Chrissie 2016

Narrowboat Chrissie

Our new boat! Hand built by Stoke Boats over the winter of 2015/16.

Launched mid May and taken straight to Crick Boat Show as Stoke Boats show boat.
We showed over 300 people round Chrissie and Stoke boats sold several new boats as a result.
During 2016 between late May and Early November, we cruised almost continuously apart from the odd trip home for a few days.
And covered over 572 miles which included over 348 locks and 343 hours cruising time, and numerous tunnels.
Geographically this year we’ve been as far North as Harecastle Tunnel on the Trent and Mersey Canal, to the end of the Ashby Canal near Hinkley, all of the Staffs and Worcester Canal onto the River Severn down to Gloucester and then to the end of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

Gloucester Docks.

Returning up the River Severn to Tewkesbury then joining the River Avon to Stratford on Avon then the Stratford Canal onto the Grand Union, down the Oxford Canal into Oxford and briefly onto the River Thames for one night.

Locking down onto the Thames in Oxford.

Deepmoor (or Deptmoor) Lock Cottage

On the Staffs & Worcs Canal.
Where I used to live in early 60s.

Returning back up the Oxford Canal.
To overwinter the boat in Ventnor Marina near Calcutt on the Grand Union.
This year we have cruised for 343 hours, 44 days on the boat.
Covering 572 miles and 348 locks,
74 movable bridges, 19 aqueducts or under bridges,
7 tunnels, Braunston being the longest at 1528 yards.
All made up of “narrow” canals, broad canals, commercial canals,
small rivers, and large rivers.