Continuous cruising columnists
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!