|Why JANNOCK ?
As a name we found it in the English dictionary when we were searching for a name for the 1/24th scale radio controlled narrowboat that I built in the late 70s. The word originates from Lancashire and Yorkshire and is local dialect meaning straightforward, honest and genuine. The original Jannock has now been re-furbished and has been re-named Mini Jannock.
we started looking seriously for a narrowboat during summer 2000. I kept a close eye on
most brokers using their web sites and also studied private ads in magazines and on web rings. We had decided
on a pretty tight specification for our boat and soon became very disheartened with what was on offer in the
price range that we had set ourselves.
At the end of a dismal August
day viewing boats around the Midlands, we travelled to Iver to view Argyle (another ex B.P. boat) The accommodation and
layout suited our needs but her condition inside indicated that she had been unused for quite a while. I remembered
that Powys (Johnís recommendation) was the same class. I made arrangements and travelled to Stoke on Trent to view it on the following
Saturday and decided that spending the extra money would be worthwhile.
Jannock was built in 1996 by J L Pinder & Sons at Stoke Prior and then fitted out by Black Prince. She is a 62ft cruiser stern fabricated to the popular
10,6,4 mm specification. A Kubota 1703 diesel
and PRM 160 gearbox is fitted beneath the hinged steel floor-panels. (We originally thought that we'd bought
a boat fitted with a Kubota 1402 but the events of 2001 proved otherwise.)
Inside the front door is the open-plan lounge and dining area. Although it was originally furnished with two dralon armchairs and a farmhouse style pine table and chairs, these were evicted in favour of a "click-clack" sofa bed, in order to increase bed capacity, and a gateleg table with stacking chairs to increase available space. When I have three weeks and 10 MB web space free, I'll detail the grief we had obtaining said sofa-bed from Argos.
The galley area is next and is also open plan. It is "U" shaped with two units going across the
boat. The sink unit is toward the bows, and has a folding tabletop fitted to the passageway end, whilst the fridge and cooker are towards the stern. The domestic director
squeezes between the two and produces culinary delights that equal those generated at home. She has turned
down the offer of a microwave oven because of the pressure cooker which was re-discovered on the maiden voyage. This has since been superceded by an electric slow cooker which is used to prepare tasty stews and curries whilst we are cruising.
The large cruiser stern has a wooden bench seat fitted across the steel stern rail. We have fitted a shelf beneath the seat to keep guide books etc dry if it rains. There are three domestic batteries and one engine battery fitted inside the engine compartment. They are charged by separate alternators. The cabin alternator has an Ampower electronic controller fitted which has performed faultlessly since it was installed in 2001. The cabin batteries also benefit from the 60 Watt solar panel that I have installed on the roof when we are not using her. The connection to the batteries is via a 'waterproof' connector on the roof with a Solar Panel controller unit inside the boat.