The boat that rocked


We took Sally Slipknot for a little sail at lunchtime out to Shardlow. Here she is looking serene in the sunshine.

It wasn’t always so. We bought her a year ago from a geezer with a lot of home-made tattoos. He advised us how to avoid mooring fees by moving on every two weeks.

Perhaps the name should have been an indication. Slipknot – called after the thrash metal band of the same name. When we phoned up to register ownership there was a long pause on the other end of the line then the man from British Waterways said: “Slipknot. We know that boat well.”

Turns out she’d had several ASBOs.

We also noticed that whenever we went anywhere in her we got hailed loudly by certain other river-users. Usually the ones you hear long before their boats come into view.

“I’ve had some times on Slipknot!” one said wistfully. Seems she was a party boat!

Her life may be dull by comparison now but at least she has loving parents and a nice secure marina to call home.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Peter
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 18:50:21

    With this boat's reputation, you should get some useful hints from other river users. Just listen when they shout “You – Anchor”!

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  2. medicalmutiny
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 10:04:52

    I had to read that commment out loud to get it! Very funny!

    Reply

  3. Anonymous
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 17:46:38

    She's a boat with attitude! Lucyx

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  4. Joy
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 18:29:14

    I thought sally slipknot was your nautical nickname!

    Reply

  5. medicalmutiny
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 07:59:06

    The boat is called Slipknot but we added the Sally to soften her image. Officially you are not supposed to change the name of a boat unless you take it out of the water and re-launch.

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