Sorry for not posting but the old Vodafone dongle was having none of it onboard. Its taken me all day but I finally got the Proroute internet router to connect to the internet and hence this post. I'm please to say our little Laird Salt and Pepper pot antenna are working a treat and I have good connection strength all be it 3G at the moment.
So where to begin.
First of all thank you all so much for the lovely comments, it means a lot to Chris and I knowing there are people out there who are prepared to pass the time of day with us. We really look forward to meeting up on the cut someday and have a good chin wag.
Saturday morning was launch day as you now know but Tuckey's crane had a diesel hose burst and was delayed an hour. Eventually AmyJo was pulled out of the workshop
The lorry was moved into position and AmyJo was gently raised onto it
It was then a quick dash down the M1 to wait for AmyJo's arrival at the marina. A young friend of ours offered to make us a cake to celebrate the occasion an this duly arrived. For a young man starting out in his career as cake maker he certainly captured AmyJo in his work as you can see below, all made in just one day.
Finally the 4 year journey of planning and dreaming came to an exciting end at last. The dream was now a reality. We both felt elated and a bit emotional.
After the Fernwood crew checked her over for any leaks etc I was ask to be first to start the engine and try forward and reverse to check the running gear worked and no leak from the stern gland. AmyJo came alive instantly I turned the key and when trying the throttle it was quickly apparent she was going to be quick.
By now it was late afternoon with the sun low in the sky so we quickly ushered Amy and Joanne aboard, Chris released the bow line and I the stern With Andy Munro aboard and dozens watching at the marina I had to reverse AmyJo two boat lengths before I could swing her towards the marina exit and out onto the cut. Having only done this once in a hire boat and never with an audience to say I was nervous was an understatement. I need not have worried, AmyJo swims beautifully and is so responsive on the helm. At just 750rpm she moves through the water easily, in fact I have to keep easing off. We took out first cruise out of the marina to the nearest winding hole, winded and then headed back. A some total of 1hour cruise, but it was our first and one that we'll never forget.
Chris and I stayed on AmyJo overnight and on Sunday started to unpack everything. We settled down for the night only to find the lo would not flush but that's for another post, all I will say is thank god for tetra pack cups!
I've stayed aboard until Tuesday but Chris has had to return to work. This gave me time to get the tech up and running, today the internet, tomorrow the alarm system.
So there we have it, the end of one dream (to own a narrow boat) to the start of another, to live the dream.
See you out there!