deer is illegal.
This corn pile is for squirrels, chipmunks and other such animals.
Any deer found eating this corn will be shot.

Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 03, 2015, 02:55:25 PM
Tuesday
Although we were in a good semi-rural location I didn't any early FRN and the rest of the day was totally textile with shopping at Tesco's and Harecastle Tunnel, finally mooring up at Etruria in the middle of Stoke-on-Trent.
However I was able to remain naked all evening after my shower.

Wednesday
In spite of the limiting nature of our urban environment I was able to empty the ash pan into the hedgerow before getting dressed for the day's boating. Giiven the potential busyness of the towpath and the houses opposite the brass cleaning had to wait until I was dressed.

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Emptying the ash pan

The intention was to moor overnight in Stone, which would have been another busy urban mooring but it was so busy that we decided to carry on to the first suitable place to moor. This seems to be an ideal spot for a little outdoor FRN  before we set off and possibly a mile or so of naked boating first thing.

A few pictures from our day of textile boating:

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Waiting for a lock to fill before entering it.

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Entering a lock

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Opening a paddle to let the water out

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Climbing down onto the boat.

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Under a low railway bridge.

Dinner (naked of course) was to be a pizza which M had bought as an emergency meal and had now reached its use-by date. With her usual brio she conjured this into a full four course meal, plus aperitifs with nibbles and coffee with digestif.
No wonder I show her every consideration (apart from loving her dearly, of course.)
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nudewalker on September 03, 2015, 03:32:34 PM
Fantastic pictures once again! There was a canal system in Ohio before the railroads, most has been destroyed and relegated to a museum. I did read that there is a working canal in the middle of the state so I may have to go and see for comparison. How long does it take a lock to fill or drain? And how does one determine who locks through as it seems like there is only enough room for one to pass at a time?
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 03, 2015, 04:21:55 PM
Many canals were taken over by railway companies. Some built the railway on the canal line and others closed the canal to eliminate the competition.
Boats go through the locks in order of arrival, although if there are boats going both ways then it's one up and one down. If two boats arrive at the same time from opposite directions the first boat is determined by whether the lock is full or empty. In commercial carrying days certain fast boats called "fly boats" had priority but otherwise the rules were as now. It was not totally unknown for fist fights to break out if one steerer considered that another had stolen his water at a lock.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 05, 2015, 02:35:07 PM
Thursday

THis morning the weather was not good enough for naked boating soI just did the usual morning boat chores and had breakfast before dressing to set off for an enjoyable day boating.
We had intended to stop in Great Hayward for a restaurant dinner but ended up continuing almost to Rugeley where we are in another good spot for a naked morning.

Friday

It was a perfect spot for naked morning and would have been perfect for some nude boating except for a cold breeze which made standing at the tiller impracticable. However I did do a little nude walking before things started getting busy.

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A misty morning with Rugeley power station just visible in the background.

A textile day's boating ending with a splendid meal in the Plough gastropub at Whittington village.
Although the location looks rather urban I hope to get a little naked boating in the morning.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 05, 2015, 10:39:00 PM
Saturday

It was a rather miserable morning so I didn't stire as soon as I had intended but I was still able to put the button back on after painting the bow last night and boat naked almost all the way to our breakfast stop in Whittington where I cycled into the village to get a newspaper and a few supplies.

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Shackling the chains of the button fender.

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Retrieving the bow mooring chain.

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Taking in the stern rope.

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Coiling the stern rope

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On my way

After breakfast (clothed for a change as I couldn't be bothered to undress) we had a pleasant day's textile boating mooring up for the night in a rural location with a hardly worn grassy towpath.
This, combined with being a couple of miles from the nearest towns in a fairly open location with a sunny dawn forecast promises well for some morning FRN while the breakfast rolls and croissants prove and chill respectively.
The only fly in the ointment might be early peg setters for an angling contest.

