1st Boat Trip of the Season to Calstock in Cornwall

Last weekend we had our first weekend away on Morveren, our new boat. We decided to head up towards Calstock in Cornwall. We haven’t been able to go up there for the last two years as Oblivion, our previous boat had a deep draft and it can get very shallow up the river. Continue reading “1st Boat Trip of the Season to Calstock in Cornwall”

Goodbye Oblivion & Hello Colvic Northerner Restoration Project

We’ve been a little quiet on here recently but with good reason, we’ve sold our boat Oblivion! The main reason for selling her was Phil wanted something smaller that required less maintenance as we have put our house on the market and didn’t want to have to worry about a boat as well. Continue reading “Goodbye Oblivion & Hello Colvic Northerner Restoration Project”

Half Term on the Boat

We started off the half term with an adult only night away on the boat with the OH’s sister and brother in law. I must admit it was nice to not have to be constantly worrying about the children and what they were up too.

We motored over to the Yealm and spent the night moored up on the visitor pontoon.We went to The Dolphin in Newton Ferries for dinner and had a drink or three in The Swan in Noss Mayo.

boat and wine

On the Sunday we headed back to the sailing club in Saltash, dropped off our passengers and picked up the kiddies ready for the half term week.

boating with kids

The weather was pretty good for most of the week although we still stayed fairly local, mainly in and around Plymouth.

We still can’t quite work out whether Charlie (the puppy) enjoys boating or not. Sometimes he seems fine and then other times he seems to freak out. What didn’t help on this particular trip was that he fell into the engine bay while we were trying to fix a broken prop and got covered from head to toe in diesel! We had to scrub him down on the deck and it took a good four of five washes to get it all off.

boating with dogs

We caught some pollock off of pen lee and cooked them up for lunch while we were anchored in Cawsand in Cornwall.

fishing on boat

We packed a few new games that we’d be sent for a review which helped to keep the kiddies entertained while we were passage making.


We spent one night in Mayflower marina in Plymouth and had a lovely supper in Jolly Jacks based at the marina.

Jolly Jacks Plymouth

In all it was a lovely break away but was cut short by the weather turning but that’s how it goes with boating.


First Boating Trip of the Season

This bank holiday weekend we had our first boating trip of the season. It was touch and go on whether we were actually going to make it as the weather was pretty appalling! However we decided not to let the rain stop us and armed with our waterproofs and wellies we set off.

We decided to stay local as it was our first trip out since all of the renovations and repairs that Phil made over the Winter months. We also didn’t want to get stuck somewhere to far away and not be able to get back in time. It was also Charlie’s (our puppy) first ever experience of travelling on a boat and we weren’t 100% sure how he would react to it.

Boating with Dogs

We needn’t have worried though as he appeared to really enjoy it!

Wine on board the boatAs we didn’t get to the boat until after school on the Friday we decided to spend the first night on the pontoon at the sailing club. We had dinner in the club and then after we put the kiddies to bed we had some wine and relaxed.


In the morning Phil cooked us a fry up on our brand new cooker! It worked really well and was much  easier to use than the last one we had so definitely worth the money. We are hoping to do a lot more cooking onboard this year.

Breakfast on board the boat

After breakfast we left the boat on the pontoon and walked up into Saltash for supplies and to give the dog a run before our 1 and 1/2 hour journey up to Calstock. In Saltash we visited the local community market and bought some fresh apple juice and a few buns for lunch.

Community market in Saltash

Once we were back onboard and the tide was right we made our way up to Calstock where we planned to get a visitor mooring for the night just off of the town key. Calstock is one of my favourite places to go on the boat as it has a lovely village green area outside the pub with a fantastic play area for the children. The adults can sit and have a drink while the kiddies let off some steam on the pirate ship. It’s a win, win situation.

That evening we had supper in the Tamar Inn. I had a really tasty steak and ale pie and wine of course!

Supper at the Tamar Inn in Calstock

The kiddies had scampi and chips followed by ice cream…

suppet at the Tamar Inn in Calstock

It was pretty windy in the night so I didn’t sleep very well but everyone else seemed to be okay, even Charlie!

Boy and puppy on the boat

It was an early start in the morning as we had to make our way back to Saltash with the tide at 6am. The kiddies stayed asleep as did the puppy pretty much until we neared Saltash when they decided it was breakfast time!

Breakfast on the boat

We were back on our mooring by 9am and ready to head home to stay with family for the Sunday night. In all it was a good first trip of the season despite the weather. We are just hoping and praying for good weather for the half term when we plan to go away for the whole week.

Kids and boating