Norbury News February 2015
Norbury News February 2015
Norbury News February 2015
Norbury News February 2015

Norbury News February 2015

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  • IT is one of the rules ofboating that, no matterwhat boat you buy evena brand new one you willfind after a few monthsthat there are little thingsyou want to change, justto make it perfect.You will sometimes hear boatowners, faced with anotherrepair bill, complain that BOATstands for Bring Out AnotherThousand; but tailoring a boatto be exactly what you wantcan be part of the fun of owner-ship.The experts at Norbury Wharf,on the Shropshire Union, cando most things boaty, frompaint to steelwork, engines tointeriors and they often findthemselves making the adjust-ments necessary for the ownersto feel they have the perfectboat.Not every list of improvementsis as comprehensive as thoserequired by boaters Chris andWendy Robinson when theyturned up at Norbury a coupleof years ago, as boatyard bossSimon Jenkins explained: It allstarted when a lovely couplebought their 57 foot boat to usfor a repaint some time ago. As in many cases, it went froma simple paint job to 'while youare at it' just replace the win-dows, modify the heating oiltank, change the pipe work.'While you are at it' change theengine, sound proof the enginebay, fit a new coupling, and thelist went on.Well all that was sorted and offthey went cruising. They had atrouble free season and that ledthem to drop back in and it all

    started again. Their boat is a very nicely fin-ished and has been built to agood standard. They love thelayout and now it has theengine of their choice and afresh paint job it seems that thenext logical step, for Chris andWendy is for them is to carry onwith the upgrades and somefiner fettling.So after several meetings, a bitof head scratching and bounc-ing ideas back and forth theboat duly arrived at the end oflast years boating season andis due to be collected at thebeginning on March for theirfirst outing this year.The list of works is impressive

    and the upgrades willmake boating just thatbit nicer. To date thisincludes a refitted rearcabin, to include newwardrobes, new controlpanels, cupboards,flooring, roof and walllinings, wet hanging spaces,new steps.It has all been done using solidwood, no ply wood and MDF inhere. Chris And Wendy have akeen eye for detail and want itto be just so and our carpenterMick knows just how to make itjust so.As well as the partial refit, theyhave also requested an upgrad-ed bow thruster and new tube

    with better electrics, new bat-tery management system andcontrol system to list just a fewmore of the upgrades. All these jobs are nearing com-pletion and by the time this arti-cle reaches you we will be onthe final snagging list, if you seeBen Cruachan out and aboutgive Chris and Wendy a wave,and ask them whats in store fornext winter?

    IISSUESSUE 37 - F37 - FEBREBRUUARYARY 20152015

    The perfect boat

    needs dedication

    A DAY OUT AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR

    The tearoom at Norbury Wharf - somewhere you canrelax and soak up the unique and friendly canal atmos-phere while enjoying anything from a traditional break-fast, to a hearty lunch with a glass of beer or wine orsome amazing cakes for afternoon tea. More on Page 3

    Making it their own - Chris and Wendys boat at

    Norbury and, inset, work on their back cabin.

  • Norbury News 2

    What do they

    do in winter?

    Bargains

    Bargains

    DIESEL

    DIESEL

    - Our fuel is

    - Our fuel is

    the cheap

    the cheap

    -

    -

    est at a

    est at a

    commercial

    commercial

    boatyard

    boatyard

    on the

    on the

    waterways -

    waterways -

    and FAME

    and FAME

    free. It can

    free. It can

    change on a

    change on a

    weekly

    weekly

    basis but it

    basis but it

    is now at:

    is now at:

    BATTERIES

    BATTERIES

    -

    -

    110amphr

    110amphr

    batteries

    batteries

    JUST

    JUST

    each when

    each when

    you buy four

    you buy four

    or more in

    or more in

    the same

    the same

    transaction.

    transaction.

    69.00 each

    69.00 each

    if sold

    if sold

    singly.

    singly.

    ECOFANS

    The original

    The original

    and best fan

    and best fan

    for your

    for your

    stove just

    stove just

    69.9p

    64.95

    114.50

    NORBURY'S planned online chandlery has-nt gone live as yet, despite initial plans tohave it up and running by now.David Ray said We were led to believe that itwould be live at the beginning of the year butdue to technical issues it has been delayed bythe IT support team in charge of merging ourwebsites etc.We should laugh at this really, when you con-sider that back in the day Norbury was at thecentre of what was considered a major com-munication route where goods could be car-ried from as far away as London and beyondright up to Goole or Leeds, or Liverpool and

    beyond. Now in the 21st we cant even get the inter-net to do what we want in a time scale wewant it in, welcome to the world of moderncommunication!