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Running the bilge pump after undressing for my evening shower.
You can see how green the towpath is here.
Several trains passed and I have no way of knowing if anybody was looking out of the windows.
After my shower I remained naked all evening.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nudewalker on September 06, 2015, 02:31:21 PM
I doubt if anyone saw you from the train and if they did just a glimpse of your nude body. Was Saturday miserable due to cold, fog or rain? We have had a fw foggy mornings but it still has been quite warm. I hope the anglers don't interfere with your FRN much as I enjoy the stories and pictures.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 06, 2015, 11:24:59 PM
Sunday

The morning turned out to be everything I had hoped for (no peg setters) and I was able to remain naked around the boat for the first three hours cooking the breakfast rolls and croissants (mostly waiting for them to prove or cook) and the weather was good enough for me to have a naked breakfast outside at the cockpit table.
Rather than continue boating, I took advantage of the dry sunny weather to spend the morning painting the red grab rails and roof hatches. They really need another coat but look much better already.
In the afternoon I had another go at the stern tube packing and found that the engine mount bolt which had previously given problems had dropped out again so I had another job to complete. I was going to do that job naked but another boat moored up immediately behind us obliging me to wear a boiler suit again.
That job completed, I had a shower and was naked ofr the rest of the day, cooking and eating our salmon risotto dinner.

To sum up, not a bad day at all. Several worthwhile jobs done on a sunny day wearing nothing but boiler suits while  doing work in public and totally naked for the remainder.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nuduke on September 07, 2015, 11:41:26 PM
JOhn,
Just caught up on your boating blog and loved all the pictures!  Just got my PC going which makes reading FRN and responding easier.  So just a short note to say thanks for the chronicles.

I appreciate seeing the background of the pics too as can gauge the attractiveness of potential targets for us if the reawakening of our navigation holidays in the last couple of years continues and so might take us up the same waterways.  Mind you most of our journeys have been in the west of England other than a weekend out of Nottingham, so time to do some eastern midlands canals perhaps.

Your pictures of the interior show Ernest looks comfy and relatively spacious!  More revealed than you can see by peeking in the portholes at Droitwich! :) 

Questions: In the early morning when you are naked outside doing chores, where is your wife?  Abed?  Doing things inside?  Taking the pics?  And does she do nude at all whilst on the canals?

Keep boating!

John
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 08, 2015, 08:07:53 AM
JOhn,
<snip>
Questions: In the early morning when you are naked outside doing chores, where is your wife?  Abed?  Doing things inside? 
M remains in bed with her morning cup(s) of tea while I have some morning FRN on the boat - much the same as happens at home.

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Taking the pics? 
All the pictures are self-shots, mostly by taking frame grabs from video footage.

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And does she do nude at all whilst on the canals?
No, M is very much a holiday and swim session naturist.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nudewalker on September 08, 2015, 04:07:04 PM
Sounds familiar JOhn, my misses often stays in the RV with coffee and her reading while I enjoy my morning FRN.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 09, 2015, 08:47:22 PM
Monday

I had a very pleasant naked morning with a half hour of naked boating as far as Atherstone flight of locks.
The remainder of the day was textile finishing with a pub supper accompanied by a couple of pints of mild ale in the Greyhound pub at Hawkesbury Junction on the outskirts of Coventry.


Tuesday

After my usual nude hour in the boat I had hoped tohave a naked early start but the weather just wasn't favourable so it was another textile boating day.
On mooring up I intended to do a bit more painting but the weather wasn't good enough so I did some inside boat maintenance until it was tile to shower and have a naked dinner and evening.


Wednesday

A short bit of textile boating before morning coffee after which I stripped down to my boiler suit to do a bit more painting.
For some of the painting I was almost out of sight of passing boats but unfortunately not quite enough and while concentrating on the painting I was not alert enough to passing traffic to allow nudity.
However the towpath shows very little use so I should get some good FRN in the morning as the weather forecast is very promising.

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Putting on my boiler suit

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Painting the rail red.
A passing boat can be seen in the background and you can see how little traffic the towpath gets.
A short slightly muddy stretch showed footprints but no cycle tracks.
This means that I won't need to worry about swiftly and silently approaching cyclists tomorrow morning.

After finishing the painting in mid afternoon I showered and remained naked for the rest of the day.

