Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

CLAIRE CREEK CAUGHT the boat­ing bug at the age of about 11, when she vis­ited her aunt and un­cle who were on a hire boat hol­i­day. It was just a day-trip, but that was all it took. After that came youth club nar­row­boat hol­i­days, and then she hired boats with her two sons, and her sis­ter and her fam­ily. “It was on one of those hol­i­days that I de­cided I was go­ing to get a boat,” she says. “The trou­ble was,” she adds, “that I’d never ac­tu­ally done any steer­ing – that was my brother-in-law’s job!”

She’s done plenty of steer­ing now, though, be­cause he first big trip on her new boat was to move it from where it was built, at Red­hill on the River Soar, right down to the River Avon. She be­came a true boater on the way, too, by fall­ing in.

Claire works as a re­cep­tion­ist at a coun­try es­tate. But her plan (some­what de­pen­dent on the future de­ci­sions of her two sons) is to move on board – and then, even­tu­ally, to travel the en­tire sys­tem.

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