Happy birthday to us, and thank-you to you!
Iremember my 20th birthday primarily because I woke up in someone’s front garden – nope, I didn’t know them either, but I appreciated the mug of coffee. Being 20 was a big thing, suddenly you were no longer a teenager and you felt all grown up.
And so here we are at Canal Boat reaching 20, and it’s a wonderful feeling. Not because we suddenly feel grown up, we felt that a long time back, but because a milestone such as this provides a chance to pause and look at your achievements – and we have plenty.
In the last 20 years we’ve tested more than 240 boats, helped hundreds of boat-buyers design their dreams, we’ve guided thousands of people around the waterways with our pull-out cruise guides, we’ve provided help and practical boating advice to thousands more through the articles we have published and we have helped people find boats, sell boats and repair boats. But above all, we have helped people enjoy being on the water.
Looking back over the last 20 years of the waterways it’s amazing how much they’ve changed, and how much they haven’t (you can read more on page 59). It’s tempting to say “like us”, but of course we have changed over time and we are all the better for it.
But the people to whom our birthday is really dedicated is you, because without you there wouldn’t be a 20th birthday to celebrate, so thank you. Here’s to the next 20. NICK WALL Editor