Welcome to my first Piedaleau blog!!!
Many of you will have followed my previous adventures on Misty Morning. Sadly she is up for sale.
But we are now the proud owners of Piedaleau! (say it out loud, slowly…… and then think about it!).
She is a 14.9m long steel barge. Big, solid and boxy but absolutely lovely inside. A real floating apartment! We looked at quite a few boats – hundreds online and several in the ‘flesh’ in France and UK . We fell in love with Piedaleau immediately and could not be tempted away by anything else. So in Januuary we went to St Jean de Losne where she is moored at Blanquarts and had her surveyed. Needless to say there were some issues but after a fairly stressful week of quote-seeking and discussions with the vendor we completed the purchase and moved on board for a week. It was cold outside but ok inside once we had worked out how to operate the heating!
Our good friend Yves (of Capt’Yves) was our first proper visitor along with Annalies and Isabelle. It was great to be able to show off Piedaleau and we look forward to that bottle of Moet they presented us with!
We will return to Piedaleau in April when we will take her up the Burgundy Canal (242 kms & 196 locks) to Migennes to have her lifted out and her bottom done properly! The joys of boat ownership!! Still, as the surveyor told us, ‘you buy a boat and you get problems’! But all will be good I’m sure.
So, we went home; thought long and hard about Misty Morning; attended boat engine maintenance and electrics courses and visited Kate Boats of Warwick (built Piedaleau) to pick their brains and discuss some issues.
We decided to send Misty Morning home and to put her on sale on the Thames where we hope she will stand a better chance of finding a new owner to love her! Things happened really quickly on this front and we ended up returning to France last week t finish packing her up and sending her on her way. So we are back on Piedalieu for a week or so and I hope I can get this blog out to you all!