I’ve bought another boat!! Not a traditional steel narrowboat this time but something very cheap and cheerful, just to bob about in at weekends and on short trips.
I was invited to join Burghfield Island Boat Club on the Kennet & Avon canal at Reading to see what they get up to. It’s a not for profit, member-run organisation that provides moorings and boater facilities as well as a big social environment.
The Narrowboat Trust operates a motor boat and butty pair, taking them to events around the country to promote how the canals were once used. You too can have a go as they’re keen to hear from anyone who would like to learn or just support their endeavours.
I was delighted to be invited to spend a day aboard a wonderfully quirky canal and river cruiser boat by Samantha Rigley whose adventures I follow on Instagram. Join us, in this video!
It’s 18 months since I sold my canal boat, “Wreyland”, but I’ve just been back to see what the new owner has done with it – and it’s had quite the makeover!
I was kindly invited aboard NB Tranquility to see its one-of-a-kind (on the canals) electric propulsion system as well as the many other technical features of this intriguing boat.
Very much a quick bonus video, this is a compilation of shots taken at the bi-annual Huddlesford Heritage event, a fundraiser for the Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Trust, to give you the flavour of the day.
My visit to the huge Southampton Boat Show 2023 and a snapshot of boats that took my fancy.
In 2019, I made a video about the restoration of the Lichfield canal, which had been ongoing for several decades, powered largely by volunteers and donations. So many people asked me for an update that I’ve now gone back to see what’s changed and whether the pandemic brought things to a halt.
My ‘canal wife’ Lorna and I continue our voyage down the Thames in a former Norfolk Broads hire boat, in this episode going from Reading to Windsor where the trip ended.