A year of boating in a single post

The previous article I added on here was written on the 29th January, at the end of my first day of boating this year. I’m typing this on 26th December, at the end of (probably) the last day of boating this year.

Off we go again – I wonder where to…

After assorted challenges, I’ve finally been back on the move this weekend, but with no firm plan beyond where I wanted to end up today.

My boating year – dodging the stoppages

This final part of my review of 2022 boating, I explore a bit of canal I’ve never seen before, fail to get to my favourite waterway and end up on very familiar territory

My boating year – back on the move

In this fourth section of my review of 2022 boating adventures, I am finally ready to head north from my temporary marina mooring. Shortages of water over the summer had led to unprecedented closures of several canals, with talk of more to follow.

My boating year – finally in London

“Such fun this boating lark. Turns out I have tendon damage after what I thought was a trivial slip in Warwick a fortnight ago”
This was my post on Facebook on the evening of 16th May.

Fish class boats (Rudd, Shad, Skate, Tench and Trout)

This is the final extract from my 2004 article for the Historic Narrow Boat Owners Club. As I’ve said previously, the details of a number of these boats … Read more

My boating year – Warwick to Apsley

In this second part of my review of last year’s boating (mis)adventures, things go wrong pretty much straight away and it slowly dawns that anything vaguely resembling a plan is going out of the window.

My boating year – 2022 (Part One)

As the new calendar year starts, my 22nd year on Bream has just come to a close. I thought it might be interesting to summarise what has been … Read more

21st December 1999 – the journey begins

On the morning of 21st December 1999, the shortest day of the year, I was at Glasson Dock, near Lancaster, to watch NB Bream lifted out of the … Read more

Fish Class boats (Minnow, Mullet, Perch, Pike & Roach)

This third extract from my 2004 article for the Historic Narrow Boat Owners Club includes one boat for which I’ve never seen photos and one where the photo … Read more

Is it cold in winter… and other stories

That and toilets really. Those are the things people ask about first when they find out you live on a boat. I’ve long had a stock (and true) … Read more

Fish Class boats (Dace, Dory, Lamprey & Ling)

The second part of my 2004 article for the then Historic Narrow Boat Owners Club. As before, please feel free to correct any errors in the comments. The … Read more

Fish Class boats (Bream, Brill, Carp & Chub)

I’ve written a few articles over the years that might end up on here, of which this was the first. Written in 2004 for the Historic Narrow Boat … Read more

Back on the Caldon

I did my first bit of canal boating on the Caldon in 1969 and my family had a boat moored on it from 1973 until 4 years ago, … Read more

A run up Cheshire Locks

The run up the 26 locks from Wheelock to Kidsgrove is never dull, the paired locks always add interest and of course it’s always a guessing game which … Read more

21 years afloat

In 2020 I put together this set of photos, one from each year on board. They appear here without descriptions, but in chronological order.

Off we are!

The first post on a site is a strange thing, you’ve not really found a voice, and your audience don’t know what to expect. Helpfully, I’ve got a … Read more