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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