It seems that some of our blog readers felt 'dumped' by the last post so this post should round things off nicely for this season and lead us into the 2016 season.
Rachael and I like to go via the USA on our way both from and back to Australia, on the way home we had the flexibility of staying a few days, which we duly did. We made a little side trip to Las Vegas for six days to finish off the shopping. Rachael took the chance to get way ahead with the Christmas shopping and even with the poorer exchange rate, around US0.72 to AU$1, there were still plenty of bargains to be had. We finally arrived back in Melbourne on 10 October, which gave me a few days before I started work again.
This season I didn't keep a tally of various statistics, I found using the Canal Trip Planner to verify my stats for last year nice and easy and pretty accurate. So, this year I retraced our course and popped out this statistical analysis of our 2015 canal season:
634 miles travelled(1020 km)
574 locks, some had lock keepers (mainly R. Thames)
81 swing / lift bridges, and
12 tunnels (from memory Blisworth was the longest at 3056 yds or 2.8 km)
|Blisworth Tunnel (South Entrance) on the GU|
|Aldermaston Lift Bridge on the K & A|
Serafina requires a BSS inspection before licensing in 2016 so that is the first order of business. Next on the agenda for the 2016 cruising season is blacking. Our plan is to book Serafina in for blacking along the way as we head north, I have a few marina's in mind. Once she is lifted out of the water, I can give the hull a good check over and if all is ok, head up to Scotland for a week while the blacking is completed.