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Preparing dinner
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on September 09, 2015, 09:23:05 PM
Is that a door and some kind of hatch to starboard, or just one entrance?
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 09, 2015, 10:15:50 PM
Is that a door and some kind of hatch to starboard, or just one entrance?
Jbee
It's not to starboard, it's on the right.
Canals were the freight motorways (freeways) of the early 1800's and used land rather than nautical terms.
It is called a side hatch and has a lifting lid. I'll try to get a picture of it in use later in the trip.
In practice it is only used as an emergency exit or for loading awkward objects such as trestle tables and display boards.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on September 09, 2015, 10:23:44 PM
Quote from: Bob
Quote from: Nuduke
    2. Boatmen were a pest to aristocrats when the canal went through the Lord's land.  The boatmen used to poach pheasant off rich men's land by sending their kids ahead of the boat to spread rum soaked grain which attracted the aristocrat's pheasants.  The pheasant would be anaesthetised by the rum and would be easy to catch by hand when the boat and boatman appeared later on.  Hilarious and cunning!

    John

Interesting hunting technique.   I wonder if one could hunt dear or turkey with the same method.

Have you never seen drunk birds? We would see them after they ate too many berries or other fruit that had been on the vine/bush/tree too long and had begun to ferment. They can't fly very well and with all the chirping, it lends a new meaning to the term, 'loud drunk'.

As John said, hilarious!

Duane

P.S. Do NOT ride your bicycle under a tree filled with drunk birds. I must have been hit 20-30 times and I was moving at a good clip. I had to bathe when I got home.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on September 10, 2015, 08:18:24 AM
Drunken birds creating a shower. Now, that's something beyond Alfred Hitchcock's imagination.

Hokey dokey gang, on the count of three we let go on the guy on the bike, ready....
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 11, 2015, 09:31:40 AM
Thursday
It was a perfect situation for morning FRN around the boat and naked boating so I got on with the usual morning routine and started off early, while M was still in bed enjoying her second mug of tea. Unfortunately, although I was quite comfortable naked while active, standing at the tiller I needed to wear my fleece.

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While I was boating dressed like this M appeared (naked) with the information that as the engine had now heated up enough hot water she was going to have a shower, dress and bring me a breakfast of sausage baguette and a pint mug of tea.
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Eventually the sun burnt off the mist enough for totally naked boating to be enjoyed but unfortunately another boated started out immediately behind us with his wife walking the dog on the towpath so I had to keep the shorts on which I had donned in order to pass a group of active moored boaters.

Later that morning I was lucky enough to enjoy a few minutes naked boating in the autumn sunshine during a rare quiet time on the Grand Union Canal.

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We moored up for lunch in a great place for a barbecue so we stayed there. While M scavenged the hedgerow for blackberries and crab apples I stripped down to boiler suit (as before) and did a bit more paint touching up after which we had an evening BBQ 4-course dinner:
Aperitifs and nibbles,
Pitta bread with balsamic dip,
Aberdeen Angus steak with runner beans and garlic potatoes,
Cheese course (Vacherousse, Cheshire, Saint Agur & Port Salut with BBQ toasted Pitta bread),
Pear and blackberry parcels with crème fraiche.

After dinner I stripped naked to do the washing up and although there were several other boats moored up along the towpath I was able to remain naked to clear up all the barbecue stuff from the towpath.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday

This morning I was up and about early enough to do the outside chores naked in spite of the other moored boats.

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Over this weekend I will be at a gathering of boaters at the Blue Lias pub so there will be not FRN to report.
More, I hope, on Monday.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on September 11, 2015, 07:35:25 PM
Might I suggest caramelized crab-apples on that Aberdeen Angus steak?

That sounds like a very good day.

The paint looks very good. I had wondered about that white slop on the runners and the cover (aft, oops, where you steer) looked a bit ragged in the earlier posts. I usually paint with only a hat. sleeves are a problem and I am better aware if I mess up, or I'm close to it. I remember you doing things like that at home nude. Was this a case of proximity to hassles, or maybe an aversion to turpentine?
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 11, 2015, 10:23:30 PM
Might I suggest caramelized crab-apples on that Aberdeen Angus steak?

