After a year of living aboard my canal boat, I present part 1 of a brand new, really really detailed look around the boat. I show what I’ve changed and what it’s like to be afloat today.
I thought I’d try a Q&A because some stuff comes up quite a lot so here’s my first go at it. Also I reveal the answers to the recent competition plus the name of the winner!
This is a follow-up to the last Vlog which was all about narrowboat toilets, hence the odd numbering of this Vlog. In this, I show you how I took out and replaced all the seals, vents and slides inside a Thetford C200 toilet cassette.
A much requested video, this lengthy ramble discusses the three main types of narrowboat toilet, namely the cassette (eg Thetford or Porta Potti type), the pump-out, and the new kid on the block, the composting loo. There is much discussion of poo and wee and even a brief shot of it going through a pipe. You have been warned!
In which I try to condense everything that’s happened in July and August into a ten minute video. Spoiler: I succeed because in reality there isn’t much to tell. I also trail what I’m going to be doing over the next few months and some new videos that I’m working on.
The August Bank Holiday brought rain at first but sunshine by the Monday and so off I trekked to the annual Festival of Water, organised by the Inland Waterways Association. It’s a free event which sees over a hundred narrowboats moor up on a chosen stretch of canal – different each year – for the long weekend.
In which I travel – by car – to a legendary canal village and meet the inhabitants both human (should that be “hooman”?) and animal of the narrowboat Ewart and find out what brought them to the waterways.
I’ve been sent an 80 Watt semi-flexible solar panel to review by a company called Lensun so here are my thoughts on the panel (until the point where I broke it, for more on which, watch the video).
Up, up and away as I take to the skies to gaze down on the canals from the air. All courtesy of my friend and former BBC “rival” Jon Hunt, aka The Flying Reporter – link to his channel and his version of this video below. Without a doubt the…
Now back at Yelvertoft, my narrowboat gets taken out of the water so that I can tackle the rusty gas locker properly, using Fertan rust treatment followed by red oxide primer, bilge paint and then two coats of Intertuf 16 blacking for good measure.