Is it possible?
I’M A FLORIDA native but lived for several years in the Oxford area, where I became interested in narrowboats. On a recent trip back to the UK, I bought your magazine and ran across the third instalment of Boating in America ( CB, April).
Perhaps this was addressed in an earlier, but do you know whether the Ainsworths were of the opinion that a narrowboat could have done the journey that they did on the St Lucie River, across Lake Okeechobee and up the Atlantic ICW? That is, could a narrowboat handle the large boat wakes, open-water chop and even, with a careful weather window picked, the occasional pop outside into the Atlantic for a run between inlets?
I’m not asking whether it would be uncomfortable or unusual occasionally for a boater accustomed to English canals. I mean, could it be done, without any real danger, by someone who was careful and had some time to wait for weather windows? Jane Ainsworth replies: “Bear in mind that I am only the galley slave/laundress/cleaner and have nothing to do with navigation/boat handling/route planning, but the short answer is ‘no.’
“There were times when Carina, our 38ft trawler, was rocking and rolling through the water and I was grateful only for the fact that I wasn’t in our narrowboat at the time.
“However, it has been done. There’s a very good book on the journey from Norfolk, Virginia to Indian River in Florida (Narrow Dog to Indian River, by Terry Darlington) which describes Terry and his wife Monica’s journey in an English narrowboat they imported to the U.S.
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