That sounds like a very good day.

The paint looks very good. I had wondered about that white slop on the runners and the cover (aft, oops, where you steer) looked a bit ragged in the earlier posts. I usually paint with only a hat. sleeves are a problem and I am better aware if I mess up, or I'm close to it. I remember you doing things like that at home nude. Was this a case of proximity to hassles, or maybe an aversion to turpentine?
Jbee
The crab apples sound like a great idea but I'm not sure about caramelising them on a barbecue.
Th boiler suit while painting was simply because if the large amount of passing traffic - I do find the sleeves a bit of a nuisance but it is so much more comfortable than the elasticated waist of shorts.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 13, 2015, 01:50:26 PM
Just to keep the pot boiling here is a couple of pictures of Ernest at the boat gathering.

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Just to stay slightly on topic, I was naked to make the Sunday morning rolls and croissants (as usual).
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 15, 2015, 06:44:01 PM
Monday

A long and totally textile day's boating, finally mooring up on some popular moorings in Warwick whose towpath shows signs of very heavy use. With that and the other boats moored here I don't anticipate any morning FRN.


Tuesday

Much to my surprise the towpath was quiet enough for me to "water" the grass when I got out of bed and to empty the ash pan from last night's fire in the coal stove into the back of the hedge before I needed to get dressed for an early start up Hatton flight of 21 locks.

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We did this in record time (for us) thanks to the volunteer lock keepers who were on duty.
This meant that we could continue toour planned overnight mooring in time for lunch and before the forecast rain set in. This included Shrewley tunnel which was rather busy as we were following one boat and met two others - rather different from last time I passed through this tunnel in the early morning.

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Click on image for video (https://vimeo.com/30043165)

After lunch, as we were not moving again, I stripped down to my boiler suit and put some more packing in the stern gland in an attempt to reduce the leaks.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: Peter S on September 15, 2015, 11:33:39 PM
John, your frequent references to maintenance and repair work remind me of a former work colleague who had a canal boat. Asked once why he kept the boat, he explained if was marginally cheaper than standing on a bridge chucking five pound notes in the canal! Mind you it looks more pleasurable as well

Peter
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on September 16, 2015, 12:35:06 AM
Quote from: Peter
John, your frequent references to maintenance and repair work remind me of a former work colleague who had a canal boat. Asked once why he kept the boat, he explained if was marginally cheaper than standing on a bridge chucking five pound notes in the canal! Mind you it looks more pleasurable as well

Peter

I worked with a guy once that referred to a boat as “a hole in the water to throw your money into". To each his own. My brother had a small 2-3 man sailboat once and it was a blast to take out on the water. No engine noise or exhaust.

Wow, JOhn. 21 locks. How long did that take and is the traffic two way?

Duane
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 16, 2015, 07:14:47 PM
Quote from: Peter
John, your frequent references to maintenance and repair work remind me of a former work colleague who had a canal boat. Asked once why he kept the boat, he explained if was marginally cheaper than standing on a bridge chucking five pound notes in the canal! Mind you it looks more pleasurable as well

Peter

I worked with a guy once that referred to a boat as “a hole in the water to throw your money into". To each his own. My brother had a small 2-3 man sailboat once and it was a blast to take out on the water. No engine noise or exhaust.

Wow, JOhn. 21 locks. How long did that take and is the traffic two way?

Duane

We didn't record the time up the Hatton flight but according to M it was between 2h30m and 3h.
The best recorded locking we have done it one day was a total of 45 locks and 10.2 miles in 10.4 engine hours. Given a cruising speed of 2.5 m.p.h on that quality of canal that averages out at about 8.5 minutes per lock.

You do meet other boats in the flight and this can either hold you up or speed you up depending on circumstances. We met five boats coming down and, because of the way the lock keepers behaved, they were all to our advantage.

