Monday, 16 January 2023


A day trip to Willington for a boat test today.  We got the external photos done just in time, because half an hour later it snowed!

Sunday, 8 January 2023

Rock Steady on test

The February Canal Boat is out, and includes my boat test on Rock Steady by JF Boat Building

Monday, 2 January 2023


A long day today — because having worked early in London, I then joined Andy the photographer and we dashed up to Lancashire for a boat test, before coming all the way back again. The Lancaster Canal looked lovely in the winter sunshine though. 

Monday, 12 December 2022

Time of LiFe on test

The January Canal Boat is out, and includes my boat test on the Finesse widebeam, Time of LiFe, which was voted favourite widebeam at the Crick Boat Show. 

Saturday, 5 November 2022

No 7 on test

The December Canal Boat is in the shops, and includes my boat test on No 7 by Dan Cook

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Oak on test

The November Canal Boat is out, and includes my review of Oak by Darren Aldridge Boats. 

Monday, 3 October 2022

Stowe Hill

We were seduced by yesterday’s warmth and didn’t light the fire last night — which meant the boat was pretty cold by this morning.  Adrian was up and off to work very early.  I had a more relaxed start to the day, and then drove up to Rugby Boats at Stowe Hill for a boat test.  When I got back at lunchtime, the marina ducks were making the most of the sunshine on our pontoon.

This afternoon I have been writing up the boat test, and then went for a long walk, down to Cosgrove Lock, across the fields to the mill, back to the aqueduct, and back along the canal.  Then I noticed there was another footpath from Cosgrove on the other side of the canal, so I used that for a change.  Some is not very user friendly though, so I think I’ll stick to the towpath next time.

I’ve also been doing to packing up and have begun loading the car, to make for a quick getaway straight to work tomorrow morning.