You'd think it wouldn't be a difficult task, would you? No engine required, simply cast off the ropes and lead her across from the bow, giving the stern a hefty push to drift her the eight feet or so into the empty space. The wind was strong though, and we'd seen a number of craft having problems coming and going through the marina entrance, and it was that wind which resisted our attempts to move Kantara, threatening at one point to pull me into the water as I tried with all my strength to haul her in.
We succeeded, though, and I got the side of the boat washed and polished - I'll polish the port side tomorrow, and the job'll be done. Getting Kantara back to her proper mooring couldn't have been easier - we had the wind on our side this time! We simply cast off, and she drifted quickly back to our pontoon in a matter of seconds.
|The polished Kantara!|
They're not spectacular views, but they do give us a lot more natural light.
The boat nearest to us on that side is now Jimsonweed.
This boat was formerly part of a hire fleet, all of which were named after canalside plants. Jimsonweed (or Jimson Weed) is, apparently, one such plant, but when I first saw the boat, not knowing of the poisonous plant after which it is named, I laughingly assumed it used to belong to a bloke called Jim who smoked a lot of whacky baccy! Ironically, the plant is "a powerful hallucinogen and deliriant, which is used spiritually for the intense visions it produces." (Wikipedia)