THE OWN­ERS

Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

ALIS­TAIR HODG­SON SAILED dinghies when he was young, be­fore mov­ing on to yachts. But Ge­orgina be­came in­creas­ingly tired of get­ting cold and wet, and hav­ing had canal hol­i­days in the past, it en­cour­aged him to swap the sea for the cut. Need­less to say, he took to the in­land wa­ter­way life­style.

Ge­orgina works in a sec­ondary col­lege as a cover man­ager, making sure there’s al­ways a teacher in front of ev­ery class. Alis­tair was a teacher of wood­work and graph­ics, but re­tired a few years ago to in­dulge his pas­sion for lor­ries – so he’s now a truck driver. But both of them hope to stop work later this year and move aboard their boat. They par­tic­u­larly like cruis­ing in the win­ter.

Spica is based on a Star Class boat, so it was vi­tal they came up with a suit­ably ce­les­tial name – Spica is the bright­est star in the con­stel­la­tion of Virgo, and was the name of a now-lost butty.

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