About Pickle's Folly.
Below is the layout of our new boat
built by Starline Marine in Worcestershire. This is the same
company who refitted Dick's Folly in 2011, and now the boat is
at the base, it is fully available for hire. The availability of
both our boats can be checked from
Pickle's Folly is named in memory of Graham Pickett whose
bequest has made this boat possible.
Boat layout [click on picture to enlarge and again to
The rear deck of this 60 feet long narrowboat is large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and
the hydraulic lift will carry anyone with mobility difficulties
into the cabin. The dinette beyond the galley can seat five with
space for a wheelchair at the side. The first sleeping cabin is
flexible enough to provide bunks for one to four. With one bunk
there is sufficient space for a wheelchair, which can access the wetroom shower and toilet next door. Four fixed berths are in
the next cabin, followed by a second wetroom shower and toilet.
The forward saloon can seat six around a removable table which
can be converted into 2 / 4 berths if required. The galley is
equipped with a four burner stove with grill and oven, an
electric fridge and hot and cold running water.
Location and cruising.
See the map for the Project location.
Our base offers secure, off street parking for several vehicles for
those using the boat. The site has water, electricity, a barbeque and
rubbish disposal / recycling. Nearby are several pubs, a pizzeria, an
Indian restaurant, a garage and a shop.
The location provides an ideal mooring for the boat on the River Gade
at its junction with the Grand Union Canal at Hunton Bridge.
Below is the story of the building of Pickle's Folly.
16 June '12. Starline Marine have sent us some
pictures of the boat and these can be viewed on
the following page. The shell of the
boat is complete and the priming and blacking are almost
finished. The lining materials, windows and other items are on
site ready to be fitted.
27th September '12. A few of the Project committee visited Starline Marine to see the new boat, and confirm
details of the internal fit-out. They were very pleased with the
progress: pictures can be seen on the
15 November '12. We are accepting bookings for Pickle's
Folly for the 2013 season.
22 November '12. Starline Marine has just informed the
Project that Pickle's Folly will be completed during the week
commencing Monday 3 December. We are hoping to bring the boat to
the base with a two to three week trip in January.
Alternatively, we will have her transported by road to Croxley
where she will be craned into the canal and piloted north to the
6 December '12. One of our volunteers visited the almost
complete boat and took photos for those of us who could not make
the trip. Take a look at the following
page. We are in the process of planning the trip which will
bring Pickle's Folly to the base. The first team will start from
Starline Marine's base at Stourport-on-Severn on 31 December. We
will be meeting together before then to plan the details, such
as route [watching out for canal closures], food and equipment,
fuel, water and pump-out and team change overs. It's an exciting
10 December '12. Terry Huckerby from Starline Marine sent us
more photos. Pickle's Folly was moved from where she was being
fitted out to Starline's base at Stourport-on-Severn and Terry
was on hand to supervise. The photos on the
following page tell the story of the
trip and the launch of Pickle's Folly in the River Severn,
before being taken to the canal basin on the Staffordshire and
Worcestershire Canal where she will undergo trimming and trials.
30 December '12. A small team of volunteers travelled to
Stourport with equipment to await a few more people tomorrow.
The plan is to head north to Wolverhampton and then to the
Birmingham Canal Network before joining the Grand Union Canal.
The closure of the Dudley Tunnel has meant a longer trip than
was originally planned, and it will now be hard work to avoid
the closure of locks near Royal Leamington Spa. Keep looking
here for further updates.
31 December 2012. The trip has started:
look here for the crew's blog and pictures.
Look here for a map
of their progress.
16 March 2013. Pickle's Folly arrived at the base late in
the afternoon, after a windy, wet day. The final part of the
voyage from Stourport began at the bottom lock at Marsworth on
Thursday 15 March. The crew cruised through a lovely bright
Thursday, and struggled through a wet and windy Friday, before
fighting the strong current of the River Gade as they turned the
new boat and moored her facing upstream at the new jetty at the
base, and alongside her sister boat, Dick's Folly.
Look here for the crew's blog and pictures.
Look here for a map
of their day to day progress.