Yes !! As from April 1, Jandai is our narrowboat ! We are so thrilled with her. We want to thank John and Mick Day of Kingfisher Narrowboats - handover day was exactly the day we agreed back in August 2008 and the price was exactly what we agreed - I don't know how rare that is, but from talking to other narrowboat owners - it is rare ! The quality of fitting out is exactly one of the reasons we chose Kingfisher and working with John and Mick has been a real pleasure. We would recommend without hesitation anyone looking for a company to fit out their narrowboat to talk to John and Mick (see their website link on our front page). We are also thrilled with the signwriting and our Welsh Dragons artwork done by Jan Deuchar (also based at Trent Lock).
We had our maiden voyage this last weekend. Left Trent Lock (where Kingfisher are based) Saturday morning April 4; up the River Trent to Sawley and onwards to Willington where we stayed the night. Turned Sunday morning and retraced the journey back to Trent Lock. Absolutely no problems - except that our dog Foxxie couldn't climb the back steps which are, I must admit, steep, so we had to manhandle her up (how undignified for her!!). So we all working now on a solution to this !! Dai loves how the boat handles and responds and the bow thruster is now his best friend!! I keep having to wander through, admiring the fitout and how fantastic she looks. I came back with a list of more things we need - but knew that would be inevitable, so more shopping this week!
We are going out again this Thursday evening (April 9) for the Easter holidays as we have time off work until Monday April 20. Ten whole days!! We think we are going to do the Black Country Ring.
No more photos this time as they are still on the camera needing to be downloaded, but will do this and then post. Look out for the Welsh Dragons !!