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TIM BUT­LER emailed to tell us: “When look­ing to pur­chase our first nar­row­boat we said that if we didn’t like the name we could al­ways change it. We then went to view a boat called Alouise and fell in love at first sight. It turned out the name was quite apt as my part­ner Sue’s niece is called Louise and as they are from York­shire, she is re­ferred to by the fam­ily as ‘Ar’ Louise, and be­tween our­selves, that’s what we nick­named our boat.”

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LadySeal­lina, Mediter­ranean. Back home, I bought an Ed­war­dian gentle­men’s week­end boat called Gold­enBut­ter­fly, which was a beau­ti­ful wooden com­bi­na­tion of oak and ma­hogany with brass oil lamps. Diana and I did Lech­lade again and the Hen­ley Re­gatta.

The next boat was Diane, a vin­tage sail­ing skiff ( just re­stored by Mark Ed­wards, the master builder of the Queen’s barge Glo­ri­ana). It had vel­vet cush­ions, two oars, a lug sail and we en­joyed peace­ful evenings on the Thames. We had it for five years be­fore sell­ing it.

We still had Gold­enBut­ter­fly, but it was cost­ing a for­tune to main­tain and we were us­ing her less and less. Even­tu­ally we sold her for more than we’d paid for her orig­i­nally.

It was time to slow down and take more leisurely boat­ing so we found a 30ft Sea Ot­ter nar­row­boat – the alu­minium al­loy con­struc­tion which promised no main­te­nance had im­me­di­ate ap­peal.

Named Box­erTricks, we soon found we needed more room. The cur­rent Sea Ot­ter (called Box­erTricks 41) is 41ft long and fits our river frontage ex­actly… it also makes a good guest an­nex.

So it is now gen­tle cruis­ing with Boxer Tricks. So far the Wey Nav­i­ga­tion, and we hired a nar­row­boat to do the Mon & Brec.

All pho­tos will be re­turned.

What’s more, we pay £100 for ev­ery story used.

named af­ter the chil­dren Nowyou­cansee­where­thetwo


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