It is commonly assumed by canal boaters that the word BOAT is an acronym standing for "Bung Out Another Thousand." I avoid some of this by doing the work myself so it is just as well that I enjoy that sort of work (mostly).
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 16, 2015, 10:30:53 PM
Wednesday

In spite of the fact that a hire boat had moored up 100 yeard behind us I was able to do all the usual morning chores naked and also take a short walk along the towpath to check out a potential ideal barbecue location.
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Filling the coal scuttle from the locker.
I am sure I was seen while polishing the brass as one of the people on the hire boat started dog walking towards us but then changed their mind and walked the other way. However nothing was said when they went past, having started off before us.

After consulting the long term weather forecast for the next fortnight we decided not to return via Stratford and the Rive Avon but to go via Birmingham, navigating the only stretch of the Grand Union Canal which we have not done already.
This turned out to be a delightful day's cruise, firstly through lovely countryside and finishing up with a fascinating cruise through an old industrial part of Birmingham where we could see the remains of many former industrial wharves and basins, with architecture variously dating from the Victorian era to the 1930's plus all the interesting ways in which industry continues to use the same sites.
In particular there were the usual number of woodyards and builder's merchants, still on the wharves by which they were originally supplied.

Moreover, this stretch of canal seems to be absolutely ideal for FRN boating. We met only about half a dozen boats all day and the only following boat was about an hour behind us. What is more, there was very little towpath activity indeed although the towpath itself looked as though it got good wear. However when we stopped for lunch I was able to see that the wearing portion had been covered with gravel which had subsequently sunk into the soil, giving the towpath an impression of heavier use than it actually got.

We moored up for the night at Camp Hill Locks visitor moorings, right in the middle of Birmingham so the possibility of FRN is distinctly limited, especially now that a hire boat has moored up here.

When I had my shower I noticed that the water was not draining from the shower tray as quickly as it should. Time to clean the pump filter, a job which I particularly dislike as it involves totally emptying the cupboard of the massed cleaning materials and spare toiletries to get at the pump which was installed under the cupboard floor. It is always a pain getting them all fitted in again so that the door will close.

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The heap of materials.

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Putting the filter back on the pump.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on September 16, 2015, 11:55:13 PM
What does the Misses do during such a day. Does she sit up front in the air, or look out windows, or occupy herself other than having a tour?
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 17, 2015, 12:25:32 PM
What does the Misses do during such a day. Does she sit up front in the air, or look out windows, or occupy herself other than having a tour?
Jbee
She sits in the front, sits inside looking out, stands with me at the stern or occupies herself with domestic tasks. Even washing up is much more pleasurable when there is a moving tableau outside the window.
Yesterday she took advantage of a long run which would replenish the batteries to use the vacuum cleaner and after the flight of locks at Knowle she had a shower and changed from boat working clothes to tidy dining clothes.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 17, 2015, 06:35:48 PM
Thursday

Much to my delight there were some FRN opportunities in spite of the other boats moored nearby and I was able to remain naked until we set off.

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Putting stuff in the cockpit lockers.

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Taking the ash to the rubbish skip.

On the way up Ashstead Locks I copped another bladefull(*). This time it was a "No Parking" cone.

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We moored up for morning coffee and lunch in Aston Science Park, where I stripped down to my boiler suit to touch up some paint that scraped off on the wall of Ashted Tunnel.

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No chance of FRN in the middle of the day but I did get some morning FRN here when we moored overnight a few years ago.

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After lunch we continued up the Farmers Bridge flight of 13 locks, again doing a very good time thanks to the help with the gates we got from passers by and the volunteer lock keepers on the top half of the flight.
We are now moored up at Gas Street basin and will be going out to eat this evening at one of the restaurants in the Mail Box development.

(* Boaters' jargon for getting something caught in the propeller.)
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 18, 2015, 07:05:46 PM
Friday

We decided on an early start and breakfast on the move which gave me an opportunity for a little more early morning naked boating. This time it needed to be a litle more discreet as there were already joggers around.

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However by choosing my moment I was able to discreetly unmoor the boat.

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Once under way I kept the stern doors closed as I was now much more exposed.

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After being quite comfortable naked while active I found it too chilly for total nudity and was glad of my pint mug of hot tea.

