I’m pleased to say the season of 2011 has been another good year with over thirty, spring to autumn cruises.  We’ve had clients from San Francisco, Australia and from all over the UK. 

August & September were a little too busy as I didn’t get a weekend off!  One must not complain really! Any way I thoroughly enjoy teaching people the “ropes” and how to steer Miss Molly – it is quite a knack as most of you have found out.  Learn the three golden rules and you’ve cracked it.

In the first week of October, Miss Molly has had her hull cleaned down, wire brushed & two coats of bitumen paint .  The hull is still as good as new with a 10mm thick base plate, due to wire brushing, a primer coat and “blacking” her bottom every two years.   The hull sides, bow & stern have all been re-painted to back to her fine original colours, removing the scratches and bumps of the “narrows” of the Llangollen canal. All of the repainting was carried out by myself in a large dry shed of the Aqueduct marina, Nantwich – thanks go to them for their fine hospitality. If you own your own boat though, be prepared to part with £1,000 every two years, for shed hire, paint and general repairs, each time even if you do it all yourself!  Unfortunately, on the way out of the marina entrance, a very strong wind took over the helm and the rudder met the concrete quayside rather too fast.  Four days later, after a lot of ££’s and with a new rudder fitted, we were both happily back underway on the Shroppe’again.  Miss Molly is currently enjoying a peaceful autumn, resting up near Chester after a busy cruising season. 

October was also busy re-fit month as Miss Molly has successfully passed, her four yearly, Boat Safety Scheme examination to the 2002 regulations, including part 10. This qualifies her for charter hire and residential use.  Thanks to Peter Askey of J.P.Marine , Chester for his patience and professional advice. 

We’ll be back in business next year so please take a look at the new proposed cruising rates for 2012 on the “Charter Hire & Prices” page.  One aspect of all of my cruises, even with the increases, is that we are still cheaper than an equivalent self–drive hire for a short break.  I have drawn up a comparison table to show the cost benefits of coming on a Miss Molly cruise so please refer to the Charter Hire and Prices page. Essentially, you get an experienced Captain, freedom to enjoy your party all together, tuition as you like, no responsibility and guided cruises, all for less cost.  Now that can’t be bad at all??

I will also be investing in a new marketing event this winter, with a focus on similar folk to those who have already thoroughly enjoyed a Miss Molly cruise.  So watch this space & the pubs throughout Cheshire for new advertising.

Of course I will be very happy to discuss any of your cruise requirements for next year, so please do not hesitate to contact me on the Contacts page.

I wish all of my past customers and all of the new ones for next year; 


A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, 2012.  - Cap’n. Dave