Well the EA might know what their mooring rules are for the Thames, but their lock keepers don't seem so sure. Here's what I learned today,
Had we moored on the other side of Kings lock, it would have cost us £5 instead of £7.50, except that the £7.50 should have been a tenner as Herbie is longer than 40ft. The lockie says he assumes all narrowboats are 40ft bless him.
The field with the abbey(?) ruin by Godstow lock is not EA and has separate charges but first night is free.
East street moorings are overseen by the lockie at Osney lock and first night is free.There are no signs telling you that. Next 2 nights are £5 each then please bugger off. You can come back and start again after one night away. When asked about Iffley lock he didn't know.
There is a pukka sign at Iffley lock (hooray) saying first night free, then 2 nights at £5 and £25 a night thereafter.
Tonight we moor a couple of hundred yards above Iffley where I assume it is free until someone tells us otherwise.
Here's our new windlass, acquired at great expense
My only reservation is that as the handle is rivetted on rather than just a bend, that makes a potential weak point. I feared for it on the top paddles at Somerton deep, but as they are the stiffest paddles I've ever had the misfortune to wind and the windlass survived, it scraped through the ultimate test. Using the ratchet is a breeze and makes the job a lot easier on difficult paddles.
Now onto bridge names. Sorry Sue, you were wide of the mark on dentist (230 -geddit?) and Luxembourg (208, surely you're old enough to remember that!). 76 is of course Trombone. I'm no better, Jim has me foxed on "cowboy time" -see comment on previous post.