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I soon started encountering lots of cycle commuters on the towpath so I put on my shorts and opened the stern doors.
We later stopped in a beautiful sunny location for coffee, lunch and doing a bit of rust removal and painting before continuing to the top of Tardebigge locks (the longest flight in the country) where I will shortly be having my shower and a naked evening on the boat in front of the coal stove.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nuduke on September 20, 2015, 01:19:36 AM
Just caught up with last 3 days' posts, JOhn, and a few reactions:

Hatton flight...wowww, must do that one day!  Need to go in to training for that one!

It's amazing what the propeller will entrain!  A traffic cone!  Must have stopped the boat manouevring completely!  In our May trip we collected a sizeable room rug!  That took some pulling off.

As I have remarked before, you are so bold with your nakedness.  The built up area in your last few pics must have many opportunities of being seen.  I guess it was very ealry in the morning.

Hope you are enjoying similar fair weather to the really nice weather we had today (Saturday) in the E Midlands.

John

Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 20, 2015, 09:08:12 AM
John,

Thirty years of naturism starting form beaches and short discreet country walks plus a parallel forty years of intermittent river and canal boating have allowed me to get a good instinct for the amazing amount of urban FRN which you can do.
It is mainly a matter of reconnaissance, knowing sight lines, using the early morning when there are few people around and not worrying too much about stray glimpses which people may get from distant windows.
Perhaps I should put a portfolio of my urban naturist pictures with suitable commentary.

In the meantime you might like to look at this quarter hour video of boating naked through Milton Keynes several years ago.

(https://i.vimeocdn.com/video/201792651_295x166.jpg) (https://vimeo.com/groups/jgprivatevideos/videos/30072366)

Edited to get the link right
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 20, 2015, 10:50:05 AM

Hatton flight...wowww, must do that one day!  Need to go in to training for that one!

John
It has just occurred to me that it would be possible to do Hatton naked if one started out just before dawn on a midweek date within a fortnight of midsummers day.

Even better if we could get a FRN crew and sort a charity funding deal with some such organisation as Marie Curie Cancer Care who raised lots on a world record mass skinny-dip a couple of years back.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nudewalker on September 20, 2015, 10:46:03 PM
I'd be willing to report for duty for a FRN event. In the name of charity of course!
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 21, 2015, 09:22:21 AM
Saturday

Just the usual amount of early morning naturism before we had a late start. We had a full English breakfast before tackling 29 locks of the Tardebigge flight.
We did this in a very creditable four hours and then stopped for the afternoon.

Sunday

After the usual naked croissant breakfast we started off in a fine but cool morning for the last day's boating back to base.

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It being a fine Sunday there were plenty of towpath walkers, joggers and cyclists, plus a 45 peg fishing match.
When the day warmed up the clothes I started off with became far too hot and I had a brief moment of nudity when I changed into shorts and polo shirt.

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We arrived back at base and I had the usual trouble with the wind getting the boat back into its mooring before starting the packing up ready to go home tomorrow.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: Bob Knows on September 21, 2015, 03:18:25 PM
All good things must come to an end.    It has been a wonderful tour that makes us all jealous of your trip. 

Bob
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on September 21, 2015, 06:13:31 PM
JOhn, two comments you made in your post that just occurred to me:

Quote from: John
« September 16, 2015, 10:30:53 PM »  Filling the coal scuttle from the locker.

then . . . on

« September 17, 2015, 06:35:48 PM »  Taking the ash to the rubbish skip.

What is the coal for, heating or outdoor cooking? I am assuming the engine is either gas or diesel. Cleaning anything that involves burning coal has to be the most enjoyable task on this planet.

Also the young man from BN in the clip posted by Bob, shows the interior of his canal boat. It looks like a long hall with alcoves. Is yours basically the same? What's the beam on yours? Are all canal boats subject to the same dimension criteria? In the pictures, they all appear the same or similar. This whole concept of canal, or urban, boating is different than what most Americans think of when you say houseboat.

Apparently a lot of questions were queued in my brain and needed a nudge for them to domino.
Apologies. I sound like my son when he was in grade school.

