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The head­lines on this month’s

CB cover are enough to make you think we’ve been spend­ing too much time in the pub – Glass class, A canal of two halves, Pub of the Year...

Ac­tu­ally, much as we’d like to be re­lax­ing in a pub gar­den now that sum­mer has fi­nally ar­rived, we’ve been look­ing at all sorts of boats. In par­tic­u­lar I’ve been look­ing at Betty, the sub­ject of this month’s boat test – it is sim­ply fab­u­lous.

Betty is in­no­va­tive, beau­ti­fully built and de­signed, and when you sit in­side, the years of his­tory im­preg­nated in the wood ex­ude a feel­ing of so­lid­ity and per­ma­nence – rather like ab­sorb­ing the peace of a grand old house’s li­brary. And if you’re won­der­ing about all those win­dows, all I can say is that it’s rather like be­ing in a gar­den room, so the out­side comes in­side, and no, I didn’t feel like a gold­fish at all. It’s sim­ply a su­perb boat that’s a won­der­ful cul­mi­na­tion of one man’s dream. I’m de­lighted for him and hope to see many more dreams like it.

Also this month we’re de­lighted to un­veil our new magazine app. Packed with 50 is­sues of the magazine, it’s a great way to take CB with you wher­ever you go. Search for Canal Boat magazine in the App Store and you can find out more on page 13. I’ll drink to that.

NICK WALL Ed­i­tor

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