After preparing AmyJo for the days cruise we set off and joined the morning rush hour of boats. No sooner had we set off and we came to Cholmondeston lock We found were fourth in line for the lock as we closed on the bridge 'ole. Mind you could have been worse, below 12 boats were lined up waiting to ascend.
|Signs of a busy day ahead
|Everyone taking the wait in the only way english do best, having a good old natter.
|And those below, more are beyond the bridge 'ole
Worse was the fact Chris could not board AmyJo as boats lined the towpath all the way to the bridge 'ole. She asked the first boat very politely if she could step across their stern to reach AmyJo but was rudely snapped at with "NO, go use someone else's boat!" After that retort she was too scared to ask another so, with nothing for it, she eventually boarded at the bridge 'ole, cold and dripping wet.
Before leaving Tattenhall we took delivery and had fitted an Axiom propeller. Other Fernwood boat owners have them and recommended them so we decided to spend some of the retirement funds on one and give it a go whilst we could afford to.
So far all has been good with the performance on maneuvering much better, particularly when going astern or stopping, however, we have found it a tad noisy with a bubbling, gravelly rumble at 10k plus revs which was a bit worrying. I had a feeling this was cavitation but decided to have someone with experience look at it in Aqueduct marina.
The engineer had a listen and put our worry to rest and confirmed he felt cavitation was indeed the culprit as there was no vibration indicating out of balance blades. Feeling happier we continued our journey with the noise getting slightly less as the day wore on. AmyJo comes out for blacking in September so I may ask Axiom to come and check it out then as there should not be any cavitation with these propellers.
|Leaving Aqueduct Marina
|We love these converted stables and love the sympathetic restoration
|Next door this canalside cottage as has a similar restoration and large extension in keeping with the style.
|A glimpse of the river Weaver below helps show how high the cut is at this point
Finally after passing under the busy A530 one heads into Middlewich suburbs passing the beautifully manicured gardens of bungalows that line the way to Wardle Lock. We always find this a particularly popular spot with boats to moor for the night but this time we found the last vacant mooring big enough to take AmyJo after bridge 28 and tied up after a good day's cruising. Better still the rain had stopped and the sun was doing its best to appear albeit briefly. It even began to feel warmer too.
|Our mooring for tonight