Monday, 12 April 2021

Yelvertoft and a night on board

I came up to Northants after work for a boat test as Yelvertoft— from where the short test cruise takes in the familiar landmark of Cracks Hill. 

Then it was to Briar Rose for the first time since October. Fortunately the boat seems to have largely survived the enforced months of neglect pretty well.

I’ll have to be up early in the morning for work, but at least I’ll have had a night on board. 

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Pick of Crick Winners


No proper boat test in Canal Boat this month — instead there’s a look back at some of the best winners from the Crick Boat Show over the past decade or so.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Lodge Oyster Catcher on test


Something a bit different for the Canal Boat boat test this month, a houseboat on the Chichester Canal — Oyster Catcher by Premier Marinas.  A locked-down boats for locked-down times.

Monday, 8 February 2021

Honeysuckle on test — and sponsored hire boats

The March issue of Canal Boat is out and includes my boat test on a sponsored hire boat called Honeysuckle, by Brayzel Boats.

There is also a companion piece on what a sponsored hire boat is and how it works.  Thanks to Irene and Ian from Free Spirit who were among those who helped with this piece.

Friday, 8 January 2021

Oakums on test


The February edition of Canal Boat is out, and includes my boat test on Oakums, but Oakums boat builders.

Monday, 7 December 2020

Hunky Dory on test

The January edition of Canal Boat is out, and includes my boat test on Hunky Dory by Ortomarine.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Tenbee on test, plus Baleine’s stretch


The December Canal Boat is out, and includes my boat test on Tenbee by Shone Boat Co.  There’s also a piece I wrote about Baleine’s stretch.