    Canal comms better by water?

    NOWHERE near asmany people seeNorbury Wharf in thedepths of winter as pop induring the sunnier months so do they all hibernatein front of a nice warm firein the cosy tearoom?That suggestion brings asnort of derision fromNorbury Manager DavidRay. Unlike some places,we are open seven days aweek virtually all year, hesaid.The tearoom and chandleryis open every day and weare always here to servediesel and coal and otheressentials to winter boatersand passing landlubbers.Managing Director SimonJenkins spells it out:People often say to me atthis time of year 'I bet its

    quiet for you now?' and thatcouldn't be further from thetruth.Yes, we dont see any-where near the amount of

    customers that we normallysee during the restof the year, however,that doesnt meanwe sit around withour feet up, regard-less of what people

    might think.We haveover 20boats, someof which areour hire fleetand someshared owned boatsto get ready for theupcoming seasonand the list of worksfor each boat ismassive.They all get a lookin at the wet dockfor some much-needed paint work

    TLC from Lee, our residentpainter. They all get theirbottoms gone over, thisincludes a thorough inspec-tion of everything underwa-

    ter, including the hull,the prop, shaft andrudder gear, and thehull gets a coat ortwo of bitumen paint.Then the boat has afull overhaul of itsinternal equipment,this list goes on a bitas you can imagine,then all of the gasequipment is serv-iced, then a comes alandlord safety checkand subsequent cer-tificate, and finallythe boat gets a full

    interior spring clean.Once complete the boat

    gets checked over and isthen ready for hire, all thistakes the whole of the win-ter to do, and sometimes ifthe weather isnt too kind, itcan take some of the springtime to finish off.We are lucky this year asthe weather has been kindto us, but in 2010 we werebreaking ice nearly a footthick to get boats in and outof the docks, so as you cansee we dont sit around withour feet up!

    Painter Lee- plenty of winter work

    Bottom checking is essential

    Bernard servicing an engine

  • Norbury News 3

    Get afloat

    Get afloat

    and try

    and try

    the fun of

    the fun of

    boating

    boating

    Take a trip

    Take a trip

    on Victory,

    on Victory,

    Defiant,

    Defiant,

    Bounty - our

    Bounty - our

    day boats for

    day boats for

    10 people.

    10 people.

    You can

    You can

    enjoy up to

    enjoy up to

    17 miles of

    17 miles of

    the beautiful

    the beautiful

    Shropshire

    Shropshire

    Union canal

    Union canal

    with no locks

    with no locks

    and 6 pubs!

    and 6 pubs!

    Or stay

    Or stay

    ashore in

    ashore in

    our cosy

    our cosy

    cottage

    cottage

    home

    home

    from

    from

    home

    home

    FANCY mooring your boat atone of the prettiest and mostfascinating parts of the canalsystem? Moorings at Norbury onlybecome available now andagain, because boaters appre-ciate having a proper workingboatyard and their highly skilledstaff immediately to hand, to

    say nothing of a spot at theheart of the lovely ShropshireUnion Canal.This year there is some minormovement with just a couple ofmoorers heading for pasturesnew so one mooring spot willbe available now and another atthe end of the month. Call theoffice to check on the details.

    Mooring spots open up - but soon go

    MEET Pandora, the latestaddition to the NorburyWharf hire fleet and named afterthe first woman created by theGreek gods who was given'unique gifts'.The gift she will be giving overthe coming months and years isa top quality canal holiday fortwo small families or one largeone.She has a semi-traditional stylestern with seating in front of thesteerer. The interior of the boathas all the comforts of homeand externally has just beenrepainted in Norbury's colours,giving a smart appearance,while maintaining a traditionalfeel.Pandora has two doublebeds converted at night fromthe dinette areas and four singlebeds in pairs of bunks in four

    separate sleeping areas. She also has a second toilet aswell as the main bathroomwhich has a toilet, washbasinand shower.With fitted carpets in the bed-

    rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen,full central heating, a colour tel-evision/DVD and radio/CD play-er, Pandora is already popularwith bookings for 2015 growingdaily.

    Pandora getting the finishing touches in dry dock

    Pandora joins the fleet

    WITH petrol selling at lessthan 1 a litre down theroad in Walsall, everyone knowsthe wholesale price of all oil-based fuels has been comingdown but will it continue todrop?Norbury Manager David Raysaid: The wholesale price