Saturday there was a loud scrunching of ice against Oakfield’s hull, so we looked out of the side-hatch. There were two people on the bow with poles helping to break the ice to get their boat through. Apparently they didn’t mind loosing their bottom blacking as it was due to be repainted in the summer!
It turned out to be nb Muchgigglin who had carved his way through from Hillmorton en-route to Wiggrams turn. He had a water leak in the engine room and had to have a new floor laid, his generator had packed up, he had to buy ten new batteries and his fuel filter kept blocking up. Apparently he had the dreaded diesel bug and had already added Marine 16 to his fuel tank. Even so he had to keep stopping to drain the sludge off and re-start the engine. How unlucky is that?
They were determined to get to Wiggrams Turn Marina in order to attach the boat to their shore line electrics. I wonder if they made it before it got dark?