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

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