Duane
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on September 21, 2015, 08:19:40 PM
JOhn, two comments you made in your post that just occurred to me:

Quote from: John
« September 16, 2015, 10:30:53 PM »  Filling the coal scuttle from the locker.

then . . . on

« September 17, 2015, 06:35:48 PM »  Taking the ash to the rubbish skip.

What is the coal for, heating or outdoor cooking? I am assuming the engine is either gas or diesel. Cleaning anything that involves burning coal has to be the most enjoyable task on this planet.
It is a coal or wood stove in the saloon. You can see the flue in the saloon picture in post 21. I'll try to remember to get a picture of it next time I'm on the boat.
Quote
Also the young man from BN in the clip posted by Bob, shows the interior of his canal boat. It looks like a long hall with alcoves. Is yours basically the same? What's the beam on yours? Are all canal boats subject to the same dimension criteria? In the pictures, they all appear the same or similar. This whole concept of canal, or urban, boating is different than what most Americans think of when you say houseboat.
The original narrow canals were built for 30 ton boats 70ft by 7 ft - this was the weight conveniently pulled by one horse.
It is fairly obvious why they are called narrowboats.
The size is therefore restricted by the lock dimensions as is visible in my last post above where I am changing in the lock while waiting for the next lock in the flight to be clear. Most modern leisure boats are shorter than the maxumum - Ernest is 57ft. long.
There are a variety of interior layouts, some more corridor-like than others within the available dimensions.
Quote

Apparently a lot of questions were queued in my brain and needed a nudge for them to domino.
Apologies. I sound like my son when he was in grade school.

Duane
No need to apologise - It's good to see that my postings are creating some interest.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nuduke on September 30, 2015, 02:29:47 PM
Hey!  I'd be up for a charity FRN canal boat trip - what a wheeze*!  I live marginally nearer Droitwich these days, (if that'd be the starting point).  Mind you my historical efforts at getting sponsorship for charity walks and other sponsored events has been a bit pathetic...but hey!...Make a special effort for the FRN opportunity, what, what!

What charity would we support?  British Skin Foundation?  Psoriasis Association?  Maybe something that helps the underprivileged (e.g. Children in Need) or a bunch of naked 50+ and 60+ men on a boat has to be a candidate for Comic Relief, surely? 


John
* with the apparent average age of available UK FRNs, wheezing may be frequently encountered!  ;D
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: eyesup on October 02, 2015, 07:39:18 PM
Quote
What charity would we support?  British Skin Foundation?  Psoriasis Association?

Healthy doses of UV are good for skin conditioning. Some skin clinics use UV as a proactive treatment for some conditions. There is also the vitamin D component.

You may be onto something. Take a whack at it.

Duane
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on October 20, 2015, 11:15:22 AM
Two videos from my canal trip are now viewable on vimeo.

(https://i.vimeocdn.com/video/539634938_150x84.jpg) (https://vimeo.com/142361889)
Leaving Gas Street moorings in the centre of Birmingham.

and

(https://i.vimeocdn.com/video/539827614_150x84.jpg) (https://vimeo.com/142508309)
Changing into cooler clothes after an early cold start.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on October 20, 2015, 06:43:27 PM
How illuminating! I get to hear the sound of boating. Is that throaty deep drone so evident, or was it the positioning of the camera. Is it insulated from sound in the cabins, or is there a rumble and vibration that would lull a person to cozy sleep?

This gives a better idea of the standardized widths, the age and composition of some of the structures. In the second one toward the end, there appears to be a complex, or palace, or something far in the background, amongst the countryside. What was that?

Surely, plenty of joggers in the city, but all of their eyes and focus all seem quite intent and forward. They don't act like they are aware of their surroundings, for some reason. Is that common?
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on October 20, 2015, 07:08:01 PM
The boat engine is under the floor and in Ernest's case is not a particularly quiet one no additional sound insulation. It can be quite noisy at the stern where the bedroom is but relatively quiet in the saloon at the other end of the boat and almost silent from the bow cockpit.
Other, boats may have either much quieter engines or "traditional" engines where the characteristic sound is much prized. There are even DC's of the sounds.

