Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester


Task 22 – Live on a narrow boat for at least 6 months

Harry Beck Style Canal Map

The first diagrammatic map of London’s rapid transit network was designed by Harry Beck in 1931.[3] Beck was a London Underground employee who realised that because the railway ran mostly underground, the physical locations of the stations were irrelevant to… Continue Reading →

Cunning Plans

There is a cunning plan, and that cunning plan is to escape… escape the west, heading east we plan to first go… um… west to Llangollen, because b0atg1rl has never done the Llangollen Arm of the Shropshire Union canal (bit of… Continue Reading →

nbArianrhod is now sold

nbArianrhod boat has now been sold, b0atg1rl and I are now offering for other peoples uses, If you are interested in utilising So You Wanna Buy A Boat please use the contact form to send b0atg1rl a message. We are… Continue Reading →

Springer for sale

UPDATE! nbArianrhod is also listed on Tomorrow (Thursday 23rd), b0atg1rl and I will be down at her, as we have a couple of viewings, If you want to have a look, or want further details, please contact her. ‘nbArianrhod’… Continue Reading →

An update

It’s been a fair while since I last wrote an update to my blog; back then b0atg1rl and I were looking for a boat; since then we have bought ourselves a 58ft Semi-Trad called nbSteven (the name will be changed when… Continue Reading →

Boat Hunting

B0atg1rl and I went boat hunting for a craft to call our own, this outing started with a virtual perambulation of the normal haunts, and then a trip to North Wales; while poking around Chirk Marina we came across a boat that looks like… Continue Reading →

Hippy’s cause trouble

Some of you may think I have some hippy tendancys; being that I live on a boat, and that I plan to be as off grid as I can, bma and I have over a number of years had a smiler talk;… Continue Reading →

Solar Panel Research

I am wondering how much energy we use from nbArianrhod’s batteries (3 x 110Ah) per day; I know this number will change over the course of a year; and that most of our peek energy requirements come from gas rather… Continue Reading →

Book 4: Living Afloat

Peter Underwood’s (@Livingafloat) “Living Afloat” was a book that I picked up when it was free on Kindle; I follow Peter on Twitter where he is an active member of the #boatsthattweet group. The Kindle book seems to be unavailable;… Continue Reading →

Dundas Basin Elsan Point

The Elsan disposal point at Dundas Basin on the Kennet & Avon Canal was taken out of service back in November 2011 and has remained broken since; British Waterways plan to have a temporary elsan point operational some time in April, with full repairs coming on-line in August… Continue Reading →

Still Looking for Boats

On Friday, Mum and I went up north for a day trip (Audiobooks 😀); to do more boat research; On the way north, I showed her a little Shopping Village, by the name of Heart of the Shires, we spent… Continue Reading →

Jobless Skippy is Sans Job

Things sort of went quite badly last weekend; and I did something silly on Monday evening, on Tuesday Morning I went to my GP and talked to him, He gave me a prescription for Citalopram and looked into setting up a… Continue Reading →

More boat hunting

On Saturday before Fiona’s house warming party; I went for a trundle up north to look for Crick Marina‘s Canal Boat Sales nbAnnieD While looking for Crick Marina I came across ANBN Narrow Boat Brokerage; One of the Boats they have on offer… Continue Reading →

Boat Hunting at Whilton Marina

Yesterday I went up to Whilton Marina to look at the boats they have up there; while looking around came across one I thought had an amusing name based on where I work: nbSu-paFusion. While there I had a look on… Continue Reading →


Last weekend Mum and I went down to Devizes Marina, on that trip we saw nbLizzyDripping. This weekend we went back for another look at her; we also had a look at a number of other craft as well; and… Continue Reading →

Looking at Boats

This weekend I have been in Swindon, and after the fun events of Saturday, I was sitting watching TV with Parents; well they were watching TV, I was playing on the computer, and at this point there should be a… Continue Reading →

Number 22 – Blogs I follow

Due to wanting to live on a Narrow Boat; Over the past few years I have been following a fair few blogs; as well as talking to Andrew, and Anik. The Blogs I have been following are: Andrew Denny (Twitter)… Continue Reading →

Number 8 – Walk the Thames from Source to Port of London

  “I Never Knew That About the River Thames” by Christopher Winn, is one of the books I will be using while walking the Thames; Its also going to be one of my 100+ Challenge books, two other books that… Continue Reading →

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