Vlog 159: I’ve Got Chills…

Drop your jaw and gasp in disbelief as you watch me take the boat out for a cruise in winter. Yes, winter. OK, it’s not snowing but it was December, a time when I’m normally tucked up by the roaring stove with the boat on the mooring.

I’ve split the journey into two parts else it would be a very long video indeed; the whole trip was Napton to Brinklow and this video covers Napton to Hillmorton.

Start point: https://goo.gl/maps/R8HRbKB6TvD2
End point: https://goo.gl/maps/nTjWN9QLB7z

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  1. Hi David – Fantastic videos. I was laid up for a few weeks last year and watched all your adventures – Fantastic.

    Cold? – check out the Gerbing.com page – plug it into your 12V. I use their stuff on my motorcycle, keeps me going most of the year.
    Bellingham Washington.

  2. ‘I am just going outside and may be some time’

  3. I was wondering why you don’t have a cover over the steering posotion like some of those you passed? I guess it would interfere with your filming, but it would keep the cold wind off.

  4. OK, enough with the baa-a-a-d jokes! Those sheep hang about the Braunston hillside in all kinds of weather. I don’t envy them at all!

    Are you enjoying having a companion / crew member on board to help with the video and to keep you from coming down with a bad dose of cabin fever during the winter months?


    another enjoyable vlog! my wife and I really enjoy your videos and commentary . am I imagining things or did you have company on this trip? wink wink nudge nudge say no more…cheers from west virginia USA.

  6. It looks like you had a shy passenger this trip (2 shadows/hair longer than yours blowing in the wind). It must have made the locks and filming easier. Will there be an introduction on part 2?

  7. Hello David,
    Who was that hardy pedestrian walking along the towpath ?
    Was it a for Lorna question ?

  8. David – as ever, I am not sure if I am even more inspired, or just dead jealous. Canal life has been my passion for some 20 years, but while living/working temporarily although decade-plus in the USA, and retirement/repatriation back to the UK still some 18 months to 3 years away, I can only watch from afar. Thanks for all the videos. They keep me going while I count-down the days. I hope I manage to catch up in person with you and other vloggers I follow at Crick in May for the show. Tickets and accommodation (canal keepers cottage!) all booked. Just the flights are needed now. Cheers! And Happy New Year.

    • Glad you enjoy them. The accommodation sounds good! I do intend to visit the show this year so yes, keep an eye out and say hi if you see me! Cheers

  9. Being a map person, I have taken to following your blogs on Google Maps, satellite view. Adds another dimension to the blogs. Love them. Keep blogs coming.

  10. David,
    I have just been watching your fireside chat about costs of running a narrow boat. Sir, I feel that you left something out. What about the Boat safety Scheme? Every four years, cost about £125. Insurers will require Older boats, to have a hull survey after 8 to 10 years, this is usually done while out of the water for blacking.
    My brother has had a canal boat for the last thirteen years and as he is that sort of person that keeps records, it has cost them around six grand a year in running costs.
    How do you do the filming, where have you set up the cameras?
    All the best
    Martin Bird

    • You are absolutely right, I did forget the BSS but as it’s only every four years and around £30/year (amortised cost over that time) it isn’t significant compared to the other costs.

  11. “Good at you” as my British Antarctic Survey friends would say. Winter is a lovely time of year. Grew up in Michigan (The Great Lakes State), now in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

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