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