An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

In the true spirit of boating

Stronghold and Rowan waiting at
St Johns top lock on Saturday morning
When Rowan's engine made some rather awful noises on the way up Deepcut recently Mike and Lorraine Skeet on Winging It took Rowan in tow and delivered it to the Canal Centre at Mytchett as it was not known at that time what the cause of the loud noises from the engine were.  It was thought it could possibly be a loose flywheel.

Dave and Jane Brixey on Rowan called their contacts on the Russell Newbery Register and managed to arrange for an engineer to come and visit them on Easter Sunday morning - now that's what I call service.  Sadly the engineer was unable to provide a quick fix and diagnosed a very ill crankshaft.

So here we were with 22 boats at the top of Deepcut (a huge achievement) but with one of the 22 unable to move under its own power.

Hardly was the word on the street than Ray Oakhill on Stronghold stepped forward and agreed to tow Rowan back to the moorings at Pyrford Marina which he did starting last Friday, finishing on Saturday afternoon.  I think Ray has the admiration of all those who joined us on the Basingstoke trip and I know Dave and Jane Brixey are very grateful to him

We salute you Ray (now known as Tug within Byfleet Boat Club circles) - you epitomise the true spirit of boating.

1 comment:

  1. I thank you for your salutary comments, which are always welcome from one's peers. I only did what I hope would be done for me in a similar situation.
    Greater details of the tow are to be found here:-

    Ray The Tug.