Absolutely knackered today. Yerning for bed since about 10am.
Had one of the least relaxing trips in Thames boating history. Taking a mate's boat from a yard in Caverhsam to Kingston. Got as far as Cookham in 2 days. 16 tonne wooden crate with a turning circle twice the width of the Thames and no reverse gear.
Highlights inculde getting stuck on a sand bank within 1 minute of leaving. Rescued a capsised kayaker struggling to breathe in the cold, 4 decent crashes, one of them into the most expensive boat we saw all weekend. Rescued by 4 separate boats, ran out fuel, left a rope behind due to a chance of plan/knot mistake, nearly took the top of the boat off on a bridge trying to pass close enough for someone to chuck us the rope.
And that's without the common or garden stress and calamity at every single lock. I think the longest period of stress free cruising was about 7 minutes.
Great fun in retrospect. Not sure if I might be busy next time he asks for help...