We had booked a service for the boat with River Canal Rescue (RCR) some weeks ago expecting to be back at the marina. This was to take place on this date, Thursday, and we are not there. However, this is of no consequence as RCR can be anywhere, so we have chosen Bridge 16, Nutts Lane Bridge, for this to happen this afternoon. There was plenty of time to get there from Stoke Golding. On the way we passed Ashby Boats at Stoke Golding Wharf where Pat dropped off another load of rubbish and shortly after an interesting farm shop (Spinney Bank Farm Bridge 23). Next time we come we must factor in a visit to our catering plans. Passing the less than ideal moorings opposite the marina at Hinckley we found the mooring we had spotted on the way up at Nutts Lane. The strange thing about Hinckley from the canal perspective is that there seem to be no useful shops, only a petrol station near bridge 17 which does sell newspapers. It's all just one large industrial estate.
Steve from RCR came at 13:15 with a mate and did a thorough job on the inspection and service. Of note was a change of first fuel and water trap filter which was contaminated with detritus from the fuel. The starter battery could do with replacement but otherwise everything else was in good shape. Of interest was a report on our starter motor which was pretty well seized and no doubt the relay failure was a secondary thing. Once done we motored on to the mooring we had used before at Burton Hastings which puts us in good shape for a shot at Brinklow tomorrow.