On the third morning of our return to DolcieBlue, a new day dawned frosty but sunny. It has to be said there was no sleeping in with a feeling of big action today. It wasn’t moving mountains but it was moving our 4 walls! We heard the engine of the mobile crane resound as it kicked into action from where it is parked 50 metres from us. It was the first time we had seen the crane in action as we had left DB in water when we left her in October ’15.
|View of a 'Mini-me DB'|
We were told we were #2 in the boat movements today. The first boat for the mobile crane was the new arrival on the back of a truck. My curiosity for information was answered by my sleuthing skills. The truck, Tuckey’s (based in Southam), is the same company that delivered DB to Mercia Marina in July 2013. So that indicated that the boat on its trailer was possibly from Colecraft, the boatbuilders (Long Itchington) that built DB. The new build Narrowboat on the trailer was in the style of DB! Are we becoming common? Hardly!
After a long and patient wait it was our turn and it was an amazing experience. I didn’t have any collywobbles about it. I trusted these guys implicitly.....like my yet to be penned parody of the song, ‘About the Bass’.... “It’s all about the boat, about the boat no pressure.”
|Bye. (Why is Cptn carrying a ladder?)|
Our beautiful @20~metric~tonne DolcieBlue was harnessed and raised off the ground. Sounds like Nb S&M!!
|Rust bum! We'll get this blacked next time.|
Awestruck with open mouths at the presence of her steel splendour as she was carried, legless, to a resting place 50 metres from where she lifted and lowered onto a trailer which would attach to a tractor.
|Db's got wheels|
|Right down the country lane or Left to water?|
DB was towed to the final lift location where she waited 'in limbo' on the trailer parallel to the water’s edge.
|Lift me up before you go-go|
She was harnessed onto the static hoist, with tender loving care, and her centre of balance was found before she was raised and ‘inched’ (that’s not metric!) over the water and lowered slowly with hands steadying her to guide her into the tight bay. No splashing was involved.
|Drop me in the water...a fitting end.|
Yay Dolcieblue is back where she belongs, on the water.
Would we do this again?
|ALL IS CALM|