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70 now and our five wonderful years aboard our narrowboat Skyy seem along time ago. Jacquie, allowed me to build my replica three wheeler kit car, which was a great success. Now it's time to start on a bigger project and that is to make a good Triumph Stag even better, here goes.

Saturday, 8 June 2013



Along time since the last blog post and a lot of water has passed under the proverbial bridge. Our last cruise in SKYY in 2012 was to take her to ABNB's marina at Crick. There she waited patiently for her new owners to discover her, she looked very smart, having been re-blacked down to the waterline and gunnels and rear deck all repainted.

In the meantime we returned to our home in Surrey and set about decorating and refurnishing. Following the arrival early in 2013 of my step daughters second child we have decided to stay put for the foreseeable future and we spend many enjoyable hours helping out in looking after the 3 three year old Emily and 3 months old Cameron,

Determined not to become bored I ordered the first part of a kit car, a replica of an old Morgan three wheeler, I anticipate that this will take between two to three years to complete to my satisfaction and for those sad enough to follow my hesitant steps in achieving this I have started a new blog  Hopefully the following link will take you to it. http://macsmorgan3wheelerbuild.blogspot.co.uk/
The kit arrive on Tuesday and so far I have managed to drill the first of many holes in the right places.

The really good news is that SKYY has indeed got new owners, Steve and Elaine to be precise, I went up to Crick on Thursday to hand SKYY over to them, the formalities of contracts and money all having been sorted out by the great team at ABNB. A lovely, warm hearted couple and their friend Peter were on board as I walked Steve through the boat and then went for a short spin. New engine mounts, that the surveyor had called for had returned the smooth low speed running and I wished that I had had that done a year or so ago. Steve and Elaine were delighted with SKYY, I took a few farewell pictures and as I walked away and waved to them, I had to hold back a tear or two. They obviously know what they are about, having hired boats many times, so when you see them out and about on the cut do shout  out a welcome.

We had a great six years of ownership, five of which we lived aboard and we do miss the peace and tranquility of the canals especially now that the sun has decided to shine, but mostly it is the camaraderie that we miss, but life moves on.



Sue said...


May we both wish you a very happy time with your family and it must be good to know that Skyy has gone to a good home.

It was a pleasure to meet you, once at Napton and once at Denver.. I think there was another time too but we were just passing..

Take care

Sue and Vic

Carol Palin said...

Hi Mac, hi Jaquie,
Glad that SKYY has sold and gone to someone who will look after her. You’d be sorry to see her go. George and I wish you both well for the future.

Anonymous said...

Good job I looked online first, Skyy was moored just behing me on the Trent and Mersey at Weston. I almost knocked the door and said hello as I have been following you/it for a long time, before I even had Wychcraft myself.
She still looks good and I hope her new owners enjoy her as much as you did.
Enjoy your ne life on land and making the kit car, my farther in law once had a sparten which is simmilar to yours.

Clive NB Wychcraft

Anonymous said...

Stumbled upon your blog and spent an hour or so reading through your travels. What an amazing journey it seems. Good luck with your next project and thanks for sharing!


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