Thursday 11 September 2014

Weaver wannabees

We've decided to spend some days on the River Weaver, so we got weaving this morning and said a fond farewell to Bramble Cuttings.

We noticed that the picnic tables had these little plaques attached.

They say: "This product has been constructed by H M Prison Services using timber reclaimed from old lock gates". Easy to get a bit too sentimental about things like this, but it struck me that this was a worthwhile undertaking all round.

Going on to a river means an anchor is in order. The existing line for ours was considerably shorter that the recommended 30 metres, so I'd bought some more rope and the time has come to attach it. Tying knots isn't exactly weaving, but it's a nearly-pun. First up was a double fisherman's knot to tie the two lengths together.

Strictly speaking, it's a bend rather than a knot, but nobody calls it that. Nor do I know any fishermen who use it, but there we are. Next I needed to put a water bowline at the other end of the new length.

This is attached by a D-ring to the anchor chain. You need this variation on the bowline because it is more secure when dragging through water (perish the thought!). The other end of the whole length has a simple loop to go on the cleat on Erin Mae's bows.

If you have to use an anchor you run it from the bows so that you (a) don't foul the propellor, and (b) face up stream, which is easier for moving off again.

When we arrived at the Anderton boat lift we found there was a problem discovered during maintenance today, and we wouldn't be going down to the Weaver until tomorrow. That gives me some time to go on a knotting website, and see whether I can learn how to use a splice to repair the worn stern mooring line that I've replaced.

All this weaving! At least it's not in and out of traffic.


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