When we arrived, I thought I'd better just check the propeller and found half a ton of plastic wrapped around it. I thought it was vibrating just a bit.
Although we have free shore power I'm using it sparingly as I don't have a galvanic isolator (it stops boats acting like batteries to each other). The water in this basin is salty and its the first time I've actually seen bubbles fizzing off a sacrifical anode.
The real oddity here is that there is room for 56 boats and currently there are only 15 berthed. With a policy of 6 in and out a day it will never be full. Sometimes I wonder what the Canal and River Trust management are smoking because they are really missing a trick. Still not our problem and its a fantastic place. Someone has spent some serious money on the city since I was last here in 1999. People may say we've just come out of a major recession - I don't think anyone has told Liverpool that.
Off on Monday back to the quiet life and as we will be going back down a canal we now know, we will be able to plan our stops in a more informed way - not the least by having seen the vast number of canalside pubs on this stretch. We, like about 1000 other boaters, want to get through the next canal, the Bridgewater that joins up the system around Manchester but as it's shut until 24 May we are going to have to go really slowly for the next few weeks.
|Jacaranda snuggled into an almost empty basin, mind you the size of the swans is enough to put anyone off!|
|A busy dock in busy city.|
|I thought the prop was vibrating a bit.|