8 till Late
We arrived in Bridgewater Basin near Croxley yesterday afternoon and breasted up alongside a WIP boat as the crane was occupied with a tiny tug called Tiny.
Around 8pm we were surprised by voices on our water side! A peek through the curtains and we found a 14ft wide dumb barge with crane trying to come alongside. It appeared to be the one that had passed us at The Grove, heading north. But now it had a cargo - a plastic boat due for *Section 8 destruction although there was not much more destruction to do to it. We previously saw this craft sunk just below Lady Capel's Lock. Fortunately we have acquired a few extra fenders over the last year or two and so were able to prevent damage to Gecko.
*Section 8 of the BW regulations gives them power to remove and dispose of boats for a variety of reasons including license arrears.