I can't remember at which lock the second video was made, being one in the last half of a flight of 29, but as far as i can tell it is simply a set of farm buildings.

Most joggers are indeed in a world of their own, mostly listening to as i-player or similar.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on October 20, 2015, 10:13:25 PM
A video of a ralley identifying each boat with unique sound would be fun. I haven't a clue what traditional sound would be. Mufflers? amplifiers? Glass pack lake pipes?

Sound is important to car enthusiasts, too. Mopar. The guy whom I bought my SUV from added a filter to boost horsepower. It makes a fun racing sound as I shift the five gears. It gives me a better, more mindful, feel of what I'm doing. The young guy probably thought that it sounded hot. I laugh, as I have noticed people look, sometimes wondering what hotrod thing it has. You see, I added a rear autolocker, which dramatically enhanced my off road performance. It chirps the tires on asphalt surfaces occasionally as it locks. I take off and it appears that the with the roar, I'm laying rubber as I shift through the gears, but actually, it's pretty doggy and feels like a stiff off-road vehicle to drive.
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: milfmog on October 21, 2015, 10:39:29 AM
JB,

The traditional engine I think of for narrow boats was the "Bolinder" a single cylinder engine with a very distinctive sound that results from it's slow running speed and the way in which it misses ppower strokes when they are not required. There's lots of stuff on the web about these engines, but a quick reference I found is on On YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvdcxieztmE) (loads more videos linked from here).

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on October 21, 2015, 03:06:58 PM
Quite right, Ian, although the National engine and the Lister JP2 are very popular in new replica traditional boats as they also have a distinctive sound.
There are plenty of virtually unused old JP2's around as they used power standby generators for old fashioned manual and Strowger telephone exchanges.

Edited to add:
There is now another video at https://vimeo.com/143121927
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: jbeegoode on October 21, 2015, 09:30:19 PM
Spey's Bolinder, Spey’s on the ice, said it all. This youtube stuff is fun to watch. I now see how it is, that you defined it as a “passion.”

The guy rocking the boat in:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qxwCucEC_A
Does it rock and lean?
Jbee
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: Bob Knows on October 22, 2015, 12:45:57 AM
The traditional engine I think of for narrow boats was the "Bolinder" a single cylinder engine with a very distinctive sound that results from it's slow running speed and the way in which it misses ppower strokes when they are not required.

That sounds a lot like the "hit and miss" engines that were used on American farms for a few decades before rural electrification.  They turned everything from the lady's clothes washer and churn to the threshing machines. 

Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nuduke on October 25, 2015, 10:29:28 PM
JOhn,
I'm assuming that the 'equation' on your mug on the gas street basin video was a rebus referring to the vessel's capacity rather than any actual equation!  :D

John
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: JOhnGw on October 25, 2015, 11:15:17 PM
It actually says   πnt   (pi N T) representing the fact that it is a pint mug.
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: nuduke on October 26, 2015, 12:54:57 AM
Exactly - reference to the capacity!
You were more patient than me to find the pi symbol in the post! :)
John
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: Bob Knows on February 08, 2019, 03:57:56 PM
I saw this picture on social media (Twitter) and thought of John Gw and his stories about canal boating.   This looks like a fellow operating a lock gate on one fo those narrow canals. . 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dyz1eeBX4AErBkI.jpg)
Title: Re: My Canal Boat Trip 2015
Post by: BlueTrain on February 08, 2019, 04:11:04 PM
That reminds me of when we were in the U.K. a few years ago, staying in Cropredy, just north of Banbury. The Oxford Canal runs through town, which is still used for pleasure boating. But I was surprised. I had known about canals in England but the thought of actually seeing one never entered my mind. Locally, in Maryland, there is the old C&O Canal, still useable in places with working locks, but the canal path goes all the way from D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland, a distance of 184 miles. That would be an interesting challenge for a long distance hike, that is, if you cared to visit Cumberland. There are a couple of places off the path not far from Washington where a little outdoor nudity is possible or used to be. Parking is chancy, though.