A leisurely start to the day. Roger went for his scouting
run up the canal he was back by 7:00 but did set off at 6:00. We set off in the
boat just after 9:00. There were several locks to negotiate. Each lock was
manned and fully automated so our only Job was to hold the boat with ropes at
the stern and bow to ensure the boat stayed in position in the lock. After the
first lock we doubled breasted with a smaller boat and went up the canal
together. The sculpture collection at the second lock of the day provided an
amusing distraction whilst we waited for the lock to clear. We continued up the
canal to Marseillette turning round just before the lock. The side thrusters
and shorter length of the boat made turning the boat a lot easier to do than
trying to turn a narrow boat. Gerry called Le Boat in the morning. Thet we
initially going to send an engineer to look at our cooker in the morning but we
had to call then later to give them our exact location. When we did, they we
dealing with a major breakdown so send and engineer out in the afternoon
At the fourth lock of the day the rubber bumper strip on the
front of the boat came off and one end fell into the water. A swift repair
using Roberts Swiss arm knife followed. It had been damaged previously and the
screws pulled out. We will get it looked at the base in Homps on Tuesday
morning. We told the engineer when he arrived to fix the cooker and it
obviously happens all the time but needs to be repaired at the base.
After a pleasant al fresco lunch on deck Gerry, Chris and Louise went for a walk to Marseillette village. They were followed by Roger and when they came back Lyn and Robert cycled to the village and up to the watch tower. The engineer appeared could not fix the cooker at the first attempt but correctly diagnosed the problem and meet us later in the day with a new gas bottle a replacement regulator.
We then continued towards Homps and moored to the night on the jetty at by the first lock you come to away from the town. We sat outside again. A pork all in one stew which we slow cooker on the stove.