Dolly


This is my favourite boat.  Designed and built by Julian with the left over steelfrom building the Raven.  She was named Dolly after a duck (Dolly Duck) that used to lay her eggs in my flower pots while we were moored below Mumford’s Mill.  It’s an open workboat with built in buoyancy, so ‘lively’, meaning you have to tie everything down when in choppy waters, but unsinkable. Jeannie made fitted seating that converted into a bed area and Julian made removable hoops which we covered with an ordinary tent.  Then we bought an outboard motor and had Dolly  towed to Lechlade and motored further up to Cricklade, which is the highest point any canoe can reach.  We then spent a couple of wonderful weeks motoring her downstream.  When we returned to Deptford Creek we missed being in her so the following weekend we motored her down stream to the QE2 bridge and back, so she had ‘done all the Thames’.  We loved exploring in her and have taken her up the Lee and Stort, the Regents Canal and even to the Slough Arm.  She is now owned by another boat owner who I believe has plans to put a cuddly on her (a shelter).