It’s time to get ’em moving!
Iwas a bit surprised – no, let me rephrase that, I was very surprised. According to CRT, some 2,300 boats appear to be failing to move as much as they should under the new ‘continuous cruising guidelines’ (15-20 miles, and not just over one weekend).
This means that half of the continuous cruisers potentially risk going onto threeor six-month restricted licences, and if they then don’t put their boat in gear and go somewhere, it could be removed.
So far, around 22 percent are already on restricted licences and anecdotal evidence is that there is more movement generally, and in the London area in particular.
I’m a firm believer in a relaxed life for all, and over-enthusiastic ‘enforcers’ tend to light my fuse (don’t even mention private car parks...) but, in this case, it looks as if something is finally happening to make the canals what they should be, a place for boats that move, whether for leisure or lifestyle.
Totally unrelated (no, honestly, it’s coincidence) did you see GrandDesigns a few weeks back with the fantastic James Strangeways who, after living on boats for more years that he can remember, has to move on land (“bl**dy houses, I hate them”)? If you didn’t see it, do catch up with it on C4, it’s terrific for anyone who loves boating and its characters.