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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.
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