Canal Boat - - This Month -

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

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