Con­tin­u­ous cruis­ing colum­nists

Canal Boat - - Letters - JOE PAT­TER­SON,

AS A NON-BOAT owner but reg­u­lar hirer, I have the great­est ad­mi­ra­tion for con­tin­u­ous cruis­ers who have made the de­ci­sion to give up life on the bank, buy a boat and cruise the sys­tem.

As some­one near­ing 70, I am prob­a­bly too late to fol­low them but I en­joy read­ing about them.

When Steve Hay­wood an­nounced a while back that he was now a con­tin­u­ous cruiser, I looked for­ward to his views on his new life as I al­ways read his col­umn with interest and ad­mire his straight talk­ing and the fact that he al­ways puts boaters first. But I was dis­ap­pointed when he men­tioned he had rented out his house.

Is this re­ally giv­ing up life on the bank when you still have some­where to go to if things go wrong? He made a big thing out of sev­er­ing his con­nec­tions ashore and head­ing off into the un­known but, to my mind, the ties are not com­pletely bro­ken.

Now I dis­cover that your other two colum­nists, Kevin and Vicky Blick, after many years’ cruis­ing also have not com­pletely sev­ered their ties – as Kevin stated in your May edi­tion, one of his op­tions was to go back to his house! Now, far be it from me to tell them how to lead their lives and they are quite free to still own prop­erty, but I do feel a lit­tle cheated. Can we not have the views of some real con­tin­u­ous cruis­ers, those who have given up ev­ery­thing for a life afloat – those whose boat re­ally is their home?

via email Steve com­ments: 'A lot of con­tin­u­ous cruis­ers rent out their houses. It's not about a bolt hole if things go wrong. It's the way they fund their life­style as con­tin­u­ous cruis­ers'. I Well what d’ya know – a photo from one of our first trad­ing fes­ti­vals, spring 2014. Thanks @Canal-Boat mag­a­zine!

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