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dif­fer­ent sizes of boats when hir­ing just to be sure. We had booked our flights to ar­rive in the UK in mid-June 2015 and had ac­com­mo­da­tion and a hire car booked for four weeks only. If we didn’t find a boat and move onto it in that time, it was go­ing to be a bench in the park.

When we touched down we had eight boats on our short list. All were sec­ond­hand be­tween 57 and 60ft, cruiser stern, non-re­verse lay­out with Pull­man style din­ing ta­bles. Amaz­ingly, the first one we in­spected was the one we bought, but we checked most of the oth­ers to be sure.

Within our al­lo­cated four weeks nb Em­maus was ours and we were off and cruis­ing from north of Le­ices­ter on the River Soar where she was lo­cated to our win­ter ma­rina at Droitwich Spa. We al­lowed five weeks to do this and had a won­der­ful time.

It is so exciting to fi­nally have our very own boat. We love the way you don’t have to rush to re­turn the boat to the hire yard by a set time. We can’t wait to come back for sum­mer 2016 and as many sum­mers af­ter that as we can man­age, to en­joy our lovely boat and the gor­geous canals of Eng­land again. So look out for us with our Aussie flag on the back and ‘Kan­ga­roos for the next 14 kms’ sign in the win­dow! All pho­tos will be re­turned. What’s more, we pay £100 for ev­ery story used.

Moored up at Vines Park on the Droitwich

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