This is or blog or Video Blog. It’s the new format we have moved to instead of the written word we’re now bringing you video. After all a picture says a thousand words. Hope you enjoy them and keep watching for new ones.
So what are the legal requirements for boating in Ireland?
People always ask us if you need a boat license in Ireland? And they also ask us about the law in Ireland about wearing life jackets. In Ireland there are a few common sense rules about the wearing of life jackets especially with children but the boat license thing never caught on here. Check the video for the full details.
We also have rules on holding tanks on boats. Basically it’s illegal to dump any effluent into the rivers or lakes. Which I think is fine too. Thankfully though you can either bring your boat here or rent one with very few restrictions at all.
In this episode we found ourselves out and about the river on a beautiful sunny winter’s day. So we said lets put up the drone and this is the result:
The River Shannon is an easy subject because it constantly delivers magnificent scenery even in the middle of the winter. We left Driftwood in her moorings and took to the road and went to visit some of our favourite moorings along the river. From Athlone in the midlands as far north as the southern end of the mighty Lough Allen. We dropped into Dromod, Carrick on Shannon and many other places along the way too. I see this as a easygoing almost therapeutic type of video! And I hope it will put into that “let’s get prepared for another boating season’ mood! Hope you enjoy it.
There is an old canal & Lock off Lough Key that belonged to the Rockingham Estate. It was used to transport turf (peat) from the bog near Keel lake to the Rockingham Estate. Before I stumbled upon it I never realised that there was a lock chamber on the Rockingham Canal.
In addition to that there is also a small harbour at the end of the canal at what is now the Scouts Jamboree area. The lock measured 48 feet long and 14 feet wide approximately. One thing I noted was that there was no towpath beneath the super ornate bridge.
Waterways Ireland are replacing the lock gates on this magnificent lock at Meelick on the River Shannon. And Waterways Ireland have taken the unprecedented step of allowing members of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland access to the site. This is a first and I hope the first step in the right direction, and maybe the next time they might go a step further and open a site to the general public.
After all there is not much point in preaching to the converted. I’d love to see a school tour visiting such a site, and it might ignite an appreciation of the wonderful waterways we have.
Want to know how much it costs to get into boating?
Not as much as you may think… Boating is affordable and in this video I’ll show you how anyone can manage to get on the water the easy way.
We started off with a small plywood day boat that we took our two children on a two week holiday on, not a great idea! That boat was called The Four of Us, although we all agreed very quickly that it wasn’t the boat for us.
This is the last vlog of 2017, so I have prepared a short montage of some of the highlights of the year. Covering places such as Roosky, the Jamestown Canal, The Boyle River, then on up to the beautiful Lough Key with all its islands and magnificent scenery.
Every Christmas Day Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club organise a charity swim. For the past few years I joined in after all it’s a bit of a laugh. Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club do great work on the lake and further a field also. As well as providing back up to the local RNLI Lifeboat (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) they also provide support and take part in searches all over the island of Ireland.
In this episode we cross the English Channel from Weymouth to the Cherbourg peninsula. Then follow the Normandy coast to the Seine Estuary. The journey across the English Channel was another wonderful experience
How to get free WiFi on a boat and general boating internet info #26
Finding how to get an internet connection and especially free WiFi on a boat has long since been a challenge. Well here is how I do it and it works very well and I generally get quite good download speeds. Getting WiFi on a boat has always been difficult because generally a WiFi signal doesn’t travel very far.
Boat domestic lighting, replacing old boat lights with LEDs.
In this episode we’re updating our boats domestic lighting with new LED lights. By replacing our old boat lights with new LED lights we will greatly extend our battery life. The boat domestic electrics are all fed from our battery
Shannon cruisers are not really meant to go to sea, but in this episode we take on the wild Atlantic ocean and cruise along the Kerry and Cork coastline. The scenery is just out of this world, well not literally, but that should be obvious!