Dromod

Approaching Dromod

Lanesborough to Dromod.

When you get great weather in Ireland you wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. We untied from our berth in Hanley’s marina near Lanesborough and headed north along the beautiful river Shannon towards Dromod. Now Marion hasn’t drove the boat in quite a while and to be honest with you she needs to get back into practice.

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Locks on the river Shannon

Shannon Lock

A lot of people get confused about how to use the locks on the river Shannon. That’s not surprising really because the hire boat companies don’t take you through a lock on your induction training. But you’ll be glad to know that there are very few locks on the river Shannon anyway.  Like everything else in life there is a hard way and an easy way to to do it. But here are six tips on how to use the locks on the river Shannon the easy and hassle free way. Using a navigation lock on a canal or river is no different. But here are a few simple pointers to make your holiday a bit more enjoyable.

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Cruising along the River Shannon

On Ireland’s river Shannon we don’t always get weather like this, so when the sun does comes out we have a tendency to panic and try to make up for lost time. This explains why in Ireland on a sunny day you will see snowy white bodies glowing in the sun and soaking up as much cancerous radiation as their bodies will accept. Today was an exceptional day for a spin on the river so I made the trip up

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Driftwood Drettmann DD Yacht 10.5Mtr

Drettmann DD Yacht

It was Marion who first set her eye on “Driftwood” a 10.5Mtr Drettmann DD yacht that had just been brought into Ireland on a truck to be sold into a growing boat market. She was called Staris at the time and at first I didn’t really like the look of her (the boat that is, not Marion.) I was very happy with our current boat and didn’t want to change. But those women folk know how to weave their magic on us men…

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Bringing Driftwood home to Ireland

Driftwood Ireland

I’ve mixed emotions about bringing Driftwood home to Ireland, but we had to make a decision one way or another. We’re both in Ireland full time and only getting out to the boat for two weeks twice a year if we’re lucky. Driftwood was becoming very neglected. Looking after a boat is expensive at the best of times but when it’s hundreds of miles away in another country it becomes even